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Fine Games'
(Pre-) Retirement Sales Landing Page

(Last updated 2 November 2020 )

It's been a long, strange trip this little business of selling happiness and entertainment in the form of wargames to gamers around the world for 28 years and counting.

 

Now, retirement looms in my foreseeable future: 1-2 years off. I could retire immediately and largely disappear from the gaming world. Much as Jim Sandefur, formerly of Boulder Games, did a decade ago in order to go climbing big trees. But I can't in good conscience simply dump one of the world's largest collections of wargames after spending a lifetime collecting, preserving and selling such games.

 

So, my goals are shifting from (just) earning a living with integrity to finding good homes for these games. You are seeing this play out as you read this page.

 

Final retirement is not imminent, and likely will be a somewhat gradual process of maintaining the business for a couple of years or more while spending more time playing and less working. You are are warned, Jeff Bezos! Next year, we'll make some efforts to sell the business as a whole, and more diligent efforts to sell blocks of our inventory & other business assets to competitors. If you're looking to win the "most unusual career" award at a high school reunion as I did in 2010, well, have I got an opportunity for you!

 

My concept of retirement is something of the nature of "doing what I want 24/7." While I remain healthy, that means outdoor activities including camping, hiking and seeing the world one beer at a time from the seat of a bike (i.e. bike touring). I've got my bright red bikes -- akin to bright red corvettes old men buy but far more practical -- and am ready to go already. Perhaps I'll even find time to play all the thousands of games I own; I've always said to many of you considering selling your collections, "retirement is coming!" When retirement does arrives, time should be less of a constraint to enjoying our gaming hobby for each of us. Only after another good decade will I need my bright red rocking chair....

 

See the end of this page for pictures of what retirement might look like for me.

 

Fine Games Retirement Sales

Our Retirement Sales are envisioned as an ongoing series of big, Really Big, liquidation sales. Each is intended to give you an unbeatable deal too good to pass up. And in doing so find a good home to a deserving wargame product. Earning a profit is a secondary consideration that will lessen over time.

 

Also, our traditional Annual Clearance Sale will proceed as normal late each year. It will be bigger & no doubt better than ever before, but largely separate from our series of Retirement Sales.

 

Note that each sale offer will have special pricing and special terms, such as buy one get one free. Both pricing and special terms are valid only during the sale period clearly stated here and in our sale catalgs. After each sale expires we will modify the sale if we elect to continue to offer those items in some form. For example, in our first sale, we no longer offer the "buy one get one free" special term after the sale expiration of 15 Oct., but will continue to honor the individual prices show for our Mag-Only Liquidation.

 

Retirement Sale #1: Magazine-onlys, Sept. 2020

We start our liquidation efforts with our considerable inventory of magazines (aka mag-onlys). We have a lifetime supply (or more) of many issues, and shipping is much less of an issue than with boxed games, so we can essentially give much our inventory away. For FREE! And that's just what we're doing in this sale.

 

Download    Magazine-Only Liquidation Catalog

(PDF download 600kb)

 

Our Offer is this: Each item listed is available at the dirt cheap liquidation price show. Period. No more BOGO.

 

For each item listed in this Liquidation Catalog you purchase at the Liquidation Price shown, you can take one additional item drawn from Category Two of the catalog for FREE! Category Two contains the items most in need of a new home. Shipping is additional, as always; see shipping.

 

The Liquidation Price you pay for each paid item must equal or exceed the Liquidation Price shown for the corresponding FREE item you select. Buy a $3 item, you can select a Category 2 item priced up to $3 for FREE! But you cannot buy a $1 item and take a $2 item for free.

 

But wait, there is more! If we use boxed shipping (by your choice or necessity), get one game box-only from our large collection of parts boxes for FREE! Choose from this special catalog of Box-onlys which shows all boxes up to double-case size if interested. Larger and odd-shaped boxes are not included. One box per order and per shipment.

 

It's the best of both worlds: dirt cheap pricing on what you buy, then FREE! items on a one-to-one basis with what you buy.

 

Next Up - likely beginning Feb. 2021

Good question at this point. Future Retirement Sale offers will include boxed & unboxed games. Because the costs of shipping boxed games is significant, and the cost of games varies considerably, more thought is needed to create a viable sale on games. But mulitple sale offers on games are coming, eventually covering the full scope of our inventory of games and accessories.

 

But for our second liquidation sale we're thinking that unboxed games, or perhaps unboxed magazine-games, would be a suitable follow as again shipping is not such an issue as it is with boxed games. We expect we'll focus on some specific sub-set of all such items we have on hand to keep it managable. But remember, our Annual Clearance Sale is also coming up soon!

How to Order

For the benefit of customers who are not familiar with our web site or ordering process, to place an order you simply collect a list of the games or other items you wish to order (including game title, part # and price ideally) from our catalogs. Then, email it to us with your full name, contact info & payment instructions. You can also phone or fax us, if you prefer. Your games will be shipped as early as the same day, and rarely later than the next weekday. Note that we do not have an online form for ordering. Go here for more complete ordering details.

Payment

Normal payment terms apply to all Retirement orders.

 

We accept checks (with the cash discount reflected in all our pricing), as well as credit cards and PayPal (sent to PayPal@FineGames.com, or via PayPal.Me/FineGames/$$$.$$ where $$$.$$ is the actual dollar value owed without a $ sign. Example: PayPal.Me/FineGames/123.45.) Note that payment methods where we must pay a fee to receive your payment (credit/debit card or PayPal) forego the cash discount and so the grand total will be 3.1% more than any stated price you see in our catalogs; that includes shipping as well.

 

Please be aware of & respect our reservation policy. We will reserve items for you that you are certain – as in 100% certan – you want them. We will not reserve items prospectively or while you "think about it." If you tell us you are ordering an item but later change your mind, we will be hesitent to reserve anything for you on future orders. Do it twice and we will only reserve items when we have payment in hand. This is especially true of our Annual Clearance and Retirement Sales.

 

Shipping

We ship by USPS priority mail where possible, but can ship via UPS.

 

With a single exception, our normal shipping charges apply to each order, regardless of whether some or all items come from this clearance. For most orders including boxed items, shipping is $21.00 per order. A single unboxed item can ship for $8.00, multiple unboxed items for $10.00. A single boxed item (plus unboxed items as will fit) generally ships for $16.00; most other orders are $21.00. We will quote shipping for your specific order.

 

That exception is that when we must ship boxed (rather than by flat rate priority envelope), then shipping will be either $16.00 per medium flat rate priority mail box required, or $21.00 for UPS shipment. Shipments requiring multiple shipments will be charged an appropriate charge per-shipment.

International orders are generally based on shipping weight. Contact us for a quote.

 

Are you Subscribed ?

This & future Retirement Sale notices are emailed to our subscribed customers. Like to receive timely notice of such sales? Just make sure we have your full name, current home address, phone # & email to subscribe to our emailed newsletter. Simple as that. And subscribing is required to receive the extreme discounts offered in these sales.

 

 Yours Truly on a recent bike tourLest you think its all fun & games: MUD!
Yours truly, on the last morning of solo tour from Klamath Falls to Springfield. Prepping for retirement. And lest you think bike touring is all fun & games...

 

 


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