Browsing at Goodwill, I ran across a pile of games. Now, if there's one thing a Goodwill needs, it's a vintage item pricer: I see them wanting to sell a Sega Genesis missing controllers and cords for $60 and pass right buy it to get the mint copy of Final Fantasy 7 they have a $5 sticker on. Things like that happen all the time. This time, though, my eyes caught a game I'd personally never played, nor heard of for that matter. Famous or not, Star Ocean flew under my radar. Yet, something drew me to that game sitting there with a $4 tag on it. Part of me said "Hey, RPG, $4, surely it'll be $4 worth of fun." But right then and there I popped up my smartphone and went to Goozex.com and checked it's trade value: 900 points. For those not aware, Goozex is an awesome site that lets you trade out games for points, wherein you can then spend those points (plus $1.99) to get a game from someone else trading out. I also read: Active offers 0, Active Requests 2. Now, a brand new game that just came out yesterday will net you (and cost you if requesting) 1000 points, so this seemed like a steal to me.
I picked it up, brought it home, and put it online. Was matched instantly, so I cleaned up the discs, swapped out the cracked up case for one of my mint ones, and sent it in the mail. Soon, I'm sitting on enough points to get me a brand-new game via the Early Access Token program. By buying a game I had no interest in, I made another Goozex trader insanely happy and was able to "buy" a brand-new game for next to nothing.
This experience, and Goozex in general, has changed how I view game sales. Catch Best Buy during one of their insane sales like "Gears of War 3 for $15" when it's still going on Goozex for 1000 points, and you can make a hefty profit. Thing is, though, you're not really cheating anyone out of anything, either. Goozex members have often tried to put prices on points, but they're really only worth what you traded out. To someone who does a lot of trading, 1000 points is nothing, or to someone looking for that rare game you just found collecting dust in someone's garage sale, they'd gladly give you 1000 plus a tip for merely finding it.
These days I go to yard sales, rummage sales, Goodwill stores, etc. in a Goozex State of Mind. With my smartphone at the ready with a bookmark to Goozex, I've scoured the landscape and reunited a few lost loves with their gamer, bringing happiness to the fold once again. I suggest you do the same. I love the retro section of Goozex for it's mere existance, and I look forward to helping others find what they've been missing for so long once again.