At the turn of the millennium came the return of mass immigration to the United Kingdom and coupled with the demonization of unions it born us a low wage economy - and so huge salaries for the bosses benefiting from that. With that constant flow of cheap labor coming in there was no need for the state to pay for university and training anymore for British people. With that wage deflation we have seen the expansion of credit and loans to fill the void. And with that came the explosion in the second hand market as we try to keep up with the technology to enjoy our increasingly home based entertainment lifestyle. Pub and club attendance has collapsed due to the smoking ban and high beer prices and another night in on the Xbox1 with pals - on and off line - is the escapism that makes people happy these days.
Those games and the mobile devices the kids play them on are not cheap of course and so people tend to swap them or buy them second hand now. This is where CEX stores come in handy. It pitches itself as a ‘recycling store’ where you can sell or buy items there, everything from high end mobile phones and Ipads to old movies, specializing in games, films and technology. On the movie side you don’t get much for your DVDs and rarely more than a quid so you have to be altruistic on that side of things and see it as passing on films for next to nothing so other people can see them cheap. The newest DVDs less than a year old that punters bring in would go on the shelf for around £6 or the absolute latest a little bit more. Not that they get many new films. Whatever punters bring in, they stock. I picked up Locke with Tom Hardy for £2.50 the other day which I felt was good value. Most films are between 50p and £2.00 to buy on the shelves, the going rate on market stalls and other second hand places around your average market town these days. If you bought in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, a new release on DVD just before Christmas, you would get £2 cash or £3 credit and it would sell for £7 on the website or in store. They also stock some Blue Ray for a little bit more. They don’t sell CD’s so much in the smaller stores so make sure they do before you head out with a bag full.
There are set prices paid to punters for everything in the shop so don’t see this as a money making chance on your old movies. You get as low as 10p for old films that have been on TV and a little bit more for box-sets but double that amount if you accept in store credit. I take credit so to buy films there. It is a good way for picking up one or two movies you want to see but can no longer rent on the highsteet or your smart TV internet connection no longer works so you can’t watch films from Netflix etc. Computer and video games are a bit more money because they are more popular but CEX have a good selection of newer games for all the consuls. I have NOT bought and sold games there but all prices given for cash and credit listed on CEX website. Some older games are still very good to play so why not check out CEX if you are a gamer. You know where you stand as far as prices go with these guys and they pretty much take everything you offer.
Service is pretty good and brisk in my Northampton town center store with the usual bunch of ponytail twentysomething game loving geeky graduates working there up for banter. Like HMV it’s a popular place to work for slackers and when they announced a second store in Northampton will be opening next month over 140 people queued for just 4 jobs. You take your goods to the window, they check each disc and item out and you get a set amount for the goods. They don’t barter. The second hand phones and tablets and the like in the large display window look slightly overpriced and perhaps better to buy new. For instance a Samsung Galaxy S3 sells there for £120 and they buy at £56. Grand Theft Auto V sells at £48 but bought at £19. If you look at it as £19 off another new game then fair enough. Again its all about flipping stuff quickly and supply and demand for regulars to return. If you do trade there you have to do a very quick membership process of name and address and that covers them over stolen goods and you over returns for faulty goods. I’m sure you can sell knock off or faulty stuff there but be prepared.
The website is quick and easy and well set out and they offer more choice, presumably cutting deals with other stores to clear older and newer stock. It’s a good reference point to see what you are going to get, or buy, as you set out for the stores and also can be used to work out general prices for stuff if you want to flip it elsewhere. Pretty much any phone, film or game you tap in the search engine comes up with the buy and sell price although often out of stock as they have none in yet from punters. The website is very useful for film fans if you have missed a movie or two you wanted to see and so a good database to trawl to find it. You are not going to find this game and film selection in Cash Converters or on the Market stalls. It’s the best place for secondhand on the highstreet. If you buy counterfeit from carboots then you are just driving down the quality for everyone else. Film DVD is so cheap now as it’s easy for people to rip movies from the internet but again the more you steal the less quality gets made. You can see that coming through in the drab music charts where it’s all middle-class kids with guitars who subsidize their way to eventual success through their parents and friends or just a load of generic moronic dance music acts as unfunded genuine talent is forced out due to pirating.
CEX is an innstore and online retailer of second hand games, consoles, DVDs and electronic equipment such as phones, headphones, and phone and gaming accessories.
CEX workoff customers trading their items in for cash, or a higher rate of store credit and then selling those items on at a profit.
Anyone looking sell to CEX will need to register for a member shot card with ID and this will be used to log items traded in for security and to ensure the items work appropriately. No membership is required to buy.
I have regularly bought Xbox one, Xbox,PlayStation 2 and 3 and PC games,DVDs and a couple of game accessories and I have always been happy with my ourchase. On the rare occasion that a product does not work as described they may attempt to clean the disc or swap for another item if in stock, and this has always been sufficient for me.
The staff in the shops I have visited are quite quirky and "alternative" they are very chatty and you can tell they have a passion for music, games and films.
The shops in store are always well organised into console games by alphabetical order and the films are organised in to themes such as bix sets, hit films, world cinema and children's films.
I love this shop because you can get a great film for a couple of pounds and is a great shop for looking through a variety of dvds. Most are as cheap as blockbuster with the the added bonus of keeping your film.
The games are always at a competitive price and they can rarely be beaten for trade in value and their in store credit is higher than anywhere else.would highly recommend this shop.
I don't really know why everyone has negative reviews.
This is one of the best places to sell your stuff. I sell quite a lot on cex and it is really good.
A shop just opened in my town and I have been a few times to sell a few times but now I most try to sell to then via the website. When I first went it was a good experience and the staff were great so friendly. Each one would talk to you so friendly and they have a nice conversation with you and that's very good to have have you go to any shop.
One thing I have noticed that cex either give the most for your products or the same and as they say they are unbeatable than other website and they are a statement which many companies say but don't meet.
I do hope the best for cex and I do hope they make an app which would be nice so you can just scan items and would make it much easier.
I can't really think about anything negative. When the item does not pass the test or the item needs regrading ( even when an item needs to be upgraded like from locked to unlocked) they would message you before they either send it back or they pay you if we agree. Never known a better company to sell to than cex.
So I would in terms of selling to them there are great.
So I bought some items from CEX online. Received a card through the post saying the sender hadn't paid enough postage for the item so it was being held at the sorting office this amounted to £7.25. Emailed CEX to say I would be expecting them to refund this money to me as it is up to them to pay postage surely?! Opened the box with my things in to then find no game in the box? They are really the worst company I have EVER had dealings with. No phone number for quick contact just a crap email they never seem to respond to.
I have a plethora of stories to tell that have eventually been resolved by making fuss and emailing the guys at wecare but recently i can truely say I will never set foot in the store ever again. On 01/06/12 I bought a phone to replace my brothers stolen phone from the goodge street store(2 trains and a bit of a journey costing over a fiver to get to but wanted to quickly replace my brothers phone to cheer him up) a £325 galaxy nexus grade b) i took it home he said he didnt like it and wanted a the same phone that was taken an iphone 4. I thought no problems and emailed we care that confirmed i could exchange it in any cex store provided i had a receipt.
I went to the Kilburn store around the beginning of last week(11th or 12th) to refund the phone and order the replacement phone. I then spoke to the store assistant and explained the whole situation. He then spoke to the manager, who then told him to tell me that they would refund the phone but i would have to get a exchange it for something greater than the value of the phone. This all seemed quite dodgy and I have never been told to that before(i asked friends and family and have been told that exchange vouchers were supposed to be given and I would be able to use them for whatever i please in store) the replacement phone was an iphone 4 and value was the exact same as the galaxy nexus, I previously ordered i asked him if that was okay. The store assisstant asked the manager, if it was okay. They reviewed the condition of the phone and said there were too many scratches on it for it to be grade b stating that it was grade c and I would have to pay the difference.
I was mortified the phone had not been used when i initially showed the phone to my brother he glanced over it and wanted a different phone. The phone stayed in the box with all the accessories included. I pressed the staff to speak to the goodge street staff to compare conditions. They phoned and confirmed that it had a few scratches and they still refused to do the refund under its original grade. I looked at the phone to see if it was as badly scratched as they claimed and it wasn't.
On the website it states that grade c phones are :
"phones in poor cosmetic condition. charger supplied but missing accessories and packaging"
This shows that the store staff's practice completely contradicts store policy. My interpretations of the events where that either i was sold a phone that was actually grade c but at the grade b price which i doubt as i looked at the phones condition and it seemed in excellent condition barring very minor scratches. The other possibility was that workers actions as a way to either gain extra cash and then sell the phone under a higher grade. The whole experience has left a bad taste in my mouth and I'm stuck £325 out of pocket and an unwanted phone. NEVER EVER GO TO CEX!!!
You will buy an item
You will recieve the item
9/10 IT WONT WORK
so youl send it back
And hear nothing for days, weeks if you allow it.
Youl send them email after email and it wont matter at all!
They will rip you off!
Dont be niave and think it wont happen to you like i did, It will
And its a pain, constantly chasing idiots, i cant believe there are so many talent people unemployed yet these people keep thier jobs?!?!?!
Its been nearly over a month and ive still got no refund.
I retern the item the next day and did everything that was asked of me , They just dont wanna refund me, so ive had to start to take this trading standards
I just wish they wouldnt do this to people.
I mean ive got kids for godsakes theyknow that.
sumup of CEX
I hate CEX and they remind me why everytime I deal with them. Sold my iPhone 4 32GB in October to them. The website quoted £350 but I was only offered £210 in store. The Phone was in perfect condition and had no cosmetic damage. I supplied the box and all accessories, and when I argued the offered amount was told that with the release of the iphone 4s (which was released the day before) demand was low.
2 days later I walked past the same CEX store, which had an IPhone 4 16GB for £410!!
A week later my girlfriend sold her damaged iPhone 4 16GB in the same CEX store, with no box or accessories, and was given £243! Do they make up their prices as the day goes on?
Finally, I recently went to sell two PS3 games in the same local CEX store. (why I continue to go there I don't know). They informed me that my account had been banned, because the original iPhone 4 I had sold them had been blocked, and I would be receiving a letter in the post to pay back the money!!!
To say I was surprised was an understatement, and was spoken to like a criminal who deals with stolen phones. The iPhone I sold was legally mine, which I had bought outright from O2 and upgraded to a 4s. It is now months after I sold it to them, and I refuse to believe that it has been blocked, or that there is anything wrong with it.
When I receive their letter I will be sending a strongly worded one straight back.
Avoid CEX, in particular both of there Croydon branches.
Totally useless company, they said they would pay me my money immediatly so the next day i check to see whats happening i find my account has been closed without payments coming my way! Have the emails to prove the agreements made & the bank statements without a transaction, i will NEVER use this company again & intend to tell everyone i know even random drunks down the pub
Had a couple of items lying round the house which were no longer used so thought would sell them to CEX rather than mess about with Ebay and incur the extra costs.
Never used them before so wasnt sure what to expect. We had a brand new phone to sell, no box but with all other accessories. After testing we were told they would only offer £55 for the phone rather than the £72 quoted on the website for a phone in 'good' condition but missing the original box. They said that due to 'cosmetic damage' it was in poor condition. Now, this phone was BRAND new, never used with all accessories but we had just misplaced the box. There was NO cosmetic damage on the phone at all, nothing. When we tried to argue this and quote the grading system on their website, we were told rather bluntly the testers decision was final and we could take it or leave it.
We also took a new, boxed games console in. Left them to test it, came back and were told that they wouldnt buy it as it wouldnt hold a charge, despite us charging it the night before so knowing it was in perfect condition. Took it to Cash Converters next door and guess what - they confirmed straight away that it WAS charging and was holding a charge without being plugged in, despite what CEX had said.
Obviously CEX want to pay the minimum price they can for goods, otherwise they dont make as much money. Definately wont be visiting there again as their staff are rude and dont seem to have a clue what they are doing. Despite the guidance offered on their website in regards to the grading system of items, they do not seem to stick to this.
*** DO NOT BOTHER ***
I e.mailed CEX with the intent of selling my phone to them. They took nearly 2 weeks to send the bag out. They offered me £87.00 for my phone then changed their minds when they got it and said they would only pay £66.00. I told them to send my phone back...not a problem (apparently) A few days go by, no phone but £66.00 appears in my bank account. Upon e.mailing them to discuss (there is no phone number you can get through on) I was told that the remaining £11.00 would be in my account by the end of the day...erm...don't you mean £21.00?!?! Ah yes, sorry, we'll send it over, keep checking and let us know. Nothing by 16:30 so I e.mail again to be told that "we're sending you a cheque now". Right..OK...Cheque arrives, I go to pay it in... NOT SIGNED!!!!!!!!! Now awaiting a reply to a very strongly worded...you guessed it.... E.MAIL !!!!!!
I bought a couple of games from these cowboys online, I have never had such a bad experience with online shopping before, the delivery was very slow and I got no response to my emails, because of my experience I have to say that their customer service is appalling, I certainly will not be using them again nor would I recommend them to anyone else.I wouldn't have given them even one star rating, but, I could not post without doing so.
I ordered a game online from CEX a few years back and after the hassle of them taking my money and then cancelling my order as they didnt have the game in stock (it said they had a few instock for online ordering when I ordered it) I promised I would never order online from CEX online again, fast forward a couple of years and I wanted an old xbox game to play on my 360, I found it at CEX and ordered it online, it was only a couple of quid so i thought i would give them one last try, 4 days later it still hadnt been dispatched, emailed them yesterday and they bumped its status up to ready for dispatch, 2 days later its still at that status, im getting tired of waiting, this is DEFINITLY the last time ill buy from CEX online.. Utterly pathetic!
Cex is a great shop to sell or buy things from. Most of the time you do need to look around because I have found that other places can be cheaper. I would say that it is one of the best place to sell things to.
They will buy mobiles, computering things, games, dvds and cds you can also but all of this to. When you sell your stuff to them they will ask you if you would like a voucher or cash for it. When you ask for cash you will not get as much money as you would get if you get a voucher.
If you wanted to sell someting you will need to be a member to be a member all that you have to do is bring some ID with you and give them your name and address. They will then give you a member card.
There is 2 cex store near me which is Bromley and Croydon In the bromley store there is a upstairs which they sell dvd and cds in. If you are looking for a game they are really easy to find because they are in the right order.
If you was going to sell your stuff in there I would give them a call to make sure that they have cash because sometimes they dont have any.
The staff in cex is very friendly and if you ever need any help they will help you out.
You can sell and buy things on line now but I have never used it so I dont no what it is like (sorry). I do go onto www.cex.co.uk to have a look to see how much cash or exchange i would get.
It is a great store to go to if you wanted to buy or sell your stuff to. they sell used stuff but most of the time they can be like new.
Thanks for reading x
I bought phone from them coasted me £450; after 2 weeks the mobile become blocked I called orange they told me this mobile reported stolen. I went to the shop to tell them about what happened they were extremely rude and they refused to give me my money back only on voucher , how can I trust buying from them any item again with voucher or without . I tried to contact the head office but no phone number so only email and they don't respond to emails and when they responded they simply said to take the voucher. Now I contacted the trading standard and the law centre. They deal with them. This is the worst experience I ever ever had so be aware and avoid this company
i would say that cex is the best place to buy and sell your stuff. You can get cash or you can get a voucher/exchange for it. They sell and buys a lot of things mobile, computering, games and dvds.
when you want to buy something all you have to do it so to the till and pay for it. But if you wanted to sell someting you will need to be a member you that you have to do it take some id to the store that is near to you and they will give you a membership card.
my store in bromley has a upstairs and a down stairs. upstairs they sell dvds and you can pay for you stuff up there and down stairs they sell phones, games and computers. if you was looking for a psp game it will be very easy to find it because most of the time they are in the right order.
you can also pay down stairs.
if you was going to sell your stuff i would ring up first to make sure that they have some cash. The staff in cex is very friendly and if you need any help they will help you.
you can also sell your thing on line and buy some things from the web site. i have never use it to buy or sell any thing from it so i would not know what it is like. most of the time i go onto the website and have a look at what price they are selling there things at and to see how much cash or exchange i would get.
it is a very good store to go to if you wanted to buy or sell your stuff to. they sell used stuff but most of the time they can be like new.
thanks for reading