Thursday, January 14, 2010

How do you get Wii games cheap?

Good question! If you have a Wii, you know that games are crazy expensive! We have a Wii and we refuse to pay full price for games. Here's some options that we have tried. (Warning: Some of thes options take time, but we really are trying to teach our kids that the things they want sometimes take time to earn.) I know this is a long post so feel free to skim read :-)

1. Gamefly This is a program almost identical to netflix. You sign up for a membership and choose your level. The cheapest level gives you one game at a time. You play it for as long as you like (no late fees) then mail it back in their prepaid envelope. A few days later, you get the next game in the mail. You choose the games you want to try and put them in a queue. They send you whatever is next on your list.

You get a free 10 day trial. The cheapest level is $8.95 for the first month for 1 game at a time. Then after that it goes to $15.95 per month for however long you keep the membership. There is no contract and you can cancel anytime.

We used this service for 2 months and really liked it but after that we decided we wanted to save that money per month and use it for other stuff.

2. Swaptree: With swaptree, you list all the wii, xbox, etc games you have. Then you make a want list of all the Wii games that you want. As soon as swaptree finds a match, you get an email asking you if you want to make a trade.

(If you are already using swaptree to get movies and music, you need to rethink this option) This service works awesome for wii games (and other game systems too) if you work it right. We have 2 swaptree accounts in our house. On my account we list all DVD's, CD's and books that we want - NO Game system games! On my husbands account we ONLY list the games we have to swap and the games we want.

This is really an easy way to get games but it may sound kind of confusing. If you have questions, I would love to help you figure it out. Just email me.

3. Swagbucks: If you have at least 45 swagbucks, you can redeem them for $5.00 at Amazon.com. (This is one of those options that may take you a little bit of time.) Then we use those Amazon gift cards to buy our wii game. For example: Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga wii game is $16.99 on Amazon. The Lego Indiana Jones is $17.00. Since Amazon offers free shipping on any order over $25.00, all we have to do is earn 6 Amazon gift cards and we have 2 wii games for less than $10.00 By waiting a few more weeks, we can earn another gift card and get them almost free!

Here's where it gets good with Amazon........ After we buy a game, if we don't like it or get tired of it after a few months, we sell it back on amazon.com and make most of our money back.

For example: the Lego Indiana Jones wii game that we just bought for $17.00 is still selling used for $12.49. That means I'll still be able to get almost $13 back out of a wii game!

Confused????? Don't be...... I'm no rocket scientist and I am able to do stuff like that regularly. I'll be glad to give more details if you are interested.

Hopefully this will help give you some ideas on how to get your new wii system some games to go with it!

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