As any gamer knows, video games are a costly pastime. Most new games can cost $50-$60 in the store. In the best case scenario, a single video game will provide a gamer with a week of entertainment. Most people cannot afford to buy a new video game every week, so how should a cash-strapped, hard-core gamer get games? The answer may be surprising-and even potentially profitable.
Buying used games is the first thing any gamer who wishes to save money should do. If you are someone who wants the latest games, don’t worry, you can easily get some of the latest titles; possibly within days of that game’s release! Places to get used games include eBay, Gamestop, and Amazon.com. There are other good places to get games as well; such as your local flea market and friends, who will most likely let your borrow their games for free (another great way to save money).
Trading games is also a great way to save money-as well as get rid of games that you no longer want. One great place online to trade games is Goozex.com. The site works like this: Say I have a game that is worth 200 points ($10) on the site. I put it up for trading and someone else wants it. I ship it out (the shipper has to pay the shipping costs, which are usually around $2), and get the 200 points into my account. I can then use those points to get another game worth 200 points, two games worth 100 points each, get a game worth 150 points and save the rest for later, or send out more games to get a game worth more. You pay $1 for each game that you get, which is how Goozex pays for the site.
You can also trade games in person-with friends, family, and neighbors.
You can sell your old games to raise cash for new games. Good places to sell games include ebay, half.com, and flea markets. Some game stores will also buy your games, but very few will give you what you can get for them elsewhere.
You can go to work at a place that sells video games. Most stores give their employees a discount on merchandise-usually up to 20% off. That is a nice chunk of change saved.
If you are not one of those people who need to have the game the day it came out, wait a while before you buy a game. It will save you a lot of money. Another good thing about waiting is that you have ample time to read the reviews written by other gamers to see if you will like the game or not before you spend good money on it.
Speaking of reviews, a good way to save money on your video games is to write reviews on them, this is also the way to make your games potentially profitable. Even older games can net you a decent chunk of money for the review. Make sure that you put your reviews on sites that will pay for them, and put the reviews on several sites for maximum earnings. Even if you don’t profit from your games, you can-at least-“subsidize” them.
You can always try to become a video game tester. You will not only get games for free, but you will also get paid to play them! The downside is that the games you are getting paid to play will most likely have several frustrating glitches in them,which is why you are teating them. You will probably also be working long hours as a game gets ready to ship. Yet this is no problem if you are a gaming junkie.
These are many of the various ways to save money on video games.