Questions about costs

Questions about the costs of murder mystery games.

Why are some of the games in pounds (£) and some in dollars ($)?

There are several publishers of murder mystery games - and they are scattered around the globe.

They are in the USA, the UK and elsewhere, and obviously prefer to use their local currency.

You can use your regular credit card to buy a game, and they will convert the currency for you at the current exchange rate. They will also charge a small amount of commission (the exact amount depending on your card).

how much are the games in US dollars?

Unfortunately I can’t tell you exactly how much you will pay for a game if you’re not paying in the appropriate currency.

That’s because you credit card will set the exchange rate and may charge commission – and I have no control over that.

However, if you want to know approximately how much you will be charged, you can use one of several currency converters on the Internet.

how much is shipping? How long do the games take to arrive?

The short answer is that shipping is free and you get the games almost instantaneously.

The longer answer is here.

Can I sell the game on ebay once I've played it?

No!

In almost all cases, selling the game on ebay (or anywhere else) is a violation of the licence that you agreed to when you bought the game.

The reason that the publishers restrict this is to protect their interests. After all, if you can sell the game on ebay once, you can do it again.

And again.

And again.

(That's why selling software is so restricted on ebay, as opposed to selling "hard" goods such as a pair of shoes.)

If you do that, then it means you are denying those publishers genuine customers.

If customers stop buying from the publishers (because they can get the games cheaper elsewhere), then the publishers go out of business...

(Murder mystery publishers tend to be quite small and a loss of business can hurt.)

So it's a lose-lose situation.

By putting the game on ebay, you contribute to putting the publishers out of business, which means fewer murder mystery party games for everyone to play.

So that's why the publishers forbid this in their game licence.

This is also why the publishers will defend their rights quite vigorously and if necessary report you to ebay (or the equivalent).

If necessary, they may even take legal action!

So don't sell on your murder mystery game. It helps nobody in the long term.

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And please check the FAQ first - your question has probably been asked before!

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