Will Contests and Raising Point Caps Spur Goozex Trading?

Lately, times have been tough at Goozex. The once leading game trading website was sold recently and new ownership stepped in to grab the reins of a wild bronco that had lost control. Thankfully, the new CEO at Goozex, who goes by TheGooz, appears to be a veteran cowboy who can tame the wild beast. The new Goozex is offering contests, promotions and increased the value of games. Will it be enough to get traders trading again?

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The Death of 99Gamers

99Gamers is officially dead. People are no longer able to list games and as
of yesterday (May 24th) the site is offline. Join one member of The Gamers
Lounge as he reflects back on the site and asks what went wrong? Was this
another Goozex? Why was 99Gamers so popular in the beginning?

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The Rise and Fall of Goozex

Erik from The Gamers Lounge writes "It's been a little over a year since Goozex closed its doors. One of the greatest trading sites available on the Internet saw the site sputter and die as it tried to climb back to its former glory. The members of the Gamers Lounge takes time to reflect on the Goozex experience and what it meant then and now."

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pixelsword3320d ago

It would have helped if they actually advertized...

...I think this is the first time I've ever heard of them.

solidsnake2223320d ago

I used goozex and had hundreds of trades. Truly a great website. Also I haven't clicked the article just yet, but I believe the author and I used to write together. Now it's time to take a trip down memory lane.


There are better options than Gamestop

There is nothing wrong with Best Buy or Gamestop. Or for that matter any of the other brick and mortar stores that handle trade-ins of video games such as Walmart, Target, etc. The biggest issue is the amount of credit gamers get for their $60, 1-2 month old game they just bought. It could be $30 or less easily. There are other options. The recent demise of Goozex and VGFive has left some gamers looking for new places to trade games. With the demise of Goozex, The Gamer’s Lounge has a few suggestions money conscious gamers should investigate such as 99Gamers and LeapTrade.

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maniacmayhem3673d ago

LOL, I laughed at that pic. I have felt like that many, many times when I went to Gamestop and traded in my games. Which is why I use Gamefly and just rent and if the game is really good I buy it from them at a USED price.

Gamefly is a serious win for all gamers and I preach the gospel of Gamefly to anyone and everyone who is a true gamer.

It is especially useful if you are a multi-console owner like myself.

parentsbasement3673d ago

Been with them since the beginning , nary a problem here....

gedapeleda3673d ago

Been in the bays for the last decade.
Saved so much cash it's unbelievable, although I did buy games I loved

3-4-53673d ago

I've made a few mistake trades that I wish I could take back, but to be honest, I love Gamestop.

They are the only store I can walk into and pick up a physical copy of a niche or rare game.

If I want it today I walk in and get it I don't have to wait a week for it to be delivered.

You need to watch out for the deals though.

TheDivine3672d ago

Yea I feel the same. Made some dumb mistakes selling some games back in the day, games that now cost an arm and a leg. I still love Gamestop though. I can go in browse old games I missed at a fair price, I can buy niche games, limited editions without worrying about being damaged in the mail, and the workers are awesome.

I've had them track down rare games in a case for me, offer to let me in gaming circles, trade streetpass data for games, and all kinds of cool stuff. Some let you get free swag like posters and displays. They're gamers like us. Sure some are just employees who don't know or care but from my experience every store has that cool ass guy that you wind up chatting with for an hour and leave as friends.

I also love small local gaming businesses. They tend to have better classics and old gen stuff.

Crazyglues3673d ago (Edited 3673d ago )

Yeah I love the picture on this story... priceless... LMAO..

-Made me laugh so hard-

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mhunterjr3673d ago

I can't fault these trade-in shops, they are essentially pawn shops, and they've got to make money.

That said, I never trade my games in with them. I just go on craigslist or ebay, get much more value out of my lightly used game.

joab7773673d ago

I agree and as things change it becomes harder and harder to make money. But it is a great place to get rid of things u dont want anymore. And their benefits have gotten much better.

OutcastMosquito3673d ago

They can still make money and not rip you off hardcore. They're just greedy bastards.

mhunterjr3672d ago

Perhaps, but the resale business is their main source of income. Target and Wal-Mart, believe it or not, are the go to locations for new games...

Omar913673d ago

Yea I never go to gamestop anymore to sell game

Although what if your in a situation where you have a game you want to sell (tale of xilia) and tried to sell it on craigslist and no one around your area wants it? I guess I can do ebay but I usually buy things from ebay not sell. I feel like at this point I should just give it to gamestop and get how many quarters or dimes the trade in value is.

kreate3673d ago

Cag, goozex, vgfive.
I will buy Ur tales of xilia.

Meltic3673d ago

yeah ive found a very good Swedish site. Infamous second son son for 40$ and MGS for 30$

admiralvic3673d ago

"There are better options than Gamestop"

In all honesty, GameStop isn't that bad, it's just very situational. Same goes for BB and a lot of other places.

To give you an idea, a few months back I got Deadliest Warrior for free at Best Buy. It was free because the MSRP dropped the game to $19.99 and they had a GCU coupon for $20 off DW, so that dropped the game to free. However, the system voided it, so I think the guy charged me a penny and just took one off the register and called it a day.

Anyway, that traded into BB for something like 32 cents. GameStop wasn't aware of this deal and was still offering $10 for it. I just zipped over there and got $10 dollars for a game that I probably couldn't give to any "real" gamer. This is true for a lot of things.

Depending on the game, you can certainly make more money trading something into a place like BB or GS than selling it on a site. They're a lot better for games no one wants, but still hold value (things like Deadliest Warrior), but again, this all requires getting out at the right time. Values also drop based off S&D, which is why some popular new games trade in for nothing. These places have too much stock and can't afford to pay you XYZ when they have ABC.

kreate3673d ago

U drove to best buy, than drove to Gamestop, than drove home for $10?

admiralvic3673d ago

"U drove to best buy, than drove to Gamestop, than drove home for $10?"

-rolls eyes-

The place I work is like .3 miles from a BB, which is like .1 miles from 2 GameStops (1 across the street and 1 in the mall across another street). This detour took maybe 10 minutes total and some pointless amount of gas.

kreate3672d ago

well sorry about making ur eyes roll.
just askin. and congrats for a good deal.