Thrifting Disappointments
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We have our weekly list where we post our Thrift Store and Bargain Finds, but sometimes, what we thought would be a bargain turns out to be a dud. This is a list for your thrifting disappointments, games you bought that turned-out to be not worthy of the weekly Bargains list.
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1. Board Game: Sleeping Grump [Average Rating:4.71 Unranked]
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Sonya H
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I was excited to find an old Family Pastimes kid's co-op!
But when I got home and looked it up, I found that according to the reviews, this game is a low point in the series. It's missing several pieces; neither my copy nor BGG have the rules, and although the reviews mostly explain the rules, I think there's a detail or two missing.
I'd be better off with the shelf-space than this game; disappointment, not bargain.

$2.49 Goodwill
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2. Board Game: Alhambra: The Vizier's Favor [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
Board Game: Alhambra: The Vizier's Favor
Lee Meister
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Board Game: Alhambra: The Vizier's Favor

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I was excited to find this a few months ago for $1.99 at a Goodwill. I knew at the time that it was incomplete but bought it anyway. The disappointment came when I later found out that the best of the four expansions, The Workers' Huts, was one of the missing sets.


Board Game: Alhambra: The Vizier's Favor

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My notes at time of acquisition:

Incomplete. Missing two of the four expansion sets originally included.
Inventory:
Expansion #1: The Vizier's Favor tokens 6/6
Expansion #2: The Workers' Huts tiles 0/24
Expansion #3: Bureau of Exchange cards 1/6
Expansion #4: Bonus Cards 10/10

The Vizier tokens are nice painted wooden squares with an image printed on one side. Honestly, they serve only as markers in game play and coins could easily be used in their place.

Box in prime condition.

Rules and all text in German. English version of rules available from a BGG file.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia
Brad Miller
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Seattle
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My most recent. Because I was lazy and didn't check. Missing cards, rules, and one rack.

But having been an active thrifter for 20 years...

There aren't enough pages on this geeklist to hold them all laugh
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4. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:7455]
Board Game: Mille Bornes
Sonya H
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Picked up a couple copies of this old classic, because it's a classic I didn't have. But classic doesn't necessarily mean good....
It's a luck-of-the-draw game, where you sit there drawing and discarding as you wait to get the 'Go' card you need, ugh.

1962 version for the nice plastic card tray: $2.49
1982 hanging box version for somewhat newer cards: $1.49, both Goodwill

Card trays are nice, but I need to stop buying such old cards
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5. Board Game: Enchanted Forest [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:7077]
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I swear that Ravensburger have a crack team of special operatives whose job is to search out copies of this game on the second hand market and remove exactly one tree.

I've thrifted this a few times and always come up as having exactly one tree missing (more than once the same tree).

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6. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1647]
Board Game: Labyrinth
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The same Ravensburger Elite Black Ops Team is also responsible for removing a single tile from all second hand copies of Labyrinth.

I think they're also responsible for removing a tile from the copy I loaned to the school's game-shelf a couple of years ago.

My quest for another thrifted copy continues so I can have a full set again.
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7. Board Game: Pretending to Grownup [Average Rating:4.92 Overall Rank:20674]
Board Game: Pretending to Grownup
Jason Becker
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Grabbed it off the GW shelf for $1.99. Nice box, newer style, inventory complete. Thought I remembered seeing this one at Target at the time, bought without doing enough research. Turns out, it's an incredibly boring game and I probably won't be able to sell it for what I paid.
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8. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:609]
Board Game: Mexica
Jonathan A.
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Here's a LINK to my most disappointing find so far.

It is missing so many pieces... still...

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9. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1877] [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
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Donald Cleary
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Bellingham
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Older textured red box? Great. $4? Yeah, okay. Only a board and 2 tile holders inside? UGH
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10. Board Game: Pokémon Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2622] [Average Rating:6.27 Unranked]
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Went to Goodwill Outlet today, and found three (3) Pokemon cards. Who has three Pokemon cards!?! Who donates 3 Pokemon cards!?!? Where are the rest of them!!!
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11. Board Game: Risk: Balance of Power [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8827]
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I thrifted this once asked if I could see inside. Ladies at the Hospital thrift was like we check everything...hmm that was a flag..but Im powerless to Risk. So I got it for 4 bucks...

totally incomplete and a couple cards bent. Oh well to the spare parts pile.
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12. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:324]
Board Game: Claustrophobia
Bob Long
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Woodbridge
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I am disappointed not because I bought this and was missing components or rules but because I saw it...picked it up...opened the box and discovered it was in pristine condition...put it in my cart....got second thoughts....put it back on the shelf...walked away to another part of the store....pulled out my phone and checked it out on BGG...was amazed at the result of my research....went back to where i put the game....and saw another customer that had put the game in their cart....

sad indeed and the price was... yes you got it 2.99.

URGH!!!
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13. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2626] [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
Board Game: PanzerBlitz
Charles Grady
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Huntsville
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Found a huge collection (25 roughly) of these old first edition strategy games each for 5-10 each in good condition. I've always wanted to try at least PanzerBlitz ever since I played a DS version. So disappointed when I was told by the store owner the whole lot was already bought by someone.

I can't help but think that they bought just to resell.
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14. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:33]
Board Game: Blood Rage
Sean Karamanyan
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Clinton
Washington
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May not fully qualify as I didn't actually purchase this but the disappointment is why. I've been thrifting for a long time and when I got into the gaming hobby a few years back, before I knew of the thrifting guild, I never thought of checking thrift stores for games. One night I had a very real dream I thrifted Terra Mystica and Blood Rage only to wake up to reality. That turned the light on for me though.

A few weeks ago I went by the Bellingham, WA GW and from the other side of the aisle I spotted a very familiar red and black color pattern with a heavy metal font. Pretty sure I've never covered 15ft in a shorter time. Only to pick up the box and instantly know it was too light. All the minis had been purged leaving the rest of the game like new. I've never been more heartbroken. I let the employees know as they had a 19.99 tag on it. One of my highest and lowest thrifting moments all at once.
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15. Board Game: Ramses Pyramid [Average Rating:5.02 Overall Rank:21012]
Board Game: Ramses Pyramid
Lee Meister
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I haven't ever picked up a Lego game, but Ramses Pyramid looked interesting because the box said it was co-created by Knizia. I hemmed and hawed about it for a while and finally decided to give it a shot.

According to the contents list there were 200-plus pieces and it sounded like there were plenty inside the box. Fortunately, I had the presence of mind to take it to a table in the furniture section and get the box open. It was woefully short of 200 pieces, maybe around 50 or so were there. I taped it back up and back on the shelf it went. I left the store with my $3.99 still in my pocket.
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