Sunday, May 9, 2010
GOOZEX A gift to gamers
I am not 100% familiar with the ins and outs of Goozex, but from what I have learned in the past week, this may be the way I shop for video games nine times out of ten!
I learned of the site while browsing the neoGAF (click here to visit neoGAF)forums, of which I have been waiting patiently for about two months to be allowed to post, and it seems most of those involved in the discussion were for this new commerce in the world of video games.
To sum it up in my own words, which is risky but I am willing to go the distance, I would have to admit Goozex and it's success rate are totally based in the faith and trust of it's community, 100%. It could seemingly fall apart at any minute. But, with the economy struggling today, and overall gamers falling into the same social profile and income status, in general, this system has turned out to be their saving grace. With a stack of used games that GameStop may offer you $3.50 for, Goozex assigns them a point value. You then offer the game for trade, and once it is accepted by another member, you are provided with the means necessary to get the product to its new owner in a timely manner.
Once the new owner of your game or movie (I forget, yes, movies too!) has received his request and is satisfied with the transaction, you will be rated for your performance in delivering a quality product in a timely manner, while maintaining good communication skills while the package is in limbo. Suddenly, you will notice that your account reflects the point value of the item you recently completed the transaction on.
Let us for a moment pretend that Steve has a Blu-Ray copy of Brokeback Mountain that he wants to get rid of because he already has one or some shit, and likely the book, and a twelve month calendar... Goozex gives 100 points to Steve's account once he successfully has shipped the copy of Brokeback Mountain to Tony, and two thumbs up have been awarded to Steve for his accurate product description and rapid transit! Those two thumbs up aren't thumbs at all, but Goozex points that Steve can now put in a request for a game or movie valued at 100 or less points!
And so like a crackhead without a pipe, he itches to shop the Goozex catalog. Goozex itself doesn't house the products, its users like Steve and Tony that ultimately handle the goods. Goozex simply matches them up kind of like Match.com, or maybe E-Harmony you know, resulting in each player getting what they desire out of their relationship. Steve wants 100 points, Tony wants Brokeback Mountain on Blu-Ray! Simple as that, and the deal is done.
Steve has his eye on two games. Hannah Montana for the DS is going for 100 points and is AVAILABLE! Which means, once he chooses to request that title, he will be told then and there who the trader is, how long they have to accept the deal, and when you may expect the game in the mailbox.
But, Hannah Montana can't put a finger to the new Barbie Deluxe for the PS3! If Steve goes this route, he will face with another Goozex instance, the queue. What is happening, surprisingly, is it seems Steve isn't the only person looking for the Barbie Deluxe title. A quick scan of those waiting in line even reveals our friend Tony from earlier in the story is also waiting in line for this crap!
So Steve will have to sit in the queue and wait his turn in line, but eventually he will receive the message, and his copy of Barbie Deluxe will be in the mail. Just as Tony had to sit and wait for Brokeback Mountain, Steve will now wait for Barbie.
And around and around it goes. Multiple trades concurrently ongoing. Thousands of members, and a pretty healthy track record for what I would initially consider to be very risky at the least. But, a user satisfaction tracker is available, and used allot providing a handsome amount of feedback for every detail that went down from any user, all wide open for the public to read. Reminiscent of an ebay user rating, it appears to be a setup that can deter a possible purchase gone wrong, and in many cases put those types of shady bastards out of business.
I'm currently using it, just to check it out and see how well my luck holds out. I still worry about the potential of being duped, but I am willing to personally go for it. As someone that really cannot pluck down the bones every time I need a game, this could very well be my answer.
Check this shit out for yourself, I think you will be pleased. Go to goozex.com and sign up for a free account. Start looking at the stuff collecting dust in your collection and start checking point values!