If you're like me, you grew up playing board games. Whether it was Hungry Hungry Hippos, Sorry, Stratego, or any of the other board games we had in the game room closet, I loved to play, and I loved even more that board game time brought my family together.
But did you know some of these board games are now worth a nice chunk of cash?
When it comes to selling board games, some places are better than others.
In this post, I'll explore where to sell board games to get the most money, the most valuable board games, and much more. Let's dig in!
What Determines the Price of a Board Game?
Before I get into where it’s best to sell board games, it’s important to point out how board games are priced.
The four factors that collectively determine a board game’s price are condition, original MSRP, demand, and rarity.
A board game’s condition is extremely important when it comes to determining value.
For example, if your game is in great condition, you have all the pieces and/or cards, and it’s ready to be played, you should be able to get a decent amount of money for it, provided it’s in demand or rare.
If you have used board games that aren't in great condition, it’s likely you’ll be able to sell them, but don’t expect to get a pretty penny for a beat-up game, even if it’s a rare one.
A lot of the individuals who purchase old board games are collectors, and they’ll tell you that condition is the most important factor when determining whether or not to buy a vintage game.
Unopened board games sell for the most money, so if you can find one of these treasures, be sure to keep it in its original packaging.
The board game’s MSRP will also play a big role in determining how much you can resell it for.
For example, if your board game utilizes handmade pieces, detailed cards, or an elaborate board, it’s likely it’ll fetch a resale price that’s much higher than the MSRP.
Of course the MSRP shouldn’t be the only factor you consider. After all, games made in the 1960s or 70s were priced significantly lower than board games being made today.
So if you base your resale price off a 50- to 60-year-old MSRP, you could miss out on selling your game for hundreds, even thousands. Many board games will have an MSRP between $10 and $50.
Some board games are always in high demand while others are not quite as sought-after. Games that are in high demand are usually simple, older, and incredibly fun to play.
And collectors aren’t the only ones who are in the market for sought-after board games.
In fact, there are plenty of non-collectors out there who will pay a pretty penny for a board game just because they played it in their childhood. These buyers just want to remember what the experience was like, and they want to share that experience with friends and family members.
Regardless of why your board game is sought-after, high demand will raise its resale value for most board games.
Also, a high-demand board game is more likely to spark a bidding war on sites like eBay.
Rarity is another key factor in determining how much a board game is worth.
Typically, board games that haven’t been manufactured in decades are considered rare, but a special or collector’s edition board game could also be considered rare.
Collectors are always trying to get their hands on rare board games. If a game is old and rare, collectors will be willing to pay a pretty penny for it. And if a board game is an original from a popular franchise, this too will make it valuable.
Much like individuals who are willing to pay a high price for a first edition of a book they love, there are individuals out there who are willing to pay top dollar for a rare board game that few have seen, let alone experienced.
Collectible board games can be worth hundred of dollars if you can find the right buyer.
Best Places to Sell Board Games
Now, let’s get into where it's best to sell board games.
The sites and stores listed below are not ranked in any particular order. In truth, you could have a good experience at any of these places.
That said, your preferences will largely determine where you decide to sell. For example, if you like doing business face to face, you should sell your games to a store or a local collector. But if you’re one of those people who does nearly everything online, selling board games this way makes sense.
Geek Market by BoardGameGeek is arguably the most popular market place right now for those who want to buy and sell board games. I often recommend this site to those who want to start flipping board games.
Not only does BoardGameGeek run a high-quality marketplace; there’s also a forum on which sellers and buyers can discuss their favorite games, buying and selling board games, and other relevant topics.
Thousands of games are listed on this site, and here you can connect with collectors, board game hobbyists, and others who just plain love board games.
Here's the three-step process you need to follow to start selling on Geek Market:
First, create a BGG account (this is free).
Next, verify your email address.
Once your account is verified, you can list your games on their marketplace.
When making a listing, make sure you include all relevant information, including the asking price, the condition of the game, what’s included (itemized list), and other important details.
Most buyers pay through PayPal or a bank wire.
In exchange for allowing free access to their active marketplace and other beneficial features, BoardGameGeek charges a 3% commission on all sales. And on this platform, it’s customary for buyers to pay for shipping.
Some games sell for below $20 on here, while others sell for several hundreds; it all depends on what you’re bringing to the marketplace.
If you're looking to selling board games online, this is one of your best bets.
A lot of people sell board games on eBay because this platform is trusted and easy to use. This is one of the largest marketplaces in the world, and it's been a thriving hub of commerce for decades.
That includes board games!
Check out this listing for an unopened Monopoly game I found!
To create a listing on eBay, you must first register a free eBay seller account.
One thing that makes selling board games on eBay attractive is the fact that this isn’t a marketplace just for board games. Therefore, you can package your board games with Pokémon cards, sports cards, Yu-Gi-Oh cards, or old handheld video games to entice buyers.
Plus, all kinds of games are being sold here every day, including strategy games, family games, and memory games.
You'll have to pay a commission when you make a sale (12.35%), and buyers usually cover the cost of shipping.
When compared to what other sites charge, eBay’s ~12% commission is high. But that may not be a concern of yours if you have board games that can quickly and easily sell for a high price.
This is a great places to sell both new and used board games because of the large buyer pool. Where other platforms might only have a few potential buyers, eBay will have millions ensuring you get the most money for your board games. This is your best bet if you want to sell online and get top dollar for your games.
3. Facebook Marketplace
These days, Facebook isn’t just a great site for networking; you can also use the Facebook Marketplace to sell a variety of items, including board games.
You can sell your board games to buyers who are nearby or halfway across the country, and usually buyers pay with cash, PayPal, Apple Pay, Venmo, Cash App, or bank wire.
I found that many seller will list items in bulk, but you can also list individual items as well.
Creating a board game listing is simple. Just include some high-quality photos of your games, detailed descriptions, and a catchy title—your listing will start getting eyeballs the second you post it.
You don’t have to pay Facebook a commission to sell on their marketplace, but you’ll definitely find more hagglers here. And often buyers and sellers alike have a hard time compromising.
There’s also the occasional buyer who’ll want to buy your game until it’s time to complete the transaction—then they’re nowhere to be found which can be very frustrating.
One good thing, however, is that there’s a strong community element on Facebook Marketplace, which means it’s more likely that you’ll do business with a board game enthusiast if you use this site.
Collectors don't usually venture to Facebook Marketplace because collectibles are seldom sold here but you could be surprised.
If you do use Facebook Marketplace to sell board games, never ship your items until payment is received.
I'd prefer to deal with someone locally to eliminate the shipping hassle, but this will limit your buyers pool.
4. Noble Knight Games
In my opinion, Noble Knight Games is just as good as BoardGameGeek, where you can sell board games quickly, easily, and for a fair price.
Even though “games” is in the site’s name, they don’t just buy games. They also buy collectibles, dice, miniatures, cards, and other cool items that are often sold at collector shops.
To start selling on Noble Knight Games, here's what you need to do:
Send them a list of items you want to sell. Include detailed product descriptions and be truthful about the condition of your games.
Once they receive your list, they'll consider it and either make an offer or reject it; usually it takes a few days for them to reach a decision.
If you accept their offer, they'll send you a prepaid shipping label.
Note: Those who live in or around Madison, Wisconsin can visit the one Noble Knight Games store to sell their games in person.
You can be paid in cash, with a check, or through PayPal for your games. If you sell your games in person, you’ll be getting cash. You can also sell your games for store credit.
Note: They are pretty selective, so if your board game has been damaged by water, mold, or smoke, it’s likely they won't take it.
Some benefits worth pointing out are:
There’s no commission.
They pay for shipping costs.
The process is simple.
The downside is you won’t sell for top dollar like you could if you sold directly to buyers via Facebook Marketplace or Geek Market.
Overall, Noble Knight Games is a convenient way to sell board games online. While you might not get the most money for your games, you can get your money in a few business days.
5. Reddit Groups
Selling on Reddit is a lot like selling on Facebook Marketplace. You won't have to worry about paying a commission when you sell, but you will have to deal with haggling and the logistics.
There’s definitely a community of board game lovers on Reddit, but you do have to keep an eye out for scammers when using this platform.
Similar to other platforms, don’t sell before confirming a payment. Also, beware of chargebacks and other tricks that buyers may play if they buy using PayPal, Venmo, or Apple Pay.
I've found that this group is extremely active and there are multiple postings each week from people looking to sell board games for extra cash.
For example, check out this recent post of a person selling a part of their board game collection.
You'll also run into people who'd rather trade than buy board games – but you can clearly state you aren't interested in this when making your post.
Reddit is completely free to use and you can negotiate directly with buyers, which makes it a good platform to sell board games online.
OfferUp is another marketplace that's excellent for board game sellers who want to cut out the middleman. You can sell to buyers who live in your city or hundreds of miles away.
Plus, this site isn’t only for board games. You can package your games with clothing, electronics, and other popular kid’s toys.
Creating a listing doesn't take long at all, and it's easy to communicate with buyers.
Another thing that makes OfferUp an attractive option is that they have pre-approved meeting spots, so buyers and sellers can feel safe when conducting transactions; usually transactions are carried out in a busy public area or in front of a police station.
If you sell board games online, you could pay a commission of nearly 13% or a $2 fee—whichever is greater. For this reason, selling in person is most cost-effective, as there’s no fee or commission.
In short, if you like the idea of Facebook Marketplace but you don’t have a Facebook account, OfferUp is the alternative marketplace you should try to sell board games locally.
Selling board games on Mercari is a breeze, specifically because they have an easy-to-use app that allows you to sell from your phone.
Mercari’s marketplace isn’t just for selling board games; toys and other items are sold here as well.
It's free to download the Mercari app, and after you sign up you can list on their marketplace.
Mercari will allow you to add a lot of photos to your listing, but these photos should be complemented by detailed descriptions.
Buyers usually pick up the cost of shipping, but Mercari does offer free (slower) shipping.
Mercari also charges a 10% transaction fee when you make a sale, which means selling on here is cheaper than using eBay or OfferUp (online).
If you make a sale through Mercari, you’ll be paid via direct deposit, and it usually takes five to seven business days for payments to clear.
Amazon is the king of e-commerce sites, and if you want to take advantage of their superior logistics, selling your board games via Amazon FBA is a great option.
Selling on Amazon is also profitable for individuals who want to do what’s known as “retail arbitrage”, i.e. buying board games in one market at low prices and selling them in another market at higher prices.
All you have to do is create an Amazon FBA account, buy games that you want to resell, and ship them to a fulfillment center. Whenever you make a sale, Amazon will ship the product to the customer.
You’ll pay $0.99 for every sale you make, and there are also fees for packaging and proper storage.
Using Amazon to sell board games is really best if you're consistently selling items. If you're just selling a single used board game – it's probably better to use a different platform.
Selling on Craigslist is a good option for individuals who like face-to-face transactions, as these are the norm.
Of course you don't have to meet up with someone to sell your board games to them; you could ship the games they buy and get paid electronically; it’s really up to you.
Craigslist, like eBay, is a marketplace for everything, and at all times there are board game buyers and sellers on this platform.
Depending on where you live, it might be difficult to find buyers on Craigslist but it's worth a shot.
10. Local Hobby Shops
Selling at local hobby stores is another good move if you want complete a face-to-face transaction rather than selling board games online.
Plus, if you sell to a shop that has a wide selection of board games, you can use store credit to buy and update your collection of games.
And it’s likely you’ll run into a board game enthusiast at a local hobby shop, and if this does happen you’ll probably get a fair price for your games.
Note: But be prepared to haggle here, as the hobby shop owner won't be able to give you top dollar—after all, they’ll need to resell the game after buying it from you.
If you don't have a local board game shop you might be forced to sell online.
11. Thrift Stores and Flea Markets
You can find decent board games at a thrift store or flea market, but this shouldn’t be your first stop if you’re looking to sell board games for a fair price. That said, you could find a diamond in the rough at such a store and resell it online for hundreds.
Thrift stores will often buy board games for much less than there true value, so be sure to know what your collection is worth before selling directly to a thrift store.
Similarly, flea markets can be a great place to find some used board games – but it's not the best place to sell used games because you'll often get less money.
12. Yard Sales or Garage Sales
Selling board games at a yard sale is mainly for those who just want to get the games off their hands fast. You’ll be able to sell them quickly this way, but don’t expect to get a lot for them.
However, if you’re a flipper, you could find a decades-old version of Parcheesi, for example, at a yard sale and sell it for a pretty penny online.
Yard sales can be a great place to find board games to sell, not as much to sell board games.
13. Pawn Shops
Pawn shops are the last option I'd recommend to sell board games.
Pawn shops are infamous for lowballing uninformed or desperate sellers, so you should definitely stay away if you have a collectible to sell.
You should, however, go here if you want to pawn your item with the intention of buying it back later.
BoardGameCo is no longer operating as of this year. This was a great place to sell used board games in the past but unfortunately you cannot sell board games any longer.
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How Much Are Board Games Worth? Most Valuable Board Games
Secondhand board games usually sell for $10 to $50. However, if the game is in pristine condition (not opened), rare, or unique, these board games sell for hundreds if not thousands.
Here’s a list of rare board games and the how much some of these used board games can go for.
Small World Designer Edition – $3,500.00 USD
Ticket to Ride – $550
Kingdom Death: Monster – $350
Secrets of the Lost Station: Core Game & Miniatures (Limited Edition) – $345
Final Thoughts on Where to sell Board Games
That’s it! That’s 14 stores/marketplaces you can use when you want to convert the old board games you never use into fast cash.
Whether you like selling online or in person, there are numerous methods at your disposal to get some extra money when you need it.
Best of luck!
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