At the beginning of the year, I started offloading many of my video games that I don't play any more, and even those that I had just never got around to playing. Before last year's bankruptcy, I always traded-in my used games at Hollywood Video / GameCrazy, but now I had to find new options.
Amazon and Best Buy both offer video game trade-in programs, though only for games which still have their manuals and boxes.
- You can check the video game trade-in prices offered by Amazon here. Amazon will pay to ship the games to them. Since Amazon has such a huge offering of products, the Amazon store credit that they will give you is almost as good as cash.
- Best Buy has an iPhone app to check the trade-in prices, and the iPhone's camera works really well to scan game's UPC. You do the trade-in at one of the best buy stores, and they'll give you a gift card which is good in the store or at the website.
I also found Goozex - a website where members trade games with each other; earning points by sending games, or spending those points by getting games from other traders. The site handles administration and arbitration, and makes it's money with a $2 per trade fee (on the receiver's side). It costs me roughly $5 to ship a game to someone else - $2 for the padded envelope, and $2 or $3 for postage.
I weighed each of these trade-in options for each of the games I was looking to get rid of. (I was surprised by the difference in trade-in values between Amazon and BestBuy.) In the end, I got about $15 at both BestBuy and Amazon by trading in video games. I've also a nearly-new copy of Final Fantasy XIII through trading at Goozex, and I'm on the wait-list for a few more games. And I have less stuff sitting around the house!
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