Innovation

Trade in used video games for Walmart credit

By  Justin Williamson, Director, Entertainment, Walmart March 18, 2014

Walmart Customer Shops for Video Games

There are almost a billion video games, sitting unused in homes across the United States.  Starting next week, those games can be traded for eGift cards at Walmart.

Walmart already has the second-largest market share in the video game industry, and with more than 110 million gamers in the U.S., we see enormous potential in the $2 billion pre-owned video game business opportunity.

New releases will still remain the focus of our business, but we’re excited to give customers the option to buy used games in great condition.  When we disrupt markets and compete, our customer wins. Our strategy is to pay more for used games, sell new and used games for less, and give our customers the flexibility to spend their money how they want.


Customers will be able to apply the trade-in amount for their video games immediately toward the purchase of anything sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club, both in stores and online. And as you know, a Walmart gift card is pretty much cash…you can buy a new game, groceries, socks, TVs, a bike and more.

Starting this summer, customers will be able to purchase “Certified Pre-Owned” video games in our stores and on Walmart.com. This is a new category for us and something our customers have been asking for.

Trade-in for Wii, Xbox, PS4 and other games starts today for Walmart associates and trade-in begins March 26 for customers at more than 3,100 stores nationwide.

Learn more about how our video game trade-in works: news.walmart.com/videogames

Read more from Justin Williamson

54 Comments

Scooter GangFEBRUARY 13, 2015 6:19 PM

Hello. Is there a maximum number of games(same or different title) that can be traded? And if there is a maximum, what is the time frame before more trade ins can resume for a customer?

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Danny LambFEBRUARY 4, 2015 8:47 PM

How long are the deliveries (ship to store) if i order a used game online

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YoungBlood214FEBRUARY 7, 2015 10:09 PM

can i go and trade in my games at walmart located in 200 us highway 80 e

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Adam AliFEBRUARY 9, 2015 3:50 PM

Where are the preowned games in walmart i never see any except grand theft auto trilogy and mortal kombat kollection and if i buy a preowned game will i 100 percent get all my money back

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WalmartCorporateFEBRUARY 23, 2015 9:11 AM

The amount you will receive for your trade-in varies by title, console and condition. Customers will receive anything from a few dollars for older games to upward of $35 for new releases. The total value accepted by the customer is awarded immediately upon completing the transaction in the form of an eGift card that can be applied at checkout in a Walmart store or Sam’s Club, or online at Walmart.com or SamsClub.com.

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