Collecting Game Pieces
There are a lot of people who like to collect all the common game pieces so that if they happen to find a rare piece, they will have the properties they need to win that particular prize. In order to do this, they are often willing to buy the game pieces off of sites like eBay or Craigslist. Doing this is a complete waste of money, and there is no reason to ever buy property pieces unless you already have the rare piece. Until you have the rare piece in hand, your chances are so minimal of actually winning the prize that it just doesn’t make sense to spend money getting the other property pieces. Once you have the rare piece, however, then it makes sense to get the common pieces to fill in the property monopoly. Since the common pieces are so much more common than the rare pieces, it should be easy to do no matter how late in the game it might be.
An Example of the Wrong Way
There are a number of people who make some decent side income each year when the McDonald’s Monopoly game is played. One of the ways they do this is by selling the common pieces of the game board to those who want to fill theirs in. While this example isn’t typical, it is a true interaction which took place, and a perfect example of how you don’t want to play McDonald’s Monopoly.
The seller listed the 3 common railroad game pieces for auction on eBay. This happened to be early in the game, and there were a few people who bid on the pieces. The three piece set ended up selling for $8, much more than anyone should have paid for them. The bad strategy didn’t end there. The buyer wanted to know if the seller had any more sets of the three common railroads. The seller did and ended up selling 2 additional sets to the buyer for $5 each. In this case, the buyer spent $18 on worthless pieces just in case he happened to find multiples of the rare railroad game piece.
If you’re going to play this game, it’s important to not worry about any of the common pieces until after you have a rare piece in hand. Spending anything on common pieces before this is simply wasting your money. While you should keep any common pieces you get from food you buy (and input the online codes), don’t get caught up in the hype of trying to fill in your board with other common pieces until those pieces are necessary.