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The tradein values for games arent very high except for new major releases, thats why GME's margins are so high on the used game sales.
Yes you can make more if you go through the process of making the sale yourself, via ebay or whatever, but this requires more effort. The people who want to sell via those methods are already doing so, and GME still does fine at getting used game inventory. We need them to buy at those low prices to give us the high margins. The customer is paying some for the convenience of just brining it into the store instead of dealing with shipping, and then trading them in for something new right away.
"GME still does fine at getting used game inventory."
Apparently not, since they started running that 50% extra trade-in deal, which resulted in GME buying back games like ME2 for as much as $56. I've since seen it for sale brand new as cheap as $39.99 at Amazon and $45.50 at GoGamer.
Check out Glyde a company I have been using for several weeks now. Payout in cash is higher in many cases than GME trade and while time is still a factor, they handle everything for you including sending you a preaddressed USPS tracking envelope to put your game in to get it to the buyer. Could not be any easier.
Also, here in MD, there is an up and coming company called Game Trading Technologies, Inc. that is trying to get in on the business. I think they are even traded on the OTC.
I know everyone, myself included, has laughed off competition in GME's trade arena, but these 2 examples are specializing and not just trying to add something to an already huge business model such as WMT, AMZN, or BBY. Just one more threat trying to become real here and sooner rather than later.
Actually this is a more involved topic than that. The more (say sell them on eBay or Craigslist then GME) you get for a used game, the more pissed off you are going to be as a consumer if DLC or EA takes this away from you without a corresponding decrease in new game prices to compensate. More you can get for used games now, the less money the DLC game devs\pubs can charge you or you boycott them.
You realize that you are giving $10 back to AMZN for listing on their site. And you are still spending time/travel to ship the game.
Sorry but walking into my GME, dropping the game on the counter and getting instant credit for my used game is worth much more than waiting for a buyer on AMZN, dealing with price wars, giving up commission and then having to hit the post office to ship it.
You may have listed your game at $50 on AMZN, sold it, pocketed $40 and then had to drive to the P.O. next day if you're lucky.
I sold the same game at GME for $40 with trade in bonuses maybe more. Not to mention 10% bonus for Edge members.
I have been using Glyde for the past couple of weeks and while I don't have price comparisons with anyone else, it is like a very convenient EBAY and you get cash from buyers and packing, mailing, is all handled for you, for a price of course.