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On The Table Read, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, discovered the best second hand games and consoles, perfect for saving money on your Christmas shopping.

Second Hand Consoles And Games

In the UK, research has found that, due to the cost of living crisis, 62% of gamers are changing their habit of buying new games to hunting down second hand games.

On Google, there has been a 60% increase in searches for pre owned games, so in response to the International Games Month, were intrigued to find out which game and console is the most popular among gamers in the second-hand market! 

To do this, they scraped recent sales of over 60 most popular games and 15 gaming consoles on a notable global resale e-commerce website, revealing the best-selling second hand game and gaming consoles in 2022! 

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Key findings:

  • Minecraft is the most sought-after second hand game, with 5,700 used items sold online recently, highest among all games reviewed!
  • The newly released shooting game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is ranked second with 5,500 used games sold online. GTA V placed third with 4,500 sales. 
  • With the successful launch of PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 is now the most popular gaming console in the second hand market with 13,000 used consoles sold recently. 
  • Nintendo DS ranked second most popular in the second hand market and Nintendo Switch came third.

Top 10 most popular second hand games

RankingGameNumber of items sold (second hand only)*
2Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II5,500
3Grand Theft Auto V4,500
4Mario Kart 8 Deluxe3,300
5Red Dead Redemption II2,600
6FIFA 222,500
7The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild2,400
8Luigi’s Mansion 32,000
9Animal Crossing: New Horizons1,900
10God of War1,800

*Used/pre-owned/second hand sales only in the last 90 days


With 5,700 used items sold in the last three months, Minecraft is the most popular game in the second hand market, and the highest among all games reviewed! Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time across multiple platforms, so it’s not a surprise that it ranked first in the second hand market too. Pre-owned Minecraft PS4 editions are sold for £11 on average, which is 50% lower than a new official copy. 

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II

In close second is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II with 5,500 used games recently sold in the second hand market. Despite only being released a month ago, this sequel to the 2019 blockbuster Modern Warfare, os already one of the most streamed games this month. The average listings for this second hand game were priced at £46, which is only 10% cheaper than buying a brand new one. 

Grand Theft Auto V

Known as GTA 5, Grand Theft Auto V comes in third place, with 4,500 used games sold recently online. First released in 2013, Rockstar’s enduring game has grabbed the headlines again after releasing on PS5 and XBOX series earlier this year. The recent sold price for the used GTA V PS5 version was £18 on average, which saves gamers more than 27% on buying a brand new one!

Top 5 most popular second hand gaming consoles 

RankingConsoleNumber of items sold (used only)*
1PlayStation 413,000
2Nintendo DS12,000
3Nintendo switch11,000
4Xbox one9,100
5Nintendo Gameboy8,400
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Playstation 4

After the launch of the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 is now the most popular console in the second hand market, with 13,000 used consoles sold online in the last 90 days. 

Nintendo DS

After being discontinued and retired from the market in 2020, it is not a surprise that the Nintendo DS is the secod most sought-after conslole in the second hand market, with 12,000 used consoles sold recently. First released in 2004, it is also the second best selling console of all time with 154 million sales worldwide according to Statista.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s Switch is ranked third with 11,000 used consoles sold globally. Released in 2017, this unique console enables people to enjoy gaming both at home and on the go.

Martin Betch

Martin Betch, the co-founder of Hi-van, a company specialized in travel van life,and a huge gaming fan who loves traveling shared his reasons for choosing second hand gaming with

“Although I am mostly traveling, I am also huge on gaming. I carry my Nintendo Switch and my Xbox One everywhere I go! Second-hand games and consoles are becoming increasingly popular as people try to save money during the cost of living crisis. As a traveler, I try to be frugal with my costs but it’s really hard to be. Petrol’s price has more than doubled since a year ago, most consumer goods have become more expensive and restaurants have become very expensive. We cannot afford to buy AAA video games anymore. The new Modern Warfare 2 costs 69.99$! 

Of course, I am not going to spend 70 bucks on a game even though I love the series. That’s why I turn to buying games second-hand. Many people accidentally buy extra codes for their games when they get them new and sell them on eBay for cheap. But not always, so I just wait for the sales to come by.”


1. was interested to find out which secondhand game and gaming console was the most sought-after.

2. To do this, they first collated a seed list of 61 most popular games right now in 2022 after referencing many reputable sites such as Ranker, npd, gaminggorilla, etc. Free games such as Fall Guys, Fortnite, PUBG, Counter-Strike:Global Offensive, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, League of Legends, Valorant are excluded in the research. They also collected a seed list of 15 most popular gaming consoles. 

3. They then put each game name into a global notable P2P e-commerce website and noted down the number of sales within the last 90 days worldwide. 

4. Listings were filtered to “like new”, “very good”, “good”, “acceptable”, “used” to ensure that only used or secondhand items are included in this study. 

5. Listings were filtered to “video games” or “video game consoles” only so that only game/console sales were counted, excluding other merchandise with the same name.

6. *A 60% increase in second hand games Google searches was seen during the past month (23rd October – 23rd November, 2022)

7.The data were collected between the 15th November -21st November and is correct as of then.

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