Amazon has opened its online trading post to gamers looking to hock old, played out titles.
If anyone needs quick cash, it’s gamers. And god knows they’re online.
AmazonâˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ is getting aggressive with its pricing model right from the get-go. And an article actually published on GamestopâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s website exposes AmazonâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s pricing as slightly more competitive than the brick and mortar retailer in terms of payment for your old games and the prices for othersâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ lightly played cartridges. However, a couple of analysts express doubt Amazon poses a threat to Gamestop in that same article.
Why? Apparently gaming message board posters just arenâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t patient, and would rather pay (or not receive) a few extra bucks for same-day transactions rather than waiting patiently for the mailman each day.
Amazon is attempting to counter this lack of instant shopping gratification by offering free shipping on games you trade in; just print a shipping label and packing slip, and put your games in the mail.
Amazon just asks that your games are in good condition and each trade-in shipment is for a minimum of $10 in value. Also, Amazon is just accepting cartridge/console games now, and not paying for previously played PC titles. Once your games are received, youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ll get Amazon gift cards instantly deposited in your account, which can be exchanged for games or anything else on the site. ThatâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s right, you send in the latest âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬MaddenâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ game and use the profits toward a new accordion or a Gallagher-autographed watermelon.
One more thing: Test drive AmazonâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s new video game trade-in program by March 19 and get a coupon code for 10 percent off your next purchase.
In an economy when games are often crossed off budgets, Amazon is making it a little more affordable. And even for the casual gamer, shedding 30 old games might be better than for trips down memory lane than pawning that old high school ring.