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5/23/09 8:54 P

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i think i'd stay loyal to gamestop/eb games. i'm really sick of the 'box' stores. especially wallyworld. the only reason i shop there right now is because it saves me 15 miles round trip from goin to a larger city to grab say diapers and soy milk.

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5/19/09 8:51 A

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I have to agree that maybe Walmart will be way better in determinging the value of games and do so at a so large scale that it would be nice to have. The only problem with having a machine do it is that you can't tell if that person stole the games. When I worked at the game store you can tel which ones were lying about the game they just finished playing. Some of them I would call out there on the spot by asking the question about the game.

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5/19/09 4:13 A

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Good point MOMMY_T. I will take a wait see attitude.

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5/18/09 4:34 P

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In some ways, I'd almost trust it more if it were from Wal-Mart (since they do guarantee things), but in others, I agree that the electronics associates usually don't know that much about them.

Not sure how I would like this--would have to see it to know.

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5/18/09 4:20 P

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I think the used game business is hurting the publishers in the long run, but there are plenty of pros and cons. I am glad to see that it will be a kiosk, and not some wal-mart employee dealing with the games. I think it would be rare to find an employee that would care about the condition of the game. I wonder if the kiosk checks the scratches?

i really like the $1 a day rental...Is that for games! it is like redbox dvd.



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5/18/09 4:14 P

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Walmart To Buy Used Games
Posted by Stephen Johnson - Monday, May 18, 2009 9:51 AM


Given that the used-game market is worth two billion dollars a year to Game Stop, it's not surprising that other people are trying to muscle into that market. First it was Amazon.com's buyback program, then Radio Shack, and now Walmart is getting into the act. The gigantic retailer is floating a test program of used game kiosks at 77 of its many, many big box stores.

The machines are owned by E-play, a third-party, leasing space from Walmart. E-play marketing VP and business development exec Kristen Fox told Gamasutra that the machines will work like this: Consumers will scan the UPC codes of their played-out games, the machine will display an offering price, and the consumer will either accept it or deny it. After that, the machine will scan the game disc to make sure it's legit, then you'll insert the game and case into the bin, and your credit card will be credited with the agreed-upon price.

The kiosks will also contain DVDs and games that can be rented for a dollar a day.

It remains to be seen what E-Play plans to do with the games it buys, how much money the kiosks will be offering per game, and how Walmart kiosk prices will stack up against its competitors. Also, keep in mind: These used game kiosks will only be available in 0.02 percent of Walmart's 3,656 U.S. stores, so that probably means it won't be near you. Of course, if the experiment proves successful, it could easily spread to other locations.

What do you think? If Walmart starts allowing you to sell your games through the company, will you do it? Or are you loyal to Game Stop or Amazon?



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