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By: Josiah Cassellius | Posted: 03/19/2014
In anticipation of spring break, JuiceBox asked college student and gamer Josiah Cassellius how to cheaply update our children's video game cache, especially after we read that WalMart is getting into the used video game business. We had no idea those dusty things messing up our rumpus room were profitable!
Here’s what he wrote:
New videogames come and go. Consoles appear and are replaced constantly. Though simply buying a brand-new game is tempting, video games depreciate quickly, often dropping in price by half in less than three months.
If you have an assortment of games your kid no longer values, or you’re looking to pick up some games cheap, here's where to make a sweet deal.
Easily the best deal.
There are two ways of using Craigslist. One is to swap games—if you own a game that has come out in the previous two to six months, there is a good chance someone will trade it for another similarly aged game, a deal that returns more than a store. The second option is to simply sell a game—check out how much a gaming store will offer you and price it a little higher on Craigslist.
Though Craigslist may give the most return, it is not the easiest and it is the most dangerous. Conduct transactions in busy, well-lit areas. Make contact only through a secondary e-mail account. Never give your phone number. You’re also betting on quality if you’re making a Craigslist trade or purchase, so get a good look at the game you’re taking before you swap.
And note: Consoles can also be traded or sold effectively on Craigslist.
“Old Faithful” for the gaming community, GameStop’s policy is for in-store credit on anything accepted as a trade-in, and you can purchase a premium account that gives a higher trade-in value for frequent users. It doesn’t pay as much but it’s easier than Craigslist and there’s a built-in quality check.
There are several locations throughout the Twin Cities.
Developed to allow gamers to remain connected globally, Steam lets players download games, add friends, and play competitively and safely—all through one window. A game bought with an account can be played on any computer in the world compatible with the service. A secure system, Steam is a great way to get a kid involved in the PC and Mac gaming worlds through a safe environment. Your child may not get the games pushed at big box retailers but he or she may get something even better. And though you can't sell games, you never actually own the physical object of a game, which means you never trip over it, either.
Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a senior editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. See bio.
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