Which? survey shows secondhand stores paying peanuts for trade-ins

Tuesday, 4 January 2011 18:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Consumer group Which? has found some retailers which accept used games pay less than 30 percent of the game’s total retail worth.

Which?’s findings were concluded after trading-in various titles of varying ages to different retail outlets, and found that GAME – as one example – offered £16.70 for a “mint condition” three-day old copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops, which would run a consumer £44.99 brand new.

The survey also found that secondhand store CEX offered the best prices for cash or credit trade-ins, with GAME and Blockbuster handing out the lowest numerical trade-in value.

Mark-ups on the used products were shown to be astronomical in some instances, with Blockbuster handing over £6 for a used copy of Red Dead Redemption, before selling it on for £29.95.

Thanks, GI.biz.