Bargain Game Hunting – A Guide To Buying Games Cheap

Gamers are a proud bunch that take their hobby seriously. But one thing they will admit, is that gaming (especially collecting) can be a very expensive hobby. From $300 consoles to $60 games, serious gaming can be an intimidating hobby to get into and is taxing on your wallet.

However, if you follow our guide, you’ll learn how to find games on the cheap and be able to enjoy your hobby without having to worry so much about starving or paying rent. This is Bargain Game Hunting – A Guide To Buying Games Cheap

So you’re looking to start a game collection eh? Ask yourself these three questions:

  • Which game systems do I have? – First, you’ll want to make sure that you’re looking for games on a system that’s still relevant. Niche/hard to find games for outdated systems are almost impossible to find unless you know the right people.
  • Am I a hardcore or a casual gamer? – If you’re a hardcore gamer, you’re probably more willing to spend a little bit more on your games. However, both hardcore and casuals are easy prey for big box stores because it’s convenient to buy games off of them.
  • How much am I willing to pay for a game? – If you have a budget, stick to it, don’t be tempted to buy a game the first time you see it. There will always be another place that sells it for cheaper.

Now that you’ve figured those three things out, its time to hunt for game (the interactive kind).

  • Get Comparing – There’s a bunch of places that sell video games all over the city. One place might sell a game for $50, while another may sell it for $25. Find these places and compare prices. It takes a lot of leg work, but you’ll save lots of money by doing so.
  • Get Deals – Always remember to check fliers, deal websites like CheapAssGamer and RedFlagDeals, as well as online only deals. Some of these gaming deals can only be found out after some research.
  • Get Crafty – Know which stores have video game sales often. Find out which stores clear out their excess gaming inventory regularly. These are the stores you’ll want to frequent.
  • Get Flea’d – Garage sales, swap meets, and flea markets are the best places to get cheap video games. Many are there to get rid of their games, so there’s a better chance of finding deals. And for most people, the prices aren’t final, so you can haggle with them to get the cheapest possible price for your game.
  • Get Pawning – Pawn shops can be a great place to find cheap video games. They oftentimes have bulk deals too. However, be careful as some pawnshops (who have gamer employees) hike up their prices almost as much as big box stores. Make sure that the person you’re dealing with knows nothing about video games and you’ll get the best deals.
  • Get Trading – If you have games that you don’t play anymore, consider trading them in or selling them and use that money to buy other games that you want to play. But again, be careful as big box stores don’t give much trade-in value for most games (unless they’re fairly new).  Pawnshops, rental outlets, and eBay are usually the best places to sell/trade games.
  • Get Online – Online game purchases (if you have paypal or a credit card) can save you lots of money. Be sure to check the clearance/outlet pages for discounts of up to 75%.
  • Get JTM – Be sure to check out JTM Games for information on video game deals and bargains. Also, follow the JTM Games Twitter feed to get on-the-spot game deals that’s updated as soon as deals are found.

Follow these rules and you’ll be well on your way to bargain and cheap games hunting.  Big game (bargain) hunting takes a lot of hard work, but the benefits are worth it in the long run.

Happy Hunting!


About janhutchings

Canadian Game Industry Blogger / Contributor for @Sonyrumors & @ShogunGamer / Communications and PR Professional. Voice of Canadian and Indie Gaming.

Posted on June 2, 2013, in Game Bargains and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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