How to Get Cash for Old Video Games

Whether you’re padding your income or cleaning up your entertainment center, there a number of places to sell your old video games. The question is, which re-sale method is best for you?

The answer may vary depending on where you live in relation to a store or a post office, and how much effort you’re willing to put into the sale.

Here are some of your options:

GameStop: Low Effort, Low Payback

GameStop (Stock Quote: GME), the world’s largest chain of video game and entertainment software stores, will buy your used video game and sell it to their shoppers. They’ll generally tack on an extra $10 when they sell the game, which conceivably is money you’re forfeiting in exchange for the convenience of knowing where to find a purchaser.

If you’re just looking to make some money while clearing the clutter around your console, bring your games to one of the more than 6,200 stores worldwide. But if you’re looking to clear the most cash possible, you might be better off selling your games elsewhere.

Amazon: A Good Deal for Online Shopppers

Especially in terms of convenience, popular online retailer Amazon.com (Stock Quote: AMZN), may pose a competitive threat to GameStop. Earlier this year, Amazon’s Video Game store beta launched its Amazon Video Games Trade-In service, which gives customers an Amazon.com gift card in exchange for certain video games in good condition. You can send your game using a postage-paid shipping label from their Web site, and you may actually get a higher dollar amount back from Amazon than you would from GameStop.

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