Vox Republica 142: Gaming Speculation

Episode 142

Length: 59:17

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DESCRIPTION: It’s one thing to excitedly find a rare or popular game in a thrift store. But have you ever bought one there with the sole purpose of turning around and selling it? It’s capitalism at its most basic, but what are the possibilities and pitfalls of going down the road of gaming speculation? This week Erin and Ryan dive into flipping games for profit.




  • You’ve probably heard of people flipping houses – buying them for one price in the plans of reselling them for a higher price later on. But people resell items all the time, including games. We investigate various ethical areas (and problems) revolving around game reselling and game speculation. Areas we explore include:
    • thrift store / yard sale finds
    • how to price out games
    • games to look for if you want to make a profit
    • capitalizing on the window between Kickstarter fulfillment and retail distribution
    • taking advantage of Kickstarter exclusives
    • review copy flipping
    • and more!

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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.