Walmart, the retail giant where you can buy everything from birthday cake to firearms, will begin selling used games in 1700 of its 3600 locations throughout the United States. This move puts the corporate giant firmly in the same territory that specialty retailer Gamestop has occupied for years, and some wonder if Walmart will be able to compete with more specialized competitors.
“Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, they’ve all tried or are trying used games,” GameStop president Tony Bartel told Bloomberg. “Frankly, when someone comes it helps us, because it raises awareness that you can turn in video games, and we have the lion’s share of the market.”
According to Gamespot, the Gamestop president would later go on to say that Walmart will have to be careful with their new venture, as managing it poorly could lead to stock they simply cannot get rid of. The two retailers also handle their stock of used games differently, with Gamestop doing so in-house, while Walmart will be operating through a 3rd party to manage their used game inventory.
What do you all think? Does Walmart have what it takes to get into the already crowded used-game market? Or will they fall flat on their face and be stuck with a thousand used copies of Madden 2013? Tell us in the comments, or on Twitter, where you can find us @APGNation.