Trading in your games is an option when you’re looking for new games, and have a ton of old games lying around (at least the ones with little replay value.) To trade in your games, you first must find a location or business that has the highest payout per game. Here’s a breakdown of some of the common places to trade in games.
GameStop – Gamestop is often cited as being the worst of all evils, mainly for their low payout and expensive games. Personally, I’ve traded in a bunch to these guys only because it’s convenient, but in retrospect, I probably could have sold those games on ebay and gotten a pretty good hunk of cash. This is something to consider as well.
Toys R. Us – While I haven’t tried them myself, I’ve heard they have pretty good offers, but they don’t accept any but the most sell-able, current, recently released & high priced games for the latest consoles. Kind of a bummer.
Other Local Game/Book Stores – They might give you a better price, just for being a non-corporate company without an evil dictator demanding the highest output. Of course, this isn’t always the case. Don’t be afraid to haggle. Check bookstores too, and see if they trade in. Instead of driving around and wasting gas, place a few phone calls and see what they’re offering for what games. Those store clerks are often bored anyway.
Trade with gamer friends – Before you trade to the stores, see if any of your friends are looking for a trade. Often times you can do an even swap and enjoy some games you’ve never played before. Just don’t screw your friends over by giving them a broken game. That’s a douche move.
Don’t trade, sell it! The bottom line, is when you’re trading your games, you’re losing money. Try throwing them up on ebay, amazon or craigslist first before you trade them in (unless you’re lazy, like me and just want to go to the store.)
That’s it for now. We’ll be going deeper into this subject later. Until then, have fun with your sweet new games.