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GameStop shows little concern over Amazon’s used game program

Friday, 6th March 2009 02:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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GameStop doesn’t think Amazon’s foray into the used videogame market will succeed.

CEO Dan DeMatteo told Edge today that the gift card scheme was something his firm unsuccessfully tried in the past.

“I give the probability of this working at zero,” he said. “Electronics Boutique also tried it and failed. There’s no consumer acceptance. With consumers, there is an immediacy for currency when they want to buy a new game.

“It didn’t work for us, and I can’t see it working for them”

Trade-in requirements from Amazon state that customers have to wait for the gift card to be processed and shipped, instead of getting an immediate recoup from the trade.

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3 Comments

  1. Gamoc

    It might have something to do with the service being abysmal.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. bytemap

    Or the fact that the current trade-in prices really stunk that you weren’t getting much in a gift card to begin with.

    Call of Duty: World at War ($59.99)NEW / $26.50 (USED) – this is at Amazon.

    Now at Gamestop, I don’t know, but even still that doesn’t sound right either…guess time will tell. How come most Used game retailers just won’t give you half at least for used games, especially since they are asking for everything kept new and clean?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Rhythm

    Dunno, Bytemap. Play have a good system where you set your own “wanted” price for your sale items. Has netted me over a grand in trade-ins over the last 15 months and I reckon that’s at *least* 70% more than I’d have gotten from Game or Gamestation

    #3 6 years ago

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