Walmart Starts Selling Used Games Next Week; Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Release Plans Detailed
When it was announced earlier this year that Walmart would begin accepting trade-ins of video games, the announcement was met with some trepidation. It was good news for gamers who enjoy buying used games because they would have another outlet in which to purchase them. However, it could also lead to a greater emphasis on making the digital age of video games happen faster, so that developers and publishers could take out the middle man in receiving profits for their products.
In the initial announcement, Walmart said that consumers could begin trading-in games starting March 26, in exchange for a Walmart giftcard that could be used to purchase anything in a Walmart or Sam’s Club store. However, the company gave very paltry details on when they would begin selling the used games, stating only that they would be available to customers “later in the year” after all of the used games had been refurbished.
Walmart has now announced that beginning on November 3, they will begin selling the “used” games to customers in over 1,700 stores nationwide. Customers can also still trade-in games for giftcards, but currently will not be offering a “trade for cash” option or be accepting trade-ins for video game hardware either.
Along with the announcement about used games, came Walmart’s plans for the release of Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which is due to hit store shelves on November 4. Walmart is going to be releasing Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: Day Zero Edition 24 hours earlier than everyone else, at 12:01 AM on November 3 in over 3,600 stores. Anyone that makes a trade-in to Walmart on November 3 or November 4, while also purchasing Call of Duty in the same transaction receives 50% more trade-in credit. If you buy COD on the PS4, gamers can double the amount of their trade-in credit on those two days.
So, it seems Walmart plans to make a huge splash in the used games market next week, though they still have a long way to catch-up to the power of Gamestop. If they keep adding on more things that can be traded into Walmart in the future, it may not be long before you go to Walmart to trade-in your next game, instead of the usual Gamestop.