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Post Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:46 am 
 

g026r wrote:Invest in your own shrink-wrapping machine, then you can be justified jacking them up fourfold. :lol:




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Post Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:02 pm 
 

g026r wrote:Invest in your own shrink-wrapping machine, then you can be justified jacking them up


Also known as a $15 hair dryer. Besides the possibility of a scammer doing it, many individual retail stores do it themselves. Someone could buy & sell a SW item without realizing it's not factory packaging.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:04 pm 
 

sauromatian wrote:Also known as a $15 hair dryer. Besides the possibility of a scammer doing it, many individual retail stores do it themselves. Someone could buy & sell a SW item without realizing it's not factory packaging.


One of the local stores does it to everything they get.  (Jason will know the chain I'm talking about, as they have a branch down his way as well.)

Makes buying anything from them a crapshoot, as you can never tell what the interior quality is like.


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:07 pm 
 

All-Star Games, a fairly well-known store in Diamond Bar, Calif. (nice and centrally located in the greater L.A. area) used to do this, too. It was absurd. Every single thing in the store — used, new, RPG's, boardgames, wargames, magazines, comics, whatever — was shrink-wrapped.

And don't get me started on the fact that their machine usually wrapped stuff way too tightly ...

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:17 pm 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:All-Star Games, a fairly well-known store in Diamond Bar, Calif. (nice and centrally located in the greater L.A. area) used to do this, too. It was absurd. Every single thing in the store — used, new, RPG's, boardgames, wargames, magazines, comics, whatever — was shrink-wrapped.

And don't get me started on the fact that their machine usually wrapped stuff way too tightly ...


Xax, is All-Star worth checking out? I've seen them come up on the WotC store listing a number of times, but I'm all the way up near Santa Monica. I went over to The Last Grenadier in Burbank a couple of weeks back, they had a bunch of stuff jammed down in boxes covered in dust, I picked up a very ratty ready ref sheets and some well worn BECMI books, but otherwise it was pretty much a bust. The dice selection was meh. Fine if you're looking for the usual mechanically polished dice sold everywhere.

It's a great store for old military books, it seems, as they had shelves and shelves of stuff.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:37 pm 
 

My understanding is that it's either closed or quite different. Sadly, the owner  and owner's wife both passed away within weeks of each other a few years ago, leaving the store (as I understand the story, anyway) in the hands of a manager and some part-timers who were not prepared to run a game store. I had moved back to Nevada by that time, so I'm fuzzy on the details.

I liked All-Star, FWIW. The location was great, the store was clean and well-stocked, and the people were nice enough. I would have definitely been okay with a bit more of a personal touch ... I spent thousands of dollars there from 2000 to 2004 and never got so much as a 1% discount on anything. Oh, and the shrinkwrapping, of course: as mentioned, I thought they really jumped the shark in that department. But, overall, a game store I remember fondly.

You'll definitely want to call first or do a Google search. Santa Monica/Diamond Bar would be a long way to drive just to find that the address is now home to a dry cleaners or something.

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:24 pm 
 

This Seller is hoping to get $65 for Assassins of Dol Amroth.




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Post Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:18 pm 
 

Speaking of catalogs, by the way....

Since they are often given away for free I make  a point of picking them up whenever I run across free copies.

I bag them up...you never know.

(I also snagged 6 or 8 copies of the free comic book newspaper covering the assassination of Captain America.  Got em on ice...you never know.)


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Post Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 6:52 am 
 

There has to be an accidental 9 in this one. Ridiculous:




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Post Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:51 am 
 

I e-mailed him to ask if I get Tolkien's bones with it. I'll keep you posted.


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Post Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 11:24 am 
 

$199?!?! DO I get Tolkien's bones with the book?



Lol, yeah that's a lot of dough, I realize...maybe just his pinky toe bone!
Truth is, these books are highly collectible - I routinely sell MERP supplements to collectors for $150-200, especially to European buyers. I know from past experience that if I wait, it will sell at asking price or near to it within a few weeks. Also, eBay market value is set based on other items of similar condition and these are the only ones of their kind for sale on eBay right now. I just listed them last night and there's already been considerable interest in them. There is a "Best Offer" feature - all serious offers are considered.
I've got a ton of MERP Supplements that I'll be listing in the next several days - are you interested in any thing specific?
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Seems like he's rooking you guys on the other side of the pond..........


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Post Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:07 pm 
 

Deadlord39 wrote:I e-mailed him to ask if I get Tolkien's bones with it. I'll keep you posted.


I offered him $7.


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Post Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 9:09 pm 
 

Deadlord39 wrote:$199?!?! DO I get Tolkien's bones with the book?



Lol, yeah that's a lot of dough, I realize...maybe just his pinky toe bone!
Truth is, these books are highly collectible - I routinely sell MERP supplements to collectors for $150-200, especially to European buyers. I know from past experience that if I wait, it will sell at asking price or near to it within a few weeks. Also, eBay market value is set based on other items of similar condition and these are the only ones of their kind for sale on eBay right now. I just listed them last night and there's already been considerable interest in them. There is a "Best Offer" feature - all serious offers are considered.
I've got a ton of MERP Supplements that I'll be listing in the next several days - are you interested in any thing specific?
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Seems like he's rooking you guys on the other side of the pond..........


Wait...Frank...are you the seller?

Talk about ruined fun.  :x


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Post Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 10:26 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:Wait...Frank...are you the seller?

Talk about ruined fun.  :x


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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 2:49 am 
 

Deadlord39 wrote:Truth is, these books are highly collectible - I routinely sell MERP supplements to collectors for $150-200, especially to European buyers.


There used to be a valuation site on MERP and I used to follow that data. While the values have perhaps appreciated 50%, most of the modules are still pretty common.  I can understand trying to get $200 for Umbar, Ardor, or the Grey Mountains, but the regular modules are usually available for $20 - $30 bucks. Denizens of the Dark Wood is one of the more common modules.

However if you sell them to unwitting Europeans for those prices, why not  :)  It probably seems cheap given the value of the Euro!

  

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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 6:44 am 
 

I would not pay $20 for any of the mods unless they were MINT. They're just not that rare.


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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 3:54 pm 
 

Mars wrote:
No Frank is not the seller.  Continue fun.


Except that the seller sent me a nice reply, stating that he would keep my offer in mind in case he did not get a sale...and asking me if I knew more about pricing on these items.

Which makes me a jerk for teasing him.  :x


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Post Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 8:39 pm 
 

Nah, believe me, he knows what they are worth. Maybe he thinks you're from overseas.........


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