Sell your console games ASAP
Pre-owned games in India are too expensive, though they're worth a look, too. How you can surely cut costs, though, is by buying a game brand new and selling it as soon as you’re done.
Depending on how big a gamer you are, you may spend more than what you paid for your console in a few months. That’s because games nowadays cost around Rs3,000 a pop. That’s serious cash on games that you tire of in just a couple of weeks. So what do you do? Just complain about the high prices and let the discs collect dust or let it do so at a friend’s house? If that’s what you’ve been doing, here’s an idea:
The next time a game releases, don’t think about the high price. Instead, pay full price, get done with the game quickly, and simply sell it to a store that offers pre-owned games (most of them do) or put it up on websites such as OLX or eBay.
Pre-owned is expensive
A number of Indian stores – Game4u, Grabbit, Landmark, Complete Entertainment Exchange, GamesXS – do sell used games. If you, however, check their prices, however, you’ll be frustrated. As if to lure you into buying games brand new, these stores sell you most of their used game collection at prices too close to those of brand new games. Here’s a list we compiled on October 10, 2013:
|Batman Arkham City||Rs1,299||Rs1,099||Rs1,450||Rs1,800|
|Assassin’s Creed III||Rs2,799||Rs1,299||Rs1,750||Rs2,200|
|Max Payne 3||Rs999||Rs799||NA||Rs1,200|
|Spec Ops The Line||Rs2,499||Rs1,799||Rs1,700||Rs3,000|
|Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3||Rs1,599||Rs1,499||NA||Rs2,000|
|Oblivion Elder Scrolls 4||Rs1,240||NA||Rs1,200||Rs1,200|
Sell your new game instead
Instead of waiting for a few months to let the new games arrive at the pre-owned stalls, what you should do is buy a game, play it, and sell it as soon as you can. This is because the newer the game, the higher the premium the stores mentioned above will pay you for it. If you do this regularly, you could easily drop your expenses on games by a third. More importantly, you don’t have to wait for the game to get old before you can buy it.
|Far Cry 3||Rs1,799||Rs600||Rs1,700|
|Call of Duty Black Ops||Rs2,229||Rs500||Rs900|
|Gears of War 3||Rs1,900||Rs550||Rs750|
|Assassins Creed 3||Rs2,799||Rs800||Rs1,300|