FAQ: 20 Questions about the Gen Con Game Auction

by Frank Mentzer, "The Auction Dude"

    General Questions

  1. Where IS the auction?
  2. What can I sell there?
  3. How much is my game worth?
  4. Should I sell my stuff in batches or just piece-by-piece?

    Pre-registration

  5. How can I register my items in advance? Can I get item tags?
  6. How long can I do this?
  7. How long can the description be?
  8. How do I fix something I mess up?
  9. How do I delete an item?
  10. Can I pay in advance for my seller card & item tags?
  11. I forgot my password for the pre-registration site. Help!

    At the Show

  12. When will things be sold? Are they in categories?
  13. What's the difference between the stage and the store?
  14. If my items don't get bids on stage, will you put them into the store for me?
  15. Will my items be in a Collector session?
  16. Can I look at stuff before it's sold?
  17. Can I bid on stuff without being there? I'd rather be gaming...

    Wrapup

  18. Can I get money as soon as my stuff sells?
  19. Can someone else pick up my money for me?
  20. What about my stuff that didn't sell?

    General Questions

  1. Where IS the auction?

    Gen Con Indy: Rooms 121-124 in the Main Convention Center for more details.
    Origins: Greater Columbus Convention Center. Room(s) haven't been finalized yet. for more details.

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  2. What can I sell there?

    The auction usually has everything in hobby gaming -- games and accessories, spare parts, rulebooks, adventures, figures and paints, collectible cards, video games, computer games, and more. Related items include full computer systems, Star Trek and Star Wars memorabilia, fiction and reference books, toys, artworks and sculpture, and of course comic books, such as Wolverine #1 and Knights of the Dinner Table. As a general rule we do not accept food or living beings of any sort, terran or otherwise.

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  3. How much is my game worth?

    We try to get you the best price for your stuff, but we cannot affect the fair market by offering opinions like this in advance. Value comes from many factors, including condition, packaging, regional price differences, and others. Independent price guides are available for some categories, and you can often find recent records on public auction web sites.

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  4. Should I sell my stuff in batches or just piece-by-piece?

    Depends on the stuff. At the desk where you check in at the auction you'll find expert collectors who will offer advice like this. (You may have a valuable collectible and not even realize it!) If you're sure that some items are all common and related, it makes sense to group them. Some things should NOT be batched, like unrelated items (a family game, a wargame, and a roleplaying piece), and games of even moderate value (often the case with wargames) will do better individually.

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    Pre-registration

  5. How can I register my items in advance? Can I get item tags?

    You can pre-register your items at our Pre-Registration Web Site. Save your convention time for gaming. You can even print your item tags at home. Please read the instructions before beginning and then log in. Of course you can always register your items in person, starting on Wednesday, Starting at 12:00pm(before the gaming starts) at the auction room. We accept items until noon on Saturday.

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  6. How long can I do this?

    You can use the Gen Con Pre-Registration Site until the Saturday before the convention. After you log in to the site you can see the exact date that the registration has to be shutdown so that we can get ready for the con. NOTE: The database shuts down at Midnight on the listed day (California time)

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  7. How long can the description be? (online pre-reg)

    You are limited to 255 characters for the item description (because we are using "mySQL" as the database engine). If you have more to say, write it on the tag after you print it, or include a separate sheet. You CAN add comments later, too. But please do NOT write on the back of the item tag.

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  8. How do I fix something I mess up? (online pre-reg)

    To EDIT, just log into the pre-registration system and click on the convention name. You will see a list of items that you have registered. Click on an item (either Item ID or Title) to open an Edit window. You can change anything except the item's number, which is assigned by the software.

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  9. How do I delete an item?

    You just rewrite it (see EDIT, above) to become something else that you want to sell. If you end up with a blank tag, you can either ignore or rename it "Delete Me". Remember that every item has to be brought to us for check-in, and YOU WON'T BE CHARGED for blank tags or anything you don't bring.

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  10. Can I pay in advance for my seller card & item tags?

    Sorry, not yet. You will pay for these items when you arrive at the convention. (See Seller Costs for more details.)

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  11. I forgot my password for the pre-registration site. Help!

    Please email webmaster@weekendwarrior.com. For security reasons we will re-send your password to the original email address that you registered with us. Please allow 24 hours for the response.

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    At the Show

  12. When will things be sold? Are they in categories?

    The schedule always varies by what's submitted. Watch for on-site changes (posted at the Auction and at Convention Registration).

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  13. What's the difference between the Stage and the Store?

    The stage is the standard auction. The Consignment Store is for sellers who don't want to risk low bids; you set a fixed price and mark "Store Only" on the item tag. Store shoppers CAN bid while they're in the Store. Stage items are brought up by category and described and sold to a large group of buyers interested in that category. Meanwhile, all sorts of buyers visit the store all day every day, and like most stores you can find almost anything there. On stage, almost everything sells; in the store, it depends on the pre-set prices. Refer to Seller Costs for more details on Auction costs vs. Store costs.

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  14. If my items don't get bids on stage, will you put them into the store for me?

    Sure, and that's automatic. Sometimes the audience doesn't bid, and the item is sent to the Store so it can find a new home. You probably don't want it sold in the Store for a mere dollar, so you should either name your Minimum (Store) price or check the "No Store" option on the item tag. Your item will not be sold unless that Minimum (sometimes called the "Reserve") is met.

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  15. Will my items be in a Collector session?

    We have experts at the check-in desk who can advise you. We handle over 10,000 games at each auction and we've been doing this for 20 years, so we're pretty good at identifying collectibles. Among our 3 dozen staff members are experts who have seen and played virtually every game known to man. Those experts separate the collectibles from all the rest. Feel free to call attention to your Collectible in the item description...but if something isn't collectible we'll know it, and it'll get put in the appropriate time slot (see above).

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  16. Can I look at stuff before it's sold?

    There is no pre-auction inspection period, due to the nature of the event; we get huge amounts of stuff coming in over a 3-day period. But we know that some things you just HAVE to see. Painted miniatures and ultra-rare collectibles are displayed in showcases, and other special items are often displayed for a short time. And we offer a guarantee that you won't find elsewhere: when you pay for an item, you can (and SHOULD) check to be sure it's exactly as described. If it's not, you can cancel the sale, and we'll change the description accordingly and put it back up. (But you can't just change your mind; if it IS what was described, you are required to pay what you bid. That's a legal thing.)

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  17. Can I bid on stuff without being there? I'd rather be gaming...

    Yes, you can. This procedure is called "Proxy Bidding". You can't do this for common items, but you can for almost any collectible or special item. First have a staff member bring the item for your inspection (we do the handling, you do the examining). Then show your bidder card and tell us your maximum bid for the item. The information is written on the item tag in a hidden place, and your bid will be part of the action when the item comes up. Your final bid price is typically $1 more than the last "live" bid (sometimes more for high-priced items), so you may get the item for at lot less than your Proxy (maximum) bid. Note that you may be required to guarantee your bid, so have a credit or debit card handy if you plan on Proxy bidding.

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    Wrapup

  18. Can I get money as soon as my stuff sells?

    In our unique Advance Partial Payout™ system we start paying sellers on Friday. If your items have sold, you can pick up the cash right away and go hit the dealer room. If your items haven't sold yet, of course you can't get paid yet; check back early the next day.

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  19. Can someone else pick up my money for me?

    No, and we require photo ID when consignors pick up their payouts. Within 20 days after the convention we mail out checks to everyone who hasn't picked up their money, so if you get tied up, don't worry about it.

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  20. What about my stuff that didn't sell?

    In general, all items not picked up by 12pm local time on Sunday of the convention become auction property, and may be taken by auction volunteers, thrown away, or eaten. You cannot pick up items before 9am Sunday, because there are just too many items we'd have to search to find yours. But although nobody else can pick up your money, someone else CAN pick up your leftovers: they'll need your original seller card, your copies of all your item tags, AND a hand-written signed note from you giving them permission to do this. If you make arrangements with us before Sunday, your leftovers can be stored or mailed to you, but those options are expensive, and you won't like them. Trust me.

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