Virtual Flea Market for Delivery to BGG.Con 2017
- Michael SchwerdtfegerUnited States
UPDATED 11-12-17: PLEASE NOTE THE NEW IMAGE BELOW FOR THE VFM TABLE ASSIGNMENTS. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO SET UP BY USER NAME!!!
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE HEADER!! IN ORDER THAT THIS CHAOTIC EVENT WORKS FOR EVERYONE, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ EVERYTHING!
VFM Delivery Meetup: Innovation Ballroom - Thursday 6pm - 7:30pm (See more below)
Buyers: Use this link for an alphabetized list of games still available: 2017 VFM Index
or try this new index (courtesy of John Munsch):
2017 Alternate VFM Index
Here is the concept - While the BGG.Con Flea Market is great, for some of us who are travelling to the convention, carrying games to the convention that you may or may not be able to sell is a hassle at the very least. So, use the "Virtual Flea Market" instead. if you have items that you'd like to sell at BGG.Con, list them here with the condition of your items, and the price or terms you'd like to sell for. With any luck, the deals will be done ahead of the convention and you can just do the physical swap in Dallas.
How you sell your items is up to you! Fixed Price, Auction, Dutch Auction, it doesn't matter. Everyone is on their own - no one will be monitoring your items but you.
As in the past, we have reserved a time and space at BGG.Con to make the swaps. This year's delivery meet up will be in the Innovation Ballroom (upstairs) on Thursday from 6pm until 7:30pm. PLEASE BE PROMPT!! We have to be clear of the room by no later than 7:30pm to make room for other BGG events.
You are, of course, welcome to arrange other times/methods for your swaps on an individual basis (but see the note about a Tuesday meetup below).
Delivery Meetup Guidelines and Expectations
Since this event has gotten so large (and fun and successful), we need everyone's help to keep the event organized so we can continue it in future years. Thousands of items trade hands each year, and to do that again, we need everyone to please follow these guidelines:
1. The room will be organized according to Sellers' User Names. If you are selling items, please know where your delivery location is (see below).
2. Please be on time.
3. If you are both buying and selling, you MUST bring a helper (or team-up with someone) to pick up your purchased games! If you still have items to deliver, you MUST be at your designated room location to deliver them.
4. If you are a buyer, it is really helpful if you bring one envelope for each seller you are buying from. Each envelope should be marked on the outside with the seller's user name, and the items you are buying and should contain exact change. After doing this for a few years, I can tell you that this makes the event go much more smoothly for everyone.
Please be considerate to the several hundred other people that are participating so this can continue to be a great experience! There is nothing more frustrating that walking through the room looking for someone, only to find out they are running late or wandering about the hall looking for their own pickups.
Delivery Meetup Room Plan
Sterling Babcock (Solamar) has created a room plan so that there will be some semblance of organization to the chaos that is the VFM. The room will be organized by USER NAME (please note that the room will not be organized by first name, last name, or date of birth. It will be organized by USER NAME), with early letters to the left of the room (as you will see it when entering), and later letters nearer the right side of the room. Sterling will be putting letters on the tables so it is easy to see them. Please go to your table - it will make things a whole lot easier!
Please stay tuned to this section, as we may update the room plan as we get closer to the event.
Please setup at these tables by USER NAME
Summary of Unsold Games
Despite not being able to attend this year, Steve Duff (Unknown Parker Brother) has put together a list based on code from Ron Parker (parkrrrr) that summarizes the games still unsold! Thanks Steve (and Ron)! The link to the list is 2017 VFM Index.
In order to keep this list working right, please update your items as follows:
1. When your item sells, please edit your items entry to include the word "Sold" someplace.
2. If your item is an auction, please include the word "Auction" someplace.
3. If you are selling an item that deserves an alternate name in a summary list, please place this code in your item someplace: "+altname+ Whatever You'd Like To Call Your Item -altname-"
4. If you change your price, please keep the new price on the same line of the geeklist (Do something like
5. Please don't delete sold items!! Just leave them on the list. Thank you!
If there is something you are looking for, think about adding it to Virtual Flea Market for Delivery to BGG.Con 2017 - Request List.
In the past, I found that it was very easy, convenient, and cost effective to mail a large box of items to the hotel ahead of the convention. The hotel held the box and delivered it to me when I arrived.
However, this year, like last year, the hotel will be using its in-house FedEx service for handling incoming and outgoing boxes. FedEx will charge a $10/box handling fee for all incoming and outgoing boxes (plus an additional fee if you want the box delivered to your room). FedEx will also charge $5 if you need to buy a box on the outbound side.
For those of you travelling from afar, you should consider this alternative.
If you would like to mail a package to the hotel, you can mail the box to
Hyatt Regency DFW
2334 North International Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75261
Then, mark the package with "Attn: [Your name and date of arrival]"
Per BGG Guidelines, it is the seller's responsibility to process final sales through the BGG Marketplace.
While the VFM has become significantly larger in terms of items trading hands than the BGG.Con Math Trade, I continue to ask that people that participate in both be considerate of other participants. Since I usually participate in both, I generally handle my entries as follows: I add my items to the math trade near the end of the math trade listing period. Once I do, I will, most likely, not sell items via this list until the conclusion of the math trade. I think this method limits the amount of conflict between the two lists. I suggest that others adopt a similar plan.
Tuesday Night Meetup
In the past, some of the participants in the VFM have tried to set up a meetup on Tuesday night. BGG.Con staff has advised me that since they do not officially take any hotel space on Tuesday, there can be no official or unofficial events prior to Wednesday. So, please do not schedule such a meetup. All exchanges need to either take place in the Thursday event or arranged individually.
Please do add your items - the more items, the more interest!
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