It’s all part of the lives of gamers, ain’t it? You buy a new game, play it for hours on end, unlock all the extra content, and eventually, it ends up on your shelf gathering dust. And while consoles are not as easily replaceable as video games, some of you do have an old console lying around somewhere, right?
Eventually, we all have to let go of our old stuff and get new ones, whether for upgrade purposes or maybe you just need to declutter. No matter the case, selling old video games and consoles is all too common.
There are a variety of ways to go through the process, but not all of them are equal. Some of them can be completed within a day, however unhappy you might be at the bid. Others are more labor-intensive and reward you with a higher sale price. From buyback programs from major retailers to listing them on your own, these are the easiest places to sell your old video games and consoles.
Craigslist can be the most financially profitable choice and you get to keep all the money. This means no shipping charges and no “middle man” fees.
Selling locally will take more time to invest, as you would have to respond to text messages, phone calls, and e-mails. Plus, you’re going to need to meet the prospective customer in a public location.
Any avid player has at least visited the GameStop at least once in his gaming life.
As the most popular brick-and-mortar video game store chain, GameStop has a strong footprint in the online and in-person gaming arena. This means that you can sell or swap your games online or at the nearest GameStop shop.
If you exchange your old video games for store cash, you’ll get more credit as GameStop gives up to 60% credit for game trading. You will also offer game machines, accessories, tablets (like iPads), mobile phones, and smartphones (like iPhones) for cash or credit.
Amazon lets you trade back your old video games or you can sell video games as a third party listing. If you need cash right away, select a trade-in option as you will enter a “price war” with other vendors.
And no matter how high or low the price of your offering, you still need to wait for someone to purchase it. Bear in mind that Amazon’s trade-in service doesn’t necessarily offer the best pay rate, and trading the games can be more profitable.
Decluttr is another website that actually helps you to sell something electronic. You can sell computer games, game consoles, technical equipment, CDs, DVDs, and books on this platform. Theoretically, Decluttr can be more effective than selling a yard or listing each item separately because it recognizes too many different items.
Decluttr only supports games from the PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo consoles. Some of the most common Nintendo games are Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros, and The Legend of Zelda.
To get started, enter the barcode of the video game case. Shipping is free and you can get paid by direct deposit, PayPal, or paper checks. A free shipping sticker will be sent to you. You just need to sell $5 in merchandise to get underway and payment will be sent the next business day after Decluttr receives your products.
Another platform that allows you to sell PlayerUp user accounts for RPG, games, action, and even Xbox One and YouTube accounts.
There is a 20% commission charge when you sell your account and concessions apply to bulk suppliers. Or, you can also exchange accounts with other PlayerUp members.
If you sell with PlayerUp, there are over 20 separate payment systems, including PayPal and Skrill.
Before selling your video game account, read the terms and conditions as not every video game provider requires consumers to sell their video game account for real money. If the manufacturer finds a compliance violation, the player account can be disabled.
Gameflip is another platform that allows you to sell physical or digital video game items. For physical products, you can market game discs, video game consoles, toys, and accessories.
You can only sell physical products if you live in the U.S. since Gameflip only ships to U.S. addresses. You can sell in-game goods and skins, CD codes & buttons, gift cards, and digital movies for digital items.
You get paid after the goods are sold and you send the actual items straight to the customer. You can withdraw your earnings at any time to your bank account, PayPal, or Gameflip shop credit.
If you want to sell your collection to the highest bidder or want to be open to one of the biggest online markets, consider eBay. It can also be a decent choice if you want to sell your game account or in-game merchandise like money or other talismans that are tradeable but time-consuming to accumulate.
With eBay, you can create auction listings, “Buy It Now” to immediately sell listings that also encourage you to accept counteroffers. Selling on eBay can be a nice choice if you want to sell a package instead of listing each piece individually.
For example, if you only want to sell your old Nintendo 3DS with your 13-game collection to get a better sale price and save on shipping costs. If you have a Nintendo Switch item on-demand, take a look at the products recently sold before setting a bid.
eBay also makes it easier to build a storefront if you wish to become a volume vendor. Individual vendors can still get 50 free listings per month, and vendor fees can be cheaper than Amazon.
The Old School Game Vault
If you’ve got retro games to sell, you might consider The Old School Game Vault. Here, you can sell and purchase classic and new games, including your old consoles.
The Old School Game Vault will buy back a lot of titles, but there are a few drawbacks. They’re not going to buy any sports games that are more than a couple years old.
There’s even a $25 minimum order to make a deal and free delivery doesn’t kick in until you’re selling at least $50 in games and consoles. All transfers are made by PayPal.
DK Oldies is another spot to sell your Atari 2600 retro video games, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and several other Sega and Nintendo platforms. They do have a minimum sale requirement of $50 to obtain free delivery.
You will still get a 20% incentive when you’re trading your games for shop credit. In addition to store credit, you can also pay through PayPal or check.
There is a partial list of games and systems that DK Oldies is actually interested in buying. If a certain game is not on the list, you should send an email or call DK Oldies to see what the potential selling price could be.
Trade4cash does not take any products temporarily (December 2020).
Another choice to sell or exchange your old video games is Trade4cash. Eligible games and consoles currently include Sony PS3 and PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Nintendo Wii and WiiU.
Trade4cash appears to have a greater value on trade than most national retailers, including Amazon and GameStop. Payment options include PayPal, store credit, or paper checks. You can also get a 5 percent trade-in incentive just by using social media!