PlayStation 4 Pawn Shop Guide: Buying, Pawning & Selling PS4

PlayStation 4 Pawn Shop Guide: Buying, Pawning & Selling PS4

Many pawn shops buy and sell PS4 consoles. Learn how it works at local pawn shops.

Last updated December 1, 2022

PlayStation 4 console and controller

Source: PlayStation

The Sony PlayStation 4 was released in November 2013, and it quickly became one of the most popular gaming consoles in the world. According to, over 110 million PS4 consoles have been sold through October 2020. Used PS4s are commonly bought and sold at pawn shops and other online marketplaces.

The PS4 is the fourth home video game console developed by PlayStation and it is capable of playing Blu-ray discs, streaming media, and playing online games. PS4 also has access to the PlayStation Network, which allows users to download games, movies, and other content.

Selling/Pawning Your PS4 To A Pawn Shop

PS4 consoles typically sell at pawn shops for $150-300, and pawn shops will pay $50 to $150 to buy PS4 consoles from sellers. Factors that influence PS4 prices at pawn shops include:

  • Condition
  • Model
  • Disk size
  • Components included (headsets, controllers, etc.)
  • Year released

Pawn shops that specialize in electronics and video games will carry PS4s. Not all pawn shops carry these items, so you should use Pawn Shop Map’s tool to find pawn shops that buy and sell PS4s near you. Our tool enables you to filter local pawn shops by category so you can find pawn shops that buy and sell electronics like PS4.

PlayStation 4 has several console models that are valued differently. Below is a list of PS4 consoles that pawn shops buy and sell:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 4 Slim
  • PlayStation 4 Pro
  • PlayStation 4 500GB
  • PlayStation 4 1TB
  • PlayStation 4 1TB Slim
  • PlayStation 4 2TB
  • PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB
  • PlayStation 4 Pro 2TB
  • PlayStation 4 Pro 4TB

You can get more money at pawn shops when you include all the original components of your PlayStation 4. Also, you can include optional add-ons that increase value. Below is a list of items you should try to include when you take your PS4 to a pawn shop:

  • PlayStation 4 Console
  • Original Box & Instructions
  • Controller(s)
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Mono Headset
  • PlayStation Network Card (optional)
  • PlayStation Camera (optional)
  • Vertical Stand (optional)
  • PlayStation VR (optional)
  • PlayStation Move Motion Controllers (optional)
PS4 virtual reality headset

We recommend resetting your PS4 to factory default settings before selling or pawning your PS4 to a pawn shop. PlayStation consoles often store personal information on the hard disk, and it could represent a security issue if someone accesses your personal information. Follow the steps in Repairing & Resetting Your PS4 to reset your PS4.

Cleaning Your PS4

Cleaning PS4
Source: YouTube

You can get more money for your PS4 by spending 5 to 10 minutes cleaning it so it looks nice. Condition is one of the factors of how pawn shops determine value. Follow the steps below to safely clean your PlayStation 4:

  1. Turn off the PlayStation 4 and unplug it from the power source.
  2. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down the exterior of the PlayStation console.
  3. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and use it to clean the PlayStation console vents, ports, and other small areas.
  4. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove dust and debris from the PlayStation vents.
  5. Wipe down the PlayStation controllers and other accessories with a damp cloth.
  6. Allow the console to air dry before plugging it back in and turning the PlayStation console on.

Repairing & Resetting Your PS4

PlayStation 4 consoles usually do not break in the traditional sense. However, a PS4 can malfunction due to a variety of reasons, such as a power surge, overheating, or a hardware defect. If your PS4 console is malfunctioning, your local pawn shop will probably make an offer for your console, or they may give you a very low offer. You should try repairing or resetting your PS4 before bringing it into the pawn shop.

Tips to repair a broken PS4:

  • Check the power cord and HDMI cable for any damage. Try replacing the HDMI cable.
  • Make sure the power outlet is working properly. Try changing power outlets.
  • Check the power settings in the system settings.
  • Reset the PS4 by holding down the power button for 7 seconds.
  • Check the disc drive for any damage or debris. You can use an air duster for electronics to blow away dust and debris. Be careful touching sensitive areas of your PS4 - oil from your hands can damage the console.
  • If all else fails, contact Sony for repair or replacement.

If your PS4 powers on but has problems, you can try resetting the console by following these steps:

  1. Check the power cord and power outlet. Make sure the power cord is securely plugged into the power outlet and the PS4.
  2. Check the HDMI cable. Make sure the HDMI cable is securely connected to the PS4 and the TV.
  3. Reset the PS4. Hold down the power button for at least 7 seconds until you hear two beeps.
  4. Check the hard drive. Make sure the hard drive is securely connected to the PS4.
  5. Update the PS4 software. Go to Settings > System Software Update and install the latest update.
  6. Rebuild the PS4 database. Go to Settings > Initialization > Rebuild Database.
  7. Restore the PS4 to its factory settings. Go to Settings > Initialization > Restore Default Settings.

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