Published on February 11th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder
Watch out GameStop: Circuit City Selling Used Games
Your mind isn’t playing tricks on you, and you’re not going crazy. You might be soon, but it hasn’t happened yet.
If you hadn’t had enough of GameStop gouging you with used game prices, Circuit City has decided to slowly expand it’s business model to include used game sales:
John Kelly, Circuit City’s chief merchandising officer, said Wednesday the big-box retailer’s one-year test was successful enough to expand on it. “We will continue to move forward,” he said in an interview.
Used games boosted customer traffic in stores, and Circuit City is also hoping that selling them will boost its image among avid gamers.
He said the retailer hasn’t yet determined how many stores will begin selling previously played videogames, and details were also scarce regarding the retailer’s strategy for game selection and pricing.
“We want to be competitive on pricing,” said Irynne MacKay, a senior vice president responsible for gaming merchandising.
At this point, they have no choice but to have competitive on pricing, considering the fact that used game prices tend to fluctuate fairly quickly.
It’s not going to be easy to get used to another used game company on the block, but if prices are better overall, who’s to complain? Other than developers and publishers, of course…
What do you think? Would you buy used games from your local Circuit City if trade-in and used game prices were better than GameStop?
Circuit City To Expand Efforts In Used Videogame Sales [SmartMoney.com]