Walmart Stores Begin Accepting Used Game Trades

Mega-retailer Walmart has entered the lucrative used game buy back market through a partnership with kiosk provider e-Play.

As part of a pilot program, e-Play leased space and put buy back kiosks in 77 of Walmart's 3,656 US locations, reports Gamasutra.

The self-service kiosks, which can also rent movies and games, require users to scan the UPC code from a game's case. The game's value then appears on-screen, with the machine later needing the user's credit card and drivers license information.

Before completing a trade, the kiosk requires a game disc to be inserted to confirm its authenticity. The value of the game is then put on a credit card. Due to the disc-based authentication, the program is limited to Xbox, PlayStation and Wii console games.

What exactly happens to the discs and cases after that is a mystery, as e-Play will only say that there are "couple different methods" for the company to deal with used games.

Word of the program emerged over the weekend, after Cheap Ass Gamer noticed a NeoCrisis blog post with initial details and pictures of one kiosk.

While other retailers, such as GameStop, see a majority of their profit come out of used game sales, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has doubts about the kiosks.

"I can't see this having tremendous appeal to hardcore gamers, unless the credits are substantially higher than those offered at GameStop," he told Gamastura.

"Even if this takes off, it's not going to make much of a dent in the used market," he added. "I don't see it being a big deal."

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    May 18, 2009 10:49 AM

    This is a pretty scary step for developers. One thing to have game specific shops to have used game trades, but Walmart is on a whole other scale.

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      May 18, 2009 10:52 AM

      and so developers will come up with more ways to offer perks to the original buyer... next thing you know the game will be crippled in some way or you wont get to finish the game unless your the first one who bought it and have the original codez... lol

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        May 18, 2009 11:35 AM

        Some sort of "DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT", DRM for short! I'm going to make fucking MILLIONS of pissed off gamers

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      May 18, 2009 11:12 AM


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        May 18, 2009 11:23 AM

        yes, and having the games there for download at any time is awesome and has proven useful after a few reformats on my part.

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        May 18, 2009 11:30 AM

        And then people will piss and moan that they can't resell the games they buy on it.

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        May 18, 2009 1:02 PM

        How does that work for console games. That's what these machines are for.

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      May 18, 2009 12:03 PM

      I find it to be terrifying.

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      May 18, 2009 1:02 PM

      WHO CARES about developers

      Just give us CHEAP GAMES

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      May 18, 2009 1:12 PM

      I really think that publishers could really cut down on the used game market if they started drastically reducing the price of their games at an early time, like say a drop to $50 at 3 months, a drop to $35 at 6 months and then a jump them down to $20 at a year out. If everyone knew that the price of the games would be dropping quickly then Gamestops wouldn't want to pay hardly anything for them, and people who usually wait until the used values get cheap enough would be able to just pick up a retail copy in a few months.

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