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 Written by Brandon Hofer  on March 20, 2014

News: Leaptrade.com is a fairly new service that offers better trade in values than it’s competition and is community driven.



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There are many ways available for gamers to get rid of games they no longer want or will no longer play. The problem is that some of the more popular options give tend to give you pennies on the dollar for your games after you already spent $60 to get it. There is another option though that gamers need to look at and that is leaptrade.com. I have been a member of leaptrade.com for a couple months now and have found it really easy to use and the community has been really friendly. Better yet they tend to give you better deals those games you want to trade in.

LeapTrade is a peer to peer service. The way it works is that say, for example, you want to get rid of Call of Duty: Ghosts. You would go to LeapTrade.com and search for that title. Once you find it you would click the “Trade-In” button. You can trade in your game one of two ways: either for LeapTrade credit for a direct game for game trade. It should be noted that when you first join the site you need to have two successful trades before the direct trade option becomes available to you. Once someone decides they want your game LeapTrade sends you an email telling you someone has put in a request to get your game. Once that happens you have 24 hours to approve or deny the request. Once you approve the request it is time to ship the game to that person. It costs $3.49 to ship a game (paid for by the person trading in the game). You print the shipping label right from your computer, put the game in a bubble wrapper, put the shipping label on the package and then put it in a mailbox. It really is that easy. If you choose to do a game for game trade then you would ship your game to them and they would ship their game to you. You will also receive a free tracking number so that you know when they have received the game and they know when to expect its delivery. Once they receive the game they tell LeapTrade that they have received it and once that happens your account is credited. You can get $50 in LeapTrade credit for Call of Duty: Ghosts right now, for example, so once LeapTrade has confirmed that the “buyer” has received the game that $50 credit will be deposited into your account.



On the flip side of the coin if you are the person requesting the game it is even easier. You simply browse the titles that are available on LeapTrade and if you find one you like then you click on the Request button. Once you do that you answer a couple of questions and are told what position in the queue you are. For me personally I’m trying to get Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze through LeapTrade right now and I think I am the second person in line to get it and there are over five requests for that game right now. Once I am done requesting a game I have to wait to be matched up with someone who is trading in the game. Once that happens the person trading in the game has 24 hours to accept my request. Once that happens he ships the game as I described above. The shipping for the person getting the game is free so you don’t have to worry about anything. Once you receive the game though you need to tell LeapTrade you received it so the guy who traded the game to you gets the credit put in his account.

One of the most important things you should know is that LeapTrade offers full protection on your trades. If there is a problem they recommend you contact the other user to see if it can get resolved. If it can’t then you can contact LeapTrade directly. If all else fails then they will refund you the full credit value of the game so you never get screwed over. The “inventory” at LeapTrade is completely dependent on the community. When you trade in a game you are sending it directly to another user, not to LeapTrade itself. When you successfully request a game, you receive that game directly from that user, not from LeapTrade itself. If you see that the PS4 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts has five copies available for trade that is because five people have opted to put the game up for trade. It should also be stated that when you “trade in” your game on the site you still hold on to the game. When you initially “trade in” a game all that does is put your game on the site to give people the opportunity to request it. Then once a request successfully goes through you send the game to that other person.

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If you have multiple trades going on at once it is easy to keep track of them using the “My Trades” section. This is where you get a quick glance at the games you are currently offering for trade, what games you have put requests in for and your overall history with the site. You can create a friends list on LeapTrade with different users which makes it easier to do a direct game for game trade and there are forums you can go to if you have a question or need help with something. In my experience the forums have been very helpful. You can also earn $5 in LeapTrade credit by referring friends when they sign up for an account. It should also be noted that having an account with LeapTrade is completely free. You pay for games (and get paid) with LeapTrade credit. If you don’t have enough credit for a game you can buy more credit, similar to adding money to your Xbox Live or PSN account.

Since the inventory on the site is completely community driven you never know what is going to be on there which means you probably want to visit the site on a regular basis. I have seen NES games on there for sale as well as Dreamcast, Xbox One, PS4, SNES and more. In preparation for this article I completed a trade as both a buyer and a seller so that I could experience both sides of the fence, so to speak. My personal experiences with LeapTrade have been that everything works as advertised. It was really easy to trade in my game and even easier to request one. The game that I received was in great condition and the user I traded one of my games to quickly left feedback and notified LeapTrade that he had received the game so my account was properly credited.

LeapTrade


In conclusion, my experiences with LeapTrade have been great so far. It is another option for gamers to trade their games and probably one of the best options available right now in terms of getting a good value for your titles. If you traded in Call of Duty: Ghosts today on LeapTrade you could get $50 which is a lot more than most other stores will give you and even some older games like Far Cry 3 still get a good value, sitting at $17.50 as of the time this article is written. The bigger the community gets the more games will become available so hopefully this service continues to grow. Be sure to check it out and get a better deal than you would at some of their competition.



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