Amazon UK to close game trade-in service

This could be the kick you need to get rid of those old games you don't want

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 05, 2014: Opened Amazon.co.uk shipping package parcel box on wooden floor with protection paper inside. Amazon.com went online in 1995 and is now the largest online retailer in the world.

Amazon UK has announced that from the 31st of August they will stop their video games trade-in scheme. In a statement on their website they said:

“We are closing our Trade-In programme on 31 August 2015 .We will no longer be accepting trade-in submissions after this date. You can submit trade-in items as normal up to and including 31 August 2015. No Trade-In orders can be submitted online after the closure date. Please ensure your trade-in items are dispatched within 7 days after your submission. Trade-Ins sent after this time will not be accepted by us and will be returned to your address. Please note trade-in submissions sent via Royal Mail may take up to 6 business days to arrive before your submission is processed.”

It’s unclear why Amazon have decided to stop the service, but it seems safe to assume it wasn’t proving profitable enough. Considering the convenience of taking your games into a brick-and-mortar store such as Game and receiving the immediate credit, rather than having to go through the process of posting your games out to Amazon, it wouldn’t be surprising if the scheme was less active for the online retailer. This in addition to the rise of digital downloads means Amazon have undoubtedly seen a drop in the amount of trade-ins they receive. Amazon marketplace will still remain a source of second-hand buying and selling, but Amazon themselves are backing out of the trade for credit scheme.

If you want to accrue any last minute Amazon credit, the company are only accepting trade-ins until August 31st, giving you 7 days after this final submission date to post your games out to them.


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