Everybody loves Dunkin' Donuts (or equivalent depending on your geographical location), but a new social game trading network contends that it is a perfect location to trade those used games face-to-face. The site is called www.waygoz.com, and its mission statement is to take the trading offline and away from places like Gamestop where gamers don't get a decent return on their sales.
The site facilitates trades between gamers online, then encourages them to set up a meeting within their local communities at familiar and safe locations such as Dunkin' Donuts. While they use the popular coffee stop as an example of a perfect place to make game trades, the point of the service is to give consumers a better chance to look at the merchandise they are purchasing, meet the people they are buying the merchandise from and forcing them to be a little more social.
It also allows them to buy and sell their games and other game-related items at a price that is reasonable to them.
The site also highlights and encourages trading in a safe way. For those concerned about their teenagers meeting up with some weirdo adult (like in an episode of "To Catch a Predator"), the site divides teens and adults into two distinct trading groups. They also encourage members to freely show their identification to each other before any transaction takes place to avoid fraud or physical harm (and to ultimately avoid buying any stolen goods).
So why does the world need such a site? Waygoz's co-founder says it best:
"The used games business is a bit broken," Co-founder Jean-Paul Rehr tells IGN. "People like the idea of not having to go to a store to lose money on game trade-ins."
The site officially launches this week but Rehr says they have already put the system through the paces; in a recent limited beta test in Toronto, 1,500 people signed up to the site and conducted some 500 trades. Rehr claims that the number of games offered for trade by participants of the beta test exceeded the second-hand games offered by downtown Toronto games retailers.
Source: IGN by way of Andrew Eisen.