Back in the cold, dark days of the '90s, there really weren't all that many choices for selling games: either you tried to find a phone connection fast enough to handle a very primitive version of the Internet, or you brought it in to a brick-and-mortar shop.
Most of the time, the retailer was your best bet — but these days, that couldn't be farther from the truth.
Selling games is easier now than it's ever been, and on top of that, it's actually possible to make some of your money back. Not only that, but a lot of the options out there are actually more convenient than dragging your library into the local game shop.
So, where exactly can players get the best bang for their buck? Well, you might be surprised: some of the best choices have been around for years, while others are relatively new.
Don't worry, we're not going to make you go out and search for them — here are the best places to sell your used games online:
There's really no denying it: if you want to sell your games online, eBay is hands-down the best place to do it.
Once you start using the site, it's easy to see why: most listings can be finished within a minute or two, using nothing but a UPC code and a price. It doesn't really matter if you're selling one game or a dozen, either — listing groups of games can be as simple or complex as you want, meaning that eBay is great for getting rid of both individual titles and entire libraries alike.
Most importantly, eBay is the best place to go if you're looking to get some decent money for your games. Depending on how old or new they are, your experience may vary — but more often than not, eBay's your best bet for actually making a bit of cash off your old games.
More people associate Amazon with buying than selling, but the largest online retailer in the world can be a great alternative to eBay. Whereas eBay's site still feels a bit dated (despite all of the much-needed updates over the past few years), Amazon's site works smoothly and consistently — if you've been burned by half-finished listings and crashes, Amazon might be what you've been hoping for.
Amazon also wins points for offering up multiple selling options: those looking for individual sales can use the Marketplace, which lists their items alongside those of other sellers, or the Trade-In system, which works similarly to many retailers' programs. You probably won't get quite as much cash compared with eBay, but if you don't mind sacrificing a couple of bucks in the name of convenience, Amazon is about as user-friendly as you can get.
If you want to use something other than eBay or Amazon, Glyde is worth giving a look. It works similarly to eBay: just search for whatever game you want to sell, specify its condition and set the price. Glyde will typically let you know if your chosen price is realistic, but the site's suggestions might be a bit lower than you expect — it's not always a huge difference, but it's something to keep in mind.
The shipping process is also more complex than other sites: instead of simply sending out the game, you'll have to wait for Glyde to send out prepaid packaging before you can ship. There are also a few extra fees to take into account, and overall, the process is a bit slower than that of other sites — just don't expect to sell your collection overnight.
Oddly enough, Craigslist — yes, the same site that features fake job listings and Missed Connections — can be a great resource for anyone looking to sell some games. If you can find the right buyer, Craigslist can be a quick, easy way to clear out your library.
That being said, it's at the bottom of our list for a number of reasons — most notably, its limited range. With all the other services, it's all about sending them out to someone else ... but with most Craigslist transactions, you're going to be limited to your neighborhood. Plus, the site is known for hosting its fair share of scams, so there's a bit more risk involved.
Even so, if you're looking to get rid of a large number of games quickly, Craigslist can be a great alternative to any of the sites listed above.
Selling games used to be a nightmare, and one that usually ended up costing players more than it was worth — thankfully, there are plenty of different options to choose from nowadays, and you can actually make some serious cash with them.
Just make sure you're sure that you want to sell — nothing's worse than having to buy the same game twice!
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