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Published on March 9th, 2009 | by Brian Browne

Amazon Wants Your Used Games

While the subject of used games tends to make some people upset, it is a business. Most of us want to get rid of our old games, but don’t want to get taken to the cleaners when we do. has just launched a new trade-in program with over 1500 titles eligible and they appear to be offering more than their competition. Call of Duty: World at War will get you $22.00 at Gamestop compared to the $24.00 with Amazon. In addition, Amazon pays the shipping bill for you. All you have to do is print the pre-paid shipping label that is assigned once you process your order and mail it in (you have to get your own box). Once the games are received by Amazon, a Amazon gift card is deposited into your account which you can use for items besides video games if you like.

While these are some advantages over the competition, there are some negative points. Amazon requires that you have all the original packaging (manual, case and game cover art) which some gamers tend to get rid of. A $10 minimum trade-in value is also required to do business with Amazon. The most important reason why Amazon could fail with this process, is that Gamestop has stores all over the country therefore you can get your games instantly with them. Would you be willing to wait to get an extra few dollars by shipping your games?

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