Tips for the Cheap Gamer

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We all love playing video games, and gaming has become one of the most popular hobbies in the 21st century. But not everyone has the money to purchase multiple game consoles and all the exciting new games that come out each year. In this article, I will show you how you can be a gamer without breaking the bank. I use these tips all the time to play new games and get the best consoles on the market.

1. Buy used consoles.
Who cares about some scrapes or scratches on a game console? Once you put the game in and start playing, you won’t know the difference anyway. My favorite place to buy used game consoles is Ebay, but there are quite a few other ecommerce sites where you can purchase used consoles at a discount.

2. Buy and sell used games.
You can also use sites like Ebay and Glyde to buy games cheaply. A used video game can instantly save you 20% off the retail price. Once you are bored of the game and know you won’t ever play it again, you should turn around and sell the game yourself. Depending on how long you’ve kept the game, you may be able to sell it back to someone for about the same price you paid for it in the first place. This means you could break even, minus shipping costs, of course.

3. Rent video games.
You have two main options here. First, you can join a game rental service called Gamefly. This website lets you maintain a queue online, where you create a list of all the video games you’d like to rent. Then, Gamefly sends these games to you in the order you selected. Depending on the subscription plan you choose, you will receive one or two games at a time. You can exchange the games as frequently (or infrequently) as you want. Check out the Gamefly free trial to see for yourself how the program works. This Gamefly trial offer currently lasts for 30 days.

Your second option is to rent games from Redbox. While I like the idea behind this, I have found that this is not a good option if you like to keep games more than a couple days. But if you’re the type of gamer that finishes games quickly and just want to play a game for a few days, Redbox is definitely a reasonable choice.