Trade or Keep


One point in favor of the digital age of gaming is that it saves so much physical space around the home. Let’s face it, consoles and game cartridges can take up some space in the living room. Assuming people haven’t completely switched over to downloading games digitally, there are still going to be physical copies of games laying around. When you’re done with those games, do you keep them or trade them in to help go toward new games?

Keep them. I always keep them. Unless there’s a game I just know I will never play or didn’t care for, I’ll always keep my games. Yes, they take up so much space and I wish we had more room, but I love seeing them displayed. I also love having the satisfaction of saying, “Yep. I’ve played all these games.”

I don’t think we’ve ever traded in any games… Except for maybe that zombie game that came with the Wii U. Think we got about two bucks for it. I wouldn’t mind trading in games for a little bit of money to go toward new ones, but the first place that pops into mind when it comes to trading in games would be GameStop and… they kind of suck when it comes to giving fair prices. Going on eBay would probably be the better way to go when it comes to that.

Yeah, but we didn’t even open Zombie U. If we wanted to sell any games eBay would definitely be the way to go. However, knowing us, we’d get rid of a game and then look for the game later with an urge to play it.

Thinking about it, there aren’t many games that we’ve bought and were so disappointed by that we thought about returning them. Yes, there are some games that we picked up only once or twice, but for the most part, we’ve kept all our games that we’ve bought. Trading in a game, or a console even, have never really crossed our minds, except in the instance of our Xbox 360 games. We have a handful of those that we bought and then the 360 died.

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Right, unless we actually can’t play them anymore, there’s no reason for us to get rid of them. I like seeing the physical games displayed for the same reason I love to see all our digital downloads lined up on the Switch.

Ah, but what about all the SNES and N64 game cartridges we have? We have them still hanging out, but we’re unable to play them anymore. Should we trade or sell them? I wouldn’t want to, since those two consoles were the beginning of my gamer life, but they’re not really doing much.

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Why would we sell them if they don’t work anymore? That’d be mean. But no, we’ll find a way to display them at some point. Simple as that.

Do you usually trade in your games or keep them all? Let us know in the comments below!

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Readers Comments (5)

  1. I generally keep my games. If I liked it, then it is likely I will want to return to it someday. I’ve only ever sold maybe four games, and they were ones I had played quite a bit and realized I had no desire to finish or play again.

  2. Great topic!
    I have gone through phases.
    As a kid with only birthday money, I would trade in old games for new ones. In hindsight, there were a lot of good games I traded in for crap ones. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, I’m looking at you.
    But around the time I hit middle school, my house got robbed, and almost all of my video game stuff got stolen. Insurance helped, but I never got all my old stuff back. In fear that someday I’ll lose that stuff again, I vowed to keep everything.
    Then I moved out of my parents place and had bills to pay. For a number of years, my then-girlfriend-now-wife lived in small condos until relatively recently, so space was super tight. On top of that, the Canadian to US exchange rate took a nose dive, causing retailers to increase game prices by 20%. Gaming before that was already an expensive hobby to keep up with, but that trio of factors has fundamentally shifted my approach.
    I’ll trade a game if I’m disappointed in it, or if I know I’ll never play it again. Mario Tennis Aces is not a bad game, but it fell out of my rotation and I no longer saw the use case where I’d go back to it, so I traded it while its value was still high in order to get something I really want to keep in the future. I’ve traded in dozens of games in the last few years now with no remorse, while keeping the ones I feel strongly about or want to have handy in case the urge strikes me.
    It’s a lot easier for me to flip current games rather than old ones. I have duds on the NES/SNES/N64/Gamecube sitting around, but I can’t stomach the thought of letting those ones go. Even though I don’t have an N64 in the house to play any of those games, I think I would rather buy an N64 and never use it, knowing I could someday play those games again, rather than let them go.
    With regards to Gamestop vs. eBay, I go with the former. While I totally understand the gripes people have with that organization and the notion that you could get more money by selling independently. However, I really don’t have the patience to deal with finding a buyer, sorting out shipping costs, and ensuring that I get paid. I prefer the convenience of going to the store around the corner and getting immediate money in return.
    However you approach it, go with the way that makes you the happiest. And sometimes, it’s going to be different on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes I’m happier seeing my complete set of the Burger King trilogy of games sitting on the shelf that I have never and will never play. Other times, I’m happy trading away games like Far Cry 5 to help fund the purchase of God of War.

  3. I’m a little bit of A and a little bit of B. I have traded in games, and still do so occassionally, but I do enjoy having my classic games on my shelf. That said, I’m running out of room and most stuff I get today is digital.

  4. One of the reasons I got into console gaming was because I intended to trade in games and consoles to save money. Eight years later (I was exclusively PC for years before) and I have not traded in a single console or game. Nor have I purchased any pre-owned stuff either!

  5. We keep our games. If we do decide to get rid of some (space problems, etc) we always sell them – we never do trade-ins.

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