Best Buy Video Game Trade-in Program

Gaming enthusiasts nationwide now have more reasons to shop Best Buy as their gaming destination.

Launching in close to 600 Best Buy stores this week, with additional stores to soon follow, the new Best Buy Trade-In program offers customers an opportunity to sell pre-owned video games.

To celebrate the new offering, customers who trade in their games beginning this Sunday, August 29, will receive a $20 Best Buy Gift Card on more than 100 popular titles.

“The expansion of our trade-in program reaffirms our commitment to consistently pursue new ways to bring a better gaming experience to consumers,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager for the home entertainment group at Best Buy. “Fall marks the launch of several highly-anticipated gaming titles and new technology, and we’re thrilled to provide gamers with innovative ways to connect with the games they love.”

Consumers can now bring their previously played video games into Best Buy and trade them for an instant Best Buy gift card to use for purchasing anything in the store, including any game or gaming accessory. Soon, they will be able to purchase a pre-owned game as well.

Those who take advantage of the new Trade-In program in store can visit the Customer Service desk, or in select locations a dedicated Trade-In desk within the gaming department, to turn in their games.

Best Buy will continue to offer a similar program online at that enables customers to get estimates for their games, mail them in for free and receive a Best Buy gift card 7-14 days later. Trade-In prices in-store will match the prices shown online.

For more information on Trade-In at Best Buy and to locate a store currently participating in the program, visit Stay connected to Best Buy Gaming via Twitter @RZGamersClub and Facebook at

James Hicks
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  1. Today, I visited my local Best Buy store (in Minnesota) in order to trade in a game that I’d purchased, never opened and decided that, alas, I wasn’t really interested in. As it was “outside their return policy” I decided to take advantage of their “trade-in” service. After giving them my driver’s license and phone number I was told to say cheese for the camera mounted on the device at the cash register. . . and to press my thumb on the thumbprints scanner. Apparently, to take advantage of their trade-in, you have to submit to having your fingerprint scanned, transmitted and stored.

    No thanks.

  2. Apparently the practice of fingerprinting your clientele is not in place at all Best Buy locations. I was able to trade in my game at a Best Buy not 10 miles from the other location with no more than the standard photo ID requirement.

    If they are experimenting with this protocol at select stores, I hope that they abandon it as a bad experiment, because if they implement fingerprinting for trade-in at all stores I wont be doing my trade-ins, or any purchases, at Best Buy.

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