Toys R Us Officially Begins Selling Used Games

August 14, 2010Written by Mike Hartnett

Over the past year or so, most of us had heard the news that Toys R Us had been taking in used games. The retail chain was willing to take in pretty much any piece of gaming software or hardware, from the Atari 2600, all the way up to the current-gen systems we enjoy now; all was fair game. However, one question remained unanswered. Where did all these games go? Well, we finally have an answer in addition to a FAR better alternative to GameStop.

It looks like the immense amount of time Toys R Us took to attain their inventory of used games has paid off, because no longer are they only taking-in said games, but are now beginning to sell them. Yes, you can now buy used games from Toys R Us. But wait, who cares? What’s so special about them? Well, it appears that the toy giant is doing used games the RIGHT WAY as opposed to GameStop, which means the costs on behalf of the consumer are lower, the used copies, along with their cases and manuals, are properly kept and maintained, and every single game is shrink-wrapped like it just came off the line, so no kid snot or ridiculous stickers all over the cases!

We decided to radio-in our covert ops specialist and snag some photos from within the belly of the beast, so you can see for yourself why gamers who frequently purchase used games have reason to rejoice. The photos below show off the condition of the cases, the “used” tag on each game (on top of the shrink wrap, off the case) and the resell price for a select title (LittleBigPlanet).

So you save about two dollars compared to purchasing the same title used at GameStop, although we noticed that the same “we don’t realize what we have” Toys R Us mentality comes into play, as some excellent titles were crazy cheap, while some of the crappy games ended up costing a few dollars more, so bear that in mind. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that all our used game prayers have been answered, it is nice to see another company providing GameStop with a little competition. Perhaps, if this program is successful enough, we might start to see some positive changes surrounding GameStop and the used games industry as a whole, which is good for everybody.

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