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.

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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:

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Thrustmaster T-Freestyle NW Wii Skateboard / Snowboard Feet-On Review


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I love to get my hands on a product for review, but this review was a little different. After a little setup, my hands hardly touch it. That’s because we’re talking about the Thrustmaster T-Freestyle NW.

Thrustmaster T-Freestyle NW

It’s just like a skateboard deck and it attaches to your Wii Balance Board to give you more of a feeling of being on an actual skateboard than just the Balance Board. I brought it home and hooked it up, hoping to finally do better than my wife at the skateboard challenge.

Thrustmaster T-Freestyle Setup And Removal

Thrustmaster T-Freestyle NW

Thrustmaster T-Freestyle NWGetting the T-Freestyle set up and ready to use was incredibly easy. You just flip the board over, set the Balance Board on top of it (also upside down) and secure it with the two plastic board clamps to the two handles on the bottom of the Balance Board. Removing it again is almost as easy as reversing the above steps, but it requires a little more effort. Because it’s so securely fastened, it’s hard to remove by hand, but the instructions suggest using a pencil or something similar to pry it loose. That sounds odd, but it was pretty easy.

It Feels like a Skateboard

After seeing all the tiny steering wheels and tennis rackets and learning to accept a small plastic baseball bat, I was thrilled to see that the Thrustmaster is not only made of genuine maple like real boards, but it really was shaped and sized like a real board. Positioning on it was far better than on the Wii Balance Board and it just felt like there was more room. Balance was a bit of a challenge because it acted like a real board, leaning back and forth more than the Balance Board, but that’s a good thing, even if it takes some getting used to.

Thrustmaster T-Freestyle NW

Thrustmaster T-Freestyle NWOne problem I had with all this realism was my want to kick the tail of the board down to “ollie”. In my younger years, I skated all the time, so being on a board, I wanted to do the tricks in the game like I was on a real board. That’s something else that will take some getting used to. You also don’t want to play on this with socks on and no shoes. Trust me. I first jumped on with my socks and no shoes and slid off at the first loss of balance. Additionally, the board has a safety stopper on each end to prevent you from tipping it over if you get too crazy.

An aspect clearly forgotten in many Wii sports add-ons is aesthetics. If you ever had a skateboard, you know there’s a ton of deck designs to choose from and the look of your board is important. Rather than just stick with a plain, one-color device, Thrustmaster took the time to paint a cool skull design on their board, and I like that.

Game Play And Conclusions

At the beginning of this review, I mentioned hoping that the Thrustmaster T-Freestyle would help me beat my wife’s score in Wii skateboarding. Well, it didn’t. Although game play was easier and more realistic, you’ll still need your own skill to get the high scores. Still, it did feel better to be on an actual board and it felt more real. The balance issue I mentioned actually made some game play harder, which I suspect will get better over time.

For the purchase price of $20-$30 or so (depending on where you buy), it’s well worth the money. If you’re going to play any skateboarding or snowboarding games on the Wii a lot, this is a no-brainer.