Getting my geek on with classic consoles

There’s no denying: the cost of playing video games is getting steeper and steeper. There’s seemingly a “must-have” game being released every week this fall. It’s a great time to be a gamer, but it really isn’t great for my bank account. That’s why checking out the second-hand economy is so important if you want to get your hands on as many games as you can.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a hoarder. I love looking at all the stuff I’ve collected over the years and find it hard to let go. But those who have better self-control than me can opt to sell and trade games through the second-hand community to further add to their collection. Finish a game? Why not sell it and put the money towards your next game? By buying pre-owned games, you can also save money that can go towards your next gaming marathon. Try proposing a trade. This way you can get rid of older titles that are collecting dust on the shelf and get something that’s new to you. Despite loving long campaign games like No Man’s Sky or Watch Dogs, are you going to play them again or let someone else enjoy them for the first time?

By buying pre-owned games, you can also save money that can go towards your next gaming marathon. Try proposing a trade.

If new games aren’t your thing, and you live and breathe the 80’s and 90’s, then take a trip down memory lane. You can find all kinds of hidden gems online. I like collecting what many consider to be the “worst” games of all time, such as ET and Superman 64. One man’s used-to-be favourite game is another man’s treasure, as the saying roughly goes, and I cherish these “bad” titles. These old-school gems come in handy when I have friends over and want to have a few laughs.

Let’s talk about consoles for a minute. What’s a copy of Bubsy 3D if you don’t have an original PlayStation to play it on? I’ve been shocked at how little old consoles will go for. You can pick up perfectly working systems for next to nothing if you spend a little time hunting on online classifieds.  I’m always excited to meet up with fellow members of the gaming community once I strike up a deal. Perhaps it’s a young adult downsizing their place and freeing up space, a mother cleaning out the attic, or someone looking to part with their once treasured collection for a few extra bucks in their pocket. If you’re not in need of the box or don’t mind a replacement cable there are plenty of options when it comes to used consoles. Video games are the fourth most-exchanged item within the second-hand economy, so you should have no problem tracking down what you want at a low cost.

Video games are the fourth most-exchanged item within the second-hand economy, so you should have no problem tracking down what you want at a low cost.

I recently bought a Nintendo Switch on Kijiji. You know why? Because it’s so hot that it’s nearly impossible for retailers to keep it stocked on their on shelves. I needed an alternative way to find it. By spending a few days digging through listings, I wound up paying way less than I would have new and the console cords were still in the plastic wrap. It even had that sexy new console smell. When buying systems I’d recommend looking for bundles, as they are the best bang for your buck. That way, you also score a game or two and an extra controller so you’re good to go as soon as you get home.

Canadians saved an estimated $843 by acquiring used goods last year, which is crazy! In my experience, if you buy a new game during launch week you’re looking at $80 + tax, but by waiting a week or two you can usually find the same title on Kijiji for around $50 – $60 depending on your bargaining ability. If you combine video games with “entertainment products” and “toys” – you know, other stuff geeks like myself love – they would account for almost a quarter of the total items acquired and disposed of in the second-hand economy last year.

So what are you waiting for? Winter is coming and it’s time for a new lineup of games.

Happy gaming my friends.

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