Biggest Thrift Regret To Date
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I have only been actively participating in BGG for a couple of months and during that time I discovered the thrift lists and the thrift guild. I have always enjoyed what can be found at a thrift store, but rarely thought to look for board games there.

I wanted to start this list to share our thrift regrets. These might be games we regret picking up or games that we regret leaving behind. I have seen a lot of new people participating in the weekly thrift lists and thought it would be nice for them to realize that even those seasoned thrifters out there have the occasional regret.

So with that I will kick it off with a couple of my own.
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I saw this at a thrift store a couple of years ago and it caught my interest because of my wife and I both enjoying the show. I thought it had to be a crappy game so I put it back on the shelf. So far this is my biggest leave behind regret to date.
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It looked so shiny. I grabbed this thinking it looked unplayed, I think there is a reason for that. This is a game I really have no interest in playing, can't sell, can't trade. My biggest buy regret to date.

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So this was a situation where I was completely won over by adorable box art. At 2.99 unopened, it was a thrifty find. Unfortunately, the actual game is...not good at all. I don't think I regret the purchase, since it was so cheap, but it basically just sits and looks cute on my game shelves.
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I passed on this for $10.00 now I regret it.
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This is an easy one for me. $8...at least it was in shrink.
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Not quite a thrift store, and I wasn't thrifting at the time, but I remember seeing these on clearance at Toys R Us for (I think) $10. A big stack of them.

At least I had wised up by the time they were putting the lava sets on clearance for $8.88. I bought 10 of them.
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Years ago, I was at a DI standing in the game aisle for some reason. I liked games, but didn't wasn't really into them at the time. A women came up and started freaking out about these games and saying they were like $40 games. There were two of them. She put one of them in her cart and left the other. I took a quick look at it, didn't know what it was and walked away. Now, I hope to find one to redeem my sin of that fateful day.
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When I first started selling games on eBay, I went through and wrote down 40 or 50 games that sold well on eBay. Somehow this ended up on my list and I regretfully bought it. I guess the older version sells okay, but this newer version does not. Here I am nearly 6 months later with a huge box on my shelf. I have just about given up on this one and plan on sending it back from whence it came.
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Grabbed this because I'd seen it around the lists. I peeked inside the box and it looked like an appropriate amount of stuff. I hadn't researched it much prior, but I knew there was something about that chandelier... There IS something about it. It breaks. I got a broken one. It's not the worst regret since it cost me only $0.50. But it's there on my shelf. Taunting me.
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Several years ago, when I had first started thrifting, but before I was familiar with HeroScape, I found something: a gigantic bag filled with HeroScape.

It was one of those large, clear vinyl, zip-up bags in which a bed comforter is sold.

I picked it up, looked it over, thinking that it looked vaguely familiar.

But I scoffed at the $5.99 price.


I now realize that I left behind what must have been several base sets and expansions. cry
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Not one that I left behind. I broke my usual routine of going to the thrift store first by going the grocery store and picking up a few items for dinner. When I arrived at the Goodwill, I saw a man ahead of me turning to the game isle. When i got there 10 seconds later, he was putting several games into his cart, including Takenoko. Had I stuck to my usual routine, it might have been mine! cry That one stayed with me for weeks.

Stick to your routine!
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My biggest purchase regret was a bunch of Warhammer guys, some on sprues, some metal...for $14.99. I can't figure out what I have, so I can't really sell them and I have no use for them. So, they are just sitting around gathering dust.
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In my very early thrifting days, I saw a copy of this and thought, "That looks too complicated and dry. I'll never play it," and left it behind...

Of course, at that time, I had no idea about game value, in terms of money, history, or even fun. Now I realize that this is valuable (to me) in all three categories!

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Found this at VV about four-and-a-half years ago and had never heard of it. It was $3.99. I didn't own my iPhone at the time so I couldn't check it on BGG. I went home, looked on BGG, and said, "Yikes, I have to grab that". A soon as dinner was done, I roared out in my car back to the VV. It was gone. I'm still kicking myself.
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A few years ago, I ran across the deluxe AH/Hasbro reprint of this with the metal pieces. Probably complete. I want to say it was priced between five and ten dollars. Whatever it was, it was more than I had in my pocket at the time, but of course I had my debit card. I decided that rather than explain to my wife why I'd bought a game with "our" money I'd go get some of "my" money and come back.

It was long gone when I got back, of course.

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Saw this on a trip to Texas, maybe $2, but wasn't into party games (still not) and left it behind. Didn't realize it was OOP and selling for big bucks.

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Once I realized what I'd missed, I searched everywhere for another copy. Finally found one at a thrift store in Wilmington. Paid 25 cents; sold it for $65.

It was reprinted in 2010 and was then everywhere, including Wal-Mart and Target. May be OOP again. Sealed copies appear to now be selling for $20.
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Second or third time I ever went out thrifting saw a copy of this. Looked interesting and appeared to be in great shape, but wasn't sure whether it was worth picking up (being relatively new to BGG.) Of course I have yet to see another in the wild since... cry
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18. Board Game: Gunfighters & Trailblazers [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
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When I first began thrifting about two years ago I picked this up. I was excited to find any game that looked neat. This ended up being a historical trivia game which isn't particularly fun. The issue I have is that this game was not in the database until I added it and I am the only person on BGG that currently owns this. That being said I have no idea what to do with it. Its a very large box that takes up more room on the shelf than I would like but for the sake of board gamedom I feel like it should be held on to.

So if any of you are or know a history teacher that might enjoy an Old West Trivia game in their classroom please let me know.
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Saw this a while back and passed on it, thinking it was a ho-hum looking game but then I later read up on it and it sounded like an interesting deduction game so naturally I've never seen it again...
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20. Board Game: Scurvy Dogs: Pirates and Privateers [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:18338]
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A Kickstarter game at the thrift store? That seems odd, better grab it! $6, got it home, and I just don't care to play it. The highest rating a user gave it is a 4, nobody wants to trade for it, nobody wants to buy it. It now sits in my closet so that nobody will ask to play it.
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I passed up a semi nice mahjong set. All the tiles were still in shrink wrap. I balked at the $5 price tag. After some research I probably should have bought it. On a return trip it was gone. Oh well, another day ....
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A few stories along this line:

to get to the car park at one of my regular car boots you have to drive past the field where people are selling stuff. One time I was having a look to see what was being put out when I saw a woman get at least 2 large black bags full of warhammer and warhammer 40k sets. They were immediately snapped up by a couple of buyers so by the time I got there she had nothing left

Even more depressingly I once found a car stacked up with games like Advanced Heroquest, Gorkamorka, Dark Future and so on. When I asked if I could buy them they had just been sold...

Finally many years ago when I first started thrifting I used to trade video games and bits with a guy at work. He had no interest in board games and so I asked him to look for a copy of Talisman (2nd edition back when it was rare) after about a month he phoned me up one morning and said come and see him at his desk - there was a copy of talisman along with a few expansions. - He said that he'd paid about £3 for it - and thinking my luck was in I asked him how much he wanted..

£75! - that was what they were going for on ebay at the time. Surprisingly enough I declined. He then used to regularly parade the board games he found at car boots in front of me including an avalon Hill Dune and Dungeonquest with the heroes expansion. Top guy
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23. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:510]
Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill
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Years ago, I picked up this version of BAHOTH from my local Toys R Us for $7. There also happened to be dozens more copies of both this and Nexus Ops, also for $7.

I still kick myself for not grabbing a Nexus Ops or two and a backup copy of Betrayal... or two.
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24. Board Game: Aliens [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:2378]
Board Game: Aliens
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Spotted a battered but possibly complete copy at Melbourne's Camberwell Market for $40. Left it for a couple of minutes while I sprinted to grab money from my wandering companion but it was gone when I got back ... I later spotted the thieving fiend with the game box in hand AND two jackets I had tried on at two different stalls earlier.

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25. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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At a game auction, I saw this and Civilization bundled together. I let it go to another bidder at around $60, since I could clearly buy a new copy for around that much.

This happened around 2008. So no, I actually couldn't.
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