This is a natural part of the video game lifecycle. You bought a new game, played it for hours on end, unlocked all the extra content, then – it sits on your shelf and collects dust. Finally, the time comes to sell your beloved video game. Maybe you just need to free up space in your house or are trying to earn a quick buck to buy the next hit title. Never mind, selling old video games is a common occurrence for anyone who owns a gaming system.
There are many ways to go about the process, but not all of them are the same. Something can be done within a day, although you may be disappointed on the offer. Others are more labor intensive and reward you with higher selling prices. From buyback programs at major retailers to listing them yourself, here are the best ways to sell your old video game.
Sell them back: Yes, GameStop is still your best bet
Sure, you’ve probably heard people complain about the trade-in values of the Gametop. While trade can sometimes justify marking the game 3x higher than trade-in values (Mario, Zelda), it also makes sense why it bothers some people. The bottom line, however, is GameTop generally offers higher prices per game than other major retailers.
Companies like Best Buy, Target, Amazon and Walmart now buy and sell used games, but no one does a game on the metric that matters. GameStop is also the only major retailer to offer cash for used games – all remaining offer store credits. If you take the cash route of the game credits instead of the store credits, you get 20% less, but still, you most likely will get one for the stack of games at any other major retailers.
While selling your old games and consoles to GameStop will not maximize your dollars, the convenience factor makes up for it at least partially. While we recommend using GameStop for convenience, this is not to say that the company always gives the best value on every game. If you are only trading in one or two games, it is best to do some research before choosing a place to sell your old game. GameStop, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy list their trade-in prices online for each accepted game. Amazon trade-in prices are listed on product pages.
If you’re selling older games from the pre-Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 era, GameStop is the only major series that accepts “classic” titles. That being said, if you have a bunch of classic games to sell, you may want to consider our other options listed below, as you might inadvertently or have a rare title or two.
When selling used games to major retailers such as GameStop, large and, it is best to bring games for more modern systems such as PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.
Do not forget about local retailers
Chances are, you probably live near a GameStop or big-box retailer that will buy your old games. There is also the chance that you live near a local retailer that specializes in multimedia products, such as used games and DVDs. Not everyone has an independent game shop in their area, but if you do, these shops will want to buy your old game for more money, which big retailers offer. Local retailers are also more likely to take older generation games and cartridge-based games out of their hands.
Remove the middle man
If you don’t need to take your unwanted game off immediately and you’re willing to put a little extra effort into the process, becoming a seller will almost always get you the best price.
In terms of online secondhand marketplaces, the first two that come to mind are eBay and Amazon. Both locations have set their own prices to you, but you are responsible for packaging and shipping. For some, it can be more trouble than price. However, there is a much more convenient option that still allows you to set your own price.
If you’re on Facebook (who isn’t?), Sell your used games on the Facebook marketplace. Just create a listing, add photos, set the category, set your price, and publish.
You can also join a Facebook group dedicated to buying, selling and trading. Given the local nature of each group, you can talk on Facebook, agree to a price, and exchange cash for games. You should not take nearly as many steps to list the game on Amazon as on eBay alone. Facebook groups are also no less compared to making deals through Craigslist. However, one always meets in a public place.
If you’re moving, it’s probably time to declutter
Sometimes you don’t want the games in your local store and can sell them. Sometimes you just want to box them all and send them on your way. We got it. This is why Decluttr comes in. This is especially useful when you are preparing to move, when you already have boxes and other personal items, as well as books, DVDs, Blu-rays, electronics, and more. Planning is done.
Using the Decluttr app for iOS or Android, you can scan your game’s barcode, print a free shipping label, and send it. When your games are received, the quoted amount for your lot is deposited into your bank account the next day. How much money can you expect per game? We found that where Declarat does not offer the best rates for new games (compared to Gametop), older games achieve comparable amounts.
While we know that Decluttr works well, there are other online options that may work better for you. NextWorth, which specializes in a wide range of electronics, is a respected option that pays you via check or paypal a week after receiving your game. NextWorth does not have a quick and attractive app, but if you are not selling a large collection, you may be able to get a few extra dollars, depending on which game you sell.
Another site, Cash Forks, also pays via check through PayPal or via mail and offers hit or miss rates that are sometimes higher than those found on Declutre or Nextworth.
Donate and recycle
Suppose you want to participate with sports that have little monetary value, or maybe you want to free up some space, and do not care whether you will get the money back. In these situations, you may be tempted to bounce unwanted games in the trash or take them to a dark corner in the basement. Fear not: better options are available.
First of all, if your games, consoles and accessories are in working order, consider donating them to your local goodwill. You can either visit a store to donate or deposit your game in one of the many donation bins of goodwill. There is also a growing number of gaming-focused charities that supply consolation and games to needy communities. These include Game Outreach, which donates consoles and games to children’s hospitals, and Operation Supply Drop, which sends consolations to men and women serving in the U.S. Army overseas.
Your other option, if you so choose, is to simply throw your game away. We think it’s always better to find a new home for your collection, but if they really aren’t worth doing anything or they are flawed, then throwing away your game is the logical conclusion.
As mentioned above, dropping old video games into a dumpster is not ideal for the environment. Instead look into recycling your old electronics and video games.
First, check E stewards, A company with a high standard for recycling electronic products for both consumers and corporations. There is a Find Recycler facility on their official website that you can use to find a nearby facility that is compatible with the E-Steward Recycling Guidelines. Note that not every state has locations.
You can recycle items like cables, controllers and consoles for your local best Buy To be recycled. Unfortunately, their recycling program does not include items such as CD-ROM or game cartridges, but it is a start.
Nintendo free take back The program accepts a wide range of items including old consoles, game cartridges, and accessories for recycling. They will also take the pride of the contestant, as long as you can prove that you have bought a Nintendo console at some point.