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« on: March 05, 2009, 05:02:15 PM »

I never noticed this before.  has anyone had any experience with this?
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009, 06:07:56 PM »

News to me. That's pretty cool. I think.

I wonder how their prices compare to Gamestop or Gamecrazy.
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009, 06:42:10 PM »

Wow.  I had no idea.  Unfortunately you can't trade games in for cash.  However, since we do 99% of our holiday shopping on Amazon.com and have all items shipped to Pittsburgh to avoid having to travel with holiday gifts, perhaps as the rest of my games for sale don't seem to be moving I could trade them in on Amazon.com and use the gift card for future inevitably purchases.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009, 08:09:29 PM »

I'm about to trade 3 games in now!  I'd rather buy my stuff from Amazon, so the credit works just fine.  Even the shipping label is free!
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2009, 08:15:12 PM »

According to various news sites, it just launched today. I was looking over their prices and it's pretty bad. You'd probably get more selling the games on their marketplace. But now with amazon and TRU doing trade in test runs, Gamestop could be in serious trouble.
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2009, 08:26:55 PM »

Quote from: jersoc on March 05, 2009, 08:15:12 PM

According to various news sites, it just launched today. I was looking over their prices and it's pretty bad. You'd probably get more selling the games on their marketplace. But now with amazon and TRU doing trade in test runs, Gamestop could be in serious trouble.

Good. Let Gamestop feel the heat.


Prices seem relatively comparable to Gamestop, before they do their stacking promos.

<edit> AH, I see games ship for free.....
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2009, 08:34:31 PM »

yeah, you also get 10% credit until the 19th I believe. so some of the prices aren't too bad.

Looks like it's credit towards games and accessories.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2009, 09:00:42 PM »

That's pretty cool.  Another alternative to GameStop is a good thing and I don't even have to leave the house.   thumbsup
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2009, 12:18:22 PM »

That's interesting. I don't see this having a huge impact on Gamestop for a variety of reasons:
1) Games can't be damaged
2) Must have original packaging
3) No instant gratification + possible losses in mail
4) No GC or GBA

and the biggie:

5) No systems

Honestly, I think that the trade business is probably not as easy as some folks seem to think.
Take this as an example: You send some games off to Amazon that they refuse for condition.
They already paid shipping one way, now they have to pay to ship it back? (or maybe they charge you).
If they are eating the shipping, that cuts into their margins on other exchanges.
Their overhead is low, though, so perhaps it doesn't matter.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2009, 02:22:26 PM »

Quote from: Misguided on March 06, 2009, 12:18:22 PM

That's interesting. I don't see this having a huge impact on Gamestop for a variety of reasons:

I agree. Prices seem comparable to Gamestop, but having to ship and then wait for an Amazon.com gift card being deposited in your account means if there's a hiccup in the transaction you're having to deal with the post office and the Amazon complaint department. Plus there's the time factor. Often I don't decide to trade in a game till I'm getting a new one or Gamestop has some promotion.

Additionally, Amazon's definition of "good condition" means the original manual has to be included. Since I've never traded in a game at Gamestop without the manual I'm not sure, but I think they don't card if it has the manual or not. And it's can't be "damaged" for Amazon's acceptance.

I think after the initial excitement over this announcement Gamestop will still be the preferred trade-in option.

One interesting thing. I was looking at their list of game trade-in values and I notice that Baja: Edge of Control for the 360 will net you $12, but the PS3 version will only credit you with $8.
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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2009, 03:00:05 PM »

$15 for 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. I just traded that into Gamestop for $26 with my Edge card.
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2009, 03:23:16 PM »

Quote from: Simon on March 06, 2009, 03:00:05 PM

$15 for 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. I just traded that into Gamestop for $26 with my Edge card.

Don't they have some trade-in deal going on, though?
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2009, 04:14:15 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 06, 2009, 03:23:16 PM

Quote from: Simon on March 06, 2009, 03:00:05 PM

$15 for 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. I just traded that into Gamestop for $26 with my Edge card.

Don't they have some trade-in deal going on, though?

Yeah, but even if he got +50% the base value still would have been higher.
I'm sure you could find examples where each was better than the other.
I'm also sure that they are keeping an eye on what the other is doing.
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2009, 04:26:06 PM »

Quote from: Simon on March 06, 2009, 03:00:05 PM

$15 for 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. I just traded that into Gamestop for $26 with my Edge card.

it's weird, if you look it's $15 for the 360 version but $23 for the PS3 version.  of course their price for a new copy of the 360 version is cheaper than the PS3 version ($49.99 vs $56.99).  maybe the system automatically takes into account the cheaper price, even if it's a sale.

on a side note, I noticed a bunch of used PS3 titles were cheaper than their 360 counterparts at Gamestop and Buybacks, which seemed odd.
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2009, 06:30:35 PM »

My son and I have been using a similar service to trade-in Star Wars miniatures at 2 US online retailers. I've been surprised at the speed of service and the fair prices from both. The 3 times I've used either retailer I've been credited within 4 business days. That despite 1 of them being located in Florida; amazing considering I'm in Canada and live in an opposite corner of the continent.

I just checked the amazon trade-in prices for 3 DS games I have and it's much higher than what I'd get locally even before I cost in the exchange rate; which just sweetens the pot. I could see myself using this a lot to trade for strategy guides because the prices on both amazon US and Canada are far better than what I'd pay locally. The free UPS shipping makes me suspect that the amazon.com is only available to US customers, but I just emailed amazon.ca to see if an equivalent service will be available to Canadians; crossing my fingers. slywink
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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2010, 05:20:24 PM »

so Amazon UK is behind on the times?
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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2010, 06:47:24 PM »

I've been using them for months. Sometimes better trade-in value than the local Gamestop, easy to ship-in and I get a balance in my account I can use for anything from Amazon.
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« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2010, 06:50:09 PM »

Amazon was invaluable in helping to slim down my DVD and game collections in preparation for my recent move.  It's way easier to just toss everything in a box and then be able to spend the credit on anything at Amazon than to mess with Gamestop.  Amazon also takes stuff Gamestop won't, like original Xbox games and DVDs.
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« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2010, 07:07:48 PM »

I've been using Amazon since RDR.  I have used the credit to pick up LEGO and Beatles Rock Band for basically shipping charges, leveraged MoH trade and pre-order bonuses into a cheap CoD purchase.  Basically, it's one step up from renting for me. 
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« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2010, 05:27:25 AM »

I just sent in around 10 games to Amazon today and should have $165 credit coming to me soon. The trade-in prices for most games were at least a couple of dollars higher than at Gamestop, and some were double. For example, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story gets $9 at Gamestop but I got $21.50 at Amazon.  Plus, credit at Amazon is as good as cash for me.

edit: In fact, I just checked and every game I traded in got more credit at Amazon than it would've have at Gamestop (without any promotions, of course). Assassin's Creed 2 even got almost 3 times as much money at Amazon ($11 vs. $3)! Sorry Gamestop, I think I'm done giving you my used games.
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« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2010, 03:03:11 PM »

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 18, 2010, 05:27:25 AM

I just sent in around 10 games to Amazon today and should have $165 credit coming to me soon. The trade-in prices for most games were at least a couple of dollars higher than at Gamestop, and some were double. For example, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story gets $9 at Gamestop but I got $21.50 at Amazon.  Plus, credit at Amazon is as good as cash for me.

edit: In fact, I just checked and every game I traded in got more credit at Amazon than it would've have at Gamestop (without any promotions, of course). Assassin's Creed 2 even got almost 3 times as much money at Amazon ($11 vs. $3)! Sorry Gamestop, I think I'm done giving you my used games.

Also note that Amazon gift cards you receive are good for anything in the whole video game store - not just games. I bought a racing wheel and also part of my X11's with Amazon trade in money.
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« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2010, 03:13:54 PM »

Quote from: Nonnahob on December 18, 2010, 03:03:11 PM

Also note that Amazon gift cards you receive are good for anything in the whole video game store - not just games. I bought a racing wheel and also part of my X11's with Amazon trade in money.

It was my impression that the gift card is good for anything on Amazon at all, not just video games and accessories.
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« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2010, 04:57:58 PM »

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 18, 2010, 03:13:54 PM

Quote from: Nonnahob on December 18, 2010, 03:03:11 PM

Also note that Amazon gift cards you receive are good for anything in the whole video game store - not just games. I bought a racing wheel and also part of my X11's with Amazon trade in money.

It was my impression that the gift card is good for anything on Amazon at all, not just video games and accessories.

Yeah, it's just credit at amazon, not only the amazon game store.
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« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2010, 01:26:09 PM »

Been using this for months and yes it's a great deal.  I thought this was old news.   
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« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2010, 05:06:02 PM »

Amazon's game trade-in combined with their really generous pre-order deals (often $10-$20 gift cards with a pre-order) means that I've been getting a lot of new release titles on release day ($.99 release day shipping - woo!) and trading them back in after I finish them for a net cost of around $10-$15 each.   thumbsup  Between a $20 gift card from a previous pre-order and about $35 in trade-in value, I played through all of Red Dead Redemption (40-50 hours) and only ended up paying $5 for it.
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« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2010, 03:01:20 PM »

Got my gift card today. So what should I buy with my "free" $167???  icon_biggrin
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« Reply #26 on: December 24, 2010, 03:57:27 PM »

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 24, 2010, 03:01:20 PM

Got my gift card today. So what should I buy with my "free" $167???  icon_biggrin

there's that how to guide everyone's been talking about  icon_twisted Tongue
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