Carphone Warehouse has told MCV that there are no plans to bring the trade-in ‘vending machines’ seen in Best Buy US stores to the UK.
The kiosks are currently being trialled in Best Buy outlets in Dallas and Austin, and are similar to machines that appeared in Wal-Mart in May. The devices work by scanning the game for functionality before issuing a voucher that is redeemable for a Best Buy gift card.
Carphone Warehouse, which is part of the Best Buy group, has recently started selling games through its Wireless World stores, but has no intention to trial the machines.
A spokesperson said: There are no plans to introduce kiosks at Carphone Warehouse at this time.”
Best Buy’s planned invasion of the UK is set to begin next year, but it’s unclear if pre-owned will be a part of the retailer’s UK offer.
Currently there aren’t any developments on the Best Buy proposition to report,” added the spokesperson.
We are still planning what products will be offered and so I can’t confirm that kiosks will be part of the proposition.”
Although still in the early stages, MCV understands that games will have a significant presence in UK Best Buy stores.