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Post Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:32 pm 
 

I'm negotiating with someone for a large lot of items in shrink.  Most are from the 80's and 90's.

From those that have dealt with lots like this in the past, do you have a rule of thumb on what you pay versus what you can sell it for to make it worth the required effort?

The lot is approximately 250+ items.  If I do buy it, I'll offer the items I don't keep here before going the Ebay route.   :)


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:55 pm 
 

In general I buy lots at roughly half of what I think I can sell them for individually (or small lots).  If there is a lot of "hard to move" stuff such as Palladium, White Wolf, etc (where value might be $5 a book but are heavy to ship so often difficult to sell) then it might drop to a third of value - i.e. it will take more time and effort to resell.  When I evaluate a lot, I look at the items in 3 phases:

1)  What are the items that are easy to sell in about 1 month - generally this is about the price that I offer for the lot.
2)  What are the items that will hopefully sell in about a 6 month period - this is roughly the profit I'll make on the lot.
3)  What are the items that are going to sit around for a long time (possibly several years) - this is the stuff that you'll pay yourself less than minimum wage to deal with.

I generally consider all D&D stuff in categories 1 & 2 so offer about 50% as a buy in bulk discount.

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:15 pm 
 

cdenham wrote in 80's & 90's era items in shrink:I'm negotiating with someone for a large lot of items in shrink.  Most are from the 80's and 90's.

From those that have dealt with lots like this in the past, do you have a rule of thumb on what you pay versus what you can sell it for to make it worth the required effort?

The lot is approximately 250+ items.  If I do buy it, I'll offer the items I don't keep here before going the Ebay route.   :)


I agree totally with Mars.  If you have to pay more than 50%, I usually just pass.  In most any large lots, there may be a few pleasant surprises, but there are often some disappointments (damage, missing part, etc...).  And when I say 50%, I am talking eBay sold prices, not retail or brick & mortar store prices.

Another "trick," if you want to call it that, is to pay in cash.  I put in my wallet what I want to pay and no more.  "This is what I have in my wallet."  It is amazing how many people lose rational thinking at the sight of that stuff.

Good luck!   8)


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:53 am 
 

It doesn't sound like it from your description, but if this is someone's personal collection they may be willing to haggle a little more, unless they are simply tired of lugging it around. If it is someone who stumbled across old stock in a storage auction they could have gotten it all for a mere 100 bucks! I totally agree with benjoshua though, a wad of cash in the wallet will really go along way in closing the deal quickly. In any event, I will be looking froward to your calssifieds post on the items you don't want and help you re-coup those costs!  :D

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:35 pm 
 

cabala wrote in 80's & 90's era items in shrink:It doesn't sound like it from your description, but if this is someone's personal collection they may be willing to haggle a little more, unless they are simply tired of lugging it around. If it is someone who stumbled across old stock in a storage auction they could have gotten it all for a mere 100 bucks! I totally agree with benjoshua though, a wad of cash in the wallet will really go along way in closing the deal quickly. In any event, I will be looking froward to your calssifieds post on the items you don't want and help you re-coup those costs!  :D


And another positive note is that a wad of cash in the wallet is a great way to get robbed while doing a deal through craig's list or rolled in Atlantic City.


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:44 pm 
 

JasonZavoda wrote in 80's & 90's era items in shrink:And another positive note is that a wad of cash in the wallet is a great way to get robbed while doing a deal through craig's list or rolled in Atlantic City.



Excellent point and by no means would I ever wish that on anyone. There is obviously a point where someone must be logical and careful with their money and make those decisions for themselves. I don't think I would be comfortable walking around with K's in my pocket unless I was strapped...lol, but then what kind of deal are we really talking about!

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:47 pm 
 

Yeah, common sense has to kick in.   :)

I won't just arrive with a wad of cash in my front pocket.  This isn't a Craigslist find.  It is actually a business that ran across the lot and purchased them thinking they could pick up some money reselling it.  I don't think they realized what they actually had but unfortunately for me, they did do some homework first.   :(  :lol:


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:56 pm 
 

But I have found a guy that says he has most of the 1e and 2e Ravenloft items that he'll part with for 7 grand off Craigslist.   8O

If you want his contact info, just let me know!  :D


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:01 pm 
 

cdenham wrote in 80's & 90's era items in shrink:But I have found a guy that says he has most of the 1e and 2e Ravenloft items that he'll part with for 7 grand off Craigslist.   8O

If you want his contact info, just let me know!  :D


Got to love it. I like when Craig's list sellers specifically state, " These products sell for xx dollars on Amazon or EBay" Great go sell on amazon or Ebay then!

Good luck with your deal, hopefully it is still a steal!  8)

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:09 pm 
 

cdenham wrote in 80's & 90's era items in shrink:But I have found a guy that says he has most of the 1e and 2e Ravenloft items that he'll part with for 7 grand off Craigslist.   8O

If you want his contact info, just let me know!  :D


whats his info?? thats a freaking bargain! i'm sporting wood i'm so excited.


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