Repurpose, donate, trade, swap or sell old video games

Repurpose, donate, trade, swap or sell old video games

Between Santa, family and friends, my 10-year-old landed four new video games Christmas Day. When incorporating Wipe Out, Just Dance 3, etc. into the storage containers with all the other video games, it occurred to me that there are about 10 Wii, Xbox and Nintendo DS games that my gamer plays and another 45 plus that he doesn’t.

I began to wonder if one can repurpose video games. Is that what I was see hanging from fruit-bearing trees to keep the birds away – video game CDS? My son needs a new bathroom counter. Perhaps DS cartridges could be used as tiles. Grouted and sealed, Pokemon HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Emerald, Ruby, Diamond, Pearl and FireRed and on and on would create an eclectic yet masculine counter, not to mention expensive — each title/cartridge was $20-$50.

Finding new uses for old video games has a definite earth friendly appeal; therefore, I’m going to continue to explore ideas for repurposing. In the meantime, some of these video games have got to go by way of donation for a tax write off, swapping for something needed or wanted or trade in for points and/or cash.

Several nonprofit resale shops in the area accept video games including Goodwill, The Salvation Army and Treasure House. Donated games must be in good condition and work. The Salvation Army accepts Xbox and Wii games for their Boys and Girls Club as well as their resale shop. Tax receipts are available for those wanting a write-off for their donations. Just provide an estimated value of the game. Hey, every little bit adds up, and if I can get a little something back from my son’s video game playing, I’ll be happier.

My sleuthing also discovered a fantastic Web site called Although a trading post mecca for all goods from cameras to cowboy boots, swap includes video game trading in the Swap Media section. Peruse 50,000 plus games for every platform. Create a free account and then create lists of things you want to trade and things you want to acquire. Add pictures and descriptions of your trading offerings. Like eBay and Amazon, this site allows you and me easy commerce, only no money is exchanged; it’s also social, tied to Facebook. I’m swapping our Just Dance 2, since we now have Just Dance 3, for Zumba Fitness.

The national retailer of video games and consoles GameStop allows trade-ins for thousands of used games. It’s a great idea, truly, but just keep in mind that your video game depreciates like a new car. GameStop gives a few dollars credit toward new games and then sells the used games for a few dollars less than the original “new game” price. New releases like Zelda Skyward Sword, Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim do bring in bigger bucks. So if you’re gamer got one of these for Christmas, played it, beat it and is done, there’s money for trade-in. Trading older games like Wii’s de Blob at GameStop is a convenient option but not a lucrative one … for consumers.

And that brings me to my New Year’s resolution – spend less on video games in 2012 – and It’s my latest discovery for gaming entertainment that requires no purchasing or storage of video games. is the Netflix of video games, only a little more pricey. Start up is $7.95 for the delivery of one game. If you continue to get one game out at a time, the cost is $15.95 a month. To receive multiple games, cost is $22.95 a month after the first month. Games are available for all consoles and include the latest releases. Like Netflix users, create lists of what you want and a queue for your selections. Annual cost is under $300, which would equate to the purchase of between six and eight new releases.

Out with the old and in with the new – video games may not be ideal for repurposing but they can donated, swapped, traded or sold.