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How to save money on buying video games

Updated on February 22, 2010

How to save money on buying video games

Whichever video games you play it will not matter whether you play on the computer, Xbox, ps2, ps3 it can still very expensive to buy new games. Some of the latest games could cost you as much as ninety dollars. Yes, it is great to be one of the first people to try out a new game, but why waste your hard earned money, for the sake of waiting for a couple of weeks.

By waiting, you will be the winner in the end, because the first ones to play these games find all the difficult bugs. When you buy them, they have usually created a patch to fix the problems. In addition, you can not only download these patches free, but also obtain walk throughs, which explain the correct way to proceed with the game.

Then there is help or tips on how to find the treasure or how to kill a tough monster. This is especially great for the newcomers to gaming. So be patient and wait for them to iron out the bugs without paying top prices.

There are many different ways to save money when buying video games. Here are of few ideas for you to try:

Downloading the games free

There are many programs that you can download which will enable you to download your games from other gamers once you have loaded the program. Bit torrent and Morpheus are a couple of these: once you download and install the program then it is just a matter of searching what other users are willing to share with you, and downloading the files. Keep in mind that most of the best games can be as big as 6-7gig in size. Therefore, you will need a large hard drive on your computer.

If you are on dial up, the downside is that it could take several weeks to download one of these. With these programs, it is important that you also share your programs and games with others to upload. ALWAYS make sure that your virus protection is up to date before attempting to download anything from the net.


You can rent video games for as low as eight dollars. Although this may not be a good option, as some games will take many hours to play and finish the game. There would be nothing worse than having to return it before finishing the game. This may not be a good idea.

Buy on line when on special

This company offers a reliable service to buy from if you really cannot wait to purchase a game, Buy Quick often have games on special. I have personally bought from them myself.

Checkout the Ebay auctions for special deals, new or secondhand. If you buy several from the one seller, you can also save on postage.

Swap with your friends

This is a great way to obtain free games and find out what the games are like before attempt to play them. If they are good friends, they may even give you the walk throughs for you to use. Do not forget to return that favor though.

Cash Converters and Pawnshops

Before paying any money out for these games, make sure that there is no scratches on the disks. If they do, the disk may not load or play correctly.

Check these out for specials for all types of games, no matter whether looking to play, action, role playing, racing, sport, strategy or puzzle games. You could get them from as little as five dollars each. Remember once you are tired of playing the games you can resell them by advertising the good ones in the free classifieds, eBay, or even at garage sales.

Local discount or retail stores

Often stores like, Harvey Norman, Kmart, BigW, and the two-dollar shops, will have their clearance specials; you could pick up some cheap bargains there.

Be vigilant and patient and you will save loads of cash by waiting for the specials. Remember when handling all disks, to be careful not to damage them, when storing or loading into your computer.

Garage Sales and Flea Markets

Then you could also visit your local garage sales and flea markets.  These would be a lot cheaper than most other places.


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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia


      thanks for stopping by and glad to be able to help. cheers

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      RichERich1175 6 years ago

      As a video game aficionado, spending money can often get out of hand. Thank you for all of your tips; they will indubitably come in handle. Thank you very much, young lady!!

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      Mark 7 years ago

      Here's a few tips that might help:

      1. Shop smart

      The usual shopping strategies apply to video games: Buy on sale, shop the clearance bins, use coupons and rebates, etc. A great place to start is the weekly "Best of the Sunday Ads" post, a roundup of gaming bargains found at major retailers.

      2. Rent first

      If you're unsure if you want to pay top dollar for a new release or you just want to satiate your curiosity, you can try before you buy.

      Two rental options exist:

      1. Brick-and-mortar video stores such as Blockbuster, Hollywood Video or your local mom-and-pop shop.

      2. Online game rental outlets, which operate similarly to Netflix. The most popular is Gamefly.

      A lot of games are worth playing through but don't necessarily deserve a purchase at full price or a place in your collection after they've been beaten up. For the gamer who wants to play these types of games soon after they are released, and not wait for a sale or price drop, renting is a great way to play more for less.

      3. Go old school

      It's simple: The newest and most popular titles cost the most. Most games, on average, fall in value by at least a half a year after release.

      If you can live without cutting-edge graphics, games for older consoles such as the PlayStation 2, the original Xbox and GameCube sell for cheap (As in less than $5). Used consoles can be found for a fraction of their original price, often bundled with a stack of games.

      There's a ton more in this guide I found on

      Check it out now:

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Steve, thanks steve will have to checkthat site out. thanks for stopping by

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      Steve 8 years ago

      Another great way to save money on games is to use an online trading service. The best one that I have found is They guarantee each trade.