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Poll: What should I do with all this AD&D stuff?

Ebay it piecemeal, with no BiN or Reserve. 48%       48%  [ 11 ]
Ebay it piecemeal, with a BiN but no Reserve. 35%       35%  [ 8 ]
Ebay it piecemeal, with no BiN but a Reserve. 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
Ebay it in toto with no BiN or Reserve. 13%       13%  [ 3 ]
Ebay it in toto with a BiN but no Reserve. 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
Ebay it in toto with no BiN but a Reserve. 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
Sell (not auction) it piecemeal. 4%       4%  [ 1 ]
Sell (not auction) it as a lot. 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 23

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:07 pm 
 

Hey all.

As I mentioned in a recent post, fate finds me unemployed at the moment and I'm trying to decide what to do with the bulk of my AD&D "overstock".  Now there's not really anything I think anyone here would want, but for the sake of discussion this is the complete list:

Rulebooks:

Dungeon Master's Guide: 9th (F)
Dungeon Master's Guide: 9th (F)
Dungeon Master's Guide: 8th (F)
Dungeon Master's Guide: 7th (NM)
Dungeon Master's Guide: 5th (VG)
Expert Rulebook (Blue EO cover): 2nd (F)
Unearthed Arcana: (VG)
Fiend Folio - (NM)
Deities & Demigods (w/ Elric & Cthulhu) - (VF)
Deities & Demigods (w/Elric & Cthulhu) - (NM)
Deities & Demigods (w/Elric & Cthulhu) - (VG)
Player's Handbook: 1st - (F)
Player's Handbook: 1st - (F -)
Monster Manual: 4th - (F)

Modules/magazines/supplement:

World of Greyhawk Boxed Set (G)
WG11 Puppets: (VG)
G123 Against The Giants: (F)
C1 Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan: (F)
S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks: (F)
T1 Village of Hommlet: (F)
Monsters & Treasure Assortment Set #1: (VG)
Dungeons of Mystery (guidebook/paper map ONLY)
Dragon Magazine #157
Dragon Magazine #135

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Other:

SPI Dragonquest Box Set (Complete with dice and extra modules) - (VF)
Avalon Hill Kingmaker Box Set (Complete?) - (G)

...plus I'm debating whether or not to add on a few other goodies, including a complete M&T set #1 that was stuffed into the WoG Folio edition I swapped some stuff for at the local comic shop...

Anyway I'm looking for opinions, hence the poll.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:49 pm 
 

I'd put it all up as individual lots. Alternatively, speak to Bclarkie, Beyondthebreach or Badmike. They'll take the lot as a job lot.

I'd be interested in the non-TSR stuff, so post a link here if you're gonna auction the stuff.


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:45 pm 
 

If being unemployed means that having one lump sum is important, eBay it as one huge No-BIN-No-Reserve lot and cross your fingers.  Maybe bclarkie or some other Acaeum resellers will bid on it.

Otherwise, if you are willing to put up with paying individual auction fees and individual packing and shipping, eBay them individually with no BIN or reserve.  But with the number of items you are selling, that may be a big PITA and timesink.

Just my amateur opinion.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:38 pm 
 

Hey there DungeonDelver,

With ebay you never know . . . often times large lots go for less than they would individually (as evidenced by the amount of items I and other resellers win).  But that is by no means a certainty - speaking as someone who has watched many, many, many "collections" auctioned, some go for high, Very High and ASTRONOMICALLY, RIDICULOUSLY HIGH Prices.  A few newbies bidding in a war can have dramatic effect.  :D

If selling individually, I'd recommend reasonable opening bids (don't let anything start at 99 cents or you may find yourself getting burned).  A fair BIN is also a great way to go - the odds of a Fiend Folio getting caught in  a bidding war are extremely slim . . . but the chance that someone will pay a couple more dollars to get it right away are much greater.


By the way, I make a policy of not offering Acaeum members who post collections an offer - obviously I would be doing so with the eye to making a profit and therefore offering less than I thought it was worth.  I don't want there to be any bad blood.  :D

(Of course, I would always listen if something were offered to me first.  :D  )


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:07 pm 
 

Of course I should have mentioned BtB, Badmike and Bclarkie are all dealers. They buy job lots and sell individual pieces for a living. I only mention them because they are among the most respectable and well liked dealers on eBay.

Aside. The amount of money you get will be directly proportional to the amount of work you are willing to put in to selling the stuff. If you list each item individually, take good clear big pictures instead of the tiny crap ones eBay posts on your behalf, and provide full and accurate descriptions, you should reep the benefits af the best possible returns.

If you don't put in the effort, the price will generally be lower. But then you haven't had to spend your time on it. Quid pro quo.


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:49 pm 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:I'd put it all up as individual lots. Alternatively, speak to Bclarkie, Beyondthebreach or Badmike. They'll take the lot as a job lot.

I'd be interested in the non-TSR stuff, so post a link here if you're gonna auction the stuff.


Most of the hardbacks except for the PHB 1sts (I assume these are first printings and not just 1st editions?) and the D&DG w/Cthulhu are pretty common and can pile up fast for dealers (dont' ask me about the pile of Fiend Folios I've been whittling away at for the last few years....).  I would suggest selling as one large lot if you don't really want to spend a lot of time, someone out there will take them off your hands.  If you do have a little time, auction off the DDG's separately one a week, likewise the 1st print PHBs (again, only if they are truly 1st prints), and then the more common hardbacks as one lot and the D&D modules and magazines as another separate lot, the Kingmaker as a lot and the Dragonquest as a lot. That way you end up with about 10 auctions max spread out over about a months time, and you will get the most value.  If you want to make your life simpler, thought, you might just sell the entire pile in one auction and be done with it, although shipping will be a lot more of a headache as all those hardbacks are going to weigh a TON stuffed into one box!!!

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:04 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:If you do have a little time, auction off the DDG's separately one a week, likewise the 1st print PHBs (again, only if they are truly 1st prints), and then the more common hardbacks as one lot and the D&D modules and magazines as another separate lot, the Kingmaker as a lot and the Dragonquest as a lot. That way you end up with about 10 auctions max spread out over about a months time, and you will get the most value.

IMHO, that's extremely sound advice.
Would be my course of action were I in the same position and could hold on long enough to supplement other funds, rather than needing the cash up-front asap.

(Best wishes for your endeavors to resolve the employment situation, DD.
I know how that feels and how heartbreaking it can be to dig one's way out of that, even though it doesn't help to say... :()

  


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Post Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:29 pm 
 

That's what I was thinking, too — small- to medium-sized "themed" lots is how I would play it.

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