For some of us, the gaming experience dates back as far as the original in-home Atari system or the Commodore 64. Others started with cartridge consoles like the Nintendo and Sega, while a shocking number of video game veterans have only ever known a world with discs, HD machinery, and online gameplay (man, some of us are feeling old right now, remembering how cool Pong was once upon a time). In any case, you may have reached a point in your life where seeing your old games gathering dust on the shelf (and taking up space that rightfully belongs to newer games) is too depressing for words. And considering that there is a whole new segment of the population devoted to restoring old machines and playing original games, you stand to make a little dough by handing off your collection of hard-to-find titles. So here are just a few ways to reap the rewards of your collector mentality by selling your old video games.
Perhaps the first and best place to go when selling your vintage games is eBay. This forum is a virtual treasure trove for anyone seeking, well, just about anything (although you can no longer buy shares in other people’s souls, more’s the pity). If you want to reach the largest potential audience for the items you’re selling and secure the best possible price, set the minimum and let the bidding begin. Any games that don’t sell can be listed again and those that do will at least net your asking price, if not more. Of course, this could make for a lot of work if you have a relatively large collection, so you may want to consider other options.
One possibility is that you could sell your collection of games as a whole or in small lots, rather than trying to get rid of them piecemeal. This will definitely save you some time, and you might not end up taking a huge hit on the price, either, although bundling may reduce the number of interested buyers since people may be willing to pay for some games but not others. On the other hand, it could help you to pawn off some of the games that have little value otherwise. Another option is to hand everything over to some type of consignment store that sells stuff on eBay. They will certainly take a cut of your profits, but it may be worth it to avoid the hassle of having to list and ship every item.
You could also post on gamer forums to see if anyone is interested in purchasing your old games, although you’ll probably have to sell the whole bunch as one lot if you opt to go this route, just for the sake of expediency (and not getting booted from the forums for spamming). Or if you feel that credit is just as good as cash since both will lead to more new games on your shelves, consider hitting up a store like GameStop to see if they’ll take a trade-in. They may not accept truly vintage fare, but they will likely take the more modern games that you no longer want and give you credit in return. After all, their store signs have “game” right in the name.