You know one thing that has always put me off buying lots of console games that I have really wanted to play? The price. It has to be one of the most contributing factors of any gamers choice wherever to purchase a certain computer or console game or not. $ 100 AUD or more for a new console game is a lot of money, especially when the people who play the games usually either do not have jobs, or are part time workers (reffering to teenagers). We may have to keep buying these games at this high price, but there is one way to stretch out our money significantly longer. Game Trading.
People around the world have walked into second hand book shops, bought and traded books after they have read them have not they? Well the future has come, and i think it is time that Console game trading is the way of the future! Do not get me wrong, people have been doing this since the first Nintendo or sega ever game out, but, it does not seem that popular. Not from where i live anyway.
The only people i can see taking advantage of this situation is company's like electronics boutique. Trade in a console game that is a week old, get $ 30 back, but you paid $ 110? That does not seem too fair. Game Trading with people, REAL people, not company's is the way to go. Straight swaps, or two for one, whatever you want to negotiate at the time, will be a better deal than any store will give you!
I have recently setup a website [http://www.ozgamelounge.com], to bring people from around Australia together to trade their games in a safe environment. There are game trade sites around, I'm sure there is at least one in your country!
I hope this little article has inspired someone out there to get out there and swap, trade, barter your console games with people, and stretch that hard earned cash out!