As a gamer, chances are, there are games sitting around on your shelf that you don’t play anymore. Keeping them for nostalgic purposes–after all, who knows when you’re going to go back and play that old classic Nintendo game?–is one thing. Keeping them just because you don’t know what to do with them, on the other hand, is something else entirely. Trading in those unused games has a number of advantages.
1. Decrease clutter around the house. A single game in its case doesn’t take up a lot of space, but after a while, those unused video games start to take over! Move them on out of the house and make room for more important things on your shelves. As an added bonus, cleaning out the games you don’t play will make it easier to find the games that you do play when you start looking for one.
2. Earn credit toward games that you haven’t played yet. Going back and playing an old game is fun, but it has nothing on the excitement of a brand new game. Unfortunately, those games can be expensive! Trading in your old games toward new ones can make the pinch in your pocketbook a little easier to bear. Of course, some places offer better deals than others, so it’s important to know where you’ll be able to get the best bang for your games.
3. Offer other gamers the opportunity to play great titles at a lower price. Hey, you love the used games rack at your favorite store, right? Offer other gamers the same opportunity. Those used games have to come from somewhere! You never know: that game that you’ve never really enjoyed playing might be someone else’s new favorite.
4. You need to take advantage of it while you can! Many games are now being released digitally instead of in hard copy. Other systems are releasing old games in digital format so that nostalgic gamers can play their favorite games on their new systems–often with an upgrade. If you want to be able to trade in your games at all, you’re going to have to do it before everyone chooses digital format.
5. Upgrading to the latest system is the obvious move. No matter how much you love your console, odds are, there’s going to be a new one out before you know it. Trading in the old one toward the new one allows you to save both money and space. What’s not to love?
6. Unused games can still get damaged or scratched, decreasing their value and making them useless. This is especially true if you have roommates, small children living in your home, or pets. Instead of letting them be damaged while you aren’t using them, trade them in and pass them on to someone who will!
Trading in your unused games is a logical way to increase their worth to you. If you’re using them, hang on to them–unless, of course, you need the money. On the other hand, if you’re not using them, pass them on to a local game store. You might be surprised by how much return you can get on your investment.