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You Can’t Get Rich if You Waste Money on Video Games

I’m a gamer. I love playing video games, and I happen to own a next-gen console (the Nintendo Wii). Three months ago, I noticed that there were a lot of fantastic games coming out. I made a list, and decided that I absolutely had to play six of them. Unfortunately for me, six games would cost roughly $300, money that I did not have. I then stepped back and took a look at the entire library of Wii games, games that I wanted to play, but didn’t want to spend money on. How could I play all of these games without going broke? I did some research, and eventually found the answer: Gamefly.

What is Gamefly?

Ever heard of Netflix? It’s pretty much the same thing, except with video games. You pick a subscription plan (I use the two games out at a time plan), make a list of all the games you want to play, and Gamefly mails them to you as soon as they’re available. You keep them as long as you want and mail them back when you’re done. I really like this system because I’m never sure how long I’ll keep a game. I hated one game I rented out and sent it back after and hour of playing it. I absolutely loved another game and kept it out for three weeks. It’s good to have a flexible system.

How will it save me money?

A new game these days costs $40-$60. A used game on a next-gen system costs $30-$50. As you can see, buying more than a couple of games per month is very expensive, especially for a student on a budget. With Gamefly, I pay $23 per month, and since November I’ve averaged three games per month. So, in the last three months I’ve paid $69, which is great compared to the $450 I would have spent if I bought all nine of those games new.

Another bonus

You know what else is great about Gamefly? They have an affiliate program. If you go the traditional affiliate marketing route, they pay you a fixed price per member referred. They have another option, though: For every five people you refer, you get either six months free or a free Nintendo DS.

So, if any of you are interested, here’s my referral link.

The bottom line

For me, gaming is a great stress-reliever. I can do without it, but it’s certainly nice to have. With Gamefly, I have a constant stream of cheap games coming to my mailbox, and the best part is that it allows me to play games I’d never even think of buying. All in all, it’s a great service that any US gamer could use and enjoy.

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3 Responses to “You Can’t Get Rich if You Waste Money on Video Games”

  1. JustChris Says:

    I buy nearly all my games used from GameStop, but I tend to do a lot of research before I buy.

    You can’t get rich if you’re blogging about video games either! It’s a very fast paced niche which steers me more into writing opinion and review articles.

  2. C-Squared Says:

    You could always pirate your games for free. ;)

  3. Tracy Says:

    Gamefly is awesome. I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve been a member for almost a year and they’ve saved me a small fortune. I almost never buy games anymore and if I do I buy them directly from gamefly. Try before you buy is the ultimate form of research and I’ll tell ya, not having a big old stack of games that never get played anymore taking up space in the closet is another big selling point. There’s nothing worse than shelling out the big bucks for a crappy game. With gamefly that just doesn’t happen. If you don’t like something you can just drop it back in the mail and get something new. Speaking of unwanted games… I’ve heard they’re beta testing a trade-in program where your traded in games would count toward your membership fee which I think is a great idea as the idea is to offload unwanted games rather than acquire more. I hope it works out and they go ahead with it. I don’t have a ton of games to trade in but I sure do know other people who do.

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