Selling Professor Layton to the Highest Bidder

Okay, I admit it. I’m too timid to play those first person shooter games. Exploring odd lands with Professor Layton and his pal Luke on the Nintendo DS is more my speed.

When I got the latest Professor Layton game for Christmas—Professor Layton and the Unwound Future—I realized I had two other Professor Layton games sitting around that I would never use again.

With the exception of yesterday’s Racing Form, there aren’t many things more useless than an already-solved adventure-puzzle video game cartridge. I decided to see if there was a market for these on eBay.

It looks to me that a “like new” Professor Layton Nintendo DS game should bring about $15 on eBay. Fortunately I still have the boxes and manuals so I listed Professor Layton and the Curious Village and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box on eBay last night.

My wife suggested that I consider trading the cartridges in at a video game store, but frankly that’s only a good option for someone who buys a lot of video games. I buy fewer than one a year. And when a store gives you credit, it only costs them about 50 cents on the dollar since the retail price of their merchandise is about double their wholesale cost.

Video games are also easy to ship and that makes them simple to deal with on eBay. I’ll be able to slip my Nintendo DS games into an envelop and send them on their way for the same price via postal service first class mail to anywhere in the country.

Flat rate shipping is always a good thing on eBay and with video games sellers have virtually no risk shipping to domestic buyers.

Next, if I can remember this evening, I’ll have to see if I can sell my Brain Age games on eBay.

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