Trials and Tribulations of a Reseller & Collector Part 3 – Selling

** Selling **

Don’t be a piece of crap. Have some integrity, and treat people the way you want to be treated. Stick to your word, honor a deal (even if a better one follows two minutes later), and be prompt and courteous.

Always mention that you have more items for sale, and you can provide a list of items if they are interested. This has turned many-a-$50 sales into $100 sales for me. Ask if them if they are looking for anything else, and if you can contact them if you come across those items. Create a spreadsheet of all of your items. Don’t have Microsoft excel? No problem, use Google Docs or Evernote. They are both free and easily shareable.

Consider what you would buy when you break up your lots. Oh, you wouldn’t buy an N64 with Golden Eye, WCW vs NWO, WWF No Mercy, Knockout Kings 2000 and NHL 99 for $80? Neither would I.

  • Always be willing to negotiate. People that set “firm” prices usually end up renewing their items week after week. I’m not telling you to just give your stuff away, not at all Sir. Just don’t be afraid to take a few dollars less than a reasonable asking price in order to make a sale.
  • To piggyback on the last point, know what your stuff is worth. People will often ask you to break up lots, and not knowing a ballpark number off the top of your head is usually a deal breaker. Imagine if you went into a store where nothing was marked, and when you brought it up to the checkout, the guy looked it up in some magical pricing database. Annoying…
  • Rotate your ads. If you post and renew everything on the same days, your items will likely be buried, and will definitely see a much smaller audience. I try to make it so I am renewing or creating one new ad every day.

Summer sucks for selling video games. You think it’d be great, but it’s horrible. Look at the spikes in video game pricing (vgpc) in December. I use the summer to hoard games, and unload at peak prices in the winter.

As noted in the buying section, always meet in a neutral public location. Let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return. Do anything you can to convince someone your items are in good working order. If they insist on coming to your home to check out the items, politely pass. Do not, under ANY circumstances, let a stranger into your home. Do not, under ANY circumstances, meet a person at their home. Don’t bring your significant other or kids on a deal. Keep a tire iron under your front seat. Always let them get out of their vehicle first. Leave your wallet in a safe spot in your vehicle. Keep your car running. If four people get out of the vehicle to make a trade, stay in your vehicle and assess the situation. Trust your gut.

Separate your personal collection from the items you’re selling. If you’re fine with them being mixed, great! If a game sits untouched in your personal collection for a month, it’s time to move it into the for sale pile. If you aren’t playing it, why the hell are you keeping it? I understand not playing NiB items, but the rest should be enjoyed.

If this rant helps one person, it was worth it. Happy buying, selling, trading, and collecting!!!

See Josh’s video game collection and games for sale HERE.


Founder of VideoGameRescue and the Nerd Castle

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