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I’m having a headstagger.
 

I have a stack of stuff, and I mean a large stack.  What’s the best way to flog everything preferably all in one go for a fair and reasonable price?

 

I want to avoid eBay, gumtree etc preferably and I’m not in a super fast rush to do this. But pretty much all our home storage is taken up with my junk. 
 

I have boxed consoles from Atari 2600 through to current gen, some rarer unboxed stuff too as well as a metric tonne of games. 


 

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Best bet is to take a load of pictures of the piles then try to identify some stuff. Ask if anything catches peoples eye. If you want a big lot gone you are going to have to rely on traders. Traders are buying to make a profit, it also strips you of the need to mess about boxing bits up and listing on eBay/Forums over time which can be a godsend if you don't want the hassle.

 

So yeah, pictures first :D Mention where you live too so people can figure out if they'd need a van or estate.

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15 minutes ago, Droo said:

NI. Yeah. 

 

Could try Facebook marketplace for more local pickups.

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1 minute ago, Lorfarius said:

 

Could try Facebook marketplace for more local pickups.


hate the idea of some berk rocking up and trying to haggle.  The idea gives me the creeps. 

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Selling in bulk to a reseller is going to cost you a fair bit of money.

 

i absolutely hate them.

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14 minutes ago, Droo said:


hate the idea of some berk rocking up and trying to haggle.  The idea gives me the creeps. 

 

I only haggle for the best so... got any NES PAL A or Master System stuff? :hat:

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I would say if you’re selling everything in one big lump, the likelihood is it’s going to be a pick up.

I don’t know how much you’re talking about but if it’s multiple big boxes and a fair chunk of money then the person won’t want do it by post, at least I wouldn’t anyway.

 

If you’re adamant about post I’d suggest you break things down into smaller chunks that are post-able. Like SNES lot, Megadrive lot, etc.

 

Your other option of course is taking it all to a retro games shop. You’d get rid of it all straight away but would likely be the worst deal.

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If you're not in much of a hurry you're surely better off not selling it all together. Dividing into bundles would give you more flexibility. 

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I think the best way would be to go with the several smaller bundle idea focused around specific systems. If you've got rare or expensive games then there's two ways you could do it. The first would be to sell them individually on eBay as you'd get a decent price, the second way is to drop the rare games into the bundles. I've seen a few random bundles pop up on eBay with a single rare game in them and the bundle is going for a really good price (one random Commodore 64 bundle had Great Gianna Sisters in it and ended up selling for over £250). You obviously take a bit of a risk by putting the rare games in the bundles as someone might just end up with a bargain! 

 

If you focus on system specific bundles, you should pick up some rare games that you might not be aware of. Sometimes there are random games that are worth a lot of money (one example is later Hit Squad or Codemasters games for the Spectrum or C64 which go for a LOT of money, even if they only cost a couple of quid back in the day!).

 

I'd also put the bundles on here first, get some feedback incase you've added some rare games that you're unaware of. You'd also be able to shift some of them here and you know you won't get ripped off. Then I'd go to eBay to sell them and finally the ones you've got left just put up on eBay for no reserve. I wouldn't bother with Facebook or Gumtree, although Gumtree tends to be better, Facebook seems to attract the lowest of the low. Even Gumtree doesn't seem to have many retro gaming bargains, it tends to be people who want more money than buying the same thing on eBay. 

 

If you go with the single large bundle, you run the risk of getting ripped off selling it to one person (who will be reselling them on) or the risk of eBay's buyer protection policies - for example complaining that one game didn't work out of 1,000 and wanting some money back, it not turning up as advertised etc.

 

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you’ve hit on why I can’t be annoyed with eBay in general. 
 

selling stuff seems to be risky for a seller these days if there’s any real value in the item you’re selling. 

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At the very least it's probably worth you offering things up individually here and then bulk selling the rest.

 

If nothing else there's extremely low possibility of being dicked over.

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Do you have an idea how much you think you would get for it, (roughly)?

 

Are you getting shot of it because it's useless to you or do you just need to make more space for other stuff?  If it's the latter, maybe putting it into storage might work. Or could you get a weatherproof shed in your yard or garden? (My brother did this last year for similar reasons, he got a tin/plastic shed for around £300). 

 

I'm asking because I've had sellers remorse before over things I thought I didn't want anymore :(

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2 hours ago, gone fishin' said:

one example is later Hit Squad or Codemasters games for the Spectrum or C64 which go for a LOT of money, even if they only cost a couple of quid back in the day!).

 

 

You cant be serious? Hit Squad?

 

How much are these going for?

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How large is a large stack? Could someone store it all in their house or would it need a storage unit?

(Yes I know - "how big is a house?" But just trying to get a rough idea.)

I love the idea of buying a huge collection to root through and then resell. I'd happily do it for a hobby I think , wouldn't even be that worried if I didn't make much money on it. 

I guess you need to test stuff if you're selling it individually, though - or accept you were going to get significantly less for each title. And for that you'd need working machines for every platform. 

Hmm.

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4 minutes ago, ulala said:

 

You cant be serious? Hit Squad?

 

How much are these going for?

 Hit Squad are desirable because of their packaging.

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Just now, Rex Grossman said:

 Hit Squad are desirable because of their packaging.

And also because some of the games were released in limited quantities , and people want a complete set (because of the uniform packaging as you said).

Don't get it myself - I much prefer the big boxes as collection pieces (not that I'm a collector).

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3 hours ago, multi said:

Or could you get a weatherproof shed in your yard or garden? (My brother did this last year for similar reasons, he got a tin/plastic shed for around £300).

 

Is he storing anything valuable in there?  Did he insulate it?  I'm yet to see a plastic or metal shed that doesn't suffer from condensation on a hot day.  I'm paranoid about keeping my gaming stuff in my attic due to moisture, never mind a shed. I'd be checking that regularly!

 

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32 minutes ago, ulala said:

 

You cant be serious? Hit Squad?

 

How much are these going for?

 

Games like Darkman, RBI 2 and late Domark/Ocean re-releases regularly go for £50+

 

Or you could splash out on The Addams Family for the Commodore 64, a snip at £195

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Addams-Family-C64-Commodore-64-128-The-Hit-Squad-Movie-Collection-29-RARE/333235873748?epid=15036247942&hash=item4d9667e7d4:g:hbgAAOSwba1c~5G1

 

That's the cheaper of the two currently listed, the other is £225...

 

Like @Rex Grossman and @Anne Summers have said, it's the packaging that attracts collectors. They're all in the same size of case (the games when originally published by Ocean could be a mix of single tape, jewel tape, cardboard box or clam shell. That doesn't look good when sitting on a shelf), they all have consistent cover layouts for the label and they're all numbered according to collections (Movie, Arcade, Sport etc) on the spine.

 

So if you really, really must fill the gap for the missing spine label "Movie 29" in your collection, then you just have to pay up to get The Addams Family! Gotta catch em all!

 

There was some benefit of getting Hit Squad games as they sometimes fixed issues or bugs with the previous full price release, for example there were a few games that didn't work on the Spectrum +2a but were fixed for the Hit Squad re-release. There's also the bizarre situation where the Hit Squad re-releases are more expensive than buying the original full price version, like Sly Spy and Head over Heels.

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This of course is why Evercade are numbering their releases.  Some poor sap is going to be paying £300 for the Piko Interactive collection at some point.

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4 hours ago, Droo said:

I have a stack of stuff, and I mean a large stack.  What’s the best way to flog everything preferably all in one go for a fair and reasonable price?

 

I think you already know the answer to this is that "all in one go" and "reasonable price" very rarely come together, though obviously that depends what you think is a fair.

 

When you sell a bundle, for almost any buyer, you are selling both games and hassle.  They are taking from you the hassle of splitting it up and selling it to someone else.

 

Basically, think about your potential customers, and what it means to them.  I think there are only really 3 groups.

 

1. Gamers.  We generally have a bunch of games anyway, so at most might buy whole console bundle, but rarely a whole collection.

For example, I own virtually no Sega stuff.  I have a Dreamcast and maybe 30 games, but no SMS, SMD, SS at all.  I do however have a SNES, N64, GC, GBA, DS collection with 150+ games for each console.  If I saw it as an opportunity to expand into Sega (I don't), I might be interested, but any Nintendo stuff would be you passing the selling hassle on to me, so I'd want it cheap. 

The chances of you finding a gamer who has little to nothing and the money to go all in with a large collection is very, very slim.

Alternatively, what do you think it's worth?  I'll pay you 30% of that, and sell it back to you in 5 years for it's 2020 value :lol:

 

2. Traders.  They are in it for the money.  Bundles offer discounts anyway, as you'd expect, and there will inevitably be a bunch of hardly worth the effort stuff in there too.  I'd expect offers around 40-50% of the value of the separate bits, if even.

 

3. eBayers.  I'm classifying these folk separately.  The ones that get carried away by the mega bundle listings, those huge lists of seemingly endless games and just bid, bid, bid.  If you get a viral listing, it might help you out and they'll swap their next car for your collection.  I fake bids and people claiming that the California Games manual having a tear in the top left corner constitutes an incorrect description is the reality though.

 

I'd be splitting into console bundles personally, and sticking listings up on here and similar places.  I'd expect some bartering, and low ball offers as people may well value a bundle as the valuable bits plus free bonus.  

I think you'll have to settle with allowing people to at least come and collect!

 

I'd also be expecting a million "would you sell X, Y, Z separately?" contacts.

 

 

 

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you have to pick out the cream really, before you sell

 

you would be leaving money on the table if you didnt

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1 hour ago, Dudley said:

This of course is why Evercade are numbering their releases.  Some poor sap is going to be paying £300 for the Piko Interactive collection at some point.

They already are aren't they? I think it's just branded as something else. 

 

Edit: oh no they aren't . I thought some of the Piko games had already been released on other carts.

Piko have some great IP that probably won't ever make it to the Evercade though, like CD ROM stuff from the 90s and some PSX and Saturn stuff. 

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One thing to consider with bundles of common/low value games is that quite often once you factor in eBay; postage; paypal and packing costs you'd have got a similar amount in cash from CEX with none of the hassle.

 

If I were you I'd audit the collection so I actually knew what I had; then worked out based on eBay completed listings roughly what everything was worth. Anything that sells for at least £20 (set this higher if needed) I'd list individually. Everything else I'd either sell in a bundle or take down to CEX.

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I often buy big bundles of hardware and software , take out what I want, and sell the rest on. It is a lot of work though - those ebay listing times add up, never mind the packaging and trips to the post office. Especially so when you sell 10 items, 9 pay straight away and the 10th person decides he's going to wait 3 days, so you have to make a special trip just for them.

 

I bought a Dreamcast bundle of ebay last year for £230, and people here said I'd overpaid, but I made £400 reselling that after i'd taken out the games I wanted. 

 

In fact to give you an idea, last year I spent £666.25 on Dreamcast bundles and sold what I didn't want for £1213.61. That's a profit of £547.36 and a lovely collection of effectively 'free' games but it took about 3 months to clear and hours of taking photos and listing, post office trips and packing etc.

 

TLDR selling bundles is not cost effective but is certainly time effective. What do you value more?

 

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When I cut my collection down to size I went system by system. Any games where I expected to get £25 or more went separately, then I just eBayed console and all the rest together. Amusingly I ended up selling the Megadrive collection to someone so close I could drop it off on the way to work, and got a very decent price.

 

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On 10/07/2020 at 09:27, Droo said:


hate the idea of some berk rocking up and trying to haggle.  The idea gives me the creeps. 

 

 

Well, let me know what you've got, and how much you want, and we can haggle beforehand ;-)

 

On 10/07/2020 at 09:31, ulala said:

Selling in bulk to a reseller is going to cost you a fair bit of money.

 

i absolutely hate them.

 

 

Oi... :P some of us are alright, gotta do something for a job and this turned into one, but yeah, there are resellers, and then there are scummy resellers I guess.

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You could look into selling on facebook groups. I have been selling a decent amount of boardgames through a few of the specialist facebook groups. Postage is much less hassle these days and I was using online postage a lot.

 

Another poster on one of the groups recommended https://www.mbe.co.uk/ as a good way of shipping parcels at a reasonable rate, there may be one near you and it makes postage a fairly painless affair.

 

I would certainly try and sell some stuff on here. You'll get a decent price and give someone a chance to buy something they've been looking for. 

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On 10/07/2020 at 14:00, Rex Grossman said:

 Hit Squad are desirable because of their packaging.

 

I found this out recently too. It’s utterly baffling to me! Hit Squad were the shit hobbled versions with rubbish boxes and manuals being reduced to folded sheets and title sharing etc.

 

Sure, I get the fact that their shitness has become the very thing that’s made them rare but does anyone actually collect them for the joy of it? It must be purely financial, surely?

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