Where to get the best PS4 trade in prices

By Aaron Potter | | |

So you’ve decided to trade in your precious PS4. It’s served you well, offering up great gaming experiences through the likes of Uncharted 4, God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn, but the time has come for you to gift it to another player – likely in the hopes of switching platform to Xbox One, upgrading to a PS4 Pro or preparing for the inevitable arrival of PS5. We know that Sony’s new console is set to arrive by 2020, so now might be a good time to trade in your PS4 and receive the most value.

Whatever your reason for trading in a PS4, you’ll obviously want to do so while receiving the best price or rate possible. The good news is that there are multiple retailers willing to accept your well-loved PS4 – either offering you in-store credit or cash in return – and we at Console Deals are here to highlight the benefits of all the major players. Before we get started, however, we thought it worth covering a few top tips of use prior to trade-in.

Getting your PS4 ready for trade-in

As obvious as it may seem, for any retailer to accept your used PS4 for trade-in you have to ensure that it is in full working order. At the very minimum it needs to be functional. There’s no use in bringing in only to be told point blank that your PS4 is not in a resaleable condition. Issues like broken Wi-Fi, exterior scratches and faulty optical drives aren’t deal-breakers by any stretch (though they will affect price). But if the console can’t play games or complete basic tasks, you’re unlikely to recoup any worthwhile value.

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You’ll also want to wipe the PS4 system of all data. This is easily done by going to PS4’s Settings option and following the appropriate processes. If you fail to do this, you run the risk of giving whomever picks up your PS4 next access to your personal details. Any retailer worth its weight should do this for you – but better to be safe than sorry.  Once your console is clean and ready to go, find its original box and accessories if you can as in most places this can raise your trade-in’s value.

Retailers that accept PS4 trade-ins

As alluded to earlier, there are plenty of in-store and online retailers in the UK that accept PS4 trade-ins. Before settling on the retailer you think might give you the best price, it’s worth shopping around and doing some research to see what each offer as rates tend to fluctuate all the time. Here we’ll break down the benefits of trading in via the UK’s three major players: GAME, Music Magpie and CEX.

How to trade in a PS4 to GAME

As the UK’s biggest games retailer, GAME is one that’d be more than happy to accept your used PS4. Whereas at one time you would have needed to bring the console physically into a store, GAME now allow you to simply type whatever it is you want to trade in into their online search bar, pack it up and then send it to them directly. Selling your PS4 in store is still an option, but the online process saves you travel and won’t accrue you any cost.

Here’s a breakdown of the rough price you can get for each PS4 variant at GAME. However, bear in mind that the level of quality will affect it.

PS4 Slim 500GB – £105

PS4 Slim 1TB – £125

PS4 Pro 1TB – £175

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How to trade in a PS4 to Music Magpie

Music Magpie prides itself on being “the fast, free and easy way to sell your PS4”. Similar to GAME, all you have to do to trade your PS4 console in with Music Magpie is to pack it up in a box (not necessarily in its original packaging) and they’ll handle the rest. You can get an instant price for the PS4 by filling out the details online, and all being well you’ll receive payment the day after it’s received by Music Magpie either via bank transfer, PayPal or cheque.

Here’s a breakdown of the rough price you can get for each PS4 variant at Music Magpie. However, bear in mind that the level of quality will affect it.

PS4 Slim 500GB – £120

PS4 Slim 1TB – £140

PS4 Pro 1TB – £200

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How to trade in a PS4 to CEX

Cex Logo

CEX is another popular UK retailer that makes it easy to trade in your PS4 for a good price. You can visit them in-store for them to assess your unit, but much like Music Magpie and GAME they offer the means to do it online where they trade as webuy.com. You’ll first need to create an account and input the information online, before getting to work printing off the shipping label and sending it to them via Royal Mail Freepost.

Here’s a breakdown of the rough price you can get for each PS4 variant at CEX. However, bear in mind that the level of quality will affect it.

PS4 Slim 500GB – £98

PS4 Slim 1TB – £110

PS4 Pro 1TB – £150

Visit CEX

Trade-in differences for PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro

One thing you’ll notice is that the age and model of your PS4 is another factor – as well as quality level – that directly affects your console’s trade-in value. That’s why it’s important when trading in your PS4 using an online storefront to ensure that the information you’re putting in is accurate. Otherwise it’s only a matter of time before whoever is assessing it at the other end of the delivery gives you one of two options: change the price or have it sent back to you.

Whatever you do when trading in your PS4, be sure to check what price each different retailer offers before committing to selling so you can guarantee you’ll get the best possible deal. Following that, you’re all set for your next console upgrade – whether it’s for the incoming PS5 or another PS4 type.

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