Selling And Buying Used Video Games: Make More $$$ (Or Games)

According to recent statistic, nearly 6 in 10 Americans plays video games regularly.  What you might find surprising is that the average gamer isn't a teenager, he's a 31 year-old who's been gaming since the dawn of the modern gaming console. If you're trying to buy or sell your video games online, it's a good idea to tailor your strategy to appeal to this specific demographic of gamer.

Here are some tips to help you get more $$ (or games) for your used video games:

Quality Photo & Savvy Listing

The used video game market can be saturated with listings. To organize these listings, most used gaming websites use two factors to categorize used games for sale: price and the condition.

Because most gamers are looking to buy, play for a short time, and swap the used games they buy online, they aren't looking for a "new" game. Rather, most gamers want a game that's good enough and cheap enough to offer a real value. 

  • Picture Perfect: if you haven't already invested in a decent camera (your phone probably won't cut it), you're earning less for your used video games when sell or trade them on the open digital market. When selecting a camera, look for something with high Mega Pixals (3MP or more). Because you're shooting such tight shots you can forgo a camera with a strong digital zoom.  Lastly, using a tripod is a must.
  • New Excellent: unless you're selling an un-opened, new, game. You'll want to list your used game as excellent. You can then set your selling price around 5-10 % below a "new" game, which is attractive to gamers who want a valuable and the ability to re-sell or trade the game later.

Barter & Bundle

Although buying and selling used video games online may seem purely modern transaction, selling or trading your wares online is similar to how things were done long before computers. When directly negotiate with a buyer or seller you can barter or bundle items to get a better deal.

  • Bartering: before buying a used video game, trying offering 5 to 10 % less than the listed price. The worse the seller can say is "no", right? If asked for a reason you can claim that you saw it for cheaper somewhere else or you can ask for free shipping.
  • Bundling: particularly when trading used video games, you should consider bundling games. For instance, if you want Game A, but not at the price being offered, see if the seller will throw in Game B for a nominal fee. You can then sell or trade Game B for profit or to increase your levering power later on.