This is my review of the Amazon Video Game Trade-In system. I had used it once many many moons ago to trade in an old PS3 game. While the experience was pretty good, it wasn’t nearly what it is today. I’ve read a lot of info about it so I gave it another shot.
So obviously, step one is to head over to the Trade In hub.
The first thing I noticed was they’ve added a ton of new categories. It looks like you can essentially trade in anything. In fact, I’m going to do my Xbox 360 next.
After selecting Video Games from the list, you search for what you’re looking for like you’d search for any other item on Amazon.
Sell Us Your Item
I’m selling Dying Light for PS4. When you arrive at the product page after searching, in the right-hand sidebar you will see the Sell Us Your Item card—in fact, this shows up for any eligible item.
Trade In List & Comparison to GameStop
You add trade ins to a cart-like list just as if you were buying. You can add up the trade ins and the price will change based on Condition. For games you generally want to select Good. For electronics there are more options, like if you have all the cables and whatnot.
So here’s the kicker, for the same game in the same condition GameStop was willing to give me $29.70. This is the absolute maximum and assumes I am a GameStop PRO subscriber and I am willing to accept GameStop credit.
Here’s GameStop’s offer:
Amazon’s trade in system works in a similar way in that you get Amazon credit. However, because Amazon sells literally everything humanly possible, that is not really a limiting factor as far as I’m concerned.
To Return or Not Return?
Your next option is to decide what to do if you assessed the quality of the item incorrectly. I chose Do not return because I don’t really want Dying Light and I’ll take what they’re willing to give me for it since I know GameStop will only be worse.
Amazon will provide you with a couple options to get your game to them. Since I have a UPS Drop Off at my office, I chose that. You can also chose to have it picked up, ship it yourself, etc. If you have a UPS Drop Off close by, I recommend that for easy stress-free shipping.
Possibly the best part about this process is that you get paid immediately. That’s right, you don’t have to wait for your package to get there. So I submitted the form and instantly received a $32.76 credit to my Amazon account with which I can immediately use to buy a new game.
It’s no surprise to most people here that I don’t enjoy the GameStop. I actually prefer digital downloads. However, now with how easy it was to use Amazon’s system, I might actually start buying discs again and trading them in. When you consider the high percentage of the game you’re going to get back, it starts to really make sense.
Good luck and happy trading!