Selling tips for seller!

Are you having trouble selling your games? Here are some tips that we would like to share with you:)
First of all, register with GameTrader.SG and start posting you games (ok…that is obvious)!

Now for some real tips!

1. Pricing:
Buyers are mostly price-sensitive. Copy of the same game don’t really differ much from each other if they are from the same region. Therefore, you need to set a reasonable price for your games to attract buyers.

For pre-owned games, the pricing would definitely have to be lower than the brand new games for obvious reason. To check out the current price of a brand new game, you can either visit any game store and ask or simply go online to game store websites where such prices are usually published. Some of these stores also sell pre-owned games. Benchmark your own price against theirs. Google ‘buy pre-owned PS3 games’ will return you a lists of game stores selling pre-owned PS3 games online for example.  Ok for the few who don’t wish to manually google, just click here.

Alternatively, you can simply search GameTrader.SG for the game you are going to sell and look at the price other people are quoting.  Games that are sold will still be on our website and you can use it to gauge the price you should put for your game.

Our GameTrader.SG platform has an option for you to indicate whether your price is negotiable. By indicating that your price is negotiable, you may be able to attract bargain buyers. However, do note that you might also attract buyers who think you are desperate and may give unreasonable prices for your games.

Last of all, prices of games do fluctuate! After posting your game, make sure you update your price accordingly to the market price (ways to obtain the market price is described above). The rule of the thumb is that games get cheaper as they get older. To update your price on GameTrader.SG, simple go to “My Profile”, select the game that you wish to change the price and click the ‘Edit’ button.

2. Information:
To entice buyer to buy from you, it would be good to include a description of the game. For example, you can add information like ‘disc is scratched free’ or ‘game is a week old’ etc. The region of the game would be useful too especially for PS3 games where games with different region code may vary slightly. For PS3 games, Gametrader.SG allows you to specify the region whether it is R1, R2, R3, R4 or even R5. 

Furthermore, if your game has additional bonus such as unredeemed online content or comes with some free  gifts, do put them down in the description. This will enable you to differentiate your game from other sellers’.

3. Adding an image to your game post
When posting your games on GameTrader.SG, you should add a game image to your posts. Humans are usually more attracted to visual cues than boring texts. Having an image will subtly increase your chances of selling. GameTrade.SG allows you to either upload your own photo or simply just select an image from Google image search for those who hate uploading images.

4. Making the deal
Most of the time, the collection method of the games are by meet-up. Buyers and seller may have different places that are convenient to them. As a seller, if you prefer to meet, say in the East, you can perhaps offer some discount if buyers are willing to accomodate your meet-up location. Alternatively, if you are willing to meet everywhere in Singapore, that will also be a great incentive for buyers to buy from you. You can also have special service such as delivering the game to the buyer doorstep with additional top-up.

For the other seller who might opt for postage to seller, you may want to consider sending a registered mail. While my personal experience is that non-registered mail is seldom lost in Singapore, it maybe better to registered your mail (of course at additional cost) to prevent dispute in case the mail is lost.

5. After the transaction…
Your relationship with the buyer need not end after the transaction. Most probably, the buyer may want to buy games from you again! If not, it doesn’t harm to make more friends anyway 🙂 . With many multiplayer games in the market, you can add your buyers as your PSN or Xbox 360 Live friend and start playing games together!

You can also ask your buyer to write feedback on your GameTrader.SG wall after the transaction. These feedback will help you to build up your reputation on GameTrader.SG.

That concludes our tips for seller! Hope it is useful to all your sellers out there!
We had about 642 games sold through GameTrader.SG platform as on 11th Nov 2010. We hope you can sell your game soon and add on to our lists of game sold! Good luck!:)

Will PS Move change the way we play games?

The video below shows the possible future games we could be seeing with the all  new PS move due released on the 15th of September in Singapore!

I like the chameleon demo (3:05) where the person ‘moves’ around the tree branches as a chameleon. The movement looks intuitive to me and is definitely novel. The other demo at 4:47 is the ability of PS Move to create the skeleton for the upper body movement. However, how far would game developers be able to make full use of this technology is still pretty much unknown. A point to note too is that  in some of the demo, there is a need for two PS Move controllers. This mean that Sony may have a problem with pricing for the upcoming war with Microsoft Kinect which needs only a single Kinect Sensor Device.

Also few game titles have been announced so far that make use of the PS Move interface such as Little Big Planet 2 and Sorcery. However, not all of these games required PS Move. Some of which is PS Move Featured meaning having the PS Move controller is optional.

With all the marketing hype about the PS Move, (Sony even engaged some kawaii girls to promote PS Move, see video below), I was contemplating whether to get one myself so I went online to look at the games offered for PS Move. Sadly, none of them prove to be promising enough and I began to wonder whether PS Move is really going to change the way we play games.

I was at Comex today and chanced upon a demo of PS Move! Although I didn’t get to play it, the demo was not really inspiring and did not entice me to pre-order from the booth.


The reason is that the two games I saw were unimpressive and looked like a Wii game to me. The first game was “Start The Party!” where I saw a kid swiping flies with the PS Move controller. The game seems so Wii-like and uninteresting. Perhaps it can keep your kids entertain for a while. Sony’s attempt at entering the market cannot depend on game like this and they would have to find game developers who can make use of PS Move to make novel family-oriented games.

The other game I saw was called “Kung Fu Rider”. Basically it is a game where you control a guy on an office chair cruising  down the street of perhaps HongKong (judging from the background). The player has to keep shaking the controller up and down for the person to move. Other than the wacky expressive character in the game, I feel that this game is again too Wii-like for my taste.

Anyway the pre-order was sold out! Wow…Singaporean sure have the money!

To sum it up, PS Move needs a breakthrough game that can utilize the new controller in a way we’ve never seen before. It should be able to change the way we perceive game playing and truly bring a new experience to the gamers. I would patiently await the day for this game before jumping onto the bandwagon!

Feel the beat of Rhythm Game!

  By now, most of you should know about Dance Central. This latest game belongs to the genre of rhythm games, also known as rhythm action, and is developed by Harmonix Music System (the same guys who brought you Rock Band and Guitar Hero). Dance Central is the perfect game that utilized the full-motion capture capability of the Kinect. Unlike previous dancing games like Para Para Paradise and the older Dance Dance Revolution, your full body movement is captured by the system and your moves will be evaluated by the game.

 I simply cannot hide my excitement for Dance Central. But alas, the uniqueness of the Kinect System makes the game possible only on Xbox 360. So PS3 owners like me can either get a Xbox 360, or wait for the PS3 version which could be coming out according to I do wonder how I am supposed to dance with the PS Move motion controller. I think the experience will still be better with Kinect controller-less system.

I remember the very first rhythm-action game I had played was PaRappa the Rapper. It was on Playstation One and I really enjoyed the music with its’ weird but funny lyrics. Oh I still remember the master of the Dojo, Chop Chop Master Onion! Hayatatatacha! Kick! Punch! 

Then came the time when Dance Dance Revolution started sprouting at arcades all over the place. I bought a PS Dance mat with the game and started dancing my way at home. It was so addictive that I played for many long hours straight sweating like a dog after each session. Who says gaming makes you fat? And I think Dance Central will be a perfect ‘slimming game’ that can easily beat the Wii Fit.


After the success of Dance Dance Revolution, we see the rise of another dance machine, Para Para Paradise. I am, however, no fan of this game. I have seen youngsters flaunting their dance skills in front of the machine but I simply couldn’t get the beat and mechanism right. I failed terribly during my first and last try on the Para Para machine. But I do really have to admit that some of the Para Para-ers were really great dancers. With Para Para Paradise, dancing in front of a machine is one step closer to the real dance.


More rhythm-action games soon followed such as Beat Mania, Drum Mania, Rock Band, Guitar Hero and my favourite Taiko Drum Master! I am now waiting eagerly for the release of Dance Central and hoping to see it soon on PS3. This would probably be a game that all gamers can play with their girlfriends or wifes. Perfect!:)