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Amazon enters pre-owned games market

Online retailer offers credit for boxed products

Online retailer Amazon has entered the pre-owned videogames market, with the beta launch of a new service.

Users send Amazon their games, and in return are issued a gift card for a pre-arranged amount.

The retailer already allows users to sell their own games through the site, but this is the first time Amazon has taken a more active role.

On PlayStation 3 titles, Amazon is currently offering users USD 33 for Capcom's Street Fighter IV, and at the other end of the scale, USD 9 for Ubisoft's Far Cry 2.

Amazon is the latest retailer to jump on the pre-owned market, traditionally an area for specialist games stores.

In the US Toys R Us has begun trialling a service, while the UK's HMV launched its second hand offering last year.

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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