[POLL] What kind of game buyer are YOU?
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Ok, the title is a bit of a misnomer - it's really about your attitudes toward acquiring games (either buying or trading, etc). I wrote a message on my blog describing a variety of different game buyers/traders and their attitudes towards buying and this is the poll for assessing how gamers see themselves - primarily as a buyer/trader but also how your buying mentality relates to selling or trading them when you are making the purchase.

My blog post has more detailed information about MY attitudes under each of these categories. If you want to see my commentary then check it out! Also, I'm sure I didn't capture ALL possible categories, but it's what I thought of when I put the polls and the post together.

There are 2 polls, one for how you were in the PAST (you can decide how far back such a timeframe is appropriate for you) and one is for how your attitude is NOW.

This is my first poll! Thanks for participating!


Oh, one last thing: I forgot to put an OTHER option, but feel free to post a comment if there is something else that I missed (as I'm sure you'll let me know I did)

Have fun!


Here's a summary of the definitions:

Frantic Newbie - Found an interesting game in the store (maybe thrifted, maybe new) and bought it on impulse, or was introduced to a terrific game and 'had' to have it. Did a web search for more information and discovered an overwhelming selection available that they didn't know existed. They start buying furiously to 'catch up'

Cautious Newbie - Found an interesting game in the store (maybe thrifted, maybe new) and bought it on impulse, or was introduced to a terrific game and 'had' to have it. Did a web search for more information and discovered an overwhelming selection available that they didn't know existed. They have no idea what to buy and maybe buy a new game here or there to try out with family or friends.

Family buyer - Buys games to play with their children, typically younger children in this case.

Traditionalist - "Classic" games buyer that picks up common games, new or thrifted, to play with family and friends. Sometimes this is to try out a game they never got to try as a kid, or to maybe show their kids/family games they remember playing in the past. Also buys some of the more 'mainstream' games available in Wal-Mart, Toys-r-us, etc.

Cult of the New buyer - Loves to buy the latest and greatest, watches the Essen lists closely and buys whatever looks bright, shiny and/or interesting.

Thrifter - Buys whatever is available at thrift stores. Might be buying to give away, for parts, for family, and is always looking for a treasure or 'grail' game that they keep or resell.

Tanga Junkie - Someone that always or frequently buys games from tanga.com (at least if they are actually good games @ good prices). Typically buys games in multiple quantities if available to save on shipping and then trades or sells the other copies. Related to Opportunist and Accumulator.

Professional Game reviewer - They might get games for free from publishers to be able to try out and review, or they might purchase games strictly to publish a review or other information about them.

Collector - On the prowl for hard to find games. Lets the thrifters do the dirty work then pays handsomely to get their hands on it. Also looks for deals on several such games and gets them all in one go.

Connoisseur - Extremely picky, likely won't buy a game or even play certain games based on status, hotness, etc. Won't consider buying a game unless it's rated in maybe the 7-9 range and rarely, if ever, rates a game a 10. (Examples: Winsome gamer, Age of Steam expansion map gamer, Been-playing-and-rating-games-for-6+years gamer)

Impatient buyer - If they see it and they want it, they buy it. They may be fairly picky about the games they select, but once they decide they don't bother shopping around or waiting for a good deal, they just buy it, open it immediately upon arrival, and play it incessently from then on. Rarely pre-orders a game unless they MUST have it first. (SEE ALSO: Pre-Order Junkie)

Pre-Order junkie - Pre-orders games before anyone even knows anything about them. Wants the hottest games out and has to have it played before anyone else.

Churner - Constantly buys and resells or trades games. Plays games to death, OR never gets them played, or simply decides they don't want to play it. Gets rid of most games within a month or 2 after acquiring them regardless of how many plays.

Trader - Buys games strictly to trade them for other games. Likely will trade them away for something else brighter and shinier (which may then also get traded for something ELSE that looks even more interesting). Often buys multiple copies (either cheaply or due to rarity) for this reason. May not ever really play many of the games - just sees them as trade-bait.

Hoarder - Buys anything and everything, even if they already have 10 copies of the same game. Never re-sells them, never trades them, never parts them out. Probably never plays most of them as well.

Opportunist - Looks for good deals/lots and buys them primarily for themselves but then sells or trades away extra copies. Always buys enough to get free shipping or to make shipping extremely low. Hits all the auctions, especially no minimum bid items and bids the lowest possible and rarely bids up when outbid. Gets the dregs but at awesome prices and is able to then trade those away or re-sell for a nice profit which is then invested in buying more games in the same manner. Also, loves the Christmas specials and buys tons of games during this period of time. Related to Tanga Junkie.

Accumulator - Is somewhat picky (but not necessarily), although is not as picky as a connoisseur. Doesn't stop buying games even though they say they will. Trolls BGG for anything interesting, then puts it on the wishlist and may go shopping immediately for a good deal (or any deal if they really want it). Finds auction items that look interesting that they've never seen, does some research, and then HAS to bid. Related to Tanga Junkie.


(see my Matt's Board Game Back Room post for more details of my attitudes)
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