How to Get Lots of Trade in Credit at Gamestop

If you have a lot of video games that you don’t play anymore, and you want to trade them in at Gamestop for credit, you have to make sure you get the most money for your games.


  1. Gather all your games, systems, and/or accessories together.
  2. Go to the Gamestop website, and check if there are any promotions for trade-ins. Look for as many deals, coupons and offers as possible, and remember them or print them off.
  3. Once you are satisfied with your games, systems, accessories and coupons, head over to your nearest Gamestop. Go up to the desk and ask to trade in games. Be sure to present any coupons or mention any offers at this time.


  • If you frequently trade in games, you may consider buying a Powerup rewards card. This costs about $15, but you get 10% off used games, and an added 10% on all trade-ins, which makes for killer bonuses. You also get a 12-month Game Informer subscription.
  • Try to trade in as many games as possible at the same time. This increases the total trade-in credit amount, plus any bonuses will help increase your amount.
  • Carefully look over the offers on the website. Try to find the best combination of offers.
  • Calculate your expected income. This will help you find out which games and offers go best together.
  • If you trade in games or systems, make sure they are in good condition.
  • If you are trading in a game towards a reservation of another game, you get an extra 10% bonus. If you trade in games towards certain titles, you may get an even larger bonus. (Refer to the website for more details)
  • Occasionally, there will be Trade-In guides on the desk or in an easy-to-see area. If you see one, get it and locate the coupons in the book (if any).
  • Try to be persuasive and always know what you want to accomplish before you enter the store. Also make sure you are dressed nice and seem official, this will increase your chances of making the deal without any problems.


  • The longer you wait to trade in games, the lower their value is.
  • If you think the clerk did not include an offer or coupon, be sure to point them out.
  • Be careful about trading in games; you cannot get them back by any means other than re-purchasing them.
  • Most Gamestops do not accept older-generation games, like Nintendo 64, Playstation 1, and Dreamcast. They also do not accept previous handhelds such as Gameboy Pocket/Gameboy/Gameboy Color systems or games, however, they do accept Game Boy Advance games.
  • When trading in systems, make sure you take out all games, memory cards, and other peripherals. You do not want to give the store more than they pay for.
  • Update: They no longer accept GBA games or systems for trade in, it is officially as of April 4th, 2011 a collectors item.

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