This experience has been pretty awesome. I earned a decent chunk of money that will be put toward a bike and maybe Rosetta Stone Japan software.
I wanted to drop some knowledge gained from this experience, in case you're thinking of holding your own lowball. I hope this helps someone.
1) Track everything in an Excel sheet. This makes an extra step when you update, but it's a good backup, and will especially come in handy when you're finished. You can keep up on the latest bids/bidders, start color-coding things that were paid for or shipped, and store addresses.
2) Insist on PayPal gifts for payment. These do NOT carry fees. If you're only making a couple bucks on a game, having to pay 50 cents in fees is a downer.
3) Ask for addresses to be PM'd to you, because PayPal gifts do not give you addresses by default. Plus, it's best to add that to your Excel sheet as soon as possible.
4) Be flexible. Every buyer is different, and you don't want to exclude someone because of whatever reason. Don't be sucker-level generous, but know that the vast majority of CAGs are good people.
5) Update often. You want your potential customers to have as easy a time as possible to buy your games. Like most things, this is especially helpful as your lowball winds down.
6) Make sure your PM box has enough space, and keep it that way. I tend to only keep essential PM info -- such as addresses. Since you're tracking on an Excel sheet, it's less risky to delete stuff. Make sure to click off the "save to sent folder" for things like "I got payment" PMs, as those count against your PM limit, too.
7) Ship via PayPal. You can print from there, pay with PayPal account, and they only charge $0.19 for delivery confirmation. Then you can just drop the packages at a mailbox or post office. Plus, you can slightly fudge weights to keep rates down. 1 PS2-sized game w/case in a bubble mailer goes about 6 oz., FYI.
8) Keep thick skin. There's a good chance you'll come across some upset people at the end. Do your best to appease them, and everything will go smoother.
9) This is straight from Strell: Freebies are your friend. I tried to give something to everyone -- usually a Newtype Magazine anime DVD sampler or OXM demo disc. But with bigger packages -- especially with flat-rate boxes -- I got a little more generous. If something didn't sell, why not include it where applicable? After all, you didn't expect to have it at the end, anyway.
So, that's all I got right now. If anyone else wants to share some pointers, I'll add them here.
Edited by ViolentLee, 09 October 2009 - 07:46 AM.