Marshwiggle92

Selling/Trading games.

I am proposing that there is a automated weekly forum bot under which we can list our games for sale or trade.

I propose further, that the bot is only to post your games for sale or trade. Any offers of games for trade, or counteroffers on prices be handled via private message. It should also be the responsibility of the seller to remove the listing, or update it with a "sold" when a game is disposed of. 

Any thoughts? Is that a bad idea.


4 points by Marshwiggle92 - updated 18 hours ago | 35 comments | report | subscribe

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

I like that it will keep the forum clean but does this mean that we'll need to re-list our games for trade each week? Maybe this should be a monthly post?

Marshwiggle92 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

It might mean that. I don't think that is a problem for two reasons. 

1: you want to keep your games up the in "the public consciousness." if you have a monthly post many occasional users will miss it unless they are looking for a specific game. 

2: it keeps the list of games in the trade/sell part shorter and easier to look through. 

JamesReid860 31 hours ago | 1 point[-]

That's all true. Makes sense

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Good idea and keeps the forum clean. 

bushtotalk 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

A math trade program integrated into the website👍👍👍

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

YESS!

Marshwiggle92 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oooo. I like it. 

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've heard of these fabled "math trades" but still don't know what they are, exactly. What do you do in a math trade? 

Marshwiggle92 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have never participated in any, so feel free to correct me if necessary. 

My understanding is that you make a list of the game(s) you are wanting to trade. You make another list of games you are wanting. People al over the country do the same thing. You all send your lists to a dude with a algorithm who mashes all the list together. 

Once all the lists are combined you can do matches. For example imagine that I want to get rid of Castles of Burgandy, and one of my desires is 7 Wonders Duel. It turns out that X in Seattle has 7 Wonders Duel, but he doesn't want COB he wants Hanimikoji. Fortunately, Y in Dallas has Hanimikoji to trade and he is wanting COB. So I send my COB to Y in Dallas, Y sends Hanimikoji to X in Seattle, and X sends me 7 Wonders Duel. We all, hopefully, end up happy. 

philryuh 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Sure sounds like math :)

Do you happen to know the general feedback from users? Whether the majority of these deals work out well or not?

Marshwiggle92 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

The general feedback seems to be generally good. Obviously it gets more complicated the more participants you have but it also make the likelihood of getting the game you want higher. 

Also, shipping games is not cheap. For this reason a lot of math trades are organized around conventions. Those attending can bring their games to get rid of, and pick up their trades. 

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

People actually have time to go to conventions?

Marshwiggle92 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Apparently many people do. I am not one of these mythical characters. But, wish I were. 

Skurvy5 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Even if I could actually get the time off from work, my wife would give me “the look” if I even started to ask about going. I’m sure many are familiar with “the look”...

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Same here. No time or $$ for conventions. If my wife was into this hobby as much as I was then I could see us making a convention our vacation. 

Marshwiggle92 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yes, I know, it's not just getting to the convention. That is easy enough. Not is it all that you would spend on games, that is justifiable enough. It is all the expensive hotels, time off of work, expensive food.... And that is all money you could be spending on games instead. 

Skurvy5 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol right! Plus my wife would murder me for missing time with my family. 

JamesReid860 31 hours ago | 1 point[-]

I do think that one day I'll save up  a chunk and at least do a day or two at a convention

Skurvy5 28 hours ago | 1 point[-]

That does sound fun. I’m sure there are some cons up in the Twin Cities that I could go to. That wouldn’t be such a huge time investment. 

Marshwiggle92 31 hours ago | 1 point[-]

A big one? Or a "local" con? 

JamesReid860 24 hours ago | 1 point[-]

I don't know. I know one of my local cons has a pretty good set up. But I was thinking more of one of the bigger cons. BGG, Dice Tower, PAX unplugged  or Origins I don't think the huge Gen Con or Essen really appeal to me. 

Marshwiggle92 18 hours ago | 1 point[-]

You should maybe be thinking along the lines of drive tower cruise.... 

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Sounds like math haha I can see those working well though. Definitely an exercise in trust, but I find most people in this hobby are pretty honest. (We don't like playing with cheaters haha)

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

This was a nice and clear explanation, much better than I could do. 

bushtotalk 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

It is a 3 person trade or even more.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I just saw all the trade/sale posts and now I understand where this came from haha

JamesReid860 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

It was my fault

BenjaminK 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

Regardless of what Marsh says, it's totally your fault haha Just kidding. You're an inspiration!

JamesReid860 31 hours ago | 1 point[-]

haha!

Marshwiggle92 4 days ago | 1 point[-]

It wasn't your fault. You may have provided the inspiration to post this post. I had already been thinking for a day or two about how one could handle sales without a dedicated marketplace. But you aren't at fault. 

JamesReid860 31 hours ago | 1 point[-]

I was exhibit A of how not to do it!

philryuh 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'm for this idea, seems like a good stopgap to provide structure until Trent gets in the marketplace feature.

theDL 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I support this idea. Keeps forum clutter to a minimum.

sdirrane 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think it's a good idea as well.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I wouldn't be opposed. I think it would be nice to have some sort of marketplace from which to do that sort of things.