When new video games are released, it can sometimes become costly to add these games to your collection; especially if each game is priced at a minimum of 50 dollars (38 euros) or more upon its release. Despite the high prices for certain video games, there are multiple ways you can save money on video game purchases, and still manage to enjoy your hobby and increase your video game collection. Continue reading this article to learn exactly about the many ways in which you can save money on video games.
1Rent video games before you buy them. Renting video games will allow you to test and preview video games to determine if you like them enough to buy them. This will prevent you from being disappointed if you spend money on a video game, then discover that you do not enjoy playing the game.
- Rent video games from a local video game rental store in your area, or enroll for online rental programs that send video game rentals directly to your mailbox.
2Wait several months before buying a new-release video game. In most cases, retailers and manufacturers will sell video games at prices that are significantly high after their release dates to generate the highest amount of revenue on new games.
- Check the prices of video games you want in local retail stores or online every few weeks or months. This will allow you to monitor any sales or price drops that may occur for the video game you want to purchase.
3Purchase used video games as opposed to new video games. Used video games are often priced significantly lower than new video games, and can be purchased from multiple venues; including video game rental stores, stores that specialize strictly in video games, and from online retailers such as Amazon or eBay.
- Verify a store’s return and refund policies before buying their used video games. These policies will be helpful to you in the event that you receive a defective video game, or a video game disc that contains scratches.
4Swap video games with friends and family. Swapping video games can save money for all participants; especially when you can swap and trade games that you no longer wish to play.
5Sell your video games to a used video game store. Some used video game stores may allow you to choose another game from their stock in return for your video game, or offer you cash or a credit for your game.
6Use the Internet to buy or sell video games. Since the Internet expands your buying and selling options to include the entire country and not just your local area, you can often purchase video games from retailers for a much lower price, or find a buyer for your used video game.
- Use websites such as eBay or Amazon to buy or sell your used video games, or enter keyword phrases into any Internet search engine that include the words “buy” or “for sale.” For example, if you want to buy the latest Final Fantasy video game, type “buy Final Fantasy” or “Final Fantasy for sale” to review a large number of pricing options.
7Subscribe to emails or newsletters from video game retailers on the Internet.Sometimes, manufacturers or retailers of video games will send you discount notices or coupons for video games when you subscribe to their emails.
- Go to the website for your favorite video game retailer (such as Best Buy), and look for a link that allows you to sign up for coupons, store updates, and newsletters.
- To save money on video game accessory purchases, look specifically for aftermarket accessories compatible with your video game system. In most cases, aftermarket accessories are priced significantly lower than those made by recognizable brand-names. For example, buy video game controllers that are compatible for your Playstation but made by a different manufacturer, instead of buying controllers made by Playstation.