Maybe you sold your old console, or perhaps you’re just done with a game or two. Before you toss them in the trash, consider if you can trade them at GameStop.
Then, you can get some cash or store credit, so you can get new games. And you may find a new game that you love more than the ones you have.
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How Do You Trade Games at GameStop?
To trade in games at GameStop, go to the trade-in page on the store website. Look for the game or games you want to trade, and click Get Trade Value. This will provide an estimate for what you can get back if you trade in the video game.
Keep in mind that trade-in values are only valid for that business day. The values also assume that your game is in good condition and doesn’t have any scratches or other issues.
GameStop Trade-In Steps
Trading your old games in is an excellent option, but you should know how to do so. Then, you can make the process easy for yourself and the employees at your local GameStop.
Here’s what you need to do when you have a game you want to sell.
Review the Game’s Condition
First, you should make sure that the game you want to trade-in is in good condition. GameStop may not accept games with major scratches or other cosmetic issues.
Of course, if the game doesn’t even turn on and work, you won’t get any money for it. So put it into your console and test it to see if the game does work well. This is especially important if you want to sell a game that’s been sitting around for a while.
If you don’t have a console to use, consider borrowing one from a friend. Or you can risk it and take your game to GameStop and hope that it works.
Get Trade Value
Next, you’ll want to get online and go to the GameStop website. Click on “Trade-Ins” near the top right corner of the screen and select Video Games. There, you can search for the name of the game you want to trade-in, or you can search by console, franchise, genre, and more.
Once you find the game you want to sell, click on “Get Trade Value” below the game listing and price. Then, you will get a quote for how much you can make from trading the game in.
The values can change depending on demand or other factors. So be sure to check the value when you’re ready to sell the game.
Consider Your Membership Level
When determining how much money you can get from trading in games at GameStop, consider if you have a Pro membership. Pro members will get more money back from the same trade-in compared to non-members.
If you find you have a lot of games to trade in, you may want to purchase a Pro membership. The account costs $14.99 per year and comes with other benefits. However, you can get an extra 10% or so on trades.
That means if you trade in $150 or more worth of games in a year, the membership will pay for itself. You’ll also get monthly credits, cashback, and other benefits.
Decide Between Cash and Credit
Whether you’re a Pro member or not, you can choose how you’ll get your payment. GameStop lets you take cash or store credit.
But the amounts you’ll receive will be different. If you take store credit, you’ll usually get more back than you would if you took cash. So if you want some new video games, store credit will almost always be a better value.
However, if you don’t want any new games now, you can take cash. Then, you can use the money anywhere, even though you’ll get less back.
Go to GameStop
Now, you need to head to your local GameStop with the games you want to sell. If you want to lock in the trade-in value, you have to go the day you get the quote. The online estimates will expire at the end of the business day.
If you don’t have time to go that day, you can get a quote. But you’ll want to return to the site the next day to get a more accurate estimate of what your game is worth. Then, you can write down the amount and take it with you when you go to the store.
Make sure you bring the game in its packaging. You can also bring game consoles and other electronics to trade-in.
Let GameStop Evaluate the Game
After you get to GameStop, prepare to wait for a bit. The manager will evaluate the game to make sure it works and that you aren’t lying about the condition.
Employees have the right to refuse a trade, and they can do so if they think the game is beyond repair. So be patient and work with the employees to make the process easier.
If you have multiple games to sell, the process can take even longer. Consider shopping around the store to see if there are any games you want. Then, you can decide what to do with the money you make from your current games.
How Does a GameStop Trade-In Work?
GameStop trade-ins require the games to be in working condition. As long as there aren’t huge scratches and other problems, you can get a quote online. Take the game to your local GameStop to have employees evaluate it. Then, you can get cash or store credit for the exchange.