Down the street from my office is a local used video game shop called McVan's Video Games. I thought it would be bad news for my wallet to have a used game store this close to my office, and it turns out (at least this time) that it's not. Using some birthday money I recently picked up the Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii. This made my copies of Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 3 no longer worth keeping. I had searched the interwebs to see what kind of prices I could get for trade on these titles. Apparently no one is taking Metroid Prime (no surprise), and GameStop, Amazon, and Best Buy were giving around $8.
I thought that it would be alright since it is now over 2 years old, but I decided to see what McVan's would give me for it. I went down there and browsed around for a bit, then I asked the clerk how much I could get for Metroid Prime 3. I was shocked when he said I could get $15 for it, but not as shocked as I was by what he said next. He told me if I traded it toward a used game that was $29.99 I could get $22 for it. In my state of awe I said "So, I could trade it towards that copy of Red Faction Guerilla for the PS3 and get $22 for it?". He said I could and would just pay the difference for RFG.
So, I now have a copy of RFG (some fingerprints on the disk, but those can be cleaned) that I paid $8 and got almost half of what I paid for MP3. It looks like I'll be doing some game shopping a little closer to work from now on.