The toy and game area of the thrift store is normally jam packed with stuff. You’ll find tons of cool things you can flip. I’ve discussed a lot of these previously “fun” flips already:
If it’s not obvious yet, I’m not, haven’t ever been, and don’t plan on being one of the cool kids. Because of this, I feel at home in the toy and electronics section. And by “electronics” I mean video games – no use lying here.. I’ve come to terms with this, and I figure that I can use my love and knowledge to my advantage!
A French Card Game?
The Mille Bornes card game was a French car-themed game that was made in 1954. The idea behind the game is that you’re doing a touring race with the other players. The objective is to be the first to get to 1000 km while avoiding hazards such as flat tires. It sounds fun, and I wish I got to play it before I sold it! Maybe I’ll see it again?
Pro Tip – You can use eBay as your own Rent-A-Center. You can buy video and board games, and re-sell them once you’re done playing them! I’ve done this with a few video games where I only ended up paying the eBay fees on my sale.
Here’s the details of the flip.
- Purchase price – $2.14
- End Selling Price – $26.99 + 5.60 S/H
- Fees and Shipping/Handling – $7.73
Total Profit: $22.72 This flip is right in my target range. The thing is, if I had seen it on the shelf now and checked completed listings, I’d probably not even buy it!
Timing a Flip
I’ve talked about this before when I flipped my huge RC plane, but timing is everything on a lot of items. In that situation, I flipped the plane for a cool $140 profit (sold for $189.99 including S&H). By the time I got around to writing a blog post about it ~5 months later, they were selling for $36 including S&H. The sucker cost me over $25 to ship it, so I’m not sure how the seller even made a profit!
The Mille Bornes card game lesson isn’t as drastic, but it still points to the same result. I sold this about 6 months ago for a $32.59. Here are completed listings that I just found.
This just re-inforces the List it and Forget it (LIFI) idea to me. I’m not in this game for a quick nickel. Let’s take that slow quarter and list it high. The right buyer will come!
Have you ever seen one of those game boxes with tape all along the corners to hold it together?
Depending on the age, you can still sell games in this condition. Someone who’s going to use the game might grab a damaged box one on the cheap. They still get to enjoy the game at a fraction of full price. Collectors will most likely shy away though. A very old game can be the exception.
Is the game complete?
When you buy any board or card game, you need to check to see if all of the pieces are there. There are three resources I use for this.
The first is other eBay listings. Sometimes, another seller has already done all of the research for you and will include the game components in their listings! These listings usually have “complete” in the title, so you can use that as a key word when you’re doing your own research. I don’t trust this method on its own unless I have to, but it’s a great starting point.
The second resource is the instructions. Newer games explicitly list all of their pieces, but the older ones were a little more “loosey-goosey.” When I listed the Mill Borne card game, I wasn’t sure if all the cards were there just using eBay and the instructions.
Next, I go to the last (and probably best) resource for board games on the internet.
Board Game Geeks (BGG)
This site has reviews, tips, instructions, and general ratings of basically every board game ever made. It’s fantastic. We’re going to finish this blog post up on a tangent!
My wife and I love playing board games. We used to play a lot more before our daughter was born, but that’s life I guess. And no, I’m not just talking about Monopoly. We’ve been playing board games since college when we got introduced to Settlers of Catan. This was before it was sold at Target too. So yeah, we’re board game hipsters. Back when we actually had this elusive “free time” and had “disposable income” that wasn’t being thrown at daycare and the mortgage, we were able to play a large variety of games.
The best resource to find a game, hands down, is BGG. The reason it’s so helpful is that you can add a lot of filters, like how many players you have, how long you want to play, the style of game (party, trivia, war, etc.). On top of all this, every game on the site has extensive reviews, comments from other players, and even some videos to help with instructions. It even has helpful links to eBay and Amazon if you want to purchase the game. If you’re looking for a new board game, this site is the place to go.
So there you have it. I’m not only becoming an clothing re-seller expert, but I’m also a gaming geek. Just don’t give me a swirly.
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