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Walmart expands used games business, will sell Call of Duty: Advance Warfare a day early

Walmart, or as my family in the corporation’s hometown call it – The Beast of Bentonville – is now accepting trade-ins and selling used games. It is also offering an incentive for those buying Call of Duty: Advance Warfare.

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  • Walmart expands used games business, will sell Call of Duty: Advance Warfare a day early

    Walmart, or as my family in the corporation’s hometown call it – The Beast of Bentonville – is now accepting trade-ins and selling used games. It is also offering an incentive for those buying Call of Duty: Advance Warfare.

  • Sony: allowing used games on PS4 “creates value”

    SCEA CEO Jack Tretton told Bloomberg during E3 that Sony’s PS4 was built to “appeal to consumers,” worldwide and the ability to sell, share or trade disc-based games adds to the value of a console.

  • EA “formulating a policy” on used games, isn’t “deaf” to consumer criticism

    EA labels president Frank Gibeau has said the firm “formulating our policy” regarding used games with Xbox One.

  • Sony reiterates any DRM on used games will be left up to the publisher

    While PS4 itself won’t block pre-owned games, Sony has said any DRM is up to publishers, a sentiment which has been said before, but is back on topic today due to remarks made by SCEA boss Jack Tretton to GTTV. Sony has since issued at statement saying that any third-party DRM implemented on PS4 by […]

  • Xbox One must go online every day, will play used games

    Microsoft has broken its Xbox One silence to answer the most burning questions. Yes: you need to be online every day. No: the Kinect won’t record you. Maybe: you can have some used games.

  • Xbox One: pre-owned activation to cost £35 – report

    Xbox One has already caused a deal of confusion surrounding the use of pre-owned games, and on top of having to pay a fee to play used games, it seems that Microsoft and publishers will get a cut of each used sale at retail too.

  • GameStop explains why MS and Sony shouldn’t restrict used games

    GameStop president Tony Bartel had some words for Forbes about why the rumored always-online-never-play-used-games next Xbox might be a bad idea. “Console manufacturers understand that recent surveys indicate 60+ percent of video game consumers would be less likely to purchase a new console that did not play pre-owned games.”

  • NPD says gamers are still more likely to buy used than digital

    A recent NPD survey polled gamers on their spending habits, and it turns out that 78 percent of core players will regularly buy used games, while 70 percent regularly buy full digital versions of retail titles.

  • Sony “mindful” of industry’s “issues” with used games, says Denny

    Sony has previously stated PS4 will play used games, yet it is still “mindful” of the “issues” raised on the subject by the publishing and development communities.

  • GameStop reports 15.6% drop in used software sales, digital sector up 40%

    GameStop posted a 4.6% drop in sales for the nine weeks ending December 29, with global sales reaching $2.88 billion. Year-over-year sales declined 4.4 %, with US sales down 3.5% over the year prior, with international sales falling 6.4%. Hardware sales were down by 2.7% despite Wii U being around for the holidays and moving […]

  • UK retailers note increase in used sales since GAME closures

    Retailers in the UK have seen a significant increase in used game sales and trade-ins since GAME closed up 277 of its shops.

  • Jaffe: Gamers “should feel that they’re getting great value”

    Eat Sleep Play boss David Jaffe has warned the games industry not to take pricing complaints too lightly.

  • THQ doesn’t want to do away with the pre-owned market

    THQ CEO Brian Farrell has said the firm doesn’t want the pre-owned market to die, because it is something consumers demand.

  • GAME trialing pre-order used game incentive

    GAME has started taking pre-orders for used games. No joke.

  • Target launches used game trade-in service, to be in 850 stores by year’s end

    Live in the US? Have a game? Wanna sell it? Don’t feel like making the trek to one of the five million GameStops on your street? Well then, just head across the street to one of your five million local Targets.

  • Sony actively “exploring” Project Ten Dollar-style solution for first-party games

    Look, used game market, it’s not you; it’s the entire videogame industry. It’s EA, THQ, and now Sony. So yeah, you might want to go ahead and start packing your things. Door’s that-a-way.

  • US spent $4.5 to $4.75B on digital and used games in 2009

    NPD has revealed that US consumers spent around $4.5 to $4.75 billion on “used games, rentals, subscriptions, digital download games, DLC, and mobile apps” in 2009.

  • Nielsen study says gaming hours, used game purchases up

    A new study conducted by research firm Nielsen found that gamers have recently started spending more time gaming, more money purchasing used games, and less purchasing new games. The study attributes much of this behavior to the current Rough Economic Climate. In January 2009, gamers spent an average of 19 hours per week basking in […]

  • Wedbush: Americans trade 100 million games per year

    More from last night’s Wedbush Morgan super-report. The paper claims Americans sell around 100 million games back to retail each year. “The number of games traded annually is striking; we estimate the overall used game market to be $2 billion in the U.S., with an average ticket of around $20 per used game,” said the […]

  • GameStop reports record sales of $1.9 billion for Q1

    GameStop has reported record earnings during Q1 of 2009, ending May 2. Sales increased 9.2 percent to $1.98 billion, while net earnings rose 13.4 percent to $70.4 million. The company claims the robust sales of DSi, Resident Evil 5, and Street Fighter IV along with used games sales being up 31.9 percent contributed to the […]

  • Wal-Mart trialling “Video Game Buyback” kiosks

    Wal-Mart now has machines to take your old games. The US retail monster has has included 77 “Video Game Buyback” stations at various stores, Gama reports. The machines also carry movie DVDs and video game discs for Wii, Xbox and PlayStation platforms for $1 per day rentals, on top of accepting game discs that customers […]

  • Gamestop – Used games supplied 48% GPM last year

    Used games supplied almost 50 percent gross profit margin (gross profit divided by total revenue) to Gamestop’s in the last fiscal year, according to this Gamasutra piece. The figure compares to 21 percent for new software, and a shocking 6 cents in the dollar for new hardware. Gross profit margins on used software have, however, […]

  • Video: Jaffe, Gerstmann and Pachter talk gaming in the recession

    During GDC, David Jaffe, Jeff Gerstmann, and Michael Pachter sat down with GameTrailers TV to talk about gaming in the recession. Watch the discussion after the break. In it, Jaffe’s weighs in on the used game market, Gerstmann’s talks about OnLive, and Pachter’s looks into his crystal ball for the coming year. It is definitely […]

  • British man finds ecstasy tablets in used GTA game

    A British man found some “ecstasy tablets” in one of the used GTA games he purchased at a GameStation in Gloucestershire. “When I opened the box up, the cling film wrap fell out. I could not believe it. I have two children and my son plays Xbox all the time. He could easily have opened […]

  • Analyst expects rush of retailers to join used game market

    Lazard analyst Colin Sebastian expects more retailers to start selling used games now Amazon has entered into the market, says a Gamsutra report. “According to our industry checks, one large consumer electronics retail chain is rekindling efforts to sell used video games, while another general merchandise ‘big box’ store is in trials to buy back […]

  • GameStop shows little concern over Amazon’s used game program

    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 […]

  • Amazon enters used videogame market

    Amazon has entered the used videogame business. From now until March 19, customers will receive 10 percent off a “future single game or accessory purchase” when they trade in a used game. Amazon trade-in requirements: Games must be undamaged with manual and original case and be postmarked no later than 7 days after submission. Print […]

  • Lewis: Second-hand games are part of the ecosystem

    Xbox Europe boss Chris Lewis has told GI that second-hand games are just something the industry has to live with. “I’m a fan of the ecosystem overall,” he said. “I can see the positive in it, because I can see that what you then get is more and more people touching, playing, experiencing a game […]

  • 49 million American gamers buy secondhand

    According to this Gamasutra report, 49 million American gamers buy both used and new games. At this year’s MI6 game marketing conference in San Francisco, the MI6 organizers exclusively commissioned global consumer research and consultancy firm OTX to study the video game resale market in the United States. These details, provided by its creators alongside […]

  • Circuit City to start selling used games

    Major US retailer Circuit City is to start selling secondhand games, according to this. The store chain is to trial the service in 10 outlets, with plans to expand to other shops if the test is a success. Which it almost certainly will be. The move by Circuit City is a second step to get […]