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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 12:38 am 
 

Today, I was walking through our local Half-Price Books and came across a COMPLETE (I would almost say near mint) Planescape Boxed Set for $6.98, a T1-4 (excellent!) for $4.98 and a copy of Ruins of Undermountain II (excellent and complete) for $5.98.

Does anybody else find that Half Price is an EXCELLENT source for OOP stuff on occasion? I also picked up a new copy of the 3.5 Expedition to the Demonweb Pits (MINT) for $14.98....I left all of the Eberron books they had (about half a dozen) where they were  :wink:

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 2:17 am 
 

Center_Stage_Hobbies wrote:Today, I was walking through our local Half-Price Books and came across a COMPLETE (I would almost say near mint) Planescape Boxed Set for $6.98, a T1-4 (excellent!) for $4.98 and a copy of Ruins of Undermountain II (excellent and complete) for $5.98.

Does anybody else find that Half Price is an EXCELLENT source for OOP stuff on occasion? I also picked up a new copy of the 3.5 Expedition to the Demonweb Pits (MINT) for $14.98....I left all of the Eberron books they had (about half a dozen) where they were  :wink:

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The HPB stores here in western WA are way over priced. Crappy DL modules for $10 and they are not even complete.

Here in WA I hate them with a passion. Sometime I go in there to argue with their "guru" for D&D stuff and make him look like an ass in front of his "little buddies"

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:56 am 
 

i've always found that they're hit and miss.  the same HPB that was selling a 2nd Edition PHB for $15 was also selling a Complete Book of Necromancers for $4.98.  as far as i can tell their pricing is random...


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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 7:45 am 
 

There is a second store here - I have 2 within 10 miles - where the D&D jackass works there JUST to get the good stuff that comes in.

For example, one day we were discussing RPGS and I was asking why copies of d20 schwag were literally only 25% off retail...and he proceeded to tell me that he "keeps" the GOOD stuff for himself - which he not only prices, but gets to use his EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT ON!!! I gues he's using the schwag to make the money back.

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Anyway, just wanted to see if anybody else used 1/2 Price as a resource...


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Center_Stage_Hobbies wrote:There is a second store here - I have 2 within 10 miles - where the D&D jackass works there JUST to get the good stuff that comes in.

For example, one day we were discussing RPGS and I was asking why copies of d20 schwag were literally only 25% off retail...and he proceeded to tell me that he "keeps" the GOOD stuff for himself - which he not only prices, but gets to use his EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT ON!!! I gues he's using the schwag to make the money back.

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Anyway, just wanted to see if anybody else used 1/2 Price as a resource...


It's hit and miss.  We have around 15 stores here in the D/FW area.  Some of the employees get "price happy" with older gaming items which leads to ludicrous pricing.  I've seen Deities and Demigods WITHOUT Cthulhu priced at $50, probably because someone told them it was valuable, but didn't tell them exactly why (and I've seen copies WITH Cthulhu mythos priced at $100 or more... :roll: ).  Last year I got a OCE white box set with all the supplements for $25, while right next to it on the shelf were common Judge's Guild items priced at $15-$20 each (they are still there a year later, BTW).  
  One of the nearest to my house gets a lot of gaming stuff in, but their pricing guy is an outright retard.  It's not uncommon for me to burst into laughter when checking out some of his prices.  Last year he had a A1-4 Scourge of the Slavelords without a mapbook....or a back cover for that matter...looking beat to hell, for $50.  It finally disappeared...I don't think anyone bought it, I think someone threw it away finally.  They have a Rod of Seven Parts on the shelf right now for $50...but it's missing all the maps.  Just the other day they got in some nice MERP items, hard to find second edition stuff like The Shire, Gondor, Moria, etc.  However, not a single one has the maps; and every one looks like someone tied it to the back of their car and drove around the block with them a few times making sure to stop at a muddy puddle along the way.
Cost for each item: $50 each!
    I find the good deals at HPB lie with the littler known gaming items, not the popular stuff.  You can get a good deal on something not as popular, like say Call of Cthulhu stuff.  BTW, I've asked several HPB employees how they price items, they do not use Ebay, but ABEbooks, which accounts for the sometimes idiotic pricing.

BTW, Center, you can make the Jackasses life miserable. Simply keep bringing the stuff up to the counter and asking why it isn't half price cover instead of what it's priced at (only 25% off).  You'll eventually get a manager, either at the counter, or someone will refer you, and unless the stuff is valuable/rare, the manager will want to know also.  HPB managers don't like to see stuff sitting on the shelves for no reason, when it's common crap especially, and the d20 stuff is common as dewdrops.

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 9:05 am 
 

Center_Stage_Hobbies wrote:There is a second store here - I have 2 within 10 miles - where the D&D jackass works there JUST to get the good stuff that comes in.

For example, one day we were discussing RPGS and I was asking why copies of d20 schwag were literally only 25% off retail...and he proceeded to tell me that he "keeps" the GOOD stuff for himself - which he not only prices, but gets to use his EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT ON!!! I gues he's using the schwag to make the money back.

8O

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Anyway, just wanted to see if anybody else used 1/2 Price as a resource...


BTW, Center, employees of HPB are NOT allowed to profit off items they purchase at the store at discount...it's one of their little rules.  If you can find the guy reselling on ebay or another venue, he can be fired immediately...I've seen it happen at least twice at the HPB near my house. The rule prevents some ass from, say, getting a job at HPB, pricing all the DVD sets for $10, then buying up all the DVD sets, then opening his own store on EBay called "Half of Half Price DVD sets".  The two guys I know that got fired were buying up music CDs that they themselves priced (like your guy) and reselling them for profit on Ebay.  You might see if he has an Ebay venue.....if he's just a collector, you are probably out of luck.

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 10:25 am 
 

I can second what BadMike says about HPB in Dallas-Fort Worth --- they are hit-and-miss.

Boxed sets are often laughably overpriced and fscking taped shut.  Tape may every-so-slightly deter theft, but it definitely deters collecting.  A side effect of being clueless (or generous to balance the scales?) is that boxed sets can have more junk inside than they should.

Miscellanous bits and interesting items can also be found at cheap prices.  I recently saw the Silver Anniversary G1 and G2 modules for $0.98 apiece.

BTW, HPB is having a 20% off sale this weekend . . .

  


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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 10:40 am 
 

The one in Fremont Ca. is good. I picked up a near mint From the Ashes with some other stuff in the box as well as a complete City of Greyhawk boxed set in near mint for 14.98 each. I went back later and picked up the Red Steel boxed set for the same price last year.


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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 12:13 pm 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:I can second what BadMike says about HPB in Dallas-Fort Worth --- they are hit-and-miss.

Boxed sets are often laughably overpriced and fscking taped shut.  Tape may every-so-slightly deter theft, but it definitely deters collecting.  A side effect of being clueless (or generous to balance the scales?) is that boxed sets can have more junk inside than they should.

Miscellanous bits and interesting items can also be found at cheap prices.  I recently saw the Silver Anniversary G1 and G2 modules for $0.98 apiece.

BTW, HPB is having a 20% off sale this weekend . . .


JG I was once told by one HPB genius that "Taped shut items are sold as is"....which, BTW, goes for NOTHING ELSE IN THE ENTIRE FRICKKEN STORE!  Why not just either leave the box open, or admit your Price Gun Sally knows nothing about what is supposed to be in the box and sell them all for a flat, say $10 each.
That being said, I used my car keys to cut the tape on the sides and top and look inside....what are they going to do, not sell it to me?  

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 12:37 pm 
 

I hit the Austin HPBs occasionally and there's always something interesting to pick up, but its rarely in collectible condition. I normally just fill in gaps in my collection and enjoy the reading material. I did get surprised by a 1st printing NM Rogues Gallery for a paltry 2 bucks a while ago, but that would be about the best of my finds there. I do agree with some of the other posters that pricing seems often random. I guess that's part of the charm.

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 1:17 pm 
 

Dear god I wish Half Price Books were here in the central florida area :(

  

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:03 pm 
 

I have visited the two HPB books I know of in the Seattle/Tacoma area...there are probably a couple more...maybe.  

Anyway, I have found the prices generally slightly high....sort of what  you might pay for on Ebay with shipping.

Kosh...try the U-District HPB when you're in the city.  I saw a couple of DL modules there in the $4+ range that looked complete.

The Tacoma store has an entire shelf of Ravenloft items that no one wants.  Their main problem?  The products really are half price.  In my experience, the Ravenloft products were of high price and low value.

Anyone using AbeBooks or Amazon for pricing used RPG publications is going to wind up with mega-whacky prices.  I recall Demon Magic on Amazon for $80.

Anyway...no one else should ever go to a Half Price Books, EVER.

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 5:25 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:
JG I was once told by one HPB genius that "Taped shut items are sold as is"....which, BTW, goes for NOTHING ELSE IN THE ENTIRE FRICKKEN STORE!  Why not just either leave the box open, or admit your Price Gun Sally knows nothing about what is supposed to be in the box and sell them all for a flat, say $10 each.
That being said, I used my car keys to cut the tape on the sides and top and look inside....what are they going to do, not sell it to me?  

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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 8:27 pm 
 

you guys dont know how lucky you are!
The concept of going into a bookstore and finding any oop rpg stuff is completely alien to me.
The occasional charity shop find and that's about it - and even then I can go a long time without picking anything up at all, the last D&D item I got was a greyhawk adventures h/b and that was 3 weeks ago. (And believe me I look really hard!) (And I don't even remember when I last picked up a module :roll: )


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Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 8:33 pm 
 

gyg wrote:you guys dont know how lucky you are!
The concept of going into a bookstore and finding any oop rpg stuff is completely alien to me.
The occasional charity shop find and that's about it - and even then I can go a long time without picking anything up at all, the last D&D item I got was a greyhawk adventures h/b and that was 3 weeks ago. (And believe me I look really hard!) (And I don't even remember when I last picked up a module :roll: )


HPB has shelves and shelves of the more common stuff (read: 3rd edition/d20), Plus allthe White Wolf World of Darkness stuff, Rifters, Shadowrun, etc.  It's really a boon if you are looking for the not so rare items and don't want to pay full price.

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Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 10:21 am 
 

HPB has shelves and shelves of the more common stuff (read: 3rd edition/d20), Plus allthe White Wolf World of Darkness stuff, Rifters, Shadowrun, etc. It's really a boon if you are looking for the not so rare items and don't want to pay full price.



Aint that the truth... I did find the complete set (at the time) of All Flesh Must Be Eaten at the one I go to so I saved a crap load of money and bought 6 books plus Eden Studios Armageddon all for under $25  :twisted:



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Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 5:15 pm 
 

Not to rub it in, but....  :D

Went into Half Price just today and found.... (drum roll please)

H3 The Bloodstone Wars (for only $1.98, no less - and in EXCELLENT shape)
I10 Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill (in very good shape, with maps - for only $2.98 )

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I am a very happy, happy man. Apparently their gaming specialist was out this morning - I don't know how these slipped by! Two days of good luck in a row. This means that they will have nothing but garbage probably for the next month or so....


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Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 7:03 pm 
 

With gas prices pushing $4 this summer, I have to be on another errand to go near Half Price Books.


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Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2007 8:56 pm 
 

Center_Stage_Hobbies wrote:Not to rub it in, but....  :D

Went into Half Price just today and found.... (drum roll please)

H3 The Bloodstone Wars (for only $1.98, no less - and in EXCELLENT shape)
I10 Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill (in very good shape, with maps - for only $2.98 )



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Post Posted: Fri May 25, 2007 8:13 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:With gas prices pushing $4 this summer, I have to be on another errand to go near Half Price Books.

Hitting the stores in the Sea-Tac area isn't as difficult as hitting the DFW stores.  Up in Seattle, the traffic isn't as bad, the stores are cleaner, BadMike and the rest of the DFW Acaeum crew are 2000 miles away . . .

DFW's roadside scenery is bad.  The stores are farther apart and a bit dirtier (still clean --- just not as shiny).  DFW also doesn't have the RPG companies that Seattle has.

$4 gas should not deter you from making the rounds of the HPB stores . . . who knows what rarities lurk in the hearts of them?

But $3 gas shall deter the DFW crew from HPB this weekend!  Stay away!  Is that boxed Goodman Games set really worth the drive?  :)

  
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