See What Actually Happens To Your Dirty, Broken, Pre-Owned Video Games

As we found out last week, not every game you sell to GameStop ends up on that store's shelf. Sometimes games and hardware are sent to an enormous facility in Texas for testing, cleaning and re-assignment.

Want to see what that process actually looks like? These images show you exactly what happens when the games and consoles are being scrubbed and put through the wringer. From iPhones to PlayStation 3s, you can see cleaning stations, testing stations, and a whole lot of Xbox 360 controllers without their clothes on.

I don't know about you, but I find this fascinating. It's like a repair shop meets a butcher's shop. Only, with less blood.


    Before the days of these games specialist, I used to take my NES in for cleaning and repair at a local electronics shop. They did a lot of deals, and for 20 bucks you could exchange a worn out NES for a refurbished one.

    they send games from Aus to Texas?

      Texas, Queensland? =P

    That's really bad. When I buy a new game off a shelf, I expect it to be new, not some refurbished second hand game.

    Any product that is traded-in and refurbished is sold are pre-owned, not brand new. I don't think either of those articles made that clear.

      I think that was the general assumption. A 3rd party company can't take hardware do they're own thing with it and sell it as new. That's illegal with cars even after you put a new engine in 1 overhall everything else and give it a ciat if paint.

        @eb employee Cathy

        Any game that is returned within the one week window however is generally sold as brand new again... Which is how I have so many scratched games from EB

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