In an era where gaming has become more popular than ever, the market for used games is thriving. Buying used games not only saves you money, but it also gives you a chance to check out some of those classics that aren't available digitally. However, purchasing used games can seem daunting, especially if you're new to it. With that in mind, here's your beginners guide to navigating the world of used video games.
Identify Reliable Sellers
There are plenty of online platforms where people sell used video games, but not all sellers are equal. If you’re choosing to shop outside of The Beat Goes On or other local shops, there are some risks to consider. Look for sellers with high ratings and positive reviews, but make sure to take a look at the bad reviews too! Some sellers may have fake reviews to boost their sales. Pay attention to how they describe their products, and don't hesitate to ask questions. Words like “good condition” or “mint” shouldn’t be as subjective as it is, but you can ask any Beat Goes On employee that what one person calls “mint condition” is not necessarily the same as truly mint. Reputable sellers will be transparent about the condition of the game and provide actual pictures of the product.
With older games like NES cartridges, sometimes a copy no longer works. Stores like The Beat Goes On guarantee everything works, or we’ll offer an exchange. The average Facebook or Kijiji seller won’t honour such a thing, so make sure to double check the condition!
Understand the Pricing
If you’ve seen those headlines of a copy of Legend of Zelda selling for ungodly amounts of money, you might be driven to take a look at your own collection, but there are variables to consider beyond just the condition of the game.
Back in the day, when we received our games in beautiful boxes, we could have never imagined that we should keep every element of that game in one place. Nowadays a game that has its original packaging could be worth some serious cash!
Some games have been released more than once, so it’s important to keep an eye on those “Game of The Year” rereleases or the remastered versions. A beginner might be easily fooled into thinking they’re buying a grail when in reality they’re buying a dud.
Websites like PriceCharting are helpful but worst case, you can always filter your eBay search by recently sold items. Anyone can charge anything they want on eBay, but it’s important to see what people are actually spending.
Beware of Fakes
The used game market has its share of counterfeit games, particularly for popular or rare titles. You have to be especially careful when it comes to classic cartridge games. Watch out for prices that seem too good to be true. Authentic games usually have identifiable markings, holograms, or other distinguishing features. Some even have out-of-the-ordinary screws to hold the case in place. Familiarize yourself with these characteristics to avoid buying fake games.
Don't Forget to Have Fun
Finally, remember that the world of used video games is supposed to be fun! It's a treasure hunt where you might discover a hidden gem or a nostalgic title from your childhood. Happy gaming!
By following these tips, you'll be well-prepared to navigate the exciting world of used video games. Whether you're a seasoned gamer looking to expand your collection, or a newcomer delving into the world of gaming, buying used games is a journey worth embarking on.