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A good deal for any currently using Goozex, a game trading service, especially if

A) You are a student

B) You have some points stored up

Currently Goozex is not charging tokens for trades to anyone who has a student email (that ends with .edu)-- this is in place until Jan 31. If don't have an account just sign up with a student email. If you have an account with a different email, just update your email address. If you have an account with an .edu email, just update to this same email, wait for the confirmation email, and you're good to go.

Great way to get rid of some DVD's and convert them into older games as well..

Just got my first item in the mail. I'd say I'm only slightly disappointed - it has some clearly visibly scratches and smudges all over, and it's just a tiny gamecube disc. If I was buying in person I would have rejected the sale. Still, it plays and all, so I can't complain too much. Still a good service with a couple holes in the system that could probably be easily filled. I'm sticking with it for now!

Thanks for the recommendation the other day Demonbox!

Goozex is a bit of a disappointment from the point of view that if the game is even semi-popular you typically have to wait months (if it ever happens) for someone to trade you the game. The only thing I've ever been able to redeem my points for are typically less popular or less known games. It's a neat idea though.

I tried it for a little. I got a couple good games and one really bad one. The game worked, but the manual was ripped to shreds. The case looked like someone threw it down the street and the disc was finger printed all up.

Seeing as how I just very recently got my first console from this generation, Goozex is great for me as I try to catch up. I picked up Prince of Persia, Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, and Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds after trading in some games I'd already finished. Amazingly, all three are in like-new condition. It doesn't even seem like the manual has been opened, and all the little advertisement cards are still in the box with them. All from different traders as well.

The newer games are neigh impossible to get readily near launch, but for the older or less popular titles it is really a great deal if you have the patience.

Evo wrote:

The newer games are neigh impossible to get readily near launch, but for the older or less popular titles it is really a great deal if you have the patience.

Yeah, I'm looking at it as only a used and older games service. Also, the positive feedback has the two options, one which gives the full 10 points and as I discovered with this trade, the one where 'things weren't as expected' that only gives +5 points.

As mrtomaytohead points out, there are multiple feedback options (and you can leave comments), which at least lets you officially register complaints about the condition of what you get.

I definitely agree with the sentiment that you will get the most out of Goozex by occasionally buying newer games, trading them in for big points, and requesting older titles you missed the first time around. You will get things faster, and you will spend less time and money on mailing.

beeporama wrote:

As mrtomaytohead points out, there are multiple feedback options (and you can leave comments), which at least lets you officially register complaints about the condition of what you get.

I definitely agree with the sentiment that you will get the most out of Goozex by occasionally buying newer games, trading them in for big points, and requesting older titles you missed the first time around. You will get things faster, and you will spend less time and money on mailing.

That's what I do. And I've learned to put games that I think I might want to get into my hold queue even if I want to wait and let their point totals drop.

It's been funny (or sad) watching Brutal Legend fall so fast from 1000 pts to 600 pts. I'm always getting these "you can get Brutal Legend NOW" emails and point adjustment emails.

I have been using switchgames, and I really like it. You trade game for game, user from user, and there is no fee associated. You and the other user decide what is a fair trade, not the website administrators. I have done 6 trades now, and have had zero issues. I highly recommend it.

www.switchgames.com

MannishBoy wrote:

I've learned to put games that I think I might want to get into my hold queue even if I want to wait and let their point totals drop.

Oh yeah. That way you're working your way up this queue of people who want the game, too.

SallyNasty wrote:

I have been using switchgames, and I really like it. You trade game for game, user from user, and there is no fee associated.

With no fee, how do they make money? All advertising?

It would seem tougher to get trades because you have to wait until you find someone who has what you want AND wants what you have; the virtual currency of Goozex seems to make it easier to get everyone what they want. I guess it depends how savvy you are, though. I'm not good at pricing games, and Goozex's system (which calculates points based on demand as well as newness) takes that pressure off. I can see how switchgames is better if you're looking to swap new games for new games consistently.

MannishBoy wrote:

That's what I do. And I've learned to put games that I think I might want to get into my hold queue even if I want to wait and let their point totals drop.

It's been funny (or sad) watching Brutal Legend fall so fast from 1000 pts to 600 pts. I'm always getting these "you can get Brutal Legend NOW" emails and point adjustment emails.

Perhaps my greatest Goozex victory so far was beating Brutal Legend, trading it back in for the full 1000, getting Assassin's Creed 2, and trading that back for the full 1000 as well.

The Assassin's Creed 2 I got through Goozex was still in original shrink wrap, too. Not sure if I've just been lucky, but every game I've got from Goozex has been in better condition than the average used game I pick up at EB Games or GameStop.

beeporama wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

I've learned to put games that I think I might want to get into my hold queue even if I want to wait and let their point totals drop.

Oh yeah. That way you're working your way up this queue of people who want the game, too.

SallyNasty wrote:

I have been using switchgames, and I really like it. You trade game for game, user from user, and there is no fee associated.

With no fee, how do they make money? All advertising?

It would seem tougher to get trades because you have to wait until you find someone who has what you want AND wants what you have; the virtual currency of Goozex seems to make it easier to get everyone what they want. I guess it depends how savvy you are, though. I'm not good at pricing games, and Goozex's system (which calculates points based on demand as well as newness) takes that pressure off. I can see how switchgames is better if you're looking to swap new games for new games consistently.

There is a search algorithm that matches you up with people that have the games you want vs. the games you have.

You can do a free trade or you can pay for a safe trade, which is 100% profit for them, really, and also print your shipping labels through the site, which nets them some money.

To get the most out of the site, you load up your entire inventory of games you have, then put up a list of games you want, and search. It takes some work, but I find it fun to do during the workday.

beeporama wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

I've learned to put games that I think I might want to get into my hold queue even if I want to wait and let their point totals drop.

Oh yeah. That way you're working your way up this queue of people who want the game, too.

I've gone to putting some games in the queue that I'm a bit interested in but not sold on enough for full retail in my queue before release to get higher on the queue, too.

SallyNasty wrote:

... print your shipping labels through the site, which nets them some money.

Yeah, Goozex has a print a shipping label function that then automatically adds the tracking number to the transaction so when it gets shipped and delivered, there's no guessing left to it. Of course, I've got someone sitting on a confirmed delivery of a game right now and not providing feedback.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Yeah, Goozex has a print a shipping label function that then automatically adds the tracking number to the transaction so when it gets shipped and delivered, there's no guessing left to it. Of course, I've got someone sitting on a confirmed delivery of a game right now and not providing feedback.

I've had to message people before about that. But I'm now getting credit once they can track the package. Think I was part of the beta initially for that. Not sure if it's spread or not. I think you have to have a certain rating as well.

MannishBoy wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

Yeah, Goozex has a print a shipping label function that then automatically adds the tracking number to the transaction so when it gets shipped and delivered, there's no guessing left to it. Of course, I've got someone sitting on a confirmed delivery of a game right now and not providing feedback.

I've had to message people before about that. But I'm now getting credit once they can track the package. Think I was part of the beta initially for that. Not sure if it's spread or not. I think you have to have a certain rating as well.

I think they've been back and forth on it, but at one point you got credit once you claimed the game was shipped, once you had a certain amount of positive feedback.

I've been using Goozex for older titles for years. Its always been great. Even when an individual screws up sending me stuff, I get my points back immediately. No complaints about the service.

beeporama wrote:

I think they've been back and forth on it, but at one point you got credit once you claimed the game was shipped, once you had a certain amount of positive feedback.

As I understand it, this is the way it still works. I had to send out 8-10 games before I started getting the points as soon as the game was confirmed as shipped. Before that I had to wait until I got feedback.

Some gasbag tried to pull a filthy scam on me the other month, where he confirmed shipping on a game that he never ended up sending to me. After 3 weeks, I figured something was wrong and went to send him a message. The dude had taken the points he (instantly) received from "selling" me the game, used them up, and deleted his Goozex account.

Like Zero Karzima says, Goozex is pretty quality when it comes to eating these costs and reimbursing you for shenanigans. All I lost was a month waiting for a game I was ho-hum about anyway, and they put me right back into the trading queue so I was first on the list for the next available trade.

Clemenstation wrote:

... so I was first on the list for the next available trade.

Now that's what I wanted to hear!

How good is the turnaround for things from Canada Clem??

mudbunny wrote:

How good is the turnaround for things from Canada Clem??

You can set your trading region, so I only trade within Canada.

Even sweeter, you can see what province the person you're matched up with is from before you accept the trade. Most Canadian Goozexers seem to be from B.C. and Ontario. I've rejected a few trades just because I didn't feel like mailing anything to the Yukon. Poor Yukonites...

A couple times I even got matched up with people in Toronto, and we orchestrated a subway hand-off rather than use the postal service at all.

A subway hand-off? Is that anything like a bridge & tunnel rub-down?

Clemenstation wrote:

A couple times I even got matched up with people in Toronto, and we orchestrated a subway hand-off rather than use the postal service at all.

How very cloak and dagger. I approve.

Jonman wrote:

How very cloak and dagger. I approve.

Yes, I felt like an international spy!

skeletonframes wrote:

A subway hand-off? Is that anything like a bridge & tunnel rub-down?

... I mean, I felt like a Jersey prostitute named Hands-some.

Clemenstation wrote:

A couple times I even got matched up with people in Toronto, and we orchestrated a subway hand-off rather than use the postal service at all.

Heh, I had some guy buy a game (I think it was Motorstorm 2) from somebody in a suburb of Nashville off of ebay or somewhere on a good deal, and put it on goozex before he even took delivery to try to get some points (goozex arbitrage?). He had the seller ship directly to me and never took possession himself.

Took a few days longer than usual due to all his machinations, but I wasn't in a huge rush. Only problem was the game had the stupid Gamestop sticker on the case liner.

I'll admit to being a bit underwhelmed with Goozex so far. I think it's because when I first signed up for the service, most everything I listed shipped out in a couple days. And that was it. After paying for shipping for all those items, I finally got a game about a month later, and I'm pretty certain that I could have purchased it somewhere for the shipping costs that I shilled out.

Maybe I'm simply asking too much by wanting a bunch of Wii games. I wouldn't be surprised, actually, as there seem to be fewer Wii games available than 360/PS3 games. In a weird reversal of the real world, it's harder to get a copy of Cooking Mama than Assassin's Creed.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Maybe I'm simply asking too much by wanting a bunch of Wii games. I wouldn't be surprised, actually, as there seem to be fewer Wii games available than 360/PS3 games. In a weird reversal of the real world, it's harder to get a copy of Cooking Mama than Assassin's Creed.

Well, ya gotta imagine the clientele is a bit more gaming focused here.

Also, regarding regional stuff. Has anyone else been noticing lot of New Yorkers trading? I've had 4 of 6 from New York. Maybe I'm just getting those sorts of matches, but it seems weird.

MannishBoy wrote:

Heh, I had some guy buy a game (I think it was Motorstorm 2) from somebody in a suburb of Nashville off of ebay or somewhere on a good deal, and put it on goozex before he even took delivery to try to get some points (goozex arbitrage?). He had the seller ship directly to me and never took possession himself.

Professional game traders! I met a guy like that. He was working Goozex in conjunction with a bunch of other systems (amazon, craigslist, etc) to try to maximize profit on his huge collection of games. He lived in northern Ontario, presumably in some sort of woodland cottage.

I think the Wii indeed comes a distant third in terms of Goozex popularity. Strangely enough, back when I still had my Wii, every Wii game I received was still in shrink wrap. I'm pretty convinced there are some folk who steal copies out of warehouses or stockrooms or something, because why would you buy a new game and never even open it?

Clemenstation wrote:

Professional game traders! I met a guy like that. He was working Goozex in conjunction with a bunch of other systems (amazon, craigslist, etc) to try to maximize profit on his huge collection of games. He lived in northern Ontario, presumably in some sort of woodland cottage.

I think the Wii indeed comes a distant third in terms of Goozex popularity. Strangely enough, back when I still had my Wii, every Wii game I received was still in shrink wrap. I'm pretty convinced there are some folk who steal copies out of warehouses or stockrooms or something, because why would you buy a new game and never even open it?

Yeah, if you really want to put a lot of energy into getting the most bang for your back, you can work the disparities between values in different markets to your advantage. Too much work for me.

There are a lot of crazy game collectors in the world. More than you think. It's a weird seemingly pointless compulsion like collecting baseball cards. I am one, and a lot of them seemed to congregate on Cheap Ass Gamer. In my game collection, there are probably roughly 1/3rd I never played at all, many still in shrinkwrap. I guess some part of me thinks I'll probably play them some day, but I'm one of the more sane collectors. There are definitely people who buy two copies and never unwrap one of them.

There are also a few people who "speculate," buying games they think will be rare and valuable and keeping them in shrinkwrap to sell at a profit. (I think this is stupid because you can get much better returns in other ways!)

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Of course, I've got someone sitting on a confirmed delivery of a game right now and not providing feedback.

They have 14 days after receiving it to evaluate the copy before providing feedback, and some people actually do that. If they don't provide feedback, you automatically get the full +10 and your points after the 14 days. It sucks, but if there's a scratch on the disc that hard locks the game after the first hour and you didn't test it, you'd be SOL. I usually install it and play a few hours before leaving feedback so I don't get burned.

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