Wal-mart Jumps Into Used Game Biz

Prepare for a renewed round of video game industry whining now that Wal-mart has apparently entered the used game business.

Neocrisis reports that the editor’s local Wal-mart has installed automated game trade-in machines which exchange credit for used titles. Or should, anyway. Neocrisis reports that the machines at his store were glitchy and couldn’t complete his trades. When functional, the machines should accept PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Wii games:

The machine looks extremely similiar to the Redbox DVD rental machines. When I went to use the machine, however, it still had more than a few bugs that need fixing… But still, if there is one business out there to give Gamespot some competition, it’s the giant Wal-Mart.

Kotaku has more, including word that the project is being tested at 77 Wal-marts in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Payment for used games is not in Wal-mart store credit, but rather is handled by a third party, e-play. Money for trades is charged back to the trader’s credit card up to three days after the transaction.

Via: CheapyD on Twitter

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  1. DarkSaber says:

    A lot of GameStop/Game etc. stores over a good trade-in value on annual sports games if you trade in the last years though.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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  3. nighstalker160 says:

    Maybe I just have an awesome GameStop but I’ve always gotten pretty good Trade in values for my used games.

    I traded in MLB ’08 just a few weeks ago (so after MLB ’09 has come out) and got $22 for it. Which is pretty good for an out-of-date sports game IMO. Certainly more than I was expecting.

  4. ZippyDSMlee says:

    I buy and sell on ebay all the time I see they are trying an odd middle man route to sell used games…. would it not be…I dunno "faster" to just seal the sued titles in plastic and sell them randomly placed with the new stuff. Then round down the games people bring in by 10% and let chastisers flip through a bar code book scan the title in and get instant credit on your purchase. I guess they jsut don;t want to stick a chastiser in the electronic/game section all the time…like they ever have enough of the  in the store at any time…

    The warmart up up managed to get BI LO closed and they don;t keep half their registers open and there is always 3 or 4 people in line….. how the hell dose this chain stay in business operating  so inefficiently …


    I am a criminal because I purchase media,I am a criminal because I use media, I am a criminal because I chose to own media..We shall remain criminals until Corporate stay’s outside our bedrooms..


  5. 1AgainstTheWorld says:

    I used to sell a lot of games on eBay, until something like this happened to me:


    Except instead of going to all the (admittedly hilarious) insanity this guy did, I just quit selling there.  Still buy occasionally, as it’s possible to find good deals, but I’ve sort of lost the patience for bidding and waiting, and prefer BuyItNow auctions.  Assuming you can find any where the seller doesn’t start the bidding at retail price and charge 8 bucks for shipping.

  6. Craig R. says:

    Have you ever sold on eBay? There could be any number of reasons why a seller needs to leave negative feedback for a buyer. I’ve had to leave negative feedback before as a seller.

    And to be honest, I’d rather sell my games back to a GameStop or Amazon.com or even this new service from Wal-Mart. eBay isn’t worth the effort of listing, waiting for payment, having to ship, etc for every single game I’ve got.

  7. DarkSaber says:

    Why should it? A seller shouldn’t be sending stuff out before the payment goes through, and that’s the only concern a seller really has.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  8. DarkSaber says:

    Up to 3 days later? The hell with that, if I’m handing over my game in store, the store can damn well give me my credit/money there and then.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  9. DC191 says:

    It seems like a perfectly reasonable measure to prevent fraud.  The kiosks are completely automated so there is no way to immediately verify what you actually give the machine.

    It’s no different then depositing a cheque at the ATM and then being told that you will only have access to part of that money (if any at all) until the transaction is verified.

  10. Speeder says:

    And all my crappy PC AAA games that feature only 30 minutes of gameplay? (ahem… assassins creed…), I have to stick with them?


    That suck 🙁



  11. JDKJ says:

    Yo, Jack! Wal-Mart could be hiring. And that mild retardation could work in your favor. I’m told they give that preferential treatment. Drop a resume on them. 

  12. DarkSaber says:

    What I meant was, why do it that way when you can go into a Game or Gamestation, hand your game over there and walk out with your money there and then.

    I seriously doubt Wal-Mart would be offering better trade-in value than any of the competitors.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  13. Icehawk says:

    if there is one business out there to give Gamespot some competition

    Wonder if they meant Gamestop/EBs.  And no not bloody likely.  They would be competing with the Netflix and such that rent games though.  Sure that will go over well. 

  14. gamadaya says:

    Ebay. Just Ebay. Always and forever Ebay. You can get $4 trading in a game at Gamestop, or $20 selling it on Ebay. This thing will probably just be Gamestop in vending machine form.


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