Walmart has announced plans to jump into the used video game market, no doubt to the ire of publishers and GameStops everywhere. Starting March 26, any one of its 3,100 stores will be happy to take your unwanted games off of your hands for a gift card usable at any Walmart or Sam’s Club location.
Used game’s are not simply slapped with a price tag and put immediately on the shelf, though. Walmart states in its press releases that all used games will be “sent to be refurbished and made available for purchase in like-new condition starting this summer.” Maybe they will be factory sealed and given a stamp of approval, but how do you refurbish a disc or 3DS cart?
Games can be traded in online, but hardware must be done through a store, and Walmart even has an online calculator which will help you estimate the value of your trade. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will land you a price of $30 with the case and manual intact, and Grand Theft Auto V sells for $28. Not too shabby.
It’s been a while since I’ve trade away any games to a retail store. I like to keep the games I dream about playing again some day. So many games, so little time. However, when I finally took an axe to my huge video game collection last year, all of the games I sold went through Amazon or eBay, not to a retail store, and I made so much more money because of it.
My collector’s mentality still hasn’t forgiven me, though. Oh, my beautiful copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga… it’s gone!
Anybody going to try trading in with Walmart, or are GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon still your best bet for trade-ins?
BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walmart is giving the more than 110 million gamers across the U.S. a new way to unlock value in their current purchases and save even more when it comes to one of the fastest-growing forms of entertainment.
“Gaming continues to be an important business for us and we’re actively taking aim at the $2 billion pre-owned video game opportunity”
Starting Wednesday, March 26, customers will be able to trade in their video games and apply the value immediately towards the purchase of anything sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club, both in stores and online. The traded-in games will then be sent to be refurbished and made available for purchase in like-new condition at a great low price.
“Gaming continues to be an important business for us and we’re actively taking aim at the $2 billion pre-owned video game opportunity,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer for Walmart U.S. “When we disrupt markets and compete, our customer wins. They’ll save money on video games and have the flexibility to spend it however they want.”
How it Works
Walmart’s video game trade-in program is easy.
Customers bring their working video games, in the original packaging, to the electronics department.
Associates scan the UPC code on the case and evaluate the game for obvious damage such as deep scratches or cracks.
The customer is then provided with a trade-in value for each game to accept.
The total value accepted by the customer is awarded immediately and can be applied at checkout in a Walmart store or Sam’s Club, or online at Walmart.com or SamsClub.com
Available at more than 3,100 Walmart stores nationwide, the new trade-in service will accept thousands of games for popular consoles like the Sony PlayStation3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. Trade-in value will vary.
Certified Pre-Owned Video Games in Stores Later this Year
Later this year, Walmart customers will also be able to purchase pre-owned video games in stores and on Walmart.com. The video games will be labeled “Certified Pre-Owned” which means the product is fully refurbished and in like-new condition.
“While new releases will remain the focus of our gaming business, we’re glad to give our customers the option to buy pre-owned games,” added Mac Naughton.
Walmart’s Trade-In Continues to Grow In-Store and Online
Walmart’s in-store video game trade-in program builds on its existing trade-in offerings. In-store, customers can trade in tablets and smartphones and apply the trade-in value towards the purchase of a new device. Online at www.walmart.com/gadgetstogiftcards, customers can receive credit for a larger range of products such as MP3 players, cameras and laptops, in addition to smartphones, tablets and video games.
More information about the new video game trade-in service can be found on the new Walmart blog at http://blog.walmart.com or at http://news.walmart.com/videogames.
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