This week we’d thought we’d discuss our thoughts on trading in games, is it good, is it bad, are we crazy?
I think that trade-ins are a mixed bag. Sometimes you can get some really good deals, but other times you just get mugged off, and I’m not just talking about the staff! One time, I bought five Pokémon Gameboy Advance game from CEX online and the whole lot were fake! They should really train their staff to spot fakes but who are the assholes selling fake games!?
Don’t even think about trading in DVD’s anymore. You’re lucky if you get anything more than 1p for a movie there days, even if you don’t want them anymore, just take them to a charity shop. At least then someone might benefit from your unwanted films instead of some corporate fat cat.
When shops like CEX first came to be, trade-ins were great. Before the prices spiked exponentially, you could get good deals for your games and buy games for dirt cheap too! But now they’re barely cheaper than shops like Game and Amazon. In fact, remember how much Nintendo Switch consoles were selling for last March in CEX? £320 second-hand and £280 new? Get lost, CEX!
To Javier: You are wrong.
Now, that being said, I have to admit that I’m almost entirely against game trade-ins – As a self-proclaimed game collector, I feverishly horde any game that comes my way; collector’s editions, steelbooks, figures… You name it, I collect it. I even spent $180 on the Limited Edition Persona 5 Vinyl, just to add to my gaming shelf…
My hatred of trade-ins was borne from, admittedly, a number of bad choices on my end – Having traded in my Gamecube, Pokemon Coliseum, Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness and Donkey Kong Bongos at GAME back in 2006 for a hefty £10. Nowadays, that small package alone would be worth (According to average eBay prices) £170… Well done 9 year old me! Another time I traded in a black bag full of PS2 and Xbox 360 games to get enough money to buy Skyrim on launch… And walked away with another £15 in my pocket.
My point is, why throw away games that may turn into profitable gems later on? Why get rid of the experiences you enjoy? In my eyes, each game I play has sentimentality to me, and are, in essence, a part of me; another point as to why I love physical versions of games… But that’s another discussion for another time.