On the "Hobby Grumblings" thread herzlos wrote "It looks like Salute won't be running a bring & buy from 2014, in order to fit in more traders and demo games.
I guess it makes sense, but I've always liked bring & buys. Not that I'd be carting anything down to London to sell if I'm going next year anyway."
I notice Bring and Buys seem to be dissappearing from shows.It seems a shame to me. I sold a lot of stuff on the Salute Bring & Buy this year and last. It seemed one of the best, not least because it probably had the biggest number of potential buyers.
I got the impression the organisers did well out it in terms of commissions but maybe not as much as they would from traders paying for space? It seemed well organised with lots of staff but perhaps it is asking a lot of all these volunteers needed though I suppose a perk is you get first chance on any bargains?
This year I was able to justify my purchases at Salute because what I sold my stuff for on the B&B just about equated to what I spent.
I did notice though how unrealistic the prices some people put them on for and seriously expect to sell them. I sell my stuff really cheap. Partly because I just want to be sure I sell it and also because it is a way of giving back to the hobby. If I have figures I am not using then someone else ought to be. People expect bargains on B&Bs. I am sure when some items are entered the staff are thinking "We will never sell this at that price. What a waste of time and space". A shame they can't say anything or maybe they can?
It is a nice feeling thinking your trip to a show is self financing and is another reason to go. Best not to remind yourself of how much you paid for the stuff you sold in the first place though
I remember way back when you could get some real bargains from bring and buys, I hardly ever look at them now as over the years I saw the steady creep of 'dealers' submitting their wares in order to get out of paying for a trade stand. At some shows it seemed that a lot of the real bargains were held back away from public view so that the 'dealers' could 'make an offer' when they didn't sell. For the man power needed to man them and the loss of room for display games and trade stands it seems only natural that some shows would want to get rid of them, it is a shame though.
There's certainly been a lot more dealer takeover, which is a shame.
I suspect the pricing is based more on better knowledge of what stuff is worth, it's easy to check ebay to get an idea. I usually aim for about 50-70% of retail, or at least under cutting the traders there, with the aim of dropping it down to clear later, and normally done fairly well (until it's all spent).
There are definitely some bargains out there, as well as plenty of crap
MrsCub has started to run a regular Bring and Buy at her work, with a nominal 50p fee going to charity. It's just a great way to generate silly excitement with stuff you don't want anyway, coming away with stuff somebody else didn't want.
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." – Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
Personally I loathe bring and buys. I no longer go near them, not due to dealer shenanigans but because I can't afford an armed bodyguard to stop the elbows, knees and other flailing limbs of people who won't wait patiently to have a look at the table when the people in front have stopped looking. For this reason I won't be bawling should they disappear. Plenty of online ways to sell stuff, which is where I buy second hand stuff these days. Less painful to me, probably a bit more painful to the wallet though. I'm happy to pay an extra £1 or 2 to forgoe crushed toes and the chance of a rucksack to the face