Dealer Hall Budgets
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Posted by brotherbock

Hi all. Just curious to see what sort of budgets people have in general for the dealer hall. Not for travel/hotel/food/events, just what you bring to spend in the dealer hall on books/games/clothes/etc. 

Mine varies from year to year--I have a few other hobbies that soak up money (and not a ton of money to begin with :) --so sometimes I have several hundred bucks available, other years I'm on a shoestring and only come for the gaming. 

Anyone else? 

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Posted by miked

I budget aroun 1000 some years I come back with some leftover most years I spend more

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Posted by roundtop

I'm trying to allocate $1k USD total, of which I plan on $500USD dealers hall allocated.

That said, my pickup list is fairly short so far, with only about $100 USD spoken for.
Then add random stuff for wife and friends as gifts, easily another $100.
Leaving about $300 for whatever I find.

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Posted by johnnyrotten

I usually aim for $500-700 or so, depends on what the spoilers show for games being released during the convention and also to allow for the dreaded impulse buy.  :)   You never know when you come across that rare gem of a game or finding the new hotness.  

 

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Posted by divachelle

We don't really have a budget, per se, but we do have a couple of lists. There's the stuff we're definitely buying (for ourselves, for gifts, and for friends) and the stuff we're wanting to play/test/take a look at to see if we want to buy it.

I think around $500 usually covers it. Sometimes we spend more and sometimes we spend less.

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Posted by brotherbock johnnyrotten

johnnyrotten wrote:
I usually aim for $500-700 or so, depends on what the spoilers show for games being released during the convention and also to allow for the dreaded impulse buy.  :)   You never know when you come across that rare gem of a game or finding the new hotness.  
 

I hear you. I rarely have a game I'm planning on buying beforehand. Although I was planning on looking into XWing. Noped out when I found out you only got two minis with the base game. 

My buys are new finds, and old. Rpg books from places like Chimera. This year though, maybe some Superfight. 

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Posted by watchdog

It's been a long time since I spent over $50 in the exhibit hall. I'd say most of the guys in our group spend around $500 each though.

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Posted by rutherfordr

I budget about $500 for the exhibit hall, but it depends on whether I find games that will fit into my suitcase for the flight home.

If a game is too big to fit, I don't buy it at GenCon.
 

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Posted by boc_mage

While my budget for con is fairly tight I try to set aside around $100 for dealerhall purchases. I've got a real good FLGS and anymore aside from the odd con exclusive if i want something odds are it'll be at my flgs within a few weeks at most anyways. I have a nasty habit of seeing new to me games and then getting a list to purchase after con. 

Granted I play TD so that's always a budget soak which does influence how much i spend in hall to begin with. 

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Posted by thag13

I have about a total budget of 750.00 dollars.  about 500ish for games, but I dont think Ill get over 250 or so this year.

I have a lot of unplayed games from other Gencons, and I need to get some wear and tear on those.

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Posted by ironsphinx

I'm budgeting $500 for the dealer room, but looking at my list of purchases that I've already planned out, I'll be spending about half that. Might be a light year for spending at the dealer room...

What was really helpful for my budget last year was going through all my games and selling the ones I didn't play anymore in the Consignment store.

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