Wal-Mart Starts Selling Used Games Online

Wal-Mart Starts Selling Used Games Online

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Wal-Mart's game trading kiosks must have amassed a nice selection of used titles, as the company has begun selling pre-owned games online.

Back in May, Wal-Mart started deploying "Video Game Buyback" kiosks that customers could dump their games into to receive credit. These games are now being sold online through Wal-Mart's website.

The used games being sold are for the following platforms: GameBoy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox, and Xbox 360. Though some analysts have said that Wal-Mart probably isn't going to make a dent in the used games market, the way they are selling them here is actually somewhat appealing. All of the games are "polished, tested and inspected," already one-upping GameStop, which basically has someone look at a game for half a second to determine whether it is good or not. Wal-Mart's used games also come in the original product packaging, which is nice, though there is no mention if manuals are included as well. GameStop does include original packaging and manuals when purchasing games online, though in-store is a different story.

Wal-Mart's Prices are comparable to GameStop's, with some games priced lower and some priced higher. GameStop may already be reacting to Wal-Mart's online used prices with price drops of their own, though, or vice versa. For example, a used LittleBigPlanet is $44.99 at GameStop, marked with a new $5 "online-only" price drop, while Wal-Mart has it priced at $49.96. This could be purely coincidence (sorry I don't price check every day), but the same is also true with inFamous, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and New Super Mario Bros, with GameStop either matching Wal-Mart's prices or beating them with "online-only" price drops. Many games are just a scant 3 cents cheaper at Wal-Mart, as the retail giant is selling their titles for $XX.96, while GameStop sells their games for $XX.99.

Whatever kind of price war may be going on, or was simply created in my head, Wal-Mart appears to be setting itself up as a consumer go-to point for reliable, cheap used games. This could be great for consumers if it creates competition in the retail used videogames market, and even for collectors who may be able to find a few gems if they can click fast enough. Perhaps we'll see used games in physical Wal-Marts someday too.

(Via: Ars Technica)

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Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

also I get the feeling Walmart will rule the world someday lol

Not if Google has anything to say about it...

I suppose this would have happened sooner or later. In the last Wal-Mart I went to, they still had copies of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for the N64 on the "old games" shelf.

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

also I get the feeling Walmart will rule the world someday lol

wal-mart will rule the world, and make us pay for it.

More power to Wal-Mart if they think they can corner the used game market. I'm honestly tired of seeing Gamestop trying to pawn off a used copy of a game at virtually the same price as a new copy. Competition may finally balance out the prices of used games at last!

This is a good thing, a very good thing.

How it'll work out is up in the air though.

hansari:

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

also I get the feeling Walmart will rule the world someday lol

Not if Google has anything to say about it...

How many googles have McDonalds or subways in them?? lol jk

Deathkingo:

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

also I get the feeling Walmart will rule the world someday lol

wal-mart will rule the world, and make us pay for it.

at low afforadble prices

Good, I say.

Places like Gamestop sell used games at ridiculous prices. It's almost guaranteed that Walmart will sell them at a more affordable price once they decide they want to crush GameStop.

I don't get used games for newer games (like, I dunno, Batman), but I'm not too interested in paying $40 for a game that's been out for two years and has been used.

...Of course, Amazon is still my go-to online store for games, used or otherwise. Free shipping is free, they're almost always cheaper, and I don't have to drive four miles to pick it up. I just bought a game from them two dollars cheaper than the Walmart price, and it was new. 8)

Welcome to the party Walmart. I hope you weren't planning on staying long, because especially since you have joined the party, and further cut developers off from cash, it's pretty much guaranteed that Digital Distribution will cut you out of the equation very quickly.

Wal-Mart wont rule the world.
If anything, it will become its own country, but not the whole world. Disney, Sony, and Microsoft won't allow that.

Anyways, problem with this is...its at Wal-Mart. Im not going in there. Though I dont live in nowhere land where their power really lies, so I wont have to.

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

Don't. Do. This.

OT- Ah, the monopoly begins =3

It's good for Gamestop to have competition. Good for us consumers anyway. Maybe this means that we'll get better prices on the obviously overpriced games.

ansem1532:

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

Don't. Do. This.

OT- Ah, the monopoly begins =3

lol do what? the first post? lol sorry I've always wanted to do that.

say goodbye to ebgames!

Sir Roflpwn:

ansem1532:

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

Don't. Do. This.

OT- Ah, the monopoly begins =3

lol do what? the first post? lol sorry I've always wanted to do that.

Don't make a habit of it. It is not tolerated here.

But other than that, you are forgiven =p

Thats good. But I wonder if it will work?

ansem1532:

Sir Roflpwn:

ansem1532:

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

Don't. Do. This.

OT- Ah, the monopoly begins =3

lol do what? the first post? lol sorry I've always wanted to do that.

Don't make a habit of it. It is not tolerated here.

But other than that, you are forgiven =p

thank you oh mighy one!!!
I will sacrifice ten thousand Gamerpoints in your honor!!

...lol I dont see the joy in saying first post...lol I dont understand why youtube is filled with them...I didnt getted imbewed with super powers or anything like that lol

after perusing the section of used 360 games on their website..some games are a deal,whereas games like Fallout 3 are about $50.

Meh, I think it will work. I don't think I will use ut though, I don't like buying thing online unless I have too.

Let the used game price wars begin! Stores, fight fairly and keep everything above the belt. But do underprice each other often and frequently. (Ya right, Gamestop is gonna think the Walmart thing is a fluke and won't last, so they won't bother competing. This Christmas will tell how it goes.) Stay Tuned, Escapists!

The more competition GameStop has, the better, even if it is another evil conglomerate.

Xanadu84:
Welcome to the party Walmart. I hope you weren't planning on staying long, because especially since you have joined the party, and further cut developers off from cash, it's pretty much guaranteed that Digital Distribution will cut you out of the equation very quickly.

Digital distribution will only mean more pirating. Grab a game online, throw it on a thumb drive, and load it onto the system. At least with discs, people have to mod their system which voids the warranty and is detectable during online play.

paypuh:
The more competition GameStop has, the better, even if it is another evil conglomerate.

Xanadu84:
Welcome to the party Walmart. I hope you weren't planning on staying long, because especially since you have joined the party, and further cut developers off from cash, it's pretty much guaranteed that Digital Distribution will cut you out of the equation very quickly.

Digital distribution will only mean more pirating. Grab a game online, throw it on a thumb drive, and load it onto the system. At least with discs, people have to mod their system which voids the warranty and is detectable during online play.

I doubt this. It's a lot easier to make a copy of a disc then it is to mess around with the software on your console. Unless a company shows a flagrant disregard for there profits, then Digital Distribution will be just as well protected as traditional. Which is to say, both will be pirated the day they are released, if not earlier. Games will be pirated. If a company makes purchasing and playing a game easier, like by giving a digital distribution option, then consumers will be less likely to pirate.

Well since it's Walmart there's no possible chance I'll be using it. Not that it matters, I don't use Gamestop either (Amazon ftw!).

Xanadu84:
I doubt this. It's a lot easier to make a copy of a disc then it is to mess around with the software on your console. Unless a company shows a flagrant disregard for there profits, then Digital Distribution will be just as well protected as traditional. Which is to say, both will be pirated the day they are released, if not earlier. Games will be pirated. If a company makes purchasing and playing a game easier, like by giving a digital distribution option, then consumers will be less likely to pirate.

People who pirate games will always pirate games.

ansem1532:

Sir Roflpwn:

ansem1532:

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

Don't. Do. This.

OT- Ah, the monopoly begins =3

lol do what? the first post? lol sorry I've always wanted to do that.

Don't make a habit of it. It is not tolerated here.

But other than that, you are forgiven =p

Never. Forgive.

Especially when it comes to "first" posts.

Vlane:

ansem1532:

Sir Roflpwn:

ansem1532:

Sir Roflpwn:
First post!!! I hope lol

Don't. Do. This.

OT- Ah, the monopoly begins =3

lol do what? the first post? lol sorry I've always wanted to do that.

Don't make a habit of it. It is not tolerated here.

But other than that, you are forgiven =p

Never. Forgive.

Especially when it comes to "first" posts.

By "forgiven", I meant probation.

Not a ban, yet =p

 

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