If you have old video games lying around the house, think twice before you toss them in the trash.
While you may be over Minecraft or Grand Theft Auto, another video gamer is just waiting to snatch up a used version of the game you no longer want.
In fact, selling video games online is so popular that some people are able to make a full-time business out of it.
If you’re ready to turn your game clutter into money, here’s how to sell your video games online for cash.
Sites to Sell Video Games Online
2. Facebook Marketplace
4. Amazon Trade-In Program
7. The Old School Game Vault
If you’re looking for one of the fastest ways to sell your video games, you’ll have a hard time beating Decluttr.
This company will happily take your Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo games.
Here’s how it works:
Download the Decluttr app and scan the barcodes of your games (enter the barcodes online if you don’t have the app.) Then, Decluttr will give you an instant price quote. If you like the price, pack up your games and ship them to Decluttr. (The shipping is free.)
The day after Decluttr receives your shipment, they will pay you. They make payments via direct deposit or Paypal.
Decluttr also accepts game consoles, books, phones, tech, and Legos if you’re interested in getting rid of more of your stuff.
- Pros of Selling on Decluttr: Instant price offer, no selling fees, and you can get rid of all of your eligible games at once.
- Cons of Selling on Decluttr: Since Decluttr acts as a middleman, you may be able to get more money from your games by selling them yourself.
2. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace is great for selling games locally and nationally.
If you want to sell locally, you can post on “garage sale” and “yard sale” pages for your county or city. Postings with multiple games will probably do the best unless you have newer games that are still popular.
Of course, the biggest downside to posting in Facebook groups is that you’ll have to make arrangements to meet the buyer and collect the money. (I recommend using Facebook pay to take a payment.)
If you don’t feel like dealing with that, you can post your games on Facebook Marketplace and ship them to the buyer.
By doing this, your games will be searchable to a broader audience of Facebook users, and you have a better chance of finding a buyer willing to pay a reasonable price.
If you’ve never sold on Marketplace before, here’s how it works:
When buyers are ready to purchase from you, they’ll make a payment, which Facebook will initially withhold. You then have three days to ship the item. Finally, five days after the buyer receives your game Facebook will release payment to you.
Facebook charges a 5% fee or $0.40 (whichever is greater) for listing on Marketplace.
- Pros of Selling on Facebook: Facebook allows you to reach many people and sell online or locally.
- Cons of Selling on Facebook: There’s a 5% fee on sales, and for Marketplace, Facebook holds the payment until five days after the buyer has received the game.
eBay is LONG known as a great place to sell video games. And a quick search will show you that there’s a market for just about every type of game on eBay.
You can find listings for the usual Xbox/Playstation/Nintendo, but there are also old-school games listed for Game Boys, Super Nintendo, and even Sega Genesis.
So, no matter what your game collection looks like, you can probably unload it on eBay.
To get started, you’ll need to create a seller’s account and begin listing your games. Luckily, you can make up to 250 free listings each month. However, eBay does charge fees when you sell an item.
Seller’s fees vary but are usually around 12.55% of the final sale plus a $0.30 transaction fee.
- Pros of Selling on eBay: Large audience of buyers, helpful shipping calculators and shipping labels, free listings.
- Cons of Sell on eBay: High seller fees.
4. Amazon Trade-In Program
Amazon has a trade-in program that accepts many different categories of tech items and gives Amazon credit for them.
Right now, it looks like their most popular categories are games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 2DS/3DS. However, they do accept other games – they just might not pay as much.
To see what your games are worth, you can visit the Amazon Trade-In page, search for your game and fill in some basic info on its condition. They’ll then present you with an offer. Repeat this step for each of your games.
Once you have the games you want to submit, you’ll need to ship them to Amazon. (They will provide a prepaid shipping label that you can print out.)
After your items are received and inspected, Amazon will send you an email letting you know whether or not they accepted them. If so, you can expect to see a credit to the gift card balance in your Amazon account within two days.
- Pros of Selling with Amazon: Quick and easy, can sell multiple games.
- Cons of Selling with Amazon: The only payment option is Amazon credit.
Swappa is a marketplace that allows gamers and techies to sell and buy from each other directly. So naturally, one of their popular categories is video games.
Right now, it looks like the biggest demand is for Playstation 4 and 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox series, and Xbox one games. However, if you have games for older models, you may still have luck.
To get started, create an account and upload pictures and information about the games you want to list. Then, Swappa will recommend a price based on recent sales.
Swappa collects and issues payments through Paypal. When you sell a game you’ll instantly get paid and have two days to ship it out.
The cool thing about Swappa is that the selling fees are paid by the buyer and not taken out of the seller’s profit. And since there are no fees for items priced less than $50, most of your video games will be fee-free.
- Pros of Selling with Swappa: No listing or sales fees, fast payment, an established audience of game buyers.
- Cons of Selling with Swappa: Not many cons…
GameFlip is a marketplace that allows video game players to sell and buy gently used games from each other.
To get started, you can list your items on their site for free.
When someone purchases one of your games, you ship it out. Then, once the buyer receives your items and rates the transaction GameFlip will release your payment to you.
As a seller, you will be charged an 8% fee on any items you successfully sell.
- Pros of Selling with GameFlip: Easy to get started, seller protection, and a built-in buyer pool.
- Cons of Selling with GameFlip: There’s an 8% sales fee.
7. The Old School Game Vault
The Old School Game Vault accepts many video games, including Playstation, Xbox, Sega, Atari, and Nintendo.
This company buys used games directly from you rather than having you list games for other buyers to purchase.
You can visit The Old School Game Vault website and enter your product info for a quote. Then, if you’re happy with the quote, you can send in your items. (If your shipment is less than $100 in value, they’ll deduct $10 to cover shipping costs. Over $100, and they’ll give you a free shipping label.)
Once they receive and inspect your games, you’ll get paid. The Old School Game Vault currently pays in one of three ways: business check by mail, Amazon Credit, or Paypal.
- Pros of Selling with The Old School Game Vault: Instant offers and three payment methods to choose from.
- Cons of Selling with The Old School Game Vault: You have to pay $10 for shipping if your offers are less than $100, and you may earn less than you would by selling to a private buyer.
eStarland claims to have the best trade-in values out there. Personally, I can’t confirm or deny this, but it does look like a decent site to check.
Here’s how it works:
Use their search tool to enter the UPC of the game you want to trade-in. Then, if you’re happy with that amount, you can send them your game and get paid in one of three ways: in exchange for product, as a store credit, or in cash.
Sounds good, but there are a couple of important things you should know…
First, if you redeem your credit for anything other than a store purchase, you’ll only receive 70% of that credit. Secondly, they will give you a due date, and your games must be mailed and received by then.
- Pros of Selling with eStarland: Instant quotes and multiple payment options.
- Cons of Selling with eStarland: Not all payment methods are equal.
Where to Sell Video Games Locally
If you’re looking to make quick cash and don’t want to deal with shipping, you can always sell your old video games to GameStop.
To get started, visit the GameStop website or app and enter your product info to get a trade-in value estimate. Then, if you’re happy with the estimate, head to your local GameStop to make the trade.
You can choose store credit or cash for any games they take. If you’re part of their rewards program, you’ll receive an extra 10% in credit value for your trade-ins.
- Pros of Selling with GameStop: Instant free estimates, fast cash, and you don’t have to bother with shipping.
- Cons of Selling with GameStop: GameStop acts as a middleman, so you won’t get as much money as you would selling yourself.
Another solid option for selling locally is Craigslist. This is especially effective if you live in a large city or have “lots” of games to sell.
You can list your games on Craigslist for free. Once you do so, expect to field through emails from potentially interested buyers.
Once you find an interested buyer, you’ll need to decide on payment and pickup arrangements.
- Pros of Selling with Craigslist: Listings are free, there are no selling fees, and you can sell locally.
- Cons of Selling with Craigslist: You’ll have to sift through lots of spammy emails, plus you’ll need to arrange pick up and payment.
OfferUp is an app aimed at buying and selling locally. They have many different categories of products, including video games and consoles.
The cool thing about OfferUp is that it’s free to use – there are no fees unless you’re selling a shipped item.
To get started, create an account and list your video games. After that, you can search to see the prices of similar items.
Then buyers can instant message you through the app, and you can arrange pick-up times.
- Pros of Selling with OfferUp: No fees, and you can sell locally.
- Cons of Selling with OfferUp: Depending on where you live, there may not be a huge pool of buyers in your area.
Other Side Hustle Ideas Worth Checking Out
Here are a few more side hustles you can check out:
If you want to sell your video games online for cash, you have plenty of options. If you want to get the most money, try Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Swappa, or GameFlip. All of these sites allow you to sell directly to the buyer, cutting out the middleman and earning you a higher profit.
However, if you value convenience over profit, I recommend getting quotes from the Amazon trade-in program, Old School Game Vault, and Decluttr. Then, all you’ll need to do is ship the accepted games to one of these places to get paid.
And finally, if you need cash fast – like today – you’ll need to sell your games locally and can try out GameStop or Craigslist.
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