Best Practices for Selling Used Flight Sim Discs?

Jenny Irving Guest

Hi, I have around 50 flight sim discs can you advise as to selling them, please? Thank you.

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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Firstly, kudos on having such a vast collection of flight sim discs! Over the years, these items have held both sentimental and sometimes monetary value for avid enthusiasts.

  • Inventory & Condition Assessment:
    • Start by cataloging each disc. Make a list with its title, edition, and any associated serial keys.
    • Note the condition of each disc and its packaging. Are they like-new, moderately used, or showing significant wear?
  • Check for Transferable Licenses:
    • Some software, especially more modern ones, might be tied to a particular account or online service. Ensure you have the right to sell and that the next owner can legally and effectively use the software.
  • Determine the Market Value:
    • Use platforms like eBay to gauge the going rate for each disc. Remember, rare editions or popular titles in excellent condition might fetch a higher price.
  • Choose a Selling Platform:
    • If you're looking for a broad audience, online platforms such as eBay or Amazon's used section might be your best bet. Local classifieds or marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace can also be effective.
  • Detailed Listing:
    • When listing, be sure to provide detailed descriptions and high-quality photos. This helps potential buyers understand what they're getting. Also, be upfront about any flaws or imperfections to avoid disputes later on.
  • Shipping & Handling:
    • If selling online, ensure you pack the discs properly to prevent damage during transit. Consider bubble wrap or padded envelopes.
  • Local Flight Sim Community:
    • Engage with local flight sim communities or clubs. They might have members interested in expanding their collections.
  • Safety First:
    • If selling locally, meet in public places, and avoid sharing personal information. If selling online, use trusted payment gateways.

Lastly, remember to keep all communication transparent and provide excellent customer service. Whether you're selling for profit or to declutter, your reputation is vital.

From my knowledge, newer platforms like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 and X-Plane 12 have shifted more towards digital downloads, but there's still a niche market for physical discs, especially for older or rarer editions.

Best of luck with your sales!

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