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Do you sell your books?

Mercador

Explorer
Hey guys, I'm looking at my bookshelf full of TTRPG (mainly D&D 2nd, 4nd, 5nd and Pathfinder 1ed) and I was wondering what to do with that. My local gaming store is offering me 250$ CDN for 35 books, I'm not too sure about that. I remember that I was really upset when my mom trashed my Cyberpunk books back in '90 and I wonder if I'll missed them in the long run. I want to sell them because I feel ashamed that I don't read/use them, not really for the money (but I still prefer having a few bucks than trashing them).

So I was curious, do you keep your old TTRPG books or you sell them after a while?

Thanks!
 

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Cadence

Legend
Supporter
I have copies of the core books for systems I played a lot and a couple non-core favorites (some I had to repurchase after selling years ago and regretting). I sometimes pull those off the shelves to respond to threads on here or like to just see on the shelf. I don't miss the ones from any games I didn't play much or the splat books or run of the mill modules for the ones I did, for example.

If it brings pleasant memories I'd keep it. Even if it's in a box in the closet and not on the shelf.
 

ad_hoc

(he/they)
Yes. I sell everything that I don't use.

I used to collect things but I found that they weighed me down so I have sold most of my collections.

I've got a few 5e books as I sell each adventure after I run it. I've also got a big collection of miniatures but only because I use them to play.

If you're interested into looking more into the subject look up "loss aversion."

In a nutshell it is a cognitive bias where we feel worse about having something and then losing it than we do about losing the opportunity to have it in the first place. For example, if I invest $1000 into stocks and then they drop to $100 I feel bad that I've lost money. However, if I invest $1000 and that grows to $2000 and I have the opportunity to sell but don't and it drops to $1000 I have lost $1000 but it won't feel as bad b/c it doesn't feel like I actually had the money.

I have made a point of not being 'loss adverse' in my life.
 

Kobold Stew

Last Guy in the Airlock
Supporter
If you are discontent with the offer, ask if they'll give you store credit. In all likelihood, $250 cash is the same as $400 in merch for you, and that's more than ten bucks a book. I mean, even if you have to spend it right away, you'd get a good deal.

(And if you don't think swapping your collection for 6 or 7 new books, or 4 or 5 games (or dice...somanydice) isn't a good deal -- if that makes you feel like you're losing out -- then keep the books!)
 

Longspeak

Explorer
I sell things in occasional spurts. Every few years I identify the items on my shelf that aren't seeing use, and I sell them. I don't take them to book stores because you get a very poor payout. Last time, I sold through another forum's buy/sell subforum. I sold about half my stuff that way, but I got way better than the bookstore offered. It's more work though, arranging shipping for all that product.
 

I traded all of my 4e stuff for store credit and ended up with some 5e books in exchange.
I have lots of attachment to my 1e books. I will never part with them!

may 3e books take up a lot of space. I have mixed feelings about letting them go.

I still have my players handbook with the disc in the back….I want to keep that….
 

delericho

Legend
I've never sold a book, and until recently I kept all my books. But there came a time when I needed the space a lot more than I needed hundreds of never-used RPG books...

I've culled my RPG collection twice. The first time I gave away a lot of rarely- or never-used games, plus anything related to a game for which I didn't have the core book. The second time I got rid of all of my Pathfinder 1st Ed books (except adventures). I first tried to give these away to other gamers I know, on the grounds that I'd rather see them used. Failing that, they went to a local charity shop.

One thing I have noticed recently: some of the books I've kept have shot up in value recently (specifically 3e FR books). I may choose to sell those, as they're also in the never-used pile and if they're now valuable... When considering a sale, it's maybe worth having a quick look to make sure you get a good price.
 

delericho

Legend
Regarding the possibility that I might miss having them: I haven't noticed any loss. However, when I did the cull I did set aside some money for a while, just in case - I figured that if there was anything I found I really missed, I would just have to buy it back. (I didn't ever expect to miss many of those books - correctly, as it turned out.)

And, of course, in many cases (especially Pathfinder), I also had a PDF copy anyway, so had even less cause for concern.
 

I dumped most of my old RPG stuff when Ebay first got big, and switched to PDFs. I just gave away an entire set of Fading Suns books last year to a new GM.
 

TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
I have never sold any of my books. I did lose track of my 3E books when I moved away, I think my mother might have sold or trashed them. But aside from that, I'm keeping every book I own.
 

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
I buy WotC D&D books with the intention of selling them. That's worked out well on occasion- I sold my copy of Volo's Guide for like $750 and my copy of Mordenkainen's Tome for over $300.

I don't sell pre-WotC D&D books. I did once, back 20+ years ago, and I've regretted it ever since.
 


Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I’ve kept most of the RPG and TT wargames, etc. I’ve acquired over the decades. At one point, though, I did feel the need to streamline a bit.

Instead of selling them, though, I donated them to the USO and DAV. I also donated NEW stuff at the same time, including some dice.
 

MGibster

Legend
So I was curious, do you keep your old TTRPG books or you sell them after a while?
I sold almost all of my RPGs back around 1998. There was a lot, and I mean a lot, of 2nd edition AD&D material in there. I don't remember how much I sold it for but I'm still friends with the guy who bought them. He still owns them too. I've sold some other books since then. I sold my special leather bound edition of the original Deadlands game to some guy in Great Britain (maybe Morrus knows him). But I've also given away a lot of books as well.

I moved around a lot as a child and had to get rid of things every few years. So I'm just not attached to my books like some other people are. There are some books I kind of regret getting rid of, but not many. And these days I am much more selective of what I buy not because of the price but because I don't want my house cluttered up.
 


Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I give away my books to people who will use them. I've brought boxes of books to gaming groups and told them to grab what they wanted. Heck, my last set that went out I paid to ship my AD&D 1st books to Florida for someone who was teaching students with them.

I don't look at RPG books as an investment in money that I might get back, I look at them as an investment in fun that pays dividends when shared.
 

Mercador

Explorer
If you are discontent with the offer, ask if they'll give you store credit. In all likelihood, $250 cash is the same as $400 in merch for you, and that's more than ten bucks a book. I mean, even if you have to spend it right away, you'd get a good deal.

(And if you don't think swapping your collection for 6 or 7 new books, or 4 or 5 games (or dice...somanydice) isn't a good deal -- if that makes you feel like you're losing out -- then keep the books!)
They offer 325$ in store credit. But I'm trying to go more the PDF route since I got a Kobo Elipsa.
When I want to get rid of books, I typically donate them to my local library, rather than sell them.
Yeah, that's what I do with novels but those books are still quite valuable I think. At the same time, 250$ won't make much a difference on my budget, it's more that I feel bad seeing them gathering dust when they could be used by someone else.

I think I'm still quite emotionnal attached to several of those books, I guess it reminds me when I was mentally healthy and was able to DM some games. Maybe that's the trigger that happens.
 

pming

Legend
Hey guys, I'm looking at my bookshelf full of TTRPG (mainly D&D 2nd, 4nd, 5nd and Pathfinder 1ed) and I was wondering what to do with that. My local gaming store is offering me 250$ CDN for 35 books, I'm not too sure about that. I remember that I was really upset when my mom trashed my Cyberpunk books back in '90 and I wonder if I'll missed them in the long run. I want to sell them because I feel ashamed that I don't read/use them, not really for the money (but I still prefer having a few bucks than trashing them).

So I was curious, do you keep your old TTRPG books or you sell them after a while?

Thanks!

Long story short...

NEVER SELL YOUR BOOKS! EVER!

Trust me. I've bought friends and acquaintances books several times over the decades...usually in large lots (as in "I'm selling all my 1e books for $150"). Without fail, every single time, I learn they REALLY hate having sold them and they go try and buy them somewhere again...for WAY more than they sold them. It's why I have multiple copies of many 1e, Basic D&D, etc books and modules. For example, I have two "Scourge of the Slave Lords", two "Temple of Elemental Evils" and two "Queen of the Spiders" (maybe three Temples, actually)...as well as multiple copies (in most cases) of every module that those compilations are made up of. And 1e rule books? Pffft! A half dozen of each in several cases, with 2 or 3 being the norm.

To reiterate: NEVER SELL YOUR BOOKS! EVER!

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 


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