Given that the used-game market is worth two billion dollars a year to Game Stop, it's not surprising that other people are trying to muscle into that market. First it was Amazon.com's buyback program, then Radio Shack, and now Walmart is getting into the act. The gigantic retailer is floating a test program of used game kiosks at 77 of its many, many big box stores.
The machines are owned by E-play, a third-party, leasing space from Walmart. E-play marketing VP and business development exec Kristen Fox told Gamasutra that the machines will work like this: Consumers will scan the UPC codes of their played-out games, the machine will display an offering price, and the consumer will either accept it or deny it. After that, the machine will scan the game disc to make sure it's legit, then you'll insert the game and case into the bin, and your credit card will be credited with the agreed-upon price.
The kiosks will also contain DVDs and games that can be rented for a dollar a day.
It remains to be seen what E-Play plans to do with the games it buys, how much money the kiosks will be offering per game, and how Walmart kiosk prices will stack up against its competitors. Also, keep in mind: These used game kiosks will only be available in 0.02 percent of Walmart's 3,656 U.S. stores, so that probably means it won't be near you. Of course, if the experiment proves successful, it could easily spread to other locations.
What do you think? If Walmart starts allowing you to sell your games through the company, will you do it? Or are you loyal to Game Stop or Amazon?