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A Thrifter's Guide: Mass Market Games with eBay Value (2011)
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Are you hitting the thrift stores looking for games? Much more likely than finding Eurogames to add to your collection is that you'll find mass-market games that may or may not be well designed, but which still sell well on eBay. Here is a list of those games so you know what to pick up and what to leave behind.

Conditions:

1) The game must be considered a Mass Market game

2) There must be recent evidence that the game has sold for $25 or more on eBay or other online marketplaces. Please note that many games were close to meeting this threshold, but sale prices have dropped off lately and so they have dropped off this list. If a game consistently sells for over $20 and spikes above that, it could possibly be added.

Note 1: Some of these games are definitely worth adding to your collection, despite how much you could get for them.

Note 2: If a game you are adding sells well only at specific times of the year (e.g. Christmas) please make note of that.
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1. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:143]
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The 1999 Hasbro/Avalon Hill Big Box version of Acquire still goes for a bit. It's not super common, but common enough for these lists. I sold one for $75 recently on eBay, and I know other thrifters have gotten $100 or more for it.
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2. Board Game: The Ark of the Covenant [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:767]
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I'm not sure about eBay, but I put this up on Criagslist for $20 and got an offer to ship it to Virginia within an hour. I wasn't willing to do that (Craigslist is for local), so I put it on the BGG marketplace and it sold for $35 plus shipping within half an hour. I should have listed it for more. whistle
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3. Board Game: Big Boggle [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1106]
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This also fluctuates a bit, but consistently brings in $30-50+. I sold one a month or two ago for about $60.
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4. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:476]
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It looks like older copies of Can't Stop will fetch money. The one on eBay the closest to finishing is over $30 with multiple bids.

I find this more than any other desired game in the thrift stores I frequent.

EDIT: Changed the image. I didn't notice I'd chosen one with added components. Sorry!
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5. Board Game: Cashflow 101 [Average Rating:4.89 Overall Rank:10845]
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Should sell for at least $50. Has sold for much more.
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6. Board Game: Cashflow 202 [Average Rating:5.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.47 Unranked]
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Sales average around $75.
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7. Board Game: Cashflow for Kids [Average Rating:4.20 Unranked]
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Sales average around $35.
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8. Board Game: Catch Phrase! [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1492]
Grant Miller
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Electronic Catch Phrase Junior sells for around $30... and I just left one behind at Goodwill this week.
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9. Board Game: Charoodles [Average Rating:5.76 Unranked]
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Sold this via Geeklist auction for $1 to get an unwanted Xmas game off my shelf, only to have the buyer cheerfully inform me that it would sell for $25 on eBay wow
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10. Board Game: Cranium Hoopla [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2098]
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This is also out of print and all the recent sales on ebay are north of $20, although I think a few didn't sell at all.
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11. Board Game: Crossbows and Catapults [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2064]
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Vintage sets for $100+
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12. Board Game: Crossfire [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:10412]
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These can do fairly well on ebay. I sold one for $30, but one before Christmas went for $125. I think average is $25 - $45.
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13. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:823]
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If you find this, don't sell it. Keep it to play!!! But if you do, it commands $25-$40
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14. Board Game: Electronic Mall Madness [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:10053]
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Normally this is junk, but apparently at Christmas time you can get $25-$40 for it.
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15. Board Game: Escape from Atlantis [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1426]
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I thought after chimming in on Survive! That I'd mention this one too. I got a copy off eBay a couple of years back for £6.00 (approx. $9.00) in perfect condition. As already mentioned this one is common as muck here in Scarborough- I've seen 4 copies in the last couple of years, one of which I bought for £3.00 (approx. $4.50), once again it was in perfect condition. We use it to play with 24 survivors each! goo
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16. Board Game: The Game of Life: Twists & Turns [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:7008]
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This is going for $40 and up on Ebay.
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17. Board Game: The Generals [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:4399]
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This is by Ideal, so I suppose it's mass market. I just got over $60 for a used working copy on ebay.
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18. Board Game: Heroscape Expansion Set: Road to the Forgotten Forest [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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Like the Ice set, Road To The Forgotten Forest is also running at or over $60.00
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19. Board Game: Heroscape Expansion Set: Thaelenk Tundra [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
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Just a ridiculous amount. Easily $60+ for one of these; they were going for about $100 in the box in December.
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20. Board Game: Heroscape Expansion Set: Volcarren Wasteland [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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This one doesn't show up too often, but it does appear once in a while. $60.00 and up on ebay.
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21. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:192] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Selling for $40-$60+
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22. Board Game: Hotel Tycoon [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:10649]
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I recently sold a thrifted copy locally for $40... although on eBay there are copies selling for around $60.
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23. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:9503]
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The "vintage" edition pictured. Sold one sealed recently for over $90.
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24. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:420]
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It seem like Complete copies of Loopin Louie usually go for $40 - $50. One is up on ebay right now at $44.02 with 8 bids and over 4 days left.
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25. Board Game: Masterpiece [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:10234]
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Always a pickup for me. Can sell upwards of $70 if in primo condition. More likely $25 - $30 though.
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