When GameStop became a big player in the gaming landscape, it wasn’t because of the new games it sold, it was because of the stronghold it had on the used games market.
While others have tried to recapture Gamestop’s success with used games, website LeapTrade is taking a different approach: let gamers trade with gamers.
The website has two different ways that trades can be handled. Trades can either be done for another game, or for credit that can be used later to get more games.
For those receiving the games, you’ll pay nothing for shipping. Only the one shipping the game will pay $3.49 for shipping. Thankfully, LeapTrade does give an automated shipping label to use when sending games.
Putting games on the site is pretty simple as well. You can actually set up a collection of games that you have so others can see and possibly offer to trade. However, if you want to trade you can also select trade-in, select if it’s the full game and case or just game and have it ready to trade.
The system is great for those that trade games frequently. The value of games is often pretty close to face value, meaning new games are worth anywhere from $50-$60. So, playing a game and quickly going through it can net you most of your money back for another title.
The website also deals with retro games, although I found something odd about the way they are handled. A lot of the retro games definitely haven’t depreciated in value. For instance, I can find plenty of copies of Super Mario World for the SNES at a few local stores for about $7-$10. However, LeapTrade has it listed for $40. Rarer games, such as Chrono Trigger, clock in at $100.
Another problem some gamers may run into is the selection of games available. Like GameStop, the games available depend on what gamers have traded in. Because LeapTrade is lesser known, though, it also means that the selection of titles, especially newer games, are a lot more limited I’ve found out.
This is compounded by gamers that want to get the most they can get as quickly as possible. I saw quite a few posts on the forums stating that they would only post a new game for a few days before trading it to Amazon and getting whatever credit they could. So, get ready to check often to see if the game you want is available, or set up the watch list to get alerts when a game is available.
The site also offers a good trade protection as well. While they would rather have gamers sort problems out among themselves, if that doesn’t work they are prepared to issue refunds of credit used in trades for games that don’t work or for gamers that aren’t satisfied.
LeapTrade also monitors the satisfaction of trades with the feedback gamers leave on trades. Feedback is necessary here, as that is what completes the trade and gives the one sending the games their credit to use. It’s a good system to ensure that gamers don’t just send a broken game and get the credit instantly.
Overall, LeapTrade seems great for gamers to trade in new titles quickly for more money or to pick up recent titles (less than five years old) for cheap. The biggest thing the website needs right now, though, is just more gamers to trade and use the system.
Signups and use of the website is free. All gamers need to do is visit LeapTrade and signup to get $5 to use. Referring a friend can get gamers an additional $5 to use as well.