Toys 'R' Us begins selling used games

Retail chain adds to buyback program with pre-owned offerings for current consoles at more than 500 US stores.

Last September, Toys "R" Us began buying back games from its customers and then delivering them to an outside company to resell. Today the company announced that it will finally start selling used games directly to its customers.

Where a kid can buy some other kid's old games.

Toys "R" Us is adding "a dedicated assortment of used video games" at more than 500 of its nearly 850 US stores. Each location will stock a variety of pre-played games that will be sold for no more than $30. However, the chain isn't handling everything in-house. A representative told GameSpot that when games are traded in, Toys "R" Us will send them to a separate company that will test the titles and send them back out for sale on the chain's shelves.

The way the chain's buyback process works, customers are able to bring their games (in original cases) to stores and trade them in at the store's guest services desk for gift cards redeemable at Toys "R" Us stores (including Babies "R" Us) and the chain's Web site. While the company purchases games for dozens of systems dating back to the Atari 2600, it intends to sell used games only for the current generation of consoles and handhelds.

The used game market has become increasingly crowded of late, with Best Buy and Target launching their own buyback programs at stores last month. Recent years have also seen Amazon.com, HMV, and Wal-Mart attempt to carve out a piece of the used gaming market currently led by specialty retailer GameStop.

These used game businesses could face tougher opposition than one another. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last week upheld end-user license agreements (EULAs) that insist customers don't own software; they merely purchase a nontransferable license to use it. Although the software in that court case was a professional utility, it is not uncommon for games to have EULAs specifically stating that rental, sale, or other transfer of the title between parties is not allowed.

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25 comments
JediKnight42462
JediKnight42462

There are always going to be used games. And with all the new titles coming out, the old titles will end up getting sold. Not to mention the fact that some games aren't that great and you might want to trade it in and get some money from it. I mean, you buy a game, you beat it, you beat it again. How many times do you want to play the same game again and again until you get bored?

Flint247
Flint247

Yeah, we need more stores selling/buying used games.

zzamaro
zzamaro

competition is always good

Henninger
Henninger

If u bought it, it urs. I dont usually trade or sell my games but if i wanted to im gonna no matter wut they say cuz its mine & i can do wutever my heart desires 2 it. Point, Blank, Period!!!

daabulls23
daabulls23

@JDWolfie Sounds good in theory, but there's plenty of junk that can be sold at that price. I can see it now: Hundreds of kiddy DS/Wii games.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Used games that won't be sold for more than $30?! Hell yeah!

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Ha...last game I bought from Toys R Us was Omega Boost...shows you how long it's been since I've shopped there... As for used games, I just go to Amazon.com, or Half.com/Ebay. Much better prices, and a much wider selection than any store. But with that recent ruling, you may start seeing used games sales handled like bootlegs. Go to 711 for some sodas, come back with a secondhand copy of Assassin's Creed.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Everyone may as well sell used games as much as possible for now, as it may be illegal in the next few years.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@jcbullen, the kid should have bought a game at the Steam sale instead. They have Knights of the Old Republic for $2.50 right this minute. Or maybe he could go to Good Old Games (GOG) and buy Psychonaughts for $10.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

i either buy my used games on gamestop or garage sales other places rip me off well except for the swap meet

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

LOL. Talk about bad timing. Smooth move Toys'r'us

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

If you want to sell your old games/systems sell them on the internet so they end up in the hands of gamers and not a stupid company who wants to eat your soul.

snugglebear
snugglebear

I used to buy games from Toys R Us. Last one I got from them : FF3.

blitztwn36
blitztwn36

While Toys R Us has been selling used games for a while, the NEW part of it is they are now handling it mostly in-house and owning the games themselves. Before this it was all consignment sales which they just facilitated, and in turn took a small cut. Handling it all themselves (except the testing piece), may in fact allow them to lower the prices of the games, since Toys R Us has historically had overpriced used games. Read the articles before sounding retarded.

Samox
Samox

Just what I always wanted.. Games preowned by a child.

edqmaster
edqmaster

We as customers should stop buying to show them... but we could never get everyone together to pull this off in the ends its about money... i want my cut to be bigger then his. If only the price points were lower people would be more willing to purcahse new instead of an used game

monson21502
monson21502

old news. or they gonna sell them even after they are banned from selling them?

howie1926
howie1926

Ummm they have been doing this for awhile now

jcbullen
jcbullen

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squidracerX
squidracerX

i was trading NES carts with my friends since 1986, if they didn't jump on the practice of renting, trading, and selling games back then (and many old games can ONLY be bought that way now), I would rule that it is too late now. Statute of Limitations or whatever its called.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Bobby Kotick is probably choking on a $100 bill while reading this now, along with all the other guys thats against used games.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

this is old news. They been doing it since December 2009. I think the article is just a few months late..

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

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pina187
pina187

So what does this mean for the millions of games that have already been sold by gamestop? Are they going to have to give refunds dating back over a decade? what does this mean for the future of used games? is this the beginning of the end for gaming? Im sure thats far fetched but it all starts somewhere. The game companies are getting increasingly greedier every time a new game hits. Going back to the "infamous" horse armor to now having to pay to play online if a game is used. I mean really whats next? A progressively decaying game that eventually stops working after a set amount of time? (this is possible by the way and I dont mean decay in rotting I mean through software) If infact we own the "licence" to a said game why should we as the consumers not be able to do what we want with it? Are we going to be told what time we stop playing games like communist china? This is getting out of control. I am 35 and played since age 5, I am seriously thinking of giving the finger to all these people and start going outside again.

ohthemanatee
ohthemanatee

I remember a time when toys 'R' Us used to sell toys....good times