Written by Erik Kubik, kube00 Sunday, 08 January 2012 06:00
A recent article on Yahoo about trading in games got me thinking. The article mentioned Gamestop, Goozex, Glyde, Amazon, and eBay. The writer mentions Goozex is the most cost effective option and I am inclined to agree. But I do have to ask what about the other options the writer failed to mention?
Excluding sites like GameTZ and CAG, there are several places giving Gamestop a run for its money. Amazon, Glyde, Gamestop, and even eBay are mentioned in the article. Using Skyrim as an example the author points out that trading in Skyrim to Gamestop will give gamers $30 in credit. Glyde gives gamers around $38 in cash after fees. Amazon sends gamers around $34 and eBay nets sellers around $38 after fees.
What about Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and TRU? Everyone is trying to cash in on what Gamestop owns which is 90% of the used game market. Target and Walmart use third parties to handle their trade ins. Walmart uses Gazelle and it wasn’t working as it should. Target offers gamers $28 for Skyrim. Best Buy offers $19 and Toys R Us said they would give $17 for Skyrim. Looks like Amazon/Glyde/Gamestop aren’t looking that bad. Gamers could always try their luck on Craigslist. Just make sure you mark your asking price up 30%. You want $40 for Skyrim, ask $45. A savvy gamer can make use of Gamestop’s and Best Buy’s bonus offers an extra $10 here or 10% and sometimes this can pay off as well.
The article does mention Goozex, which is easily the best option for trading games. With a game like Skyrim, a gamer would receive 1000 Goozex points in their account pocket and it would only cost them $2-3 to ship to the next gamer. It would cost them $2 for a trade token and they might have to wait a little while in line for their next AAA game. Goozex is a great service to pick up classic games and older PS3/360 games. Often times the titles are only a few hundred points and most of the games I have received are in great condition. I highly recommend checking out Goozex and giving them a shot.
What can I say? If you don’t mind waiting a little while and want to try your hand at getting other games, use Goozex. If you want credit I’d say keep an eye on Amazon/Best Buy/Gamestop. If you want cash hit up ebay, CL, or Glyde. The best option is to use multiple places.