Damage Guide for Used Games

The following is a guide to how used games sold to us are assessed and discounted based on their condition. Please read this guide carefully and make use of the damage grades listed below when assessing your own games for wear before making us an offer of sale. If a game you are interested in selling does not easily fit into any of the below categories, please send us photos and a text description of all damage to it, and we will provide you with our own assessment.

Before contacting us to arrange the sale of your game(s) please ensure you have read and understood our full Guide to Selling Used Games. Please note that we are not accepting Grade D items at this time.

Damage Grades

Opened Games
Grade A : Cosmetic Wear
Grade B : Minor Wear
Grade C : Moderate Wear
Grade D : Severe Wear


Opened Games

All games that have been opened but are otherwise in mint condition will be marked down 5% when we purchase them. This includes games that have their counters unpunched and pieces unassembled, as well as games that have been fully assembled but remain unplayed.

Grade A : Cosmetic Wear

Cosmetic wear includes minor creasing or folding to the game box, or light surface scratches that are easily visible but do not impact structural integrity of the packaging. Folded corners or minor creasing to books and manuals also falls into this category, as do light dents to storage tins. Internal components are all accounted for in original playable condition. This applies to “best-condition” used games.

Grade A wear on the outside of a copy of Small World, with a noticeable crease along box bottom Inside of a copy of Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers in Grade A condition, with no significant wear

Grade B : Minor Wear

Minor wear includes noticeably crushed or torn corners/edges that have a minor impact on the durability of the outer box. No noticeable damage to internal storage trays. Internal components are all accounted for and in playable condition with wear up to and including worn corners on cards, creasing or light marks on the game board, and manuals with folded pages and/or weakened bindings. This applies to well played and well looked after used games.

Grade B wear on the outside of copy of Mage Knight, with a crushed corner that does not create a full tear to the inside of the box Inside of a copy of Citadels in Grade B condition, with noticeably worn edges on cards, but no tearing or folding

Grade C : Moderate Wear

Moderate wear includes crushed corners that may have a minor impact on internal storage trays and tears to the packaging that leave a hole through the box. Internal components are all accounted for with wear confined to: fading stickers; fading and worn edges on chits; creasing or dog-eared/folded corners on cards; a printed or photocopied manual in good condition; game board with worn and fragile seams; bent masts, spears, or other small portions of plastic miniatures. This can apply to well-played older games or games that received only moderate care during use.

Grade C wear on the outside of copy of Carcassonne, with a crushed corner that has torn all the way through to the inside of the box

Grade D : Severe Wear

Severe wear includes large tears in packaging, missing or deformed internal storage trays (usually the result of crushing) and badly dented storage tins, as well as broken bindings on books and manuals. Internal components are all accounted for but feature the following degrees of wear: peeling stickers; chits with “splits” or creases; faded/warped cards from heavy shuffling; bent or damaged plastic miniatures; game boards split along their seam or with noticeable stains/writing. Games in this category have seen a lot of use, and have not been well cared for.

Grade D wear on the outside of copy of Star Trek Fleet Captains, with a very large tear in the box that has had an impact  on internal storage trays

Please bear in mind that these grades apply only complete games with all of their components accounted for, and games with missing pieces will be discounted further. If a game is missing a small number of easily-replaced pieces, its price will be reduced by 10%. Any game missing a large number of pieces or missing pieces that cannot be replaced (due to the game being out of print, etc) will be marked down 20%.

If we have to take additional time to sort and categorize your game in order to assess its condition, a discount ranging from 10 - 25% may be applied.. Some examples of improper storage include loose counters in Twilight Imperium; a Dominion box missing its insert, with cards loose; loose tokens and cards in Mage Knight.