Staff at UK video game retailer GAME have told Eurogamer the outlet won't be accepting physical game trade-ins from next month. Starting 16th February 2024, GAME will refuse trade-ins of boxed games but will continue to sell pre-owned titles until stock runs out. The move makes it more difficult for physical game purchasers to cut the price of newer titles via trade-ins, as other stores like CEX only stock older games and rely on day-one buyers getting rid of new titles in order to stock them.
As more business moves online, GAME retail shops have seen a decline, either closing down entirely or moving to be part of larger stores like Sports Direct and House of Fraser. GAME hasn't publicly disclosed its decision to stop taking pre-owned games, but with staff now informed, it seems likely the news will be shared in due course.
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