A revealing inside look at what happens when you sell video games back to retailers. If the condition is good, they go back on the shelf at an insane markup. If not, chances are they will go to a processing centre as seen in here. On a related note, will retailers who restrict themselves to physical media without embracing online distribution ultimately meet their demise? It appears things are heading that way rapidly.
“What happens to the games when they arrive here? They are divided and distributed among small teams, each with their own name and game-related mascot (based on classics like Dig-Dug and Shinobi). Each disk goes into an unsightly machine that scrapes away the top 10 microns of cover-material, enough to ‘clean’ the disk of any superficial scratches. They are then buffed for that nice, shiny, sparkly look.”