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GameStop to increase trade values by 20% in stores located near Wal-Mart.

It seems like the battle for your used games is about to heat up this summer. It has been confirmed by GameStop that they are launching a new trading program for stores that are close enough to a Wal-Mart, or deemed by corporate, to offer an extra 20% of trade in credit.

The new program is called “Never Walk a Trade” but having experience working at a GameStop I can tell you this is nothing new and I believe it won’t provide anything significant for the consumers. GameStop makes most of its business from trade in credit; you are offered either half to a(n) quarter of the game’s original sale price. This value depreciates rapidly over time, especially if they are receiving a huge amount of a particular game. What you won’t hear from an employee when you are trading your games in is, that depending at the area where the GameStop is located they have a tier trading system. If corporate believes a store is in a location where competition is fierce those GameStop store will offer more trade in credit, as opposed to a store that’s located in an area where the competition for used games is low. So already the store near a Wal-Mart will see an increase in trade in credit.

What I assume is going to happen is that GameStop is going to lower the overall trade in value of games in areas near Wal-Mart and let the 20% bonus bring the game up to the original value of the trade in credit and maybe add a dollar too five dollars more. I would also assume that if any specials are already running for your trade ins they probably won’t include the extra 20%, but its most likely going to be one or the other. You will be able to use your reward card to get an extra 10%, but you’re not going to see an overall rise in trade in credit.

GameStop states that the “Never Walk a Trade” will include many features, but in reality they’re just giving store management the ability to increase your credit, if it’s not competing with other special the stores are already running.

 

By Wilbert Force

Long time video game enthusiast with a passion for the industry and a desire to work in the field. Video games are a key to exploration of the the abstract notions of what the abstract mind can bring forward. As a hopeful designer I bring a keen insight into my reviews, I try to go beyond what I feel is the puff that is in game and try to reach to overall truth is a game worth your time.

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