5 Sites For Safely Trading Your Unwanted Games With Other Gamers

Joshua Lockhart 18-10-2013

Gamers, are you tired of trading titles only within your limited arena of friends? Does the game store not have the titles you want at a fair price?


Below are five sites which can help you safely trade games on almost any platform. Whether you want all trades to be handled automatically, a more personal touch, or a rather indirect experience, the sites below are sure to help you with building up your gaming library to the best it can be.



A quick Google search Demystify SEO: 5 Search Engine Optimization Guides That Help You Begin Search engine mastery takes knowledge, experience, and lots of trial and error. You can begin learning the fundamentals and avoid common SEO mistakes easily with the help of many SEO guides available on the Web. Read More for online game trading will likely send you to Goozex, and rightly so. This site is a premiere hotspot for trading your video games (and movies) across all platforms. The system is fairly simple – you pay $0.99 per trade, and with each trade, you earn points. The more points you earn, the more access you have to other games. This is a bit different from other trade sites shown here since payment is involved, but fortunately, this adds an extra level of security.

Since trades are being monitored, and access is given only to certain traders, it’s simple and safe. Then again, you may favor a more home-grown approach that is primarily run by the gamer community itself. In that case, this next one may be of interest to you.




Reddit has a thriving gamer community that allows for trading in a couple of areas. Reddit’s r/Gaming is the most popular area, but it’s focused primarily on gaming discussion. However, you will occasionally see a few trade-related posts, but whenever a hot new game is released, these posts are often overshadowed by pictures and threads about said game. That said, you should definitely try out r/GameSwap which is designed totally for game trades.

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One could say Mooch is a bit more comparable to Goozex, and since everything is run by the site itself as opposed to the community, they would be right. However, it appears that the site is currently in a “second beta.” That said, things are changing for Mooch, and anything written here may not be the same months from now.


The trade system is pretty interesting. First, you enter the games you want as well as the games you have. Mooch then assigns a point value to each item based on gamer demand, and after automatically looking through the available games that other users have submitted, will conduct the trade for you. All you have to do is mail the game in and receive your semi-new one. As a final note, creating a basic account on Mooch is free, but for $20 a year, you can receive a Verified Membership which offers upgraded features.



There may be some debate as to whether or not Amazon allows you to “trade with other gamers,” but it kind of does – just indirectly. Much like any other gaming store, you can trade in your games to Amazon for store credit, and this credit can be used towards games turned in by other gamers. Since all of it is handled by Amazon, you can rest assured that you’re dealing with a fairly trustworthy entity.

The Amazon Trade-in Program – as expected – is not limited solely to games – CDs, DVDs, books, and other electronics even apply. It’s a simple process, though: search for the item you want to trade, get a quote, ship it to Amazon (for free), and if the item is up to inspection standards, you’ll get an gift card for the amount quoted. That said, your old, neglected blender could be used to fund your purchase of GTA 5.




GameTZ (a.k.a. Game Trading Zone) is a veteran when it comes to the online game trading world, and as a site that’s existed since 1997, it’s easy to tell that it’s had a rather successful run. The site functions as a forum, so you’ll have to create an account (as expected) to participate. If you haven’t used forums Internet Forums Reimagined: The Future Of Online Discussions The latest iteration of online communication may indeed be social media, but it seems that the most popular avenue is still the old-fashioned forum. It remains today as an excellent way to structure a community... Read More in a while, the switch may seem a bit old-fashioned compared to our world filled with social media and Reddit threads.

In fact, I’d go as far to say that the whole site looks a bit old-fashioned, but don’t let that sway you. The site is functional, useful, and – based on the many years of its existence – trustworthy.


Sometimes we don’t have the extra cash lying around to buy a cool new game – that’s why we trade. Hopefully, the aforementioned sites will make the process just a bit easier for you.


What other sites do you use for trading video games? What games are you trying to trade right now?

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  1. Doug
    August 5, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Goozex gone, 99Gamers gone. One new similar site is SwapCaps which seems okay so far.

  2. 99gamersisdead
    December 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    And for the record, all of the other sites suck. Sites like 99gamers and goozex allowed you to trade your items for credits. This worked for me because you could trade crap and get something for it. You trade enough crap and you get enough points to get something of actual value. Gametz is a game for game trading system for the most part. If you Xbox 360 games that you want to use to help get new generation games you're shit out of luck. With no credits to earn you're stuck with game for game trades and no one trades new generation for old. Moreover, not everyone updates their lists. I've been matched up with at least 3 different guys who reject my offers because they got the game they got matched for but never took it off their "want" list. And if someone scams you the only thing that happens is that they get put on a wanted board for bad traders. Nothing is actually done to compensate you for getting screwed. Considering no one trades with noobies to the site until AFTER the noobie ships their game first the noobie then takes a risk with their stuff.

    Leaptrade is a little bit better but it still sucks compared to the golden age of 99gamers. Why? Because while both let you build up credits selling your games 99gamers actually let you get the games you wanted if they were available and you had the coins for it. Leaptrade puts you on a queue like goozex unless you can find someone who has the game. Then you can become their friend and set up a friend to friend trade. However, since there is no way to see who has what game and who wants what game until you go to their profile its needlessly cumbersome.

  3. 99gamersisdead
    December 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    First of all, in case yall didn't notice this article was hopelessly out of date even when it was written. It was posted in 2013. Goozex was dead 2 months later. It was pretty much dead 5 or 6 months before the article was written and had been in a steady decline long before that. 99gamers was left off this list for some crazy reason. It was the best site in the world for game trading post-goozex. I actually thought it worked much better than goozex. I sold 101 games and purchased 54 games on that site. Alot of what I sold would be considered crap. Alot of what I bought would be considered awesome especially in comparison to the crap I got rid of. But its dead. Its not literally dead in that you can actually use the site but its become pretty much impossible to get anything of real value on that site. And I feel bad for those who are willing to trade things of real value because at this point they are just giving away their stuff without the hope of getting anything in return.

  4. Jashua Lackhort
    December 5, 2015 at 12:31 am

    You all need Jesus.

  5. Infyrin
    December 4, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    99Gamers is a huge scam artist waiting to implode. Anyone going there to look for serious business is looking to have a huge disappointment.

  6. EMan
    December 4, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    So glad you left off 99gamers. Very sketchy business model and the creators are bailing on it.

  7. Dean Cain
    December 4, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Ronin brought me here!

  8. Fatboi_256
    November 24, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I agree with other on they have a good system and it is impossible to be scammed so it should deff be in this top 5 as #1

  9. Spencer
    October 25, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I second Kyle. 99gamers is awesome

  10. Kyle
    October 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    99Gamers should be on this.

  11. Miranda
    October 19, 2013 at 4:58 am

    The forums on GameTZ are not only used to talk. A great deal of buying, selling, and trading goes on in the forums. There is a classified a books forum, a classified forum, console forum. digital forum, movie forum. general ,market place forum, portable forum, electronics forum, and more. Individual users opt to purchase subscription time (it's not required) have their own personal forum which they can utilize however they wish. Members run their own auctions in the forums. Yes, GameTZ has an offer system that matches them with other trades based on their wants and available games but a great deal goes on in the forums besides chit chat. That's the great thing about GameTZ you trade the way YOU want to. Not the way the owners tell you to.

  12. JR
    October 19, 2013 at 2:27 am

    You need to get your facts straight. GameTZ does not function as a forum for trading. It uses an offer system. The forums are just are used to converse with the entire community.

  13. David M
    October 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    You missed SteamTrades for Steam games.

    • Tanim I
      October 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I don't think it belongs here because it is a list for physical copies