Circuit City Dives Into Used Games
We're all accustomed to the trade-in program at GameStop/EB, as it's been in place for years. We've also accepted the fact that just about nobody else - save pawn shops - will actually give us credit for old games we bring back. That's like bringing one of our old Transformers toys back to Toys 'R Us and requesting store credit towards a different one.
And it's quite the lucrative process for GameStop, too. Therefore, the idea was probably going to catch on elsewhere at some point, and now, it finally has. Circuit City will be jumping into the warm trade-in waters, which means we'll all have another option for our trade-ins. There are currently used game listings for each of the next-gen consoles at CircuitCity.com, although we don't yet see listings for the handhelds.
Of course, just like GS/EB, the "discounted" prices are barely worth it. Both retailers are evidently aiming to sell their used games for $5 less than the new price (for new titles, at least), but this is old news. The only problem is, we've noticed we're getting less and less for our trade-ins at GameStop, so perhaps Circuit City will offer a touch more...? We're not holding our breath, but hey, maybe the competition will coerce GameStop to go back to offering about 50% of what they'll sell it for.
2/22/2007 Ben Dutka