This company will buy your used video games, no matter what you think they're worth

Delcuttr will accept any game, DVD, or CD from anyone.

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If you've tried to unload your used game collection at retailers like GameStop or Wal-Mart, you know that those retailers will pay almost nothing, if anything, for certain games. But the same is not true for new company Decluttr, which will buy any CD, DVD, or video game from anyone.

Fast Company profiled Decluttr recently and reports that the company pulled in revenue of $150 million globally last year from buying and selling media that no one seems to want.

The secret to Decluttr's success appears to be in the fact that they won't turn anything away. President Brett Lauter says that by accepting everything--including items that probably won't sell--they are bound to eventually hit upon something that will.

"The first CD you scan in may be another [Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill]. If we say we’re not going to buy it, you may give up. We just lost you," Lauter said. "So we’re going to give you the minimum, 50 cents, because maybe your second one is Green Day’s Insomniac, and oh my gosh, this will sell quickly.”

Of course, you could sell your old games, movies, and CDs on eBay, but anyone who's gone through that process knows it can sometimes be a hassle. Decluttr aims to streamline the process, Lauter says. The amount Decluttr pays is based on a proprietary algorithm that factors in how many copies of an item are already in its warehouse, what the item sells for on Amazon or eBay, and how quickly it sells.

Decluttr hasn't done much marketing, but the company is already buying 10,000 items per day and Lauter said he expects the company will become profitable by the end of the year.

You can sell your games to Decluttr through the company's website or by downloading the iOS and Android mobile app that scans the barcode on the back of your game, DVD, or CD. The catch? All media needs to come with original artwork and you need to sell a minimum of 10 items per batch.

Decluttr currently accepts PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PSP, and PlayStation Vita games. The company does not accept PC games. You can read more about Decluttr on its website.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

103 comments
ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Totally isn't an April Fools joke. Just ran into the Decluttr CEO Hugh Jashole on the street.

Vodoo
Vodoo

10 games at once is a lot. That's alienating customers more than telling them you won't buy a shitty game.

LE5LO
LE5LO

If they keep this business up they'll have nothing but warehouses full of secondhand EA sports titles. We're going to need more desert soon enough to bury all these annually disposable games. 

LE5LO
LE5LO

It's fair the oldest games they accept are PS2, I suppose there's not enough value in secondhand PS1 games. Add to that, finding a logistically sound way to store all the rotted and ripped up flimsy cardboard Nintendo cases would be an issue. I would like to find a store like that though. :,(

iangentleman
iangentleman

looks like a 1st of April article to me...

jk12324
jk12324

How much did you get paid to write this advertisement, Gamespot?

JRLennis
JRLennis

I suppose this would be useful if you wanted to get rid of DVD movies that you now have on Blu-Ray.  But games?  The prices on titles you would actually want to sell are so low, what's the point in selling them?  You would get a better price from your local used games store (not the big chains), and you should be supporting those shops anyway.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Man, I wish I still had some of the AOL demo discs from the '90s...

Trident001
Trident001

FIX YOUR TITLE GS. YOU SPELLED DECLUTTR WRONG. Where is the professionalism on this web site?????????

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

That's all fine and dandy...

But I am not selling anything. I just want to buy all this crap other people are selling.

But their website doesn't even MENTION being able to buy anything. WTF?

Paul2004
Paul2004

They will buy anything no matter what you think its worth...then whats stopping them from ripping us off like just about every used game shop ???. 

If i want a used game then i hit Amazon or Ebay, get it cheaper and the profits go to the original owner....not a company that bought the game for next to nothing and sold it for atleast double the price ;).

shadowghosting
shadowghosting

I decided to see what they would offer for my PSP collection (ones that had bar codes), and got 58.60 for 9 games.


The two highest values were from:

Phantasy Star Portable 2 ($15.00)

Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley ($12.59)


Compared to Amazon/Ebay used value:

Phantasy Star Portable 2 ($40/$35)

Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley ($30/$35)

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

I sell games all the time on ebay. No problems. I bet this company wouldn't buy my SNES version of Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past for $200...but then again, I'm not that dumb enough to sell it.

megakick
megakick

50 cents DEMOS CDS and FREEBIES can add up...

westcoastwillam
westcoastwillam

They sound just as shitty as gamestop! wow fifty cents that just blows me away......

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

no thanks, i'd rather keep my old games/movies than give them away for 50 cents a piece. considering all the money that was spent to collect them, a bit of chump change in exchange is offensive to be honest. you gotta be pretty desperate or have a nasty crack habit to resort to this.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Wow I put in games I don't have and they would still only give a few dollars each sticking to game stop this place is the neo geo of used games gives you a little so they can make 3 to 5 times that back pass.

AdderD
AdderD

SSX (2000) PS2 = $0.50

Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection = $0.50

Lego Star Wars III PS3 = $10

That pretty much sums it up.

shureshot24
shureshot24

Well I just checked there site out and listed all the movies I have left in a case, which gave me an estimate of $31.19 for 49 movies. The highest i got for a single movie was $3.45. Most of them were $.50. As for games, on Xbox 360 I got an estimate of $29.16 for 14 games, getting no higher than $5.39 for one game. On ps2 I got $.50 for everything except one game which they offered $13.98 for which was Champions Return To Arms. It seems that there going for more rare items, and if you have that they give a pretty good offer. However it seems they are very strict on what you can send in, like there is a stipulation that you must have the instruction manual for it or they wont take it. Oh well not really worth it then.

nbf4548
nbf4548

I dont have much to sell but an internet based console used market would be awesome.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

No PC games? Well, there goes my hopes of getting rid of my hard copy of Titanfall. This is why I usually choose to game on console.

bfa1509
bfa1509

Ugh, I can imagine the shelves full of COD modern warfare, black ops, modern warfare 2, black ops 2, modern warfare 3, black ops 3, ghosts, modern warfare 4, black ops 4, ghosts 2....

FretsOfDeath
FretsOfDeath

So it's basically like a Cash Converters or Swap Shop (both of which buy and sell much more than software) like we have in Canada. Basically a glorified pawn shop, but for digital media.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Awesome! I need to sell some old CD's & books. 

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

It's a rip off. I typed in 16 products (mostly ps2 games) and they all registered as 50 cents. Get this, my copy of GTA V for ps3 registered as $.50 where as FF12 was priced at $2.25. Seems to me like they are looking for the really sought out rare games, even then I can only see them paying a max of $5 for a really rare game. Try Ebay or Kijiji or Amazon if you want a proper return. Like with anything in life the more work you put into something the more you will get out of it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"The company does not accept PC games" Just what I was looking for. I was just about to go their website to learn more about how I could sell my old PC games, when I saw that they *like everybody else* does not accept PC games. Well, fine then, I'll just keep my old PC games, then. I still play most of them anyway, but for the right price I'd be willing to part with them.

GregoryBastards
GregoryBastards

If I buy off my ps3 collection i....could probably buy a ps4 right now....wonder if it's worth it though.

themc_7
themc_7

cool. hopefully they will give a fair price. EB Games (Gamestop) is a huge ripoff. Bring back like 10 titles from 2013 and get $30 total. I'm pretty sure they give you 10% of what they will turn around amd sell it for. 5$ trade in, $50 used game sale

Jim_bo_bo
Jim_bo_bo

@ohjtbehaaave  I'm REALLY confused as to why you would think this is an April Fool's joke. What about this isn't realistic? Is there something silly about it to you? 

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Trident001 Coming from the person who couldn't be arsed to spell out "Gamespot" or use a question mark properly...

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@mikemaj82 At least on eBay when you are selling a game, I can go and buy it.

This Decluttr site is nonsense. Who cares if they are buying up retro games like crazy... you can't BUY anything.

jim_peterson
jim_peterson

@westcoastwillam  How much exactly do you think they'd be able to sell an old second hand Alanis Morrisette CD for these days? Like $2 maybe?

BradBurns
BradBurns

@westcoastwillam  People shouldn't feed things like this and GameStop. They're just taking advantage of desperate people. 

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Xristophoros That's called the "MINIMUM" jfc did you even read the article? You will get more for things that are WORTH more.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@AdderD Yeah try entering stuff that's pre-millenium next time.

No matter how you spin it your Lego Star Wars and SSX aren't worth a crap.

Neither is MGS Legacy considering how readily available it is.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@bubba_1988  People on Ebay and/or Amazon don't ask for proper returns though, they ask for insanely disproportionate prices because they're greedy...


For every game priced sensibly on Ebay, there are ten that are about 5 times their actual value...


That being said,  it should be easy to sell stuff on those websites if you DO ask for a reasonable price, because it'll stand out among all the gouging, but most people seem to stick with the average or higher end of the pricing spectrum.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@GregoryBastards

I wouldn't, but I'm the worst kind of a collector. Selling or giving away one of my games would be like cutting a finger off.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

@Jim_bo_bo @ohjtbehaaave  It's NOT an April fools joke.  

What they offer you for your stuff is the joke.  

Trident001
Trident001

@VenkmanPHD @Trident001  Yeah I know, but it just drives me nuts when an error is so obvious. Thanks for correcting me though. have a great day!


themc_7
themc_7

@bigrob007 @themc_7  lol yeah you get a good price if you trade in a game that 2 weeks old. Did you even have time to play the multiplayer?