Published on February 9th, 2013 | by DCXM2
Amazon Throws Money at its Patrons
Today, (for whatever reason) I was surfing for the going rate of Borderlands 2 on Amazon.com (which I frequent to find bargains that real stores cannot provide) I noticed something a bit different about the site. Just to the right, under the log-in area there was a button that said, “Trade-In Value”. Intrigued I clicked the button and sure enough, Amazon.com was looking to buy pre-owned versions of Borderlands 2.
As many people know, GameStop and Best Buy buy games back in trade, but it seems that Amazon.com has jumped on the bandwagon as well. They do not restrict themselves to just videogames however, they accept books (including text books), movies, music, and electronics. Newer games, such as Borderlands 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, were worth an Amazon.com gift card in the value of $26.00 US for both of these titles. Which is great considering currently from Best Buy the trade-in value is $12.00 and $14.00 and at GameStop it is $18.00 and $20.00. I know what you are thinking, “There has to be a catch right?” Actually, no.
Amazon.com will provide customers with a free shipping label and packing slip for UPS or USPS (and of course there is an option to pay more to get your item to Amazon.com faster but why do that?). All that is required from customers, as far as cost, is the packaging and the time it takes to drive to a UPS Store or Post Office. Amazon.com will get the item, verify it is in good shape and give you your money (again this is in the form of a gift card).
With both GameStop and Best Buy, there are some games they cannot take because they are too scratched or not in good enough condition to buy back, Amazon.com does the same thing. They check the items before they give the money however, if they decide they cannot use the product they send the item or items back free of charge.
There is another bonus to this, if customers are trying to downsize their libraries by getting rid of old games, and there happen to be quite a few, customers can send all trade-in items in the same box instead of having to ship each one individually.
This program, though new to some, has been implemented for quite some time with several articles written on how to make a little cash on the side featuring Amazon.com’s trade-in system. One of the suggestions: to take your smart phone to garage sales, see if Amazon.com is looking to buy the item you have found and make a little cash. Not a bad way to go if you NEED to get that Collectors Edition for the game you want.
So what does this mean for us gamers? It means more money for little effort on our parts. If you are short on cash, this is a good way to go since you literally can buy groceries off of Amazon.com and still get more bang for your buck. Before going out and automatically using one place for trade-ins, check Amazon.com and make sure you are getting what you deserve.
Check out the following link to see how much money you can make with Amazon.com’s trade-in site.