If your games are NEW, and being sold at a garage sale... This means your game stinks.
If you are selling games in front of a grocery store... With a piece of computer paper saying that your games are for sale... This means your game stinks and you are loitering.
If you are in the country and selling games in front of a store (I live in the country with a school of 500 kids from K-12, and that includes all staff and faculty), you will be picked on, the local cops will arrest you for loitering, and your games definitly stink.
Also, If you are sending out games via ground mail, you better make sure that the games you are distributing belong to a registered COMPANY. I know most people here have "companys" because they said so. Making an actual company is more than just saying you have one. Going to your county clerks and registering a DBA is a start. THEN you should make sure you are LLC! What is LLC you may ask? LLC is Limited Liability Company. Why do you want to be one? Well lets see....
You are an amatuer in the video game industry. (I KNOW this because your ways of distribution are not convential ways of retail or internet distribution). And lets say one of your CD's has a virus on it (on accident), or little jimmy thought the CD was a cupcake and tried to eat it... YOU WILL GET SUED! And dont think suing is just one thing that may happen.
THE BBB may step in and give your life a living HELL. What is the BBB you may ask!? Better Business Bereau. They govern and ensure that business are performing fair business practices.
So by everything you are stating, has no basis. Your methods have also had no thought. You never took account of all the things that could go wrong.
Now let me tell you why that is so stupid to do with a more contrasting theme to it.
If your games are good, and you think they are good;
WHY THE HELL ARE YOU SELLING IT AT A GROCERY STORE WHEN PEOPLE ARE BUYING GROCERIES!?
You have to think to yourself, when I want to buy a video game;
Do I :
A- Go to the grocery store
B- Go to a store in the country
C- Go online or to a video game store
The answer is C.
If games are good they either sell by advertising (such as mini-clip). Or they sell themselves (such as any other professional video game, or game that has been mastered by an indie).
Now what if you say "it was made with game maker, it is impossible, blah blah blah".
Talk to TeeGee with his game MAGI
Talk to RinkuHero with his game Immortal Defense
Also take a look at Sketch Warriors or Cute Knight.
What are those games you might ask? Games made with Game Maker that are commercial. And how are they sold? Professionally! Why? Because they are good games, and they knew it, so they sold it like any other game should be sold.
Now your probably thinking, wow, Aertcz is a dumb noob and he thinks hes all that. Well if you didn't realize everything I just stated, you have a lot to learn about the market and distribution.
So the next time you see somebody talking about distributing their game via flea market, supermarket, K-mart, Wal-mart, country store, school, backyard, frontyard, friend, family, or town drunk;
Remember this - YOU ARE NOT A BUSINESS OR A COMPANY. You are a CASUAL SELLER.
What is a casual seller you may ask? A casual seller is a person who is not obligated to pay sales tax because he/she is not an expert at what they are doing and only sells their product on a small time basis.
If you are a merchant then you are selling it on a more frequent basis and are subject to sales tax. (Please keep in mind I AM right now speaking for the United States).
Now even what you are doing is idiodic or illegal (as stated above), it is also shows you how less professional you think you really are. (This statement was directed to people who think they have companies and sell their games in flea markets or garage sales).
So I think that just about covers it. So please before you continue posting, read what I said.UPDATE:
Copyrighting : (United States). This is also for everyone in who thinks are so smart and think they know how copyrighting works. Heres a little inside (Ive been in a business law class for a year with copyrighting as my specaialty, I will later give resources on where to find information).
A copyright is a basic protection for an author who craeted a piece of work. The copyright is automatically given as soon as the author creates it (that means you dont have to register it or pay money, it is your right as an author). The copyright lasts for as long as the author's life +70 years. Now if you want the copyright to be in public records so you have a much better chance in court if it comes to that, thats when you pay the $45 application fee and send it to Washington DC.
To obtain a copyright or more information visit these sites:
Now I did see a comment above with something about seling a game more than $0.50 But less than $7.00
Okay think about this. Would you think a game is good if its being sold for under $1.00? Why is that game $1 and brand new? But has to be under $7!? What kind of distribution are you trying to run. IS your game good or is it not good!?
"It was made with GM, durrrh".
Read the above 4 games that were made with GM. Just because theres a million amatuers that use GM and make noob games doesn't mean that GM stinks. Remember that GM is affordable and POWERFUL.
And just because you think that Gm doesn't compile games, or because that it is cheap, doesnt mean it isnt POWERFUL.
Try coding a GM game with C++
Anyways, If a game is good, the price shows it. Rainbow Siz : Vegas or Oblivion? ($60)
I have yet to see a decent commercial game under even $10. So what makes you think you should put a limit on how much a game should be worth? So your saying if someone made Call of Duty 4 (coming soon) with GM (I know this is highly exagerated, not the point however), they should put a $7 limit on it because it was made with GM?
How about we put a limit on the stock market to, make sure stocks cant go above $5.
People would cringe and BRK.A ($107,500 per share) would be homeless.
Just because you cant make good games with GM, doesnt mean other people cant.EDIT 2:
Remember advertising pays off! I just read a post about someone stating if their game is small but still good, then it belongs in a garage sale.
Remember: what you do is totally up to you, but if you really want to make your games go somewhere or really be recognized, we have the WWW (world wide web).
Start a small game site with free downloadble games. Then find advertisers to put on your website or put advertisements payed by advertisers in your game. This was is much more simpler, can be done from your home, looks more professional, and can be much more fun.
even if you did want to sell your games, it would still look more professional if you had a section up for something lets say GOLD MEMBERS where you had to pay a $5 fee to be one, but got unlimited access to all the games.
So not only do you have income from people becoming gold members, but also have money from advertisers.
But if you are really devoted to the garage sale method, feel free.
Edited by Aertcz, 09 July 2007 - 06:53 AM.