I have a massive amount of games in my physical library. I’m not even talking about my digital backlog thanks to Steam and PS+ and Games with Gold. No, these are actual game discs that are aging gracefully in the confines of my drawer and shelf retirement village. And apparently, I’m dumb for keeping them.
According to a PR fluff piece from GameSpot about how many games the average gamer has lying around their home instead of trading them in for cash at GameStop, about two in every five gamers are wasting $200 and up because they aren’t trading in their game discs that they no longer play. The survey goes on to say that the sooner people trade in their games, the more money that they will get and the more new games that they can buy with store credit. It’s obviously a marketing ploy to try and remind people to trade in their games so that GameStop can make more money.
However, it got me thinking about the vast collection of games that I own and might never play again. Why am I holding onto these discs when I’ve only whipped out a handful of these older games in the past few years? Am I just hanging onto a worthless past when I should be trading everything in so that I can spend money on Amiibo and all the other games that I want?
This is what Darryn does all the time, and yet I just can’t bring myself to do it – I want to have those memories of games I loved or hated or felt vaguely ambivalent about. I just can’t part with them, even at the cost of making new memories.
Last Updated: August 19, 2015
August 19, 2015 at 19:23
If you buy a game at launch, that’s 100% of the price.
If you buy a game after a few months, it might be 25% of the price if it was a mainstream game or one that was expected to be a massive hit but wasn’t, 75% of the price if it was average / semi-popular or 150% of the price if it turned out to be a niche favourite which only gained its following after the print run had ended.
If you sell your games… if it was a mainstream game you will lose about 75% of what you originally paid. If it was a sports game with a year in the title, you will lose 99% of the original price. You lose less money if you sell directly to other gamers, rather than trading in at a shop.
If you change your mind and want to re-buy you are almost certainly not going to get it for the same or less than the price you traded it on for.
If it was a niche game, the temptation is to hold on to it for a few years to see if it becomes 300% of the original price.
So overall…. only buy your games after they’ve been out for a few months, and never trade them in at high-street game shops, but sell them directly to other people via ebay or Amazon or whatever. Certainly never GameStop.
August 19, 2015 at 19:25
I trade most of mine, but have a few that I want tO replay. Whether I do or not is a completely different story though.
August 19, 2015 at 19:36
I don’t tend to re-sell my games at all, but rather hold on to them. I like having the option to replay a game if I decide I want to.
August 19, 2015 at 19:42
If I dont like the game, I sell it, keep everything else or with Fifa I trade, that normal though
Brandon van Reenen
August 19, 2015 at 20:02
Did you know that BT Games is completely SHITE?
They offered R170 for WWE 2K15. Cash Crusaders gave me R270. Also if you buy a game from Cash Crusaders and finish it within 90 days, they’ll buy it back at 60% of the price. #TheMoreYouKnow