This is a natural part of the life cycle of video games. You bought a new game, played it for hours, unlocked all of the additional content, and then put it on your shelf and collected dust. At some point the time will come to sell your once-loved video games. Maybe you just have to make room in your house or try to make quick money to buy the next hit title. Regardless, selling old video games is a common event for anyone with a gaming system.
There are several ways to do the process, but not all of them are the same. Some can be done in a day, but you may be disappointed with the offer. Others are more labor intensive and reward you with a higher retail price. Here are the best ways to sell your old video games, from buyback programs at large retailers to listing your own.
Sell it back: Yes, GameStop is still your best choice [1
9659005] Sure, you've probably heard that people have heard about GameStop's trade-in values in the past have complained. While the company can justify marking games three times more than trade-in values sometimes (Mario, Zelda), it's also understandable why this bothers some people. The bottom line, however, is that GameStop generally offers a higher price per game than other major retailers.
Companies like Best Buy, Target, Amazon and Walmart buy and sell used games, but nobody beats GameStop with a metric that matters. GameStop is also the only major retailer to offer cash for used games – everyone else offers credits. You'll get 20% less if you use GameStop's cash route instead of credit, but even then you will most likely get exactly what you would get for a stack of games from any of the other major retailers.
While selling your old games and consoles to GameStop, your dollars are not maximized. The convenience factor at least partially makes up for this. While we recommend using GameStop, this does not mean that the company always offers the best value for every game. If you are trading only one or two games, you should do some research before choosing a place to sell your old games. GameStop, Walmart, Target and Best Buy list their trade-in values for each accepted game online. The Amazon Trade-In values are listed on the product pages.
If you sell older pre-Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 games, GameStop is the only major chain that accepts "classic" titles. However, if you want to sell a number of classic games, you should consider our other options below, as you may or may not have a rare title or two.
Broadly on sale If you are using games for large retailers like GameStop, it is best to introduce games for more modern systems like PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 3DS.
Don't forget local retailers.
Probably live near a GameStop or big box dealer who buys your old games. There is also a possibility that you live near a local retailer that specializes in multimedia products such as used games and DVDs. Not everyone has an independent game store near them, but if you do, these stores will want to buy your old games for more money than what big box vendors offer. Local retailers are also more likely to take older-generation games and cassette-based games off your hands.
Eliminate the middleman
If you don't need to unload your unwanted games immediately and are ready to install a game, with little extra effort, you can almost always get the best price if you become a seller yourself.
In terms of online second-hand marketplaces, eBay and Amazon are the first two that come to mind. You can set your own prices at either location, but you are responsible for packaging and shipping. For some, this may be more tedious than it is worthwhile. However, there is a much more convenient option that allows you to set your price.
If you're on Facebook (who isn't?), Sell your used games on the Facebook marketplace. Simply create the list, add photos, set the category, set your price and publish.
You can also join a Facebook group dedicated to buying, selling, and trading. Due to the local nature of each group, you can speak on Facebook, agree on a price and meet to exchange money for games. You don't have to do nearly as many steps to list games on Amazon, let alone eBay. Facebook groups are also less sketchy than doing business on Craigslist. However, always meet in public spaces.
When you move, it may be time for Decluttr.
Sometimes you don't want to bring and sell games to your local business. Sometimes you just want to pack them all up and send them on the way. We get it. This is where Decluttr comes in. This is especially useful if you are preparing to move, if you already have moving boxes and you also want to downsize other personal items like books, DVDs, Blu-rays, electronics, and more.
Use With the Decluttr app for iOS or Android you can scan the barcodes of your games, print out and send a free shipping label. When your games are received, the amount for your lot will be deposited into your bank account the next day. How much money can you expect per game? We noticed that while Decluttr doesn't offer the best prices on newer games (compared to GameStop), older games tend to get comparable amounts.
Although 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 reputable alternative that pays you by check or PayPal about a week after you receive your games. NextWorth doesn't have a quick and airy app, but if you don't sell a large collection, you may get a few extra dollars depending on which games you sell.
Another website, Cash For Gamers, also pays through PayPal or by check via email and offers hit or error rates that are sometimes higher than those of Decluttr or Nextworth.
Donate and Recycle
Let's say you want to get rid of games that have little cash value, or maybe you just want to make some space and you don't care if you get money back or not. In these situations, you might be tempted to just throw unwanted games in the trash or banish them to a dark corner in the basement. Do not be afraid: there are better options.
If your games, consoles, and accessories are working, you should donate them to your local goodwill. You can either visit a store to make a donation or deposit your games in one of Goodwill's many donation boxes. There is also a growing number of charities that focus on games and deliver consoles and games to communities in need. These include Gamers Outreach, which donates consoles and games to children's hospitals, and Operation Supply Drop, which sends consoles to men and women serving the U.S. military overseas.
Your other alternative, if you wish, is to simply throw away your games. We think it's always better to find a new home for your collection, but if they're really worth nothing or broken, the logical conclusion is to throw away your games.
As mentioned earlier, throwing them in a dumpster – or even your trash – isn't good for the environment. If you want to dispose of your games properly, we recommend several different options.
First, check e-Stewards, a company that has a high standard for recycling electronic products for consumers and businesses. Check to see if there is a recycling site near you that meets e-Stewards guidelines. Unfortunately, there are not compliant locations in every state, so you may not find one near you.
You can also recycle old video games and consoles at Best Buy. Take them (or other electronics) to a local store and they will dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.
We'd also be happy if we didn't mention Nintendo's free take back program. Nintendo accepts used consoles, games, and accessories for recycling. Nintendo will even recycle competitor consoles if you have proof that you previously bought a Nintendo console. It's pretty cool.