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GAME brings back console rentals

Jonathan Lester
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GAME brings back console rentals
Remember how Blockbuster used to rent consoles as well as games, so you could play a couple of major exclusives without having to buy the system outright? GAME definitely seems to, because their new promotion lets you do just that for £19.99 -- and a big deposit, mind.

GAME's 'Play All Summer Long' offer came to our attention via their Southend and Telford branch, who revealed the simple logic behind the scheme. It's technically a guaranteed price trade-in arrangement as opposed to a conventional rental, since you'll buy a Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PS3 or Xbox 360 for between £89.99 - £179.99. However, you'll then be guaranteed a trade-in price of £19.99 less than you spent if you bring it back before September 4th.

The net result being that, by Autumn, you've only spent £20 all-told and have effectively rented the system for a small fee. Naturally you'll have to get some games, though! However, as Late points out in the comments below, you should ask a staff member to clarify whether there's a difference between the store credit and cash values.

Presumably GAME will be keen for you to keep the system after the cut-off date, but nevertheless, it's a nice idea that almost lets you 'trial' a console before deciding whether or not to buy outright. If you're undecided about Vita or Wii U ownership, for example, this could be a fairly neat way to find out if you're a perfect match.

What do you make of it? Note that, since Wii U eShop games are synced with the console, you'd be advised to only play disc-based games on a rental system. [via GameBrit]

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Late  Jul. 3, 2014 at 13:10

Nice incentive (assuming the guaranteed trade-back is for cash, and not just store credit).

Not sure if I'd go for it, but I like that the option's there.

C43  Jul. 3, 2014 at 13:18

Or rather, it came to your attention via N4G, via the original source.

JonLester  Jul. 3, 2014 at 13:56

@Late: A valid concern, that. Worth asking in-store before committing to anything!

@C43: Hmm, it's pretty clear that GameBrit beat us to this one. I'll add in a [via] link, we're not in the business of witholding credit.

EDIT: Speaking of credit, I've added a sentence to the post about checking with the store manager about cash vs store credit.

Last edited by JonLester, Jul. 3, 2014 at 14:00
stevenjameshyde  Jul. 3, 2014 at 16:04

@Late - the deal is guaranteed for store credit only, and the T+Cs state "cash trade in values may vary". The current going rate for a Wii U premium cash trade in is £85.50 and will undoubtedly be lower by September

Last edited by stevenjameshyde, Jul. 3, 2014 at 16:04
TheChappy  Jul. 3, 2014 at 18:11

At first I thought thats a wicked idea. But then if the trade in value is only guaranteed as in store credit then im totally uninterested. Game instore is way overpriced and I wouldnt want to be stuck with like a hundred quids worth of credit to spend there. Shame because at first it sounded good.

Jerec  Jul. 4, 2014 at 12:52

The fact it says Trade-Back rather then Buy-Back is a shame.

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