Do you have a bunch of video games that are just lying around the house because you’re done playing with them?
Even if you are like me – not very much into video games – I am sure you still have at least a dozen or so in a drawer under the TV or in the basement.
Well, the good news is you can easily make money with games you are not using any more by selling them.
If you’re wondering where you can put up your used video games for sale, the following are some of the places that you should consider.
Want to Sell Fast: Gazelle and Glyde
Glyde makes selling your used videogames pain-free and easy. While they may not purchase the game from you immediately, they will put up the videogame on their website. Even better, it takes the guesswork out of it.
All you need to do is to key in the game you are selling, choose the version that you have, and their system will spit out the current market price. If you think the price is too low, then you’re free to change it.
Those who took good care of their videogame will find that they can sell them for a higher amount.
The great thing about Glyde’s database is it is also able to tell you the estimated time it takes to sell your game, and how much you will get from the sale, less all the transaction fees.
And hey, when you finally are able to sell it, Glyde, in its efforts to make the process as painless as possible, will send you a paid postage package that is already addressed to the buyer, allowing you to slip into the box and ship it immediately.
Once the buyers receives it, then you get paid.
Gazelle, on the other hand, prides itself as the fastest way to dispose videogames that you no longer want.
If you pretty much don’t care how much you’ll get for them, and you’re willing to settle for anything, then this is the website for you.
Aside from video games, Gazelle also buys gadgets, phones, and other items, and it has made a name for itself among early tech adopters who want to sell things fast so they can upgrade their gadgets.
Gazelle informs the user of the price that they want for your item, and they will send you the packing material so you can ship the item to them easily.
At the moment though, the service only accepts console games.
Want Total Control Over Pricing: Craigslist and eBay
Selling your used video games on Craigslist and eBay is a fantastic way to get rid of them, especially if you know how to write product descriptions.
In fact, with the right price point, you will quickly realize that people will snap your video game up in a matter of hours or even minutes.
While eBay takes a percentage of the transaction, Craigslist, on the other hand, does not charge anything.
Both sites, however, allows you to set your price, which means that you are not bound to the price that traditional third-party buyers will pay you. Even better, because you are often dealing with the end user instead of someone who needs to make a profit, the price you might get for it may be higher.
Also, if you’re not particularly in need of the money, you have room to experiment with your pricing. If no one bites at the tune of $30 for your Command & Conquer, then you can bring down your price gradually.
Price Charting, in fact, made a survey of a hundred games that were being sold on a variety of platforms.
And guess what? eBay ranked the highest for being the platform where people could consistently get the most for their games.
Want to Get the Most Money: Amazon
When it comes to ease of use, however, the Amazon Marketplace takes the cake, mainly because it’s just easy to do everything.
This is great particularly if you aren’t used to or aware of the intricacies of selling items online.
Amazon makes it easy for sellers to sign up, list, and paid. More than this, your used video games have the advantage of being listed next to exactly the same item, except that it is in new condition.
So, a buyer finds himself unable to afford the videogame brand new, he might consider purchasing your old one because it’s cheaper. And when he does, you just ship it to his address, get compensated, and you can now purchase the video game that you’ve been eying. Maybe even on Amazon, too!
For those who can’t be bothered with waiting for someone to buy the game from their Amazon, the company also has a trade-in program where they can get credit on the new game that they want to purchase.
Remember though that the amount they will ultimately offer you depends on the demand for that particular title, so if the game is rated poorly by the video game marketplace in general, you probably won’t make a lot of money from it.
If you want something quick and easy though, this is a great option.
Want to Sell in Store: Toys R Us, Best Buy, or GameStop
Needless to say, you can also take a shot at selling your video games the traditional way. Just visit GameStop, Toys R Us, or Best Buy to inquire about their trade-in value.
While it is certainly convenient, remember that this kind of convenience has a hefty price tag that these big suppliers will not hesitate from deducting from your trade-in value.
Compared to what you can get from fellow gamers, you’ll probably earn only 20% of 50% of its value. In fact, it is common practice for these companies sell your used game about 50 to 100% of the amount that they got from you.
For Digital Downloads: Green Man Gaming
Due to the rise in popularity of Steam, along with other services that allow digital download of games, it can be difficult to “trade in” your game so you can buy a new one.
The only catch is that the gamer needs to purchase it from Green Man Gaming so he or she can trade it, because the only way they can do this is within a closed system managed by a single retailer.
While we don’t know if Steam plans to implement this in the future, at the moment, consider buying your videogames through Green Man Gaming if you want the option to trade your game in the future.
Have you used any of the sites mentioned above to sell your old video games? Are there any other site you use?
I would love to hear how you get rid of your unused video games. Feel free to leave a comment below.