There are better options than Gamestop
There is nothing wrong with Best Buy or Gamestop. Or for that matter any of the other brick and mortar stores that handle trade-ins of video games such as Walmart, Target, etc. The biggest issue is the amount of credit gamers get for their $60, 1-2 month old game they just bought. It could be $30 or less easily. There are other options. The recent demise of Goozex and VGFive has left some gamers looking for new places to trade games. The Gamer’s Lounge has a few suggestions money conscious gamers should investigate.
Let’s start with one of my favorites I mentioned on Goozernation, 99Gamers! 99Gamers has cornered the free market for game trading. 99Gamers started with a few threads on Reddit. Its exploded with mentions on other sites such as CAG, Youtube, and other sites. Think of it as a place to get value out of your old games and get some new ones in the process.They have a lot of systems listed everything from the Sega Master system to the PS4. Gamers list their games based on condition and how much they want to see them for. Other gamers buy them for set amount of coins, the seller pays for the shipping and once the game comes they get the coins to spend on other games. Here is a great example a copy of Knack is $60 new, Gamestop will give you $15 credit for it. On 99Gamers you could get close to 30-40 coins for it.
I have picked up several great AAA titles and several rare games for next to nothing on this site. The site keeps growing and offering great promotions and giveaways. Soon it looks like there might be accessory and console trading as well. The do have a trade guarantee in place to make sure gamers More information can be found on the site. I give it The Gamer’s Lounge seal of approval.
Leaptrade is another site that deserves a mention. It too is a game trading site. It offers a queue based system for trading that means gamers would use their credit to trade for other games, they offer instant trade which is an instant trade between two parties. A good example is someone has Call of Duty: Ghosts and they want Knack, instant trade no credits used. The third way of trading is friend to friend trading. This could involve multiple games, no queues, and one shipping package with your friends on the site.
The site backs every trade that is members do. So far its looking as a great way to trade games and it sounds like they will be adding more systems soon such as PS1, Saturn, DS, and others. There is a great community on the site which makes it easy for new traders to get started. Here’s a link to check out Leaptrade, if you sign up under my referral you'll get a few bonuses and I will too.
There are other options as well. Glyde is another great place to buy and sell games. Gamers list their titles and other members of the site buys the games. Glyde sends out a pre-paid envelope for the seller to ship their game out. Glyde also lets people buy and sell phones and tablets. I've had pretty good luck with getting recent release such as Batman: Arkham Origins and COD Ghosts for under $30. Gamers can always use sites like GameTZ or Cheapassgamer.com but those sites take a little bit of navigating. Gamers can always turn to Craigslist and Facebook Groups as well but that can always be an interesting experience.