Argos withdraws from pre-owned market

Generalist retailer Argos has ceased offering second-hand video games.

MCV understands this extends to Argos’ bricks-and-mortar outlets, with all stores instructed to stop accepting or selling pre-owned video games.

The company’s website previously allowed customers to check how much credit they would receive for selected titles, but now states: "We no longer offer a video games trade-in service".

MCV has contacted Argos for further comment.

The retailer entered the pre-owned market back in March 2010, trialling the scheme in its North East stores. It later rolled out its trade-in offer to all storesin July 2010.

Argos’ venture into pre-owned sales followed those of Tesco and Asda, making it one of the first mass market retailers to take on the likes of GAME and Gamestation in this sector.

We reflected on the questionable progress of generalists in the trade-in market back in October. You can read our conclusions by clicking here.

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