I hate trading in used games...
July 29, 2009

You know, I've never understood the process of trading in used albums or video games. Trade 30 of your best CDs and perhaps you'll be able to afford a used sample-disc called "Sounds of the African Jungle at Night, Part II". That's if you are lucky. Usually the trade in value doesn't allow for many options with the store's inventory. For example, I went in to trade Bioshock and a few other 360 games in a local game store and ended up leaving with a couple Dreamcast games. It wasn't like I had to go through with the trade, but I didn't want to seem like a dick, coming in with about 15 games and leaving without trading any of them in. I don't know of any other things which seem to work this way. With textbooks for school, or used cars, you'll at least get a respectable return rate that makes sense when you think through the price they'll be able to re-sell the product for. It's just a ridiculous system, and one that ought to be fixed.

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EmP EmP - July 29, 2009 (11:46 AM)
I used to be huge on trading in games. I'd do so the second I beat them so they retained a somewhat decent value, allowing me to surf a wave of virtual cash through all my transactions! This was back in the launch of the PSX; now, trade in are worthless the vast majoritry of the time.

Now I just keep all my games. I have enough to build a sizely house from.
honestgamer honestgamer - July 29, 2009 (08:23 PM)
If you want to make trading work, you have to buy all of your games on launch day, play them for a few days to a week, then toss them up on eBay. If you manage your listing well, you'll come out only $10 behind on a $60 game. Then you can just repeat the process, losing a bit of money each time but going through enough games that you can almost feel good about it.

Or you could just lose less money and enjoy a GameFly membership, if you're not going to keep anything that passes through your hands.

I'm a collector, personally. Selling a game used at a shop is a horrible way to do things, no matter how sad the cashier looks if you decide not to go through with it. Remember that with a good eBay listing, you can make around two or even three times as much money. It's simple economics.
bluberry bluberry - July 30, 2009 (07:30 AM)
yeah, if you trade a game in for $10 the store will sell it for $20, which means people are probably willing to buy it for $20. so if you put it up on ebay instead...

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