Where to Sell Used Video Games

Turn Old Games and Consoles Into Cash or Credit

Little boy playing a video game
Little boy playing a video game. Michael Klippfeld/Moment/Getty Images

Have a stack of video games that you never play? You may be able to sell those games and put a little extra cash in your pocket.

Whether you're cleaning out your house or getting ready to move, those old video games may hold more value than you realize. They don't even have to be recent to be worth selling. In fact, older games often command more money than new games. If you have Atari or Commodore 64 games, for example, you could be sitting on an absolute gold mine. That's especially true, if you have the gaming console, joy sticks and controllers to go with them. Ready to find out how much you can get for your games?

Here are several places where you can sell your used video games. Choose the option that works best for you.

Take Your Games to the Store to Sell Them for Cash or Credit

Some big-box stores and specialty shop will pay you cash, or give you store credit, for your used video games and consoles. This can be the easiest and fastest way to get value out of games, but you'll probably make less than you would​ if you were to sell them individually online. Check the phone book for locally-run shops, or try one of these chains:

  • GameStop - Visit their website to look up the value of the games, consoles and accessories you have, before you head to the nearest store. This will allow you to compare offers, so you can be sure you're getting a fair deal. GameStop pays in cash or trade credit.
  • Best Buy - Look up your game titles to see how much this big box chain is currently paying for them. If you're happy with the offer, print off a prepaid shipping label; and mail your games to them. They'll assess the condition of your games, and email you a Best Buy gift card within 10 days of receipt. Note that they also buy game consoles and some other types of electronics. 

Sell and Ship a Batch of Video Games

If you don't have time to take your games to a store, or to sell them individually online, try these web-based buyers:

  • CashForGamers.com - Just select the games and consoles that you have, and print out a free prepaid shipping label to send them in. You can choose to be paid via PayPal or a mailed check. If you send them more than $50 worth of merchandise, they'll even mail you free shipping supplies.
  • Decluttr.com - Type in the barcode on the back of your games, or use their app to scan the barcodes. Then, use the free shipping label they provide to mail your games in. When they receive your package, they'll inspect your items, and pay you the next day, via your choice of direct deposit, check, PayPal or charitable donation.
  • Secondspin.com - Use their selling calculator to tell them which games you have, and you'll get an immediate offer for the ones that they're interested in. In addition to games, they also take music CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. Be sure to check out their Hot Game Trade-Ins page to see what they're currently paying top dollar for. Have a lot to sell? Save time buy using their bulk sell form. They pay via PayPal, mailed check or store credit.

    Sell Your Video Games Online One by One

    If you want to maximize your earnings, and you don't need the money right away, list your games individually, and wait for the right buyer to come along. Here are some places to try:

    • Amazon Marketplace: If you list your games through Amazon Marketplace, they'll appear in the regular Amazon listings for the same new or used title. That'll put your games in front of a lot of eyes. Amazon also has a trade-in program for video games, music CDs, DVDs and electronics, if you don't want to wait for them to sell.
    • eBay.com - Put your games up for auction and hope for a bidding war to push up their selling price. This is a great strategy, if you're unloading popular or hard-to-find titles. If you want to get as much as you can for your games, list them during the holiday shopping season.
    • Facebook Marketplace - Use your Facebook account to list and sell your games locally. There's no listing fee, and items tend to sell very quickly. Spend a few minutes crafting a listing with a nice photograph, and your used games could be gone today. If you decide to go this route, be sure to snap an original photo, instead of grabbing an image off another site. Your items will sell faster if you do, and you'll avoid copyright infringement issues.

       Consign Your Video Games

      A final option is to sell your video games at a local kids' consignment sale, or through a local Mom's group. Just know that they probably won't accept games rated Mature or Adult.