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'Walmart' jumps into used video game market with in-store and online trade-ins

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The used video game market that is currently dominated by GameStop just got more competitive Tuesday as Walmart announced its entry into the field.

The retailer is accepting trade-ins via an online application starting today, March 18 that is similar to Amazon's trade-in program. It asks a handful of questions before providing a trade-in value to accept or decline. If customers accept, they will print out a prepaid shipping label to ship the game to Walmart. After the game is received and evaluated by the store, the customer will receive a physical gift card by mail.

Meanwhile, the in-store trade game trade-in program will launch on Wednesday, March 26. Trade-ins can be executed at participating store's customer service desk where the game's condition will be evaluated on the spot. Customers will then receive a physical gift card for the game's value.

The gift cards can be spent online or in-store.

This sets up an interesting competition between GameStop and Walmart for game trade-ins as both stores are routinely located in the same shopping plaza. The big box retailer may have the upper hand with its online trade-in option and the ability to aggressively undercut GameStop on prices.

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