The days of selling and trading video games are coming to an end. As more and more avid gamers take advantage of the convenience of digital downloads, there isn’t long left to trade in your software for cash or sell it on. However, we’re not at that point yet, and we’re pleased to say that there’s most definitely still a market for physical game sales.
Now’s not the time to speculate how someone will get some of what they paid back for a game in the future. Instead, we’re mostly concerned with making a sale in this feature. You might have a rare game from abroad that sells itself. In those cases, you need little more than a title and a picture. For more popular games, however, it’s worth the effort to make a great listing if you want a quick sale for the best possible price. Read on to see how to get it right.
1. Start by Knowing then Cutting Your Postage Costs
You may be a seasoned eBay seller. The idea to sell the unused parts of your game collection may have only struck you this morning. Either way, you need a decent idea of how much each game will cost to send. Don’t forget that there’s more to it than the postage cost – it needs to arrive in the same condition in which you sent it, so packaging matters too. The better the packaging, the more it costs. However, you should get a feel for your options – a box might work better than a padded envelope and so on – and go with whatever costs less and aim to buy in bulk if you have plenty to sell.
This tip counts even if you pass the postage cost on to the buyer. Many a sale was lost when the price looked good, but the additional postage took it out of range.
2. Know What to Expect from the Sale Price
eBay is a giant game of cat and mouse. You want as much as you can get for your game, and buyer’s want a bargain. In the ideal scenario, the game might be rarer and more valuable than you thought. Of course, the opposite can also happen, and your game might be so close to worthless that it’s not even worth the time it takes to create the listing.
3. Dig Out the Box and Manuals
Given that most games now come on relatively fragile physical formats, you’ll have a hard time selling anything without the box. Buyers don’t care for the reasons – even if the game has been in your console for a year and you’ve mislaid the box, it’s a red flag to them. They have a point too, as even if the game’s not damaged now, it probably will be in transit.
Manuals are less vital, but they won’t do any harm to the final sale price. If you’re missing either, do an eBay search of your own for spares if it proves cost-effective.
4. Avoid Fixed Price Sales
Auctions are much better for pre-owned games, especially older ones. Even if you’ve done your research, you don’t know who might take an interest and push up the price. It’s rare for an auction not to meet what would have been the Buy it Now price and you save on fees too.
5. Time Your Auctions to End on Sundays
eBay doesn’t just shut down all week and reopen on Sundays, but there’s no getting away from the fact that this is prime sale time. More people are free of commitments to monitor auctions and get new bids in, and there’s more traffic in general. Unless you need quick cash, you can also list them for the full 7 days as that inherently means that more people will see the auction before it expires.
6. Use Real Photos and Plenty of Them
Buyers will know from your description that the game is pre-owned, so a stock photo you found on the internet is all but useless. They want to inspect condition as much as they can without holding the game in their hands, and lots of photos give them the best opportunity. They build trust too, as they emphasise that you have nothing to hide.
7. Be Responsive
Once you get into the habit of listing on eBay, you’ll start to get questions. The worst part is that some of these questions are plain ridiculous. Unfortunately, unless you have a sixth sense for time-wasters, any unanswered question could be a lost bid. Until such time as the sheer volume becomes overwhelming, try to answer everything you can in a timely manner.
8. Spend Longer than You Need To on Your Title
Titles are just two or three words. The chances are you can type one in the time it takes to write this sentence or less. However, titles are a critical part of the sales strategy and they’re worth poring over for longer than you might need. Write it, leave it and come back to it, then judge whether your chosen title would entice you to click through for more information.
9. Don’t Overpromise
Don’t tell the interested buyer anything you can’t do. If you say you’ll post the item today, ensure you do it. Effectively, it’s best not to lie at any point in the transaction for obvious reasons. Even if this is your first auction sale, see it as an opportunity to build a reputable profile rather than something to discard when you’ve sent the item and received the money.
10. Finish the Transaction with Feedback Ratings
The success of eBay lives and dies in part on the feedback system. Without it, every transaction would be a matter of trust, and that’s hard to build online. As noted, your eBay profile will serve you well over time, so you should avoid anything that could potentially jeopardise it. Ensure that your buyer is happy too by leaving positive feedback and you’ve completed the perfect sale of your used video game.