There are several outlets to make money from used games. Here are my top 10 ways.
1. Selling acceptable games/accessories/consoles on Amazon.com
I always sell acceptable games and accessories on Amazon. There is no picture required, only a condition ranking, so it’s best to be as honest as possible. Ideally, only sell games that would be sold in a used game store. If a cartridge is chipped or a disc is too scratched, move to number 2.
2. Selling broken consoles and unacceptable games on Ebay.
If you’re not into repairing consoles, Ebay is a great resource for dumping your collection of broken systems. There are plenty of people who are constantly buying broken systems to repair and resell.
The same goes for games and other accessories. Although accessories, like controllers, don’t do as well in the broken resell market due to the low margin of profit.
3. Repairing broken consoles and reselling.
It is very easy to tap into this market. Learn a few basic repair methods and find consoles with common issues. The profit margin can be very high, especially if you buy face-to-face.
4. Buying wholesale lots and reselling.
If you have the capital to invest, this is the most surefire way of making money. The profit margin may not be as high, but you will sell more faster. Plus you will save time on scouting out product.
5. Selling or buying on Craig’s List.
I often buy old game lots on Craig’s List. Many people just want to get rid of the stuff so they post it cheap.
On the other side of the coin, people may want a fast deal so you may be able to sell something at a reasonable price face-to-face. Newer systems and games work best for this. I’ve repaired and sold many Wii systems like this.
The Bonus: Say the system breaks a few days later. You don’t have to deal with returns or bad feedback.
6. Clean consoles and resell.
Many times, people confuse broken with dirty. I’ve found many consoles that were trashed but worked just fine. People just assume it is broken or they don’t want to deal with it. Windex works wonders on console plastic.
7. Resurface scratched game discs and resell.
Game discs that have had a rough life are often discarded. It is very easy to find great games for cheap when they don’t play.
If you don’t have a resurfacing machine, take it to a game store. Usually you won’t be charged more than a dollar per disc. Afterwards, they play like new.
8. Buy certain games at gamestores and resell.
This is a little tougher. I don’t bank on this, but sometimes when I’m in a gamestore, I eye a game that is extremely underpriced.
For instance, one game store had all of their My Coach games for the DS for $10. The language versions of these go for twice that. That trip made me quite a bit of cash.
9. Sell to friends.
It is easy to offer friends a good price because you don’t have to worry about shipping, fees, and taxes. Always let the people around you know what you do.
10. Sell to gamestore.
This is not profitable; however, when you’re in a pinch and need some quick cash, this is the way to go. It is also a great way to unload games that aren’t selling elsewhere. Sometimes you just need the space cleared.