As it happens with every good geek, you end up undoubtedly collecting a handful of gadgets that you no longer really use. When you live in one stable place for a long time, it’s pretty easy to hang on to these. When you move around a lot (like me), you get to the point that you just want to reduce the amount of items you own. For me these items came to be my DSlite (with 8 games), my PS3 (with no games), Wii Fit Board, my Wii (and 4 Wii Games), and two xBox games. I just didn’t play them enough anymore to justify keeping them vs how much I’ve used my xbox consistently for the past three years.
I really thought I would take the time to list all of these items on Craigslist or eBay, but about 8 months later, I realized I was most likely never going to do this. Then about a week or so ago, my original Xbox 360 died on me with a classic e74 error. I totally want to fix my xbox myself and film it, but I use my xbox and kinect a ton and it took about two days before major withdrawal set in. This is where GameStop, which I assumed would dick me over on trade in value, came into play.
I took everything in with the intention of getting store credit. Fun fact, the Wii is worth just as much as a DSlite. That fun fact made me hang on to my Wii since I have a handful of DLC games that I would rather keep for $15 vs get rid of them (MegaMan2). They had a promo that if you traded in 7 or more games, you got an additional 30% on the trade-in value. You could also get an additional 10% if you signed up for their GameStop PowerUp card and since I had a large total, the yearly fee of $15 would be covered.
At that point it came down to, is it worth it to take the time to list/hopefully sell/ship everything I want to sell and get 10-20% more? Or walk out after 20 minutes with a new xbox. I clearly went with the later option as my time is of more value. With all of the promos added, I got $358 store credit. Enough for a new 250GB xbox and a game!
Another fun fact – Mario titles retain their worth heavily (these include the promos):
- Tetris for DS $15 (not Mario, but still good!)
- Super Mario Galaxy $22
- Mario Kart for DS $24
- Mario Kart for the Wii $34
- Super Mario Brothers DS $24