Jul 28, 2009

Future Shop Games Trade-In Experience

By Andrew Shin

Last night I paid a visit to my local Future Shop with a handful of older video games I was looking to trade-in. Up until that point, I hadn't engaged with the program as my games trade-in activity was primarily with EB Games. So you may be asking what prompted me to alter my behaviour this time around? Well, a couple of factors. One, Future Shop was offering some fantastic trade-in values on various titles and two, I wanted to purchase an iPod Touch and the opportunity to receive in-store credit for my trade-ins was very appealing.

So off I went with the following games in hand.

- Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360)
- Little Big Planet (PS3)
- Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii)
- Gears of War (Xbox 360)
- NHL 09 (Xbox 360)
- Tomb Raider: Underworld (Xbox 360)
- Need For Speed: Undercover (Xbox 360)
- Grand Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3)
- Battlefield: Bad Company (Xbox 360)

I already had a sense for the trade-in values I'd receive for the first 3 games on the list above as they were premium trade titles. I wasn't sure what the rest would bring in and so I really had no expectations. Lets just say I was pleasantly surprised. In total, I received $171.80 of in-store credit. I was literally taken aback for a few seconds when the sales rep relayed the good news to me.

So here are the trade-in values for my games:


- Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) - $40.00
- Little Big Planet (PS3) - $37.00
- Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii) - $30.00
- Gears of War (Xbox 360) - $13.20
- NHL 09 (Xbox 360) - $13.20
- Tomb Raider: Underworld (Xbox 360) - $13.20
- Need For Speed: Undercover (Xbox 360) - $13.20
- Grand Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3) - $8.40
- Battlefield: Bad Company (Xbox 360) - $3.60

I was quite impressed with the games that yielded $13.20 as I didn't expect titles such as NFS: Undercover, Tomb Raider: Underworld and Gears of War to be valued that high. In addition to the fantastic trade-in values, the sales rep who assisted me with the transaction made my first interaction with Future Shop's games trade-in program an efficient and positive experience. But best of all, the in-store credit I received was well utilized towards my purchase of a 16GB iPod Touch. Now I can begin playing some very cool iPod Touch games and likely do some future reviews.

The next time you are considering trading in some old games, I would recommend giving your local Future Shop try. You may get some great trade values and more importantly can use the in-store credit you receive towards the purchase of anything in the store.(NOTE: In Calgary, in-store credit received from games trade ins must be used towards a video game purchase).