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ViolentLee's Lowball: MISSION COMPLETE! ***Lowball Pointers Added***


#1 ViolentLee   Still Man Fights CAGiversary!   3655 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 08:57 AM

I sent out the final lowball package tonight. If you haven't received yours, it's on its way. If you want to see everything from the OP, it's behind the spoiler tag below.

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.

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Edited by ViolentLee, 09 October 2009 - 07:46 AM.
Pointers

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My action/scifi novel, Still Man Fights, is available in paperback and e-book form at Amazon.com.

My new travelogue, Japan Chronicles: of Rock Gods and J-Pop Idols, is also on Amazon.com.


#2 handsome_rakshas   Judgment of the Sea CAGiversary!   2385 Posts   Joined 6.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:12 AM

Thanks for the link up, I got you too!
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#3 dv8mad   Fulfilling CAGiversary!   6280 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:20 AM

I'll get links back up for everyone when I'm not fighting the single post character limit anymore...

#4 wesdw369   Pirate King CAGiversary!   828 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 04:25 PM

can you post pictures of the bottoms of the scratched games?
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#5 handsome_rakshas   Judgment of the Sea CAGiversary!   2385 Posts   Joined 6.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 05:06 PM

Woohoo it's almost time!
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#6 Msantos91   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   767 Posts   Joined 6.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 05:13 PM

I definitely see myself placing some bids here!

#7 ViolentLee   Still Man Fights CAGiversary!   3655 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 06:40 PM

can you post pictures of the bottoms of the scratched games?

I'll see what I can do. Likely won't happen before the sale goes live, but I'll do my best.
That's one huge sig ya got there!

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My action/scifi novel, Still Man Fights, is available in paperback and e-book form at Amazon.com.

My new travelogue, Japan Chronicles: of Rock Gods and J-Pop Idols, is also on Amazon.com.


#8 DAWG26   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2293 Posts   Joined 7.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 06:59 PM

Nice lowball list!

#9 wesdw369   Pirate King CAGiversary!   828 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 08:01 PM

I'll see what I can do. Likely won't happen before the sale goes live, but I'll do my best.
That's one huge sig ya got there!


def understand it not being before it start, just want to know what to expect on the off chance of me winning lol
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#10 ViolentLee   Still Man Fights CAGiversary!   3655 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:26 PM

Like Euro Itchy & Scratchy Land, we are open for business!

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My action/scifi novel, Still Man Fights, is available in paperback and e-book form at Amazon.com.

My new travelogue, Japan Chronicles: of Rock Gods and J-Pop Idols, is also on Amazon.com.


#11 wesdw369   Pirate King CAGiversary!   828 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:34 PM

16. WWE Legends of WrestleMania (mint) $5
17. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (sealed) $6
41. Monster Hunter Freedom (mint) $8
82. Harvest Moon 64 (cart only) $4
88. Final Fantasy IX (complete, discs have scratches) $8
95. Super Bomberman 3 import (cart only) $4
98. Naruto Uncut 3-disc boxed set (sealed) $3
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#12 kube00   Keeping in Cheap since 2005 CAGiversary!   9146 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:37 PM

$1 on Wolfenstein for the ps3

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#13 nsahene   Banned Banned   470 Posts   Joined 9.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:45 PM

98 Naruto. 5.00
100 Companion Cube 10.00
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#14 uhoh_evo   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   98 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:46 PM

wolfenstein - ps3 - $4.00

#15 wesdw369   Pirate King CAGiversary!   828 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:46 PM

98. Naruto Uncut 3-disc boxed set (sealed) $7
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#16 DigitalNerd   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   595 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

DigitalNerd

Posted 15 September 2009 - 09:51 PM

48. Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 (sealed) Digitalnerd $2
51. Hot Shots Tennis (mint w/UPC hole) Digitalnerd $2

#17 Vendetta_x360   Hunter Master Race CAGiversary!   7347 Posts   Joined 6.5 Years Ago  

Vendetta_x360

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:05 PM

8. Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia (mint) $1
15. Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (sealed) $1
17. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (sealed) $8
19. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (sealed) $10
57. Rez (mint) $5
83. Mega Man 64 (rental stick on cart, no book) $1

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Currently Playing:  :xb1: Destiny, Zombie Army Trilogy, GoT, Tales From The Borderlands  :ps4: OneChanbara  :360: Tales of Vesperia :3ds: Pokemon

Recent Completions: Nothing lately, Too Much Destiny... :wall:


#18 Banjora   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   832 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:12 PM

11. Star Ocean: The Last Hope (sealed) 1.00
14. Viking: Battle for Asgard (sealed) 1.00
15. Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (sealed) 2.00
19. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (sealed) 11.00
32. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (sealed) 1.00
41. Monster Hunter Freedom (mint) 1.00
71. Dungeons & Dragons Dragonshard (sealed) 1.00

#19 Vendetta_x360   Hunter Master Race CAGiversary!   7347 Posts   Joined 6.5 Years Ago  

Vendetta_x360

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:14 PM

oh no you dont!
15. Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (sealed) $3
19. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (sealed) $15

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Currently Playing:  :xb1: Destiny, Zombie Army Trilogy, GoT, Tales From The Borderlands  :ps4: OneChanbara  :360: Tales of Vesperia :3ds: Pokemon

Recent Completions: Nothing lately, Too Much Destiny... :wall:


#20 Gombay   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   579 Posts   Joined 7.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:17 PM

13. Unreal Tournament III (mint) - $1

#21 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:24 PM

2. Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (mint) - $1
56. Monster Rancher 3 (mint) - $1
[FONT="]97. 5-Game Bundle (Sonic 2, X-Men, X-Men 2, Streets of Rage 2, Alien Storm – all cart-only) - $6[/FONT]

#22 fizzywix   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1540 Posts   Joined 6.9 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:28 PM

103. Phoenix Wright keychain and stylus set (keychain mint, stylus sealed) - $1

#23 Banjora   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   832 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:34 PM

Right back at ya ZxT : )
2. Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (mint) $2.00
15. Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (sealed) $4.00
19. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (sealed) $17.50

#24 Vendetta_x360   Hunter Master Race CAGiversary!   7347 Posts   Joined 6.5 Years Ago  

Vendetta_x360

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:37 PM

19. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (sealed) $25

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Currently Playing:  :xb1: Destiny, Zombie Army Trilogy, GoT, Tales From The Borderlands  :ps4: OneChanbara  :360: Tales of Vesperia :3ds: Pokemon

Recent Completions: Nothing lately, Too Much Destiny... :wall:


#25 Vulgarism   A living, breathing piece of defecating meat. CAGiversary!   3870 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:41 PM

34. Coded Arms: Contagion (sealed) $1.50
35. Dead to Rights: Reckoning (sealed) $1
37. Dragon Ball Evolution (sealed) $1

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#26 knightsdwn   Beautiful Plastic CAGiversary!   3347 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:53 PM

2. Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (mint) - $5
100. Companion Cube Plush 6”x6”x6” Official (sealed) - $15

#27 Banjora   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   832 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:03 PM

Ouch, I got put in my place. I concede lol.

#28 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:24 PM

9. Operation Darkness (sealed) - $1
10. Quake 4 w/Quake 2 bonus disc (mint)- $1

#29 thelonepig   Greasy Pork Pirates! CAGiversary!   5914 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:36 PM

1. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (mint) $10
2. Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom (mint) $6
30. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlord (mint) $4
32. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (sealed) $15
50. Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows (mint) $4
57. Rez (mint) $10
98. Naruto Uncut 3-disc boxed set (sealed) $10

#30 Phil   Bazinga! CAGiversary!   341 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:43 PM

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (mint) - $2

Xbox 360
Afro Samurai (mint w/cardboard sleeve) - $2
Star Ocean: The Last Hope (sealed) - $3
WWE Legends of WrestleMania (mint) - $7Posted Image