What Compels a Person to Trade In a Perfectly Good Video Game Console?

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Perhaps angered by the large amount of used Xbox 360s and PlayStation 3s sitting around his local video game store, commenter Uncle Jesse can't help but wonder why someone would part with a perfectly good console in the middle of its prime. Let's find out in today's Speak Up on Kotaku.

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Why the heck would you sell off your home console you've had for years at half the price you paid for it or less even?! I get it if we've entered the next gen, but during the current one?! Why?!

I've seen and heard so many instances of people selling off their system, only to regret it and buy another one again when a big game is released! Explain it to me why you decided to sell your console and what you actually got out of it - was it worth it? Really?

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I'm considering selling my 360...to upgrade to another unit. Mine has me worried a bit - sometimes it turns off again right after I turn it on, although once it's fully *on* it stays on. It's also been playing a bit louder recently, I think. It's a 2008 Elite, so it's not OLD old. And I'm not the biggest fan of the slims, but at least it'd be more reliable, and the extra storage space would be nice, even though I really don't need it.

Maybe my system has another good year or two in it, in which case I can probably wait till the Xbox Next. But I don't want to be stuck paying for yet another repair if something happens to this system. Ugh - decisions, decisions!

Working as GS, when I asked people who were trading in their consoles why they were doing so, the answer I got most often, and I'm not kidding, as "gas money". "Rent" was up there too. So it's a money thing, most of all. Although I'd also get people who were joining the military, and some people who were just bored with the console (???).