Console Games (Nintendo, Sony etc.) and Arcade Games/Playstation4 Console


Hi Helen,

I was finally able to purchase a PS4 console today, after weeks of trying.  However, a few hours after I purchased it, I discovered that it does not support external hard drives.  Unfortunately, this is one of the main functions that I use the console for.  Without the ability to use an external hard drive with the console, the system's ability to support my interests decreases significantly.  I currently own the PS3 and enjoy using it for this function daily. Now, it appears that the XBOX ONE may be better suited for my interests and uses.

However, since the packaging has been opened, I do not believe I will be able to return the console.  I also purchased Call of Duty and the two year warranty.  I am trying to explore my options, and it appears that may be the best route.  My question is, with the high demand for PS4 consoles and limited availability, what should the price be?  I have never sold anything online before, so I am unsure of what I should make the asking price.  Based on your extensive knowledge of gaming consoles, I am hoping you can provide me with some insight or advice on how I should proceed.  

Thank you in advance for your time and response!


If it is still in "new" condition and you can send it in all the original packaging, you should be able to get about $500-$550 for it. You may want to set a reserve of $400 and a Buy It Now of $550 or $600. If you're missing any of the packaging, manuals, etc. and therefore would need to list in "used" condition, you're looking at anywhere from $350-$450. As it looks like PS4 availability has increased significantly (24,774 listings on eBay and consoles in stock at Target,, etc.) there isn't that much of a price spike.

Hope this helped and Happy Holidays!
Helen =)

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Helen Joan Casper


Ever since I played "Pong" in the early 80's, I've been a video game aficionado. I can answer hardware & games questions about all games from console to PC on all systems and platforms. I can answer hardware questions about all systems (including PS1 - PS4, Wii, NES, SNES, PSP, Vita, DS (all), GBA, GB, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One). I can also answer PC game questions, especially Second Life, Vampire: Bloodlines, and all Sims questions. I am especially knowledgeable in all Valve Software games (Half-Life 1&2, Portal 1&2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike:Source, CS:GO, Dota 2) and Square-Enix (formerly SquareSoft) games. If I haven't played the game yet I will research it and help you find the answer, renting the game if necessary. I can answer gaming community questions as well and am intimately familiar with games with multiplayer micro-economies (Second Life & Steam games) I cannot answer questions about Action Replay. I will not answer questions regarding illegal usage of software or activities which violate the Terms of Service for any company. If it is an independent game that has not been widely published and/or a game only released in some countries, I may not be able to help with it either (sadly!) but I will try.


I have been an expert here since 2000 (under the name of Helen Chipman) and also volunteer on numerous other game-related websites and forums. I was also an expert here in games/roleplaying games, weddings, childbirth, and doulas. I have 13+ years online community management experience (8 of which are in video game/game-related communities) and am a former GameStop store manager. I have 30+ years experience playing video games- both console and PC.

Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

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