The Bring & Buy stall will be back across the road in the Ashton Court in
the Hardwick suite.
Once again, we will be retaining 5% of the
selling price of every game sold in order to cover
the costs of hiring the room.
Sellers can register their games in the
old-fashioned manner via the
Bring & Buy registration sheets (see below) but this
year we are attempting something revolutionary,
which is to enable sellers to log their games for
sale online and for buyers to browse the details via
an app that incorporates nifty functionality, such
as Boardgamegeek ratings and what-not. More details
on that below, too.
The schedule for 2019 is:
||Sellers bring their
games to the sale room
||Buyers are admitted (assuming
we have logged all the games for sale)
||Sellers can collect unsold
games and proceeds from sales if they are
not going to be around for the second
||Sellers bring their
games to the sale room or adjust the prices
of games that did not sell in the first
||Buyers are admitted
||Sellers collect unsold games
and proceeds from sales.
The Bring & Buy registration sheets will be
available on the main MidCon registration
desk all day on Friday so you can register the
games you want to sell in advance, if you
Instructions on how to do so should be on the
back of each
Bring & Buy registration sheet
but are also given
If you want to log details of
the games you are selling in advance, you may do
so as follows.
- Bring your list of games to the MidCon
registration desk in the Garden Room
- Grab the Bring & Buy folder but do not take
it away from the desk.
- Enter the details of the games you are selling
in blank rows on the forms: game name,
seller, price. If you have a lot of games,
please list them on entirely empty sheets; if you
only have one or two, feel free to fill in a gap
on a partially completed sheet (but try to keep
them all in one group of numbers).
- Grab the requisite number of coloured post-it
notes - these should be on the registration
desk. Do not take the whole batch of
notes; just the amount you need.
- Transfer the relevant info from the Bring
& Buy sheets to the post-it notes, i.e. game
ID and price.
- Slap the post-it notes on your games and bring
them along later to the Bring & Buy sale.
Please round all prices to the nearest pound
unless you are asking for less than a pound for a
game, in which case round it to the nearest 10p.
We will cream off 5% from the proceeds of all
sold games to cover the cost of hiring the room.
Giles Bennett has very kindly offered to drag the
Bring & Buy process into the 21st century. As it his
baby, I will let him describe the process in his own
words (although some of these words have been used
by other people).
Giles writes: Rather than have
it all paper-based, as in the past, the powers that
be have very kindly offered to be guinea-pigs for an
online platform that I've created, which you can
If you're buying, there's no need to register -
you can browse listings as they're added, and view
full information about the listing (price,
condition, any notes) as well as information from
BoardGameGeek [BGG] (rating, weight, playing time,
ages, etc.) without leaving the site. If you do
choose to register a (free) account, however, then
you can create a watch list (or import your watch
list from BGG) and be alerted via email if listings
are added for a game that is on your watch list.
On the day of the sale itself you can then browse
the games either in person or online. If you're
browsing in person then all the salient details from
BGG will be displayed on the games themselves, so
hopefully there'll be no need for everyone to wander
around with their phones out frantically looking up
a game's rating before someone else snatches it up.
If you're browsing online, then the availability
will be up to date as items are added / removed /
repriced / sold.
For sellers, once you create an account (also
free, natch) you can start uploading your listings
now. Then, on the day of the sale you just take your
games along to check them in - you'll be given two
(safely removable, without leaving a mark!) labels
for each game you're selling, one with the barcode,
price and condition, and another with all the useful
Once the sales are live you can watch how they're
doing - after the first selling period you can pop
back to adjust your prices before the second selling
period, or after either selling period you can
retrieve your games and any proceeds (less the
convention's commission of 5% to cover the room
The only caveat is that the system is still
populating with games from BGG - there's about
143,000 in there at the moment, but it's still
chuntering away, so if you cannot find a specific
game, then check back again in a few days.
I also stress that it is in beta - so it may not
all work - but hopefully if you find something that
you think doesn't work you'll be kind enough to
message me here, or via email to
email@example.com, and let me know so that I can
John writes: I must admit I am
viewing this experiment with a bit of trepidation.
In theory, it should make the whole process easier
but there might be some teething problems so please
bear with us.
Somebody is sure to ask whether we accept
electronic payments on the Bring & Buy, to which the
answer is currently "no" but clearly we should look
into this in the future.