Recently, I was able to acquire a bundle of about 20 or so Playstation and Playstation 2 games. After picking through them and taking the handful that I wanted, I took the rest to a local EB to trade-in. Almost all of the games I traded in were either really old, horrible, or both; so when I was offered just over $30 for the whole group of them, I found that to be a fair offer and turned them in. It was only after I got home and looked over the receipt that things started to seem a little less fair. Anyone want to guess what the trade-in value of Gran Turismo 3 for PS2 is?
It’s worth fifteen cents.
Now I can’t say that I’m really bent out of shape over this, but it does seem a little bit low. I realize that it’s an older title, that there is a widely popular sequel available, and that the PS2 is soon to become a last-gen system. And since I already had a copy of GT3, its not like the one I traded in was ever going to get played. But $0.15? For that much, I would have kept it, sharpened up the edges of the disc, and whipped it at our new guy on the staff.
Moral of the story? When you’re trading in games, make sure you get the guy at the counter to tell you what each one is worth individually. Also, game stores should set a minimum trade value, and simply reject trade-ins of games that are worth less than say, fifty cents. I think we can all agree that at that point, everyone would get more enjoyment out of using them as weapons.