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As players, we usually trade-in our used games in store (Gamestop/EB) and buy used ones from them. However, there is a huge price discrepancy between how much retail stores sell for games and the trade-in value they offer. It is obviously not in our best interest. Retailers make huge profits over used game sales. The profit they made is the amount we could have saved. So, let's Google and explore what other alternatives we may have. What I found was a variety of types of trading sites and options: Sites that pay you cash for your games, such as Amazon. Sites that are. more-or-less, online swap meets. Sites that allow you to trade games for points and redeem points for trades, such as goozex. Forums where you post what you have/want. Actually, the first option is just an online version of trade-in, you can only get just a few bucks for most games. The Second one seemed OK to me: You list the games you have and the games you want, the site matches you with people that have that games you want and want the games you have. The third one is my least favorite given the process is cumbersome. The fact is, it may take a very long time to trade your games for some points. Forums doesn't work too well either as your post might get lost in hundreds of threads. Finally, I find a better solution, it's iPlayiTrade.com. The name speaks for itself, it's built for players to trade. At iPlayiTrade, you can buy, sell or trade games directly with other players. Unlike other sites where you have to pay $1 dollar for each trade, iPlayiTrade is free for players to sell or trade their games, and free to list wanted items. It's a combination of classified and auction site. If you are unable to trade your games for what you want, you can still sell it for cash. iPlayiTrade supports most of the online and offline payment methods. It also has options for you to arrange a local pick-up deal. Rating/feedback systems are in place so you know with whom to avoid trading. Furthermore, there is no final value fees. iPlayiTrade is more flexible than other options I have mentioned above. Let's take Call of Duty 4 as an example, if you trade-in a COD4 in store, you may get $20(cash or credit); at the same time, another player is paying $40 for this used COD4. The store made $20 profit in total. You can certainly do better than this. At iPlayiTrade, you can sell your COD4 directly to player who wants it; $30 would be a reasonable price for both of you. In this way, you get $10 more, and the buyer save $10. If you trade this game at a trading site for points, you have to toss the game into your offers queue and wait until the system finds a match. It may not take long for a popular game, such as COD4; on the other hand it may take a very long time for unpopular games. If you're lucky they'll give you the points immediately. Otherwise, you could end up waiting more than weeks for the system to automatically give you the points. The situation is different when you trade at iPlayiTrade, because you can trade directly with other players, there is no need to wait the system to find a match for you. By using advanced search of iPlayiTrade, you can easily find the video games you want to buy or trade, and quickly find players who want to trade games with you. There are many search options, you can always combine two or more options together to get a more accurate result. For example, if you want to search who wants to sell or trade a "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2". Entering "Modern Warfare 2" in Search Keywords field, check Items with the swap option enabled and leave all options as default. If you want to find a player who wants to trade a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (COD6) for a "Bad Company 2" in your location. o Enter "Modern Warfare 2" in Search Keywords field. o Check Items with the swap option enabled o Enter "Bad Company 2" in Swap offer field. o In Location field, select your country and city, and leave all other options as default. You can also search the lowest price for a game you want with online payment (PayPal) available. · Enter the game's title in Search Keywords field. · Check Items with Buy Out enabled, · Select "Lowest Prices First" and leave all other options as default. Are you curious about what other players are selling or trading in your location. o Search Keywords field should be blank. o Check Items with the swap option enabled. o In Location field, select your country and city. o Leave all other options as default. What I love most about iPlayiTrade is: you can trade games directly with local players. Once you find a player who has the game you want to trade for, you can just contact him/her and arrange a time and a place to meet. If you select "yes" for Local Pickup Available, the search result will show the players who are available for a face to face deal. One of the nice benefits of iPlayiTrade is that they also providing trading/swapping for PC game, Movies and Toys. It makes possible for you to trade a used game to a Blue-ray movie. If you want to get the most value of your used games, iPlayiTrade is your best choice.
With the price of computer & console gaming seemingly stuck at 'very expensive' Goozex.eu have come up with a way of trading the value of your old games against the value of other games put up for trade by other members. This allows you to get new games for very little cost with the security of a middle man (goozex itself) Goozex works on a points based system and each game on every platform is given a points value by Goozex and not the traders. For every game you request from someone else you must have sufficient points which can either be bought or gained from trading your old games in and you must buy or earn through referring friends one trade token (which costs about 85p). If you are getting rid of a game it's your responsibility to pay for postage, but the converse of this means that if you want a game there are no P&P charges on top of the trade token. What is great about Goozex is that it allows cross platform trading because of its points system. You can currently trade games for the Wii, Xbox360, PS3, PS1 & 2, DS, Gamecube, PSP and the PC & Mac. For example the oldest console on Goozex, on the Game Boy Advance, if you wish to trade these games you can earn usually around 100 to 200 points. Trade inl 4 or 5 of these games and you can have enough to get a next gen console game. For the usual Xbox360 games will cost anywhere between 400 to 900 points for some of the latest releases. On sign up Goozex offer all new members 100 points free and 1 trade token. Initially there were no requirements so a lot of people were signing up, claiming a free 100 point game and then leaving the site. You still get the same sign up bonus today but Goozex have changed the rules where you have to have at least traded one game to be able to use the free points. This is a much better format and breeds a better trading community, in the past too many were in it for the free game and in the long term the site would have folded. If you see a game you like and haven't built up enough points in your account from trades you can always purchase both points and trade tokens from Goozex. Currently the rates work out about £4.60 per 100 points and 85p per trade token. It is a lot cheaper to build up trade points than to use this method - GTA4 would cost you around £22 to buy, but 2 or 3 GBA games to trade. Given the .eu internet address it's clear Goozex is a Europe wide site with trades taking place all accross Europe, but you have the options of not trading with certain countries or just restricting yourself to the UK if you want to. For those buying games with points Goozex insures that if you don't receive your game they will reimburse your points. Similarly if you can prove that you sent the game (recorded delivery or sometimes proof of posting) they will still give the trader the points they asked for even if the game gets lost in the post. This system isn't perfect and is open to abuse by those claiming to have not recieved games but Goozex usually stamp down hard on any fraudsters. I'm really impressed by this site and the ease of use involved but I have just one quibble as someone who puts games up for trade. After you have sent the game off to someone who requested it, unless they leave you feeback you sometimes have to wait up to 21 days to be credited your points. Like any marketplace you have to look for a bargain, I personally have traded two old ps2 games for an almost brand new release on the Xbox360. If gaming is your thing, and you have a stash of old games you no longer require i'd highly recommend you take a look.