In general, I am the kind of person who likes to hang on to games. If I really liked a game, I want to keep it even if I know that I’ll probably never play it again. But there are a lot of games that I just don’t make a connection with, and sometimes I’ll pick up a game cheaply with the intention of playing it and just never get around to it. Those games I will usually try and sell.
Up until now I had been using half.com to get rid of this kind of game, but prices aren’t usually that great and they also charge a commission. Recently, though, I have been using Goozex.com. It’s kind of similar to half.com in that users send games directly to one another — Goozex works as a middleman, helping you find people who want your games. But instead of getting cash for your games, you get Goozex points which you can then use to request other games on the site. Normally I would say that getting “points” isn’t as good a deal as getting cash, but I’ve had a lot of success in trading my games so far. I’ve traded about 20 games that I wasn’t playing and got a bunch of new games that I’m excited about playing. At the moment, you can trade and receive Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PS1, GameCube, Dreamcast, DS, PSP and GBA games. (More after the jump.)
Let me explain how it works. To get rid of one of your games, you just have to list it on the site. When someone requests your game, you send it (using your own money). When you agree to ship the game, you immediately get the points for it. You can specify whether you have the complete package (box, disc and manual), just the disc and manual, or just the disc. Listing games as “disc only” does save you on shipping costs, because you can use Goozex’s printable envelopes and send them for only $.59. Just remember that a lot of people (like me) only want complete games, so if you list a game as “disc only” you will be limiting the number of people who will request it.
To get a new game, you’ll need Goozex points and a trade credit. The number of points you need will vary depending on the game. If it’s a new Xbox 360 game or a rare PS2 game, it’ll go for as much as 800 or 900 points. Older games can be as cheap as 100 points. You can get points by trading your own games or by buying them directly from Goozex (this is probably most useful if a game you want becomes available and you don’t have enough points from trading). Trade credits cost $1, and this (and the cost of shipping your own games) is all you have to pay to trade games.
When you first start out, you’ll be limited to requesting two games at a time, but after you’ve sent out a few games and gotten positive feedback, you’ll be able to request more (I’m up to 10 at a time). This is a good system, because it encourages people to send games. It’s worth it to send out even 100 point games because it will increase the number of open trade slots you have.
The only part of the system that takes a little getting used to is the fact that you don’t directly “buy” games with your points. Instead, you have a request list where you put all of the games that you would like to receive. The Goozex system will automatically match you with the games that are available. This means that you don’t get direct control over which games on your list you get at a particular time (it depends on what is available).
When you request a game, you are actually putting yourself into a waiting list for that game. When someone puts the game on the site, the Goozex system will go down the waiting list and see who has enough points/trade credits/trade slots. The first person who has enough will be matched with the game. When this happens, the person who listed the game will be sent a confirmation email. If they agree to the trade, your points will be deducted from your account and they are obligated to send you the game.
This may sound a little complicated, but it’s not once you get used to it. To get an idea of what is available, go to the Goozex site and click on the “Available now” link in the “Special Search” box on the bottom left. If you sign up and complete one trade, you’ll get a free trade credit and 100 points. That’s enough to get a free game. Give it a try.