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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:02 pm 
 

Greetings Again,

I'm back with another newbie question.  Didn't really see an answer to this in the FAQ so here we go:

Do any of you and/or valuation board members give out value advice via private email?  Can I ask questions here about other RPG games (since the title of the forum is Dungeons & Dragons after all)?

I am new to the world of collecting D&D items.  So I am attempting to buy up bulk lots of stuff to flesh out my smallish collection.  Currently, someone has a list of stuff they want to sell which consists of all types of RPGs (and D&D stuff).  I'd like an expert opinion to ballpark their asking price for me as I'm very new to prices (I've been cross referencing stuff with The Acaeum lists and checking ebay, but that's only good for D&D stuff).

Any ideas on how to proceed without constantly cluttering up the forum with boring questions about values, especially on non-D&D items?  Any links you guys can suggest?  Thanks.


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:15 pm 
 

I'm sure if you wanted to post a list of items in this thread, there would be a number of people who would evaluate particular items or various types.

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:05 pm 
 

*nods*
If you add the asking prices, I'll happily reply (here or via PM) with those that appear to be "better" value for money, IMO. Not guaranteeing to be familiar with the whole list, though! ;)


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:21 am 
 

bspaul41 wrote:I'd like an expert opinion to ballpark their asking price for me as I'm very new to prices (I've been cross referencing stuff with The Acaeum lists and checking ebay, but that's only good for D&D stuff).


Members such as Faro/Harami, Badmike, BClarkie, Mars will be able to give honest advice on the market value of most items.  If they don't know then feel free to post here ...  :D

P.S.  If I didn't mention you don't take it personally  :wink:

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:45 pm 
 

PM reply sent, Ben.
(Erm, apologies: that was a bit of an essay...!)

Always seek further opinions and don't be put off if things don't work out "first time". :)

Good luck,
David.


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:01 pm 
 

David,

Thanks for the excellent information and suggestions.  I sent you a PM.

David has set me on the right track.  But I will definately continue to read this forum more frequently and ask questions when they arise.  Thanks everyone.


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:57 pm 
 

(do-it-yourself guide)

Hi,

If it helps, the valuation board reaches most of its estimate recommendations by analyzing market trends over time, as a cost-to-point ratio.  (For example, once you break down the Acaeum scale into a 1-10, if a 7-quality sells for $70, this item is very roughly worth $10 per point.)

That raw data is then refined by averaging all existing noted trends, so that the highs and lows and the blurry conditions cancel one another out.  To accurately reflect rising and lowering prices, estimates are weighted according to time; 2007 prices, for example, are weighted heavily and 2002 items are weighted very lightly (since their trending is likely obsolete for all but historical purposes).

For particularly obscure items, however, sometimes all you'll get is that one auction with one heavily-contested price, which is when the cost-to-point gives you all you're going to get.

My advice is to grab what you can from eBay auction history and take it as the median.  You can go more deeply by searching online vendors, but their prices tend to be high, so maybe cut by a reasonable percentage.  That's as close as you're going to get on any item in this field.  (I'm answering in detail because this paradigm will prove valuable in collecting not just one particular item, but anything gaming-oriented you might like in the future.)

Caveat:  RPG collecting has a heavy emotional component, and a smattering of traditionalism as well - so even with the strength of numbers behind you, expect some howls of indignation if your data, historical gospel and Interested Buyer X are not in agreement.  But we won't go into that here.   :lol:

  
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