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Best Places to Buy Used Games

Where you should look if you need an out-of-print board game or card game


Thrift stores and yard sales are great places to look for used board games, but of course what you find there is almost completely unpredictable. When you're looking for a specific out-of-print board game or card game, these are the places I recommend you check first -- my picks for the best places to buy used games.

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1. BoardGameGeek.com Marketplace

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BoardGameGeek.com is a large community of people from around the world who are interested in board games, and many of them have listed games of all types for sale. The BGG Marketplace is a great place to start your search for any used game. Highly recommended.

2. Gamers Alliance

Sherlock Holmes - The Game of the Great Detective
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Since 1986, Gamers Alliance has maintained a master catalog of what they believe is the world's largest selection of out-of-print games (and I have found no evidence to contradict them). A small annual membership fee gets you access to the games in their catalog, along with a quarterly newsletter that's packed with game reviews and news. Also highly recommended.

3. Darwin's Game Closet

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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Darwin's Game Closet boasts a large catalog of used games, mostly (but far from entirely) classic American board games and card games.

4. D'Antiques

Stay Alive
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D'Antiques is a general antiques store but maintains a good selection of used games, mostly classic American releases.

5. Vintage Toy Box

Escape from New York
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Located in the United Kingdom, Vintage Toy Box has a decent selection of used games, primarily mass-market games published by larger companies.

6. eBay

Oh Magoo
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Although what's available at any given time is completely dependent on what sellers are offering, eBay can be a great source for used games. Searching completed auctions can give you a sense of what you might expect to pay.

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