Game and Gamestation to stop Selling "old" Xbox 360 Models

European Retailer Stops Selling Busted Old 360 Consoles

Two of Europe's biggest games retailers, Game and Gamestation (the latter owned by the former), have stopped selling old models of the Xbox 360, according to a report on Eurogamer.


While Game told the site that this was simply due to a focus on new hardware, a more likely reason came from a contact at Gamestation, who said that "As of Saturday 3rd September we will not be selling Pre-owned Xbox 360 Cores, Arcades and 20GB non HDMIs. This is due to the high failure rate of the console and the difficulty and cost of repairing them."


"We will continue to trade these consoles in but they will need to be sent back to the DC as a regular faulty return where they will exit the business."


In case anyone needs reminding, old models of the Xbox 360 - those manufactured until around 2008-09 - had a somewhat higher than normal rate of failure. And by that I mean acatastrophic rate of failure.


In case you're wondering what they mean by "exit the business", it shouldn't surprise you that these retailers don't sell every busted old console that comes in the door. I remember when I worked at EB Games here in Australia I was told all the old PS2s we stocked up were sold in bulk to a company that specialised in repairing them, repackaging them and selling them on thesubcontinent, which earned them a tidy sum.


Game stops selling old pre-owned 360s [Eurogamer]


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I'm very weary I've buying pre-owned electrical goods.  The Xbox 360 is no exception. The early models had a very poor reputation for reliability. 


Game and Gamestation give you a twelve months warranty on used consoles along with extended warranties.  The only thing is, they only exchange like for like, so if your used console develops a fault, they give you another used console as a replacement.



I bought a PS3 pre-owned.  I had to take the first one back because the pads wouldn't sync. The second one kept over heating, was in a poor looking condition and stank of cigarettes.  Only the third machine was in an acceptable condition.  I won't be doing that again.  I still have the PS3 though.

I guess it's a nice move to protect the consumers, but I never buy any electronics pre-owned.

About time too.  Especially at the stupid prices they were charging for them.

They should sell them all  dirt cheap on a spares or repair basis.

I'm glad, my daughter traded her DS last year for a preowned premium console, 3 times we were given a console that had RROD, i mean seriously how long does it take to just plug it in and switch it on? anyway we got the cash back and got her one from Blockbuster which is still running smoothly :)

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I would never get a pre-owned console to use as my main gaming choice.


I would, but like a car, it would go under alot of scrutiny first. Manufacturing date, general condition, etc.

Its a move that they should have done a long time ago to be honest.

They're still selling the white HDMI (the one that came with either a 60gb drive and/or internal 512mb memory) as these have the better shelf life and also the the Elite as pre owned from what I've been told... either way they're still accepting trade in which is a good thing for me as I've just bought a 250gb slim yesterday and want to trade my 60gb model in soonish!

the pre-owned are still in the shop window today where i am.

well to be fair, its a pre-owned console for a reason....either its out of warranty and considering how old those models are now I would go looking for one and trust it will be working as well as a new console, you get what you pay for and I would never get a pre-owned console to use as my main gaming choice. Be interesting to see how long they allow for trade ins on consoles they wont then be selling on again

And so they should do this should of been done a long time ago why as customers should we have to pay our hard earned cash for vunerable consoles.