Allow me, if I may, to pimp a website out there to those of you who have not yet heard the buzz on the subject: Goozex
What's Goozex? Goozex is a trading site. Game trading, that is. It works like this: #1
) You list what games you are willing to trade and then people request them from you. #2
) You send your game to the Goozex mailing center, they package the game up nice and send it to the guy who requested it (so you never know where it's going - to prevent cheating). #3
) In exchange, you get points (the amount varies based on the game). You can then spend your points to request a game from somebody else.
As a sign-up bonus, you get 100 free points, no strings attached. You're probably saying, "Chyeah, right. Most games probably cost like ten times that.
" Yes, and no - new games (such as Halo 3) cost 1000 points. However, Goozex has quite an extensive list of 100 point games for older consoles like the PS1, PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, and Dreamcast. I wanted to make sure this worked before I mentioned it anywhere, and a couple days ago my free game arrived in the mail.
If you can't tell (sorry for the blurry photo), that's Jak & Daxter, the first game I ever wanted to buy a PS2 for (You're looking at a former Sega fanboy who vehemently defended the Dreamcast and hated Sony - J&D was the first game to really soften me on the PS2). I got it, for free, from Goozex. However, there's a catch; there's always a catch with this sort of thing: Whatever game you get with your bonus 100 points is totally free of charge. However, any trade after that will cost $1 per-trade.
Additionally, despite Goozex listing hundreds of games, the vast majority of them are not available. The easiest way to check a game's availability is to click "Trade Info" on the game's profile page. It will list how many copies of the game are available, how many are being requested and what condition the games themselves are in (Full Package
, Disc & Manual
, or Disc Only
). I had a lot of high hopes dashed when I discovered half the games I saw for 100 points weren't available for trade (for example, if they had a copy available, I probably would've gotten Ratchet & Clank 1 instead of J&D).
It's worth mentioning that unlike the previous blog post I made about Survey Savvy
, I'm not getting any compensation whatsoever for this blog post. You do get a bonus for referrals, but it's not like you get free points (you just get the $1 trade fee waived for each referral and I honestly don't care about that). This is seriously, honestly, strictly for your benefit as a reader of my blog. Like I said, I just wanted to make sure it worked before I opened my big mouth and was like "HAY GUYS GET A FREE GAME I DUNNO IF IT WORKS THOUGH LOL".
So yeah. Give it a shot. Even if you don't plan on using the site itself to trade games, you can at least get a cheap freebie game - and really, who doesn't like freebie games?