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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
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I'll be opening up the actual trade list on sunday. I don't want this to conflict with the GameStorm math trade.
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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
is anyone going to have anything left to trade after this being the 3rd trade in a month? My MT announcements subscription was broken so I missed the last couple, but looking at the results and the number of trades, I'd be surprised if there were many tradeable items left...
 
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is anyone going to have anything left to trade after this being the 3rd trade in a month? My MT announcements subscription was broken so I missed the last couple, but looking at the results and the number of trades, I'd be surprised if there were many tradeable items left...
There is always tradeable stuff
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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
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There is always tradeable stuff
Yeah but I meant besides all the stuff that everyone got at 75% off or $1 from B&N or that copy of monopoly they found under the couch.
 
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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
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Yeah but I meant besides all the stuff that everyone got at 75% off or $1 from B&N or that copy of monopoly they found under the couch.
some of us only got 50% on that B&N stuff this year

don't forget there are the duplicates folks are receiving because they didn't use or messed up duplicate protection

but in addition to those... the majority of the items in each math trade go untraded. In addition we should have a lot more folks participating in this one than the short/sweet MT, or the Gamestorm MT, or the Where's the Quality MT, or the Where's the Love MT... the last big MT was the Inauguration Day one so it's been a "while"
 
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Boomer wrote:
There is always tradeable stuff
Yeah but I meant besides all the stuff that everyone got at 75% off or $1 from B&N or that copy of monopoly they found under the couch.
I saw some people planning to post some sweet games....
 
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BRING IT!!!!!

 
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My collection is getting large (by my closet's standards) so I'd like try this math trade thing out. I've read the wiki, for this particular trade do I just need to wait until the math trade list opens, then add a game I'm willing to trade? Can I add more than one game to the trade list?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems it is not really possible to get a trade I'm unhappy with, since after possible trades are placed, participants send the moderator a list of games they are willing to accept for the game they are trading away.

Any extra advice would be welcomed for someone new to all this.
 
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I just need to wait until the math trade list opens, then add a game I'm willing to trade? Can I add more than one game to the trade list?
yes and yes, especially to the latter... otherwise there wouldn't be many items being offered
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Is there an etiquette to how many games to offer? Is it best to list only the few I most want to trade away, or many to increase my chances of making a trade? Also, being new I'm unsure what games are truly desired; should I only offer games found on the request geeklist?
 
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danweasel wrote:
Is there an etiquette to how many games to offer? Is it best to list only the few I most want to trade away, or many to increase my chances of making a trade? Also, being new I'm unsure what games are truly desired; should I only offer games found on the request geeklist?
given you have a zero trade rating would not make sense to offer a lot of it will raise red flags... also offer anything you want (that's allowed per the rules), the request list is only for those that want to use it... I don't even look at it myself. But best not to offer stuff alone that is worth less than the cost of shipping it out...
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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
danweasel wrote:
Is there an etiquette to how many games to offer? Is it best to list only the few I most want to trade away, or many to increase my chances of making a trade? Also, being new I'm unsure what games are truly desired; should I only offer games found on the request geeklist?
I agree with Jeff's comments.

It's probably best to start out with a few items, maybe 6 or less so that you get a feel for the way things work.

Math Trades are fairly frequent, you'll have plenty of future opportunities.

As for what to offer, by all means check out people's want lists, check the request list, look at what has traded in previous math trades.

One big rule, don't put anything on your want list that you will not be happy receiving.

And as Jeff said, watch the cost of shipping, ideally you want high game value in relation to shipping costs to make things worthwhile.

And lastly, ask questions, there are lots of very experienced traders that will help you.
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Is there any easy way to see what games are frequently traded? Would someone be willing to take a look at my "For Trade" list and comment on it?

Are so-called sweeteners worth it? Successful? The only way to get rid of a small game?

Is it common/practical/approved to only list in your "want list" items that belong to users close to you to keep shipping costs low? For that matter, is it fair to assume that user locations listed are accurate?

I'll post more questions if I think of them.
 
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Is there a distinct preference for shrinkwrapped/unpunched games or do most not care?
 
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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
danweasel wrote:
Is there any easy way to see what games are frequently traded? Would someone be willing to take a look at my "For Trade" list and comment on it?

Are so-called sweeteners worth it? Successful? The only way to get rid of a small game?

Is it common/practical/approved to only list in your "want list" items that belong to users close to you to keep shipping costs low? For that matter, is it fair to assume that user locations listed are accurate?

I'll post more questions if I think of them.
I think you've got a number of worthwhile items on your For Trade list. Sweeteners are definitely useful as a way of boosting the overall tradeability of a mid-value game. They're also a good way of disposing of small games, as you say. As for Want lists, people who don't want to pay a lot for shipping will place restrictions on their items, so you really don't need to restrict your Wants solely for the benefit of the people who would be sending you stuff.
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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
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Is there a distinct preference for shrinkwrapped/unpunched games or do most not care?
There is definitely a preference for pristine, but in my experience it isn't really an obstacle to trading. Just document the game condition in the item description and all will go smoothly.
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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
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Is there any easy way to see what games are frequently traded? Would someone be willing to take a look at my "For Trade" list and comment on it?
You have a bunch of quality games that should get good interest, of course it will depend on what you out on your want lists.

1870
A&A guadalcanal
blue moon
dvonn
ttr Marklin

I think those 5 would all make it to a lot of want lists.
 
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danweasel wrote:
Is there a distinct preference for shrinkwrapped/unpunched games or do most not care?
If I really want a game, it doesn't matter. If I only marginally want a game, it might make a difference. But post'em! You never know.
 
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danweasel wrote:
My collection is getting large (by my closet's standards) so I'd like try this math trade thing out.
Math Trade won't help in this regard since you'll be replacing one game for another...
 
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danweasel wrote:
My collection is getting large (by my closet's standards) so I'd like try this math trade thing out.
Math Trade won't help in this regard since you'll be replacing one game for another...
At least it won't get larger!
 
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danweasel wrote:
My collection is getting large (by my closet's standards) so I'd like try this math trade thing out.
Math Trade won't help in this regard since you'll be replacing one game for another...
He could trade games for Geekgold.

(Howdy Kendahl!)
 
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kendahlj wrote:
danweasel wrote:
My collection is getting large (by my closet's standards) so I'd like try this math trade thing out.
Math Trade won't help in this regard since you'll be replacing one game for another...
He could trade games for Geekgold.

(Howdy Kendahl!)
It's also possible to condense one's collection by trading large mid-rated games for higer-rated small games.
 
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My point from a few days ago, I guess, was that if you let people list PO Boxes, there's no need to restrict it to the Continental US -- it's the same to a PO Box vs. Alaska, Hawaii, APO, FPO. I'm fine either way (generally I prefer more inclusion), but I was just trying to figure out the rationale here.
 
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JeffyJeff wrote:
In addition we should have a lot more folks participating in this one than the short/sweet MT, or the Gamestorm MT, or the Where's the Quality MT, or the Where's the Love MT... the last big MT was the Inauguration Day one so it's been a "while"
The GameStorm Math Trade was a no-shipping, "local" (okay, regional/convention-based) trade, but it was the largest such no-shipping trade (with 911 items).

But yes, this will definitely be larger than that (national trades with normal or extended submission periods always are).
 
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Re: Continental US Math Trade starting March 23rd
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My point from a few days ago, I guess, was that if you let people list PO Boxes, there's no need to restrict it to the Continental US -- it's the same to a PO Box vs. Alaska, Hawaii, APO, FPO. I'm fine either way (generally I prefer more inclusion), but I was just trying to figure out the rationale here.
??? USPS charges more to ship to a USPS box in AK and HI than to real addresses in those States? Or less? Priority flat rate boxes are the same to all 50 States, including to PO boxes I think, but I and others have lots of games that won't fit in a flat rate box...

In any case, I've yet to see anyone from AK or HI in any math trade (please correct me if I'm wrong)... but since this one requires sender to pay full shipping, I don't want to take the risk that one will appear and I'll have to unexpectedly pay significantly more shipping than I factored into composing my want lists for those items.

Also for some of us FedEx is actually cheaper than USPS the heavier (or won't fit in flat rate) and/or longer the distance we ship (and being in one corner of the con 48 I usually ship father)... and FedEx can't ship to USPS PO Boxes...

Think I'm going to have to remember that I won't ship to PO boxes in my item descriptions, sorry to those few who don't have any other usable address (like a work address etc)... at least for my bigger or heavier games.
 
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