Japanese Retailer Won't Buy Back Xbox 360s?

In Japan (like in many places in the world!), there is a strong culture of selling back used games and hardware.

Japan especially is quite good about keeping instruction manuals and boxes in pristine shape as many who purchase gaming goodies do so with intent to sell back in the future.

For retailer TSUTAYA, the Xbox 360 does not appear to be part of that future.

A "wanted" list for the Japanese retailer lists the Wii, PS3, DS, PSP, PS2 and the Xbox 360. Then there is the dreaded asterisk that notes, "We are not buying Xbox 360 consoles". It should be noted that TSUTAYA is not buying back Xbox 360 consoles from customers hopping to sell their used machines and that there is no reason to believe that TSUTAYA will stop carrying the hardware.

Also, this is one retailer in Japan so your mileage may very - depending on stores and even depending on which TSUTAYA you frequent!

TSUTAYAがXBOX360本体の買取りを拒否しているようです [はちま起稿]


    I can’t help but suspect this is merely because the 360 seems to be the least reliable console when it comes to longevity. They may have gotten sick of people complaining when they brought a second hand 360 and it melted 2 days later.

    They could just have way to many of them also.

    Yeah, this is probably due to the console's ability to shoot fire. It's also possible that people banned off Live will sell their old consoles, and annoy some poor person who's trying to access Live.

    That's happening in Australia too. EBGames are refusing to buy pre-2007 Xbox 360s without HDMI ports, as are Gametraders.

    It makes sense though. If you canvas 3 mates and I we have had 6 Xbox360s with RRoD. So each of us has had at least 1 die.

    We've all converted to either PS3 or Wii. I did love my 360 but it proved to be as reliable as your average politician.

    could also be because there struggling to sell new 360s let alone used ones and they don't want the market any more saturdated.

    And because Japan is the 360's worst market and they're struggling to sell of new stock, let alone preowned stock.

    tsutaya is a big chain here man, that's gonna hurt.

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