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Walmart to buy back used games through vending machines


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#1 J7.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:27 PM

Walmart (e-Play) is now buying back used games through vending machines.

UPDATE 10-4-09 (credit JTHuffy)
The kiosks at Walmart are now allowing you to rent out games for $1 per night. This aligns with their previous plans for the program.

e-Play's site:
https://www.e-play.c...radeWalkthrough

Previous Updates:
Update 7/16/09 (ty mitemouse):
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Pictures and more info at the site:


Kotaku has some more info:


CAG user vgleaf claims to be from e-Play with this message:
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Update 5/20 from Shrike4242:
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Edited by J7., 05 October 2009 - 02:03 AM.
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#2 daminion

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:30 PM

wrong forum, not a deal.

and this is one area where walmart's "lowest prices" will fail them.

and i'm not quite sure how something like this could be fully automated. There would almost have to be a human involved or anyone could just trade in a blank case, or scan a UPC from another game.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:33 PM

dont see what keeps people from putting case only games into the system (no game inside) or what keeps the place from saying there was no game inside.. Sorry but too big of a risk for most.. It will flop
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#4 freshzen

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:35 PM

Yes the machine needs to be able to read the discs to make sure its the correct information on there and its a bootleg, and that the disc works perfectly. I doubt this machine has that kind of capability.
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#5 One51

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:37 PM

I would think you need an account of some sort, and they will monitor if you trade in games that are empty or damaged..

#6 Scorch

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:39 PM

I doubt they'd release it without some sort of tech that verifies the data. At the very least, I'm sure you'll be required to use a credit card for verification or something.

I wonder how the values are.

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#7 infiniteHorizon

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:49 PM

If they accept original Xbox games, I got a bunch I would trade in. Hope they work out the bugs and this ends up becoming a common thing for all walmarts.

#8 jdlmm80

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:00 PM

How did the trade in values look? And do you get like walmart store credit.

#9 ScottsUSERID

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:01 PM

Ya i was kinda wondering what stops people from going to UPCDatabase and printing out a bunch of codes for really new games then turning around and sliding some rock revolutions up there.

#10 shady859

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:03 PM

Thanks for posting this, it's very interesting even if it is in the wrong forum. Maybe a mod can take it to deal discussion rather than locking. :)

Did it say how much you would get?

Did it require you to scan a credit card or drivers license?

You just insert the case with disc inside?

Gives you a credit voucher that you redeem at register like Coinstar machines do I assume?

This seems very strange and asking to be abused.

#11 zedarkness

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:04 PM

I'm actually very intrested to see how this works

#12 s2k

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:05 PM

You need to swipe a credit or debit card to do the transaction so they can trace it back to you.

#13 yukafls

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:25 PM

weird, sounds weird to do it through a vending machine
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#14 d8onausa

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:28 PM

The only possible good that will come out of this is that it will hurt GameStop's bottom line. Unfortunately, it won't be enough to put them out of business.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:29 PM

I wonder if any condition is acceptable. If it is heavily scratched but works, missing manual etc.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:30 PM

There is something wrong with the current business model if everyone is starting to switch to selling used games. I wonder how this will effect the next generation of consoles..

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:35 PM

Time to bust out the wolf shirt and visit Wal*Mart.
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#18 sendme

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:40 PM

So walmart is now going to start selling used games? Why can't they do this with movies too. Hell I would donate some movies to redbox for some cash. Seems like more places take game trade ins rather then movie trade ins.
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#19 SimaYi

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:00 PM

Eh, kind of impartial to this. I don't think its going to work out. Would rather see a game rental service similar to Redbox.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:00 PM

Interesting

#21 KingofOldSchool

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:05 PM

The only possible good that will come out of this is that it will hurt GameStop's bottom line. Unfortunately, it won't be enough to put them out of business.


Yeah, because Wal*Mart is sooo much better than Gamestop. :roll:
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#22 progman3

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:10 PM

Really? When can I rent games through vending machines, that's what I'm ready for!
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#23 Darrith

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:12 PM

Hmm, interested in seeing how this pans out. Doubt the trade in values could be much worse than GS.


#24 spectreon

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:33 PM

It looks as if the machine takes the games disc only... the box hanging on the right clearly reads "INSERT EMPTY CASES & ENVELOPES HERE."

So the machine could, in theory....
A) read what game is inserted
B) tell which console said game is for
C) tell if the disc is readable, well at least partially

Sounds flawed still... but interesting none the less if true

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#25 eddie291

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:37 PM

I really hope this does work. As of right now, GS is the only place where I can trade in games. It would be nice to see some competition between the two.
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#26 Predator Ranger

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:46 PM

Neat -- I saw one of these being unloaded off the truck when I was there on Friday. We'll see how well it works, but my expectations are low at the moment.
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:03 PM

I edited down the OP so that readers would have a reason to visit the source site. Thanks for the info J7.!

#28 Boeing 747

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:04 PM

So walmart is now going to start selling used games? Why can't they do this with movies too. Hell I would donate some movies to redbox for some cash. Seems like more places take game trade ins rather then movie trade ins.


It's possible they are going to just sell them to a third party, like Amazon.

#29 dallascowboys

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:07 PM

sounds pretty nice, but I'm sure they'll have some way to make sure people trade-in the right game (no fakes, etc.).

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:16 PM

What the ????
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