Fantastic Lovely Auction Attributes (Complaints)
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I like looking at all the auctions on BGG. It is a great place to exchange games. It can help someone raise money, and find a game a happier home. However, sometimes there are certain issues I see in auctions that upset me. I believe it is the sellers right to sell however they want though, but I thought it be fun to exaggerate some minor complaints here.

What bothers you about auctions?
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1. Board Game: Race Condition [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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I like it when people provide an overall guide to the games condition, and follow it up with the issues the copy has. But it seems to me the term "Excellent Condition" gets stretched pretty far.

Excellent Condition: Box has slight wear, board is torn in a few places. Some cards are colored on with crayon. I had to replace the meeples with dead spiders. The dice are made with asbestos and don't include the number 5. The rule book is currently on fire.
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2. Board Game: Reserve Chess [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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It is pretty fashionable for auctions to have "NO RESERVE!!!!!!" in the title. But then a lot of them have large minimum bids. That's a hard reserve. Or they're BIN only. That's not even an auction.

One time I saw a "NO RESERVE NO MINIMUM" auction that had a line in the rules that the seller had the right to remove any item from the auction at any time if the bidding wasn't high enough
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3. Board Game: The Price Is Right [Average Rating:4.71 Overall Rank:18852]
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It should cheer me up that there are optimists out there that somehow think their in-print used games will auction at a price higher than retail, it really is just a waste of time. Even if they put "SUPER LOW BINS!" all over the geeklist.

Reminds me of a time my brother-in-law tried to sell me a 7 year old computer, insisting he was giving me a deal cause he was offering it at 75% of what he paid for it.
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4. Board Game: Spammers [Average Rating:4.23 Overall Rank:19187]
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Start the auction - Post thread in Geekbay
5 days left in auction -Post thread in Geekbay
4 days left- Post thread
3 days- thread
2 days-thread
1 day - LAST CHANCE thread
12 hours - YOU GUYS ARE MISSING OUT thread
6 hours - post six additional threads. People can't find your auction because there isn't enough threads about it.
3 hours - ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE BID NOW!
1 hour - HEY GUYS DID YOU KNOW I HAVE AN AUCTION!?
0 Hours - I've generously extended the time of my auction
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5. Board Game: Save Our Bureaucrats [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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Nothing starts an auction out right like a good sob story.
-I need to raise money because my orphaned kitten has diseases.
-Bid high, because you are contributing to a good, charitable cause; my speeding ticket.
-The following twelve pages is a synopsis of how unlucky and unfortunate I have been, please read them all because I really want you to know the depths of my despair in the hopes that it my squeeze a few extra pennies out of you.
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6. Board Game: Title Bout [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:5263]
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There is a lot of good information you can put into an auction title, so long ones can be forgiven.
-End date
-City being sold from
-Auction highlights
-Auction game types

But we keep ending up with crap like "Hey, I decided to have an auction so come check it out! Great games!!! Great prices!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Which tells us nothing.
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If you have a soft reserve, you don't really need a minimum bid.
If you have a hard reserve, you really don't need a minimum bid.
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I love to hate "auctions" that are really just items for sale at a fixed price.

Starting Bid: $34
BIN: $35

Really? This is an auction?
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9. Board Game: Shipping Forecast [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My biggest beef is the mystery shipping price. Some of my all-time favorites:

1. My game sold for much less than I hoped for so I will jack up your shipping prices. I had one seller try to charge me $32 to ship two normal size games down the east coast. I ended up checking game weights and distances and showed that this was at least double the maximum possible price. I ended up contacting all of the other winners who caused a mini-revolt and the seller then tried to claim the the person at the UPS store misquoted him all of the prices.

2. I took the total price to ship all the games in this auction and divided it by the total number of winners so each person will pay the same amount. This one killed me since I won one light game and some folks had won 3 heavy games, yet we were being charged the same amount for shipping.

3. I'm only going to ship everything in medium flat rate priority mail boxes. Yes, but I won a small game and live in the same state and now I have to pay much more than necessary when you can pick up a free regular priority mail box. Unless the game is heavy or you shipping more than halfway across the US, regular priority mail is usually cheaper than flat rate.

4. Even if you pick up your game from me at a gaming conference, I'm still going to charge you shipping because it would not be fair to the other bidders. Huh? As soon as I heard this response, I decided to move on.
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10. Board Game: East & West: The Third Mondial War [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:12074]
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I live on the east coast, but I dread auctions that end past 11 pm that have anti-sniping rules. It would not be so bad if BGG was equipped to automatically raise your bid up to your defined maximum, but as it is I get tired of waking up the next morning only to find somebody in California outbid me by $1 on a $50 game at 2 am EST. I think if I run an auction, I'm going to have it end at 6 am EST so all the east coasters can outbid those on the Pacific coast for once.
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11. Board Game: How To Be A Complete Bastard [Average Rating:3.91 Unranked]
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Actually, I would think crawling around looking for someone's eye would be a pretty fun game in its own right.
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I just ran across this one last week: An Ebay auction for a rare map game with the headline "VINTAGE ORIGINAL [game name] COMPLETE AND EXCELLENT COND", but when you read the description the mapboard that goes with the nice bits is not included. How can you call a game "complete" if the most important part is not present? I e-mailed the seller to ask that question and his reply was (quoted in entirety): "No board all parts there is what it means".

Excuse me, but isn't the board a major part to a 'board game'?

So, my (new) personal gripe is misleading headlines that are contradicted by the description (and reality).
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