How To Sell Your Old Video Games Online


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What do you do with your games when you’ve beaten them or you upgrade to a different console? In the past, I’ve found myself making my way up to the game shop to get their trade-in value or sometimes have my older games turned away completely. Then there’s eBay, where I’ve been known to take my chances on it selling at all. But now I’ve found a new way to sell old games. Some ex-eBay employees have harnessed their knowledge about online markets and user experience into Glyde, a site made specifically for buying and selling things like your games.

Glyde- Simply buy and sell your games, iPads, iPhones and more

Sell Old Games Online

Glyde’s selling process is a little different from what I’m used to. To sell your old video games, you just have to start typing in the name of a game, select it when Glyde finds it for you, and click the Sell button. Then you tell Glyde the condition of your game and it will auto-set the market price for you. You can raise or lower the price and then list the item. Although you have to fill out some required information for your first listing, the process is a lot faster and easier than most sites.

To review this site, I figured the best thing to do would be to create an account and start selling. In a test scenario where I might sell the Halo 2 XBOX game in Excellent condition gave me a suggested selling price of $2.25. After the $0.27 transaction fee and $1.25 mailer cost, the total money made from the sale comes out to $0.73. My first thought was that this seems like a pretty low price to let go of my game for. Despite it being an older game, I found it to be a bit low compared to other online shopping sources, as well. I next checked out how much I’d get for Halo Reach, which fell a lot more in line with the average selling price on other sites at $11.51 after fees.

The thing that I found most appealing about the selling process is the shipping procedure. Once someone has purchased your game, Glyde sends you a pre-addressed mailing envelope to ship your game in. All you have to do is pop it back in the mail and you’re done. This is a vast convenience over the way I have to ship things I sell elsewhere, which usually includes a lunch hour wasted at the post office.

Buy and Sell Anything Online

While Glyde may be well-suited for selling old games, you can buy, too, and they don’t stop at just games. I found the iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kindle, and even books. The selling process is pretty similar throughout, but the questions displayed on the selling page are geared towards what you’re selling. When selling an iPhone, for example, you’re asked about if it works and the amount of scratches on it. With a game, you’re asked more generally about the condition of the game.

Buying is pretty straight forward, but the feature that stands out is that Glyde shows you the item that is closest and cheapest for your search. This seems like it would be a no-brainer, but sadly, eBay, Amazon, and Google don’t default to such a listing. In addition, I like that the packaging isn’t suspect to the whim of the seller. You can pretty well expect your item to be delivered in what Glyde deems adequate packaging.

Conclusions

Where Glyde may occasionally fall short in seller earnings on a sale, it doubles up on convenience and ease of use over all. The shipping system stands out in a way that promises to quietly eliminate the usual shipping concerns most buyers and sellers face on other platforms. Personally, I will definitely look to Glyde when it comes time to sell games or some of the books I have sitting around here.

Although the preceding was a sponsored review, as always I strive to provide an honest opinion of the product or site reviewed.

Like Codero, Win Cool Stuff


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By now, my regular readers know all about my love for my dedicated server host, Codero. I really never have any problems at all and my uptime is always 99.99%+ This month, they’ve given me more reason to love them. From November 1st through the end of 2011, Codero is giving away a lot of cool prizes and all you have to do to be entered to win is Like Codero on Facebook. I’m entered and I’m hoping to take home the iPad 2. Below is a list of all the prizes:

Win These Prizes

11.04.2011 Wii Video Game Console (sorry… Jan Warner already won this)
11.11.2011 Amazon $200 Gift Card
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12.02.2011 Xbox with Kinect
12.09.2011 iTunes $100 Gift Card
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12.23.2011 iPad2 (32GB)

That’s a lot of cool stuff. If you want more info about the contest and the rules, head to http://www.codero.com/specials/#win-prizes

What do you hope to win?

Jailbreak Your PS3? Sony Says No And Sues Geohot


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If, like me, you jailbreak your iphone a lot, the name geohot may sound familiar. It’s an online alias for George Hotz, who has been a regular contributor to efforts to jailbreak the iPhone. In 2010, he hacked the PS3, releasing a jailbreak for it, much to the dismay of Sony. Eventually, Sony sent a team of lawyers after geohot, seeking a Temporary Restraining Order and asking for his hard drive to be handed over. And their wish was granted.

Unhappy with the ruling, geohot posted the following rap to his YouTube channel this weekend, dissing Sony in a style that would make Eminem proud.

The video ends with “Exhibit this in the court room. Go on, do it. I dare you.” In the video’s description, among links and other information, George taunted:

“Sony you got some rappers signed, right? Come at me bro”

If I ever meet George Hotz in person, I’m buying him a drink. Not that I dislike Sony, but his response to their law suit is drink-worthy.

Personally, I think Sony is unnecessarily bullying Hotz. Sure, people will pirate games for the PS3, but going after Hotz isn’t going to stop it and ordering him to hand over his hard drive and other personal hardware is just wrong. We had the same problem with Apple at first. They didn’t want people controlling the software on the iPhone and people like me argued, “I bought it, so let me install whatever I want on it.” I hope Sony takes a step back and asks themselves what they’ll really have accomplished when the dust settles.