But not for trade-in retailers to take advantage of, GAME warns.
UK chain GAME has launched an eye-catching offer to get Xbox Series S for less than £100 when you trade-in a Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
But, tellingly, GAME’s terms and conditions for this offer make it clear that this is only open to the public – and not to “trade” resellers looking for a quick profit.
“GAME reserves the right to refuse any offer to anyone believed to be representing a trade buyer/customer,” the chain states. In other words, if you manage a CEX, no telling your staff to go upgrade dozens of knackered Xbox Ones for Series S to just resell the newer consoles for profit. This may well apply if you’re an organised scalper, too.
Xbox Series S typically costs £250 in the UK. With this offer, though, you’ll pay a maximum of £99.99 if you trade in any of the above consoles at the same time as your purchase from today until Monday, 14th June.
Trade in a newer model console and the amount you pay will shrink lower than £99.99 – down to £49.99 for a PS4 Pro 1TB, or as little as £39.99 for a Nintendo Switch.
How much of a saving does this offer give, versus GAME’s usual trade-in prices? It depends, based on the console and specific model in question.
GAME’s trade-in price list states you’d normally get £170 credit for a PS4 Pro 1TB, taking the £250 Xbox Series S price down to £80. The offer of £49.99 here is a £30 saving.
Alternatively, GAME would normally give you £185 credit for a Nintendo Switch (the original model, not Lite). The offer of £39.99 here is a £25 saving.
Cheaper, older models will give you greater savings.
An original PS4 500GB would usually get you £120 credit. At £99.99, the offer saves you £30.
Perhaps best of all, an original Xbox One 500GB would usually get you £85 credit. At £99.99, the offer saves you £65.
As ever, this is only while stock lasts so it’s probably worth ringing up ahead of time before you go lugging your launch Xbox One down.
Back in January, GAME played down one scalping group’s suggestion they had snagged 2000 PS5s in a single day. But, months on, stock of new consoles remains difficult to find. Will you give this scheme a try?