One of my favorite things to do when I have some free time is play video games. With the price of newly released video games reaching $60-$70, it can get pretty expense trying to keep up with the latest and greatest games. It would seem like a good idea to buy used video games rather than new games. Before you do, you might want to consider some of the advantages and disadvantages to buying used and new video games.The obvious advantage to buying a used video game is the price. You can save quite a bit of money by buying used games. The amount you save will depend on several factors, like the age of the game and its popularity. You will usually be able to save at least 50% off the retail price, but many of the older video games can be found for less than $10, a huge savings from the $60 price tag the game sold for when it first hit the shelves.
The disadvantage to this is that you will need to wait for new releases to hit the used game market. This will vary depending on the game, but you can end up waiting several days, weeks, or even months to get the price you want. The longer you can wait to play the game you want, the better price you will be able to get for it. If you are one of those players that just has to play the latest hot release as soon as it hits the stores, then this could be a problem for you.
Another concern when buying a used video game is the quality of the game disc, manuals, and box cover. You are really taking a chance if you buy used games from someplace like Craigslist or eBay. You may get a game with a scratched disc, no manual, or original box cover. Good luck trying to return the game and get your money back. Your best bet is to buy used video games from a reputable company like GameFly.
GameFly has a 100% guarantee that their used games will work. They also include the original case, any manuals, and codes with any used game purchase. You don’t even need to be a member of GameFly, however, if you are a member, you will get free shipping and handling. Members also have the advantage of being able to rent any video game first, to see if they like the game or not. If you like the game, you play it as long as you want before returning it, or you have to option of keeping the game. If you want to keep it, you will be charged a competitive “used game” price and GameFly will send you the game manual and case with no shipping or handling costs.
The decision to buy used video games or new video games basically comes down to price and convenience. Do you want to wait to play that game you’ve been waiting for and save a lot of money? Or do you want to spend $60-$70 so you can play it right now?