Average Gamer Sitting on £135 in Unused Games



Discarding video games may be costing gamers more money than they realise, as the results of a new study have revealed that the average gamer owns £135 worth of unused video games in their collection.

The study, conducted by the video game price comparison and marketplace site www.Playr2.com, aimed to highlight the value that can lie in games that are discarded, or simply not played; following the launch of its new video game collection valuation tool on-site.  1,012 self-confessed gamers subsequently took part in the poll.

Those taking part were asked to estimate how many video games they owned, across all platforms, that they hadn’t played for over 12 months. When taking all answers into account, the average answer was ‘26’ video games; suggesting that the average video game collection is home to 26 unused games.

Respondents were then asked to upload a sample of their unused game collection using the Playr2 games valuation tool on-site, in order to see the average ‘used’ value lying in their discarded games. When taking all current ‘used’ values into account, the average unused game value was revealed to be ‘£5.21’.

With the average unused game being valued at £5.21 according to current ‘used’ market values, and the average gamer owning ‘26’ discarded video games; this would mean that the average gamer is sitting on at least £135.46 worth of unused video games. This would equate to roughly the same cost of a new Nintendo 3DS at current market value.

Those taking part were asked if they had ever traded-in, or sold, unwanted video games before; to which two thirds, 64%, of respondents answered 'yes'. When asked if they kept on top of the ‘used’ or ‘trade-in’ values of their owned games, however; the majority, 53%, answered 'no'.

Simon Kilby, Founder of Playr2.com, commented on the results:

“We’ve all got games in our collection that just sit collecting dust; whether it be because we’ve completed them, got the latest franchise release or simply didn’t like them in the first place. To ignore them is to flush money down the drain though, as the value in unused games can be significantly more that you’d expect, and you could end up making a pretty penny if you were to sell them on. We wanted to look into this more given that we recently launch a video game collection valuation tool on the Playr2 site; and it was surprising to see that the average gamer has over £100 worth of games they don’t even play!”

He continued:

“It’s totally up to the individual to decide whether or not they want to keep their unused games, but it’s always worth checking out what prices they could fetch at current market price. You never know, you may be sat on a goldmine with that game lying forgotten under your bed!”


LINK: http://www.Playr2.com

Editor’s Notes

For more information please contact Emma Kent of 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency on 01452 348211 or Emmak@10yetis.co.uk.

Playr2.com allows users to compare prices on their favourite games, as well as allowing them to buy, sell and swap their games with other members on the site.

Playr2.com was launched in June 2011.  

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