Monday, 31 December 2018

CeX voted UK Shop of the Year!

We're chuffed to bits to share that PriceSpy, the fully impartial price and product comparison service, has announced CeX has been voted the winner of its Shop of the Year competition for 2017!

PriceSpy state "Shop of the Year is the People's Choice award for the best and most popular online shops. The award is independent and objective. Shop of the Year is elected every year by users of Pricespy. CeX also won the Games and Consoles Category!"

Pricespy gave us £2500 to pass on to our partner Charities Help for Heroes and Muscular Dystrophy UK and in the spirit of good tidyings we'll be topping this up with another £2500.


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Monday, 24 December 2018

Order in time for Xmas delivery!

Order online by midnight on Thursday the 13th December
for delivery in time for Christmas Day*. Happy hunting!

Prefer to shop in person or left it too late? Find your local CeX store here and buy with confidence as you can return items** bought in December until the end of December. Simply bring them back in the condition they were sold in, accompanied with the receipt.


*External factors beyond our control (such as strikes, adverse weather or bubonic plague etc) may delay your orders.

**Excludes Operating Systems, Applications, Software and Games products that feature “(S)” in the title, and items from the "CeX Basics" product range.



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Order in time for Xmas delivery!

Order online by midnight on Wednesday the 19th December
for delivery in time for Christmas Day*. Happy hunting!

Prefer to shop in person or left it too late? Find your local CeX store here and buy with confidence as you can return items** bought in December until the end of December. Simply bring them back in the condition they were sold in, accompanied with the receipt.


*External factors beyond our control (such as strikes, adverse weather or bubonic plague etc) may delay your orders.



**Excludes Operating Systems, Applications, Software and Games products that feature “(S)” in the title, and items from the "CeX Basics" product range.


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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Hitman 2 ★★★★☆


Out now on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, ‘Hitman 2’ is the sequel to the first ‘Hitman’ game from 2016 and feels much more like season 2 of that game, which was originally episodic. This time around the developers, IO Interactive, have released the entire game at once which feels a little more suited to this type of sandbox game. The premise of the game is also similar where you play as Agent 47, a hitman who is under the orders of a secret organisation to take down various targets in different locations.


Much like a roguelike, each level is designed to be played over and over again. You start off each level with a story mission where you will need to assassinate certain targets, which can be done in a variety of ways from completing lengthy side stories to just throwing an explosive duck into the target’s path and watching the destruction unfold. The game gives you a choice to either go for the straightforward option or something slightly more elaborate, with certain methods being quite extra and entertaining to watch. 

After the main missions there are then contracts and special missions based in the map, so you can constantly level yourself up and increase mastery in each level which will unlock new items and suits. There are also elusive target missions – time-based missions to complete to compete to get the highest score around the world and unlock very special gear for your agent.

The gameplay is, of course, very single player-focused, where you will be spending a lot of time in each level sneaking around, changing outfits to get into prohibited areas, and finding opportunities to kill your target. There is a great sense of achievement every time you succeed, with some of the levels being quite tricky and requiring strong foresight on the player’s behalf.

The final mode added to the game is Ghost Mode, where two players are on the same map hunting the same targets, with the first one successfully killing 5 targets becoming the winner. This works surprisingly well, as you need to think fast and make quick decisions as to not fall behind in points, making it a fun challenge to pursue. This is only available at the moment on one of the maps but IO Interactive plan to add a lot of more content over the coming months, so watch this space.


The only issue with the game itself is that it does feel more like a ‘Hitman 1.5’ rather then 2 – where it’s lacking is that not much has been changed or added mechanically to the game. This is fine for people who just wanted a season 2 of ‘Hitman’, so to speak, but don’t expect anything revolutionary from the new game. Thankfully the first game was really good anyway, so following in its footsteps isn’t such a bad thing.

‘Hitman 2’ plays it very safe, but graphically it’s very polished, and the concept of the game is fun. There’s always something new to try out or some gruesome or hilarious way to eliminate the next target, making it a game you can play for hours on end without getting bored.

★★★★☆

Hannah Read

Hitman 2 at CeX




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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Darksiders 3 ★★★★☆


‘Darksiders III’, out now, is for some a long-awaited sequel to one of the best non-AAA action adventure RPG series from the last generation of consoles.  It has had relatively zero marketing and before the game came out no one really knew much about it, or simply didn’t know it existed.

Now, after being in development for a hell of a while, it’s finally out and what a surprise it is. Each ‘Darksiders’ game seems to take on a different gameplay style depending on the main character – you play as a different horseman of the apocalypse in each game, (‘Darksiders I’, for example, was very similar to the ‘Zelda’ franchise, whereas ‘Darksiders II’ was very loot heavy like ‘Diablo 3’).


For ‘Darksiders III’ the developers, Gunfire Games, have been inspired by the ‘Dark Souls’ series, borrowing a lot of different game mechanics from it. What this game does that many others haven’t (‘Lords of the Fallen’, ‘Immortal: Unchained’, to name a few) is differentiate itself enough from ‘Dark Souls’ that it feels unique.

The general gist of the gameplay is that you roam around an interconnected world without much mapping or direction to aid you, and the goal of eliminating the seven deadly sins.  You battle and kill enemies which will give you their souls – you can then use these to level up your character. Materials, which can be collected throughout the world in secret locations, can be used to improve weapons and armour.

As you can see, the game is definitely a homage to the ‘Dark Souls’ franchise, but the combat mechanics are much more action-based in ‘Darksiders III’, and there’s no stamina bar, which makes it just that little bit different. They are really well done and not as tactical, but still lead to some incredible fights – especially against the main bosses in the game.

The graphics have not changed much since ‘Darksiders I’, as you would expect from a smaller development team, but because it is cell-shaded and more stylistically focused it holds up really well and is incredibly beautiful at times like a painting on the screen. There are several issues with the games such as the movement and jumping mechanics sometimes feeling a bit finicky and unfinished at times – this can lead to traversal around the world being laborious and frustrating.


The game is quite a bit shorter than the previous games but will still last 20+ hours. It will leave you wanting to know where and how the story will end for the fourth game, which is presumably the final chapter in the story of the four horsemen.  I would say that the gaming industry needs more AA games like this that are at a lower price point, similar to the release of ‘Hellblade’ last year. They are smaller budget titles that have a lot of heart and can lead to some very engaging experiences.

Although ‘Darksiders III’ does have some small problems mechanically, the combat and story feel well thought out, and lead the player into a captivating story you will definitely want to see through right until the very end. 

★★★★☆
Hannah Read

Darksiders 3 at CeX




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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Tullamore resident wins €10,000 at CeX!



Tullamore resident wins €10,000 at CeX!


 "A Tullamore resident has won a national in-store promotion with CeX.
CeX, located in the Bridge Centre in Tullamore, ran the chain's national 'Trade in to Win 2018' promotion and now it has been announced the winner is from Tullamore. 


They have netted themselves a life-changing €10,000 cash prize and will be visiting CeX Tullamore in the coming weeks."



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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Mandy ★★★★★


If the last ten years of Nicolas Cage’s bizarre career choices (and resulting memes) have been building up to something, then Mandy is surely the result. This is a film that puts the Nicolas Cage up to 11 and lets him truly embrace his utterly crazy side, and gives him the opportunity to give us his finest performance since his Oscar-winning turn in Leaving Las Vegas. While his performance here certainly isn’t going to bag him another Oscar (although that’s the sort of world I’d like to live in), it will at least remind audiences and critics alike what the man is capable of with the right material.


Thankfully, the film around Nicolas Cage is just as good. This isn’t just a vehicle for Cage to do his thing; it is actually a remarkable feat of cinematic madness in its own right. Directed by visionary filmmaker and writer Panos Cosmatos (2010s Beyond The Black Rainbow), the film follows a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon henchmen who kidnap the titular Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), propelling her boyfriend Red (Cage) on a surreal and increasingly gruesome rampage of vengeance. It feels like the film that Cage’s Drive Angry could’ve been if that film had been good. 

The film is an experience – one that you’ve probably never had anything like at the movies before. Don’t dismiss this as just another Nic Cage rampage. This film is stunningly crafted with breathtaking visuals and a wonderfully nostalgic score, giving the whole film a dark and twisted 1980s vibe. Think Stranger Things, if that was made under the influence of aggressively hallucinogenic drugs. Mandy is a trip. There’s no other word fitting of it. It is an often uncomfortable and harrowing experience, but always thoroughly entertaining and engrossing. But beyond the staggering violence and stunning visuals lies some surprising depth. The film is more emotional than I expected it to be – but there isn’t a huge amount of time to take in these emotional beats before Cage has another violent and volcanic outburst. Make no mistake, this is a hardcore and metal film – don’t let the emotion fool you, this is not a film for the faint of heart. It is pure, over-the-top pulp.


All in all, Mandy is probably going to struggle to get attention from lots of you – understandably, you will think this is just another rubbish Cage straight-to-DVD effort that will be in the bargain bin before you know it. But this is a film of a surprisingly high quality and one that will easily endure a long life as a cult classic. I suspect Mandy will go down as Nicolas Cage’s masterpiece, and certainly the film he is remembered for. Academy Award be damned, this is his finest work – because it is the first film to truly let him fly with his craziness and be exactly the Nicolas Cage we want him to be. But beyond that, it’s a bloody good film. A true cinematic treat. Mandy is a masterpiece!

★★★★★
Sam Love

Mandy at CeX




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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Sicario 2 ★★★★☆


In 2015, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve spoiled us all rotten by giving us the treat of Sicario, a thrilling masterpiece following an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the US/Mexico border. The film was a phenomenal success critically and financially, and yet, it never seemed like it would be the sort of film to earn a sequel. Despite the marketing, it wasn’t an “action thriller” – it was actually a very powerful slow-burner of dread and tension. But hey, Hollywood saw dollar signs and made another. Written, again, by Taylor Sheridan, and directed by Gomorrah’s Stefano Sollima, this is Sicario 2: Soldado.


First of all, this isn’t a “sequel” in the traditional sense. The film has absolutely no narrative links with the first film, and the first film’s protagonist doesn’t return. CIA Special Activities Division officer Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and mercenary Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) both return, this time battling the Mexican drug cartels new habit of trafficking terrorists into the US, but this is a thoroughly Emily Blunt-less affair. While the film is certainly hauntingly relevant in its dark portrayal of terrorism, the film doesn’t have quite as much to say as the first. While Sicario was a slow-burning drama on top of anything else, this surprisingly good sequel has a lot more action and gunplay. This is reinforced by the machine-gun toting ‘heroes’ on the front cover/poster, whereas the original film’s cover was a little more reserved. But don’t worry – Michael Bay this is not. There’s still plenty of time for political drama and tension, with Hildur Guðnadóttir’s score echoing the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s admirably in those haunting moments of darkness.

Brolin and del Toro are both absolutely fantastic here – I could watch a hundred Sicario films with these two guys. Support in Soldado comes from the great Catherine Keener as Brolin’s boss, Jeffrey Donovan returns as minor character Steve Forsing and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Gallo. But the true break-out star from the supporting cast is Isabela Moner, who absolutely steals the film as Isabel Reyes, the daughter of a violent kingpin, who our ‘heroes’ kidnap in a false flag operation in order to start a war between the cartels.


I absolutely loved Sicario 2. Despite being pretty unnecessary, the film actually surprised me by arguably matching the first film in terms of entertainment value – even if it does go in a slightly different direction in terms of genre. This isn’t so much an understated character study like the first film as it is an explosive thrill-ride through cartel conflict. Still, I would consider it one of 2018’s finest films and one that I cannot recommend enough – especially to fans of the first film. I know a lot of fans dismissed this due to how unnecessary it was, and I understand why you would – but if you give it a try, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Hell, I was blown away by it. Sicario 2 is a perfect example of how to do a sequel – even if it’s for a film that didn’t need one!


★★★★☆
Sam Love

Sicario 2 at CeX




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Thursday, 6 December 2018

November TV / Movie Video Round UP

Have you watched our November  TV / Movie review yet?

Check out the latest and greatest movies for the month of November

brought to you by Sam! Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

November PlayStation Video Round UP

Have you watched our November PlayStation review yet?

Check out the latest and greatest for the month of November
brought to you by Jake!
Enjoy!

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Hotel Transylvania 3 ★★★★☆


Controversially, I think the Hotel Transylvania series is one of the most consistently hilarious and entertaining franchises in cinema today. I know, I’m a terrible person. And honestly, everything about Hotel Transylvania is a huge turn-off. Adam Sandler and Kevin James being two of the leads should be enough to keep me well and truly clear of these films. And yet, something about them keeps bringing me back.


For those of you who haven’t seen any of the films, the franchise follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his group of friends – Frankenstein’s Monster, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, etc. – who run a hotel together for all the monsters and beasts of Transylvania. Also living in the hotel is Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her boyfriend, the human Johnny (Andy Samberg), much to Dracula’s annoyance. The films have basically followed preposterously simple plots with plenty of room for non-stop puns, sight gags and references, colourfully animated and surprisingly well performed by the cast. The films are a riot, I don’t care what anyone says.

Hotel Transylvania 3 takes the action away from the hotel, and sends the gang on a cruise ship (“it’s a hotel ON THE WATER”) for a much-needed respite from the exhaustive running of the hotel. Here, Dracula meets the ship captain, Ericka, and falls in love – but this too good to be true romance spells trouble for the gang, as Ericka is a descendant of Van Helsing…

But who cares about the plot. Much like a Marx Brothers comedy, it’s actually pretty irrelevant. The Hotel Transylvania films are renowned for the non-stop jokes firing on all cylinders, meaning even if some of the jokes don’t land, you don’t have to wait long for the next one. It’s a constant onslaught of silly jokes and references to iconic horror films, and should be prescribed as medication to anyone with the blues. If this doesn’t cheer you up, nothing will. The animation is stellar, too – Sony Pictures Animation’s jerky movements and wonderful colour palette make for a very comic feel to proceedings, while the film’s soundtrack includes some freshly-written bangers from Tiësto that make up the film’s hilarious final battle – a DJ duel between good and evil.


All in all, Hotel Transylvania 3 is a hilarious addition to the brilliant franchise and if you don’t agree with me, we can’t be friends. Sure, they’re not Disney quality, but they’re bloody great. Then again, I absolutely loved The Boss Baby, so I’m probably not a very good judge of quality these days… Hotel Transylvania 3 is a quick-fire laugh-fest with slick animation and great voice performances.

★★★★☆
Sam Love

Hotel Transylvania 3 at CeX




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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

November Nintendo Switch Video Round UP

Have you watched our November Switch review yet?



Diablo 3 makes its way to the Switch! Pokemon let's GO and whole lot more in our November Nintendo Switch roundup hosted by our plucky pacifist, Sir Thomas Baker.
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Skyscraper ★☆☆☆☆


For every piece of truly original cinema, there’s a thinly veiled remake. Skyscraper is basically what would happen if The Towering Inferno and Die Hard had a baby, then gave the baby up for adoption because they couldn’t support it, and it got passed from adoption centre to adoption centre because nobody wanted it, then it escaped and entered a life of drugs and alcohol. Yes, this is a pissed-up smackhead child of The Towering Inferno and Die Hard. Starring The Rock. Want to know more? Read on…


The Rock plays Will Sawyer, an ex-FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran who now assesses skyscraper security. On assignment in Hong Kong, he finds the tallest and supposedly safest building in the world on fire and he’s framed for it. On the run, he must clear his name and also infiltrate this blazing building and rescue his family who are trapped 225 floors up, above the fire-line. Oh, and there’s some terrorists in the building being arseholes and a conspiracy as to who really started the fire and…I don’t know, I lost interest pretty quickly. Let’s face it, the only reason people watched Skyscraper was to see if The Rock made that hugely-discussed jump from the poster. In order to make the jump, The Rock would’ve had to run and leave the crane at 28.4mph – beating Usain Bolt’s fastest recorded speed of 27.4mph…Spoiler alert, he makes it. The Rock is faster than Usain Bolt in the world of Skyscraper.

Skyscraper is not a good film. Sure, it’s got some relatively exciting – and wholly mindless – set-pieces, but if you’ve ever seen an action film before, you’ve seen everything this film has to offer already. There’s nothing innovative or exciting and the special effects are often mediocre, while plot-holes and a general lack of depth or character development means there’s very little at stake and not much excitement to be had. The only talking point within Skyscraper is the fact that The Rock’s character only has one leg. I think this is probably one of the first times a blockbuster hero has been disabled in any way, so that’s pretty #woke. But honestly, it’s only really to assist in moments of suspense – like when The Rock falls off a building and gets his foot caught on rope, which saves him…But it’s his false leg and it starts to come off and ahhhhhhh, suspense suspense suspense. But hell, the fact a one-legged Rock can run faster than Usain Bolt in this fantasy world is pretty great. Imagine how fast he could run with both his legs.


Skyscraper just felt empty and tedious. Pretty unsurprising when you realise that the director, the very Hollywood-sounding Rawson Marshall Thurber, also directed Dodgeball and We’re The Millers. Hardly an expert in blockbuster action. But hey, we’ve all got to start somewhere, right? It just so happens he started with shit. All Skyscraper-slamming aside, I love The Rock. He’s one of the purest and most wholesome people in Hollywood and certainly an inspirational figure for anyone to look up to. But he needs to stop making these rubbish films. He’s a good actor and a great guy, and he deserves more than this. The very second Skyscraper ended, I switched the TV off and immediately forgot almost everything about the film. Not a good sign. Skyscraper scales new heights of shit, and continues to waste The Rock’s talent.

★☆☆☆☆
Sam Love

Skyscraper at CeX




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Monday, 3 December 2018

Tag ★★★☆☆


Sometimes, a true story comes along that is just begging for a film to be made of it. While most of these true stories are dark or powerful dramas that hit the big screen and are showered in Academy Awards, it’s not often a true story is adapted into a gross-out comedy. In January 2013, a profile was published in The Wall Street Journal about a group of lifelong friends who spend one entire month per year playing the game of tag. Since the article was published, the group were supposedly inundated with offers from Hollywood and now, 5 years later, the film was made.


With an all-star cast of Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and Hannibal Buress, the film’s plot is very simple. One of the group (Renner) plans to retire after the current year’s game due to his upcoming marriage, and his record of having never been tagged must be broken before his retirement. So, the group gets together and attempts cunning ways of tagging this elusive player – but they’re not prepared for just how seriously he is willing to take the game to keep his record…

In the same vein as The Hangover, this is really a film about male camaraderie and friendship – the plot is somewhat inconsequential and exists in the shadow of the film’s jokes. Most of the comedy of the film lands, although often does veer into some very dark places that aren’t really made for comedy. One sequence, for example, is based around a miscarriage and does become uncomfortable pretty quickly. But isn’t that what comedy is? Pushing the envelope further and further to darker places. Hell, look at the latest Ricky Gervais Netflix special and you’ll see that comedy isn’t always politically correct! Still, in a mainstream comedy, it did feel a little too dark.

But on the whole, the film does deliver plentiful laughs thanks to a great script from Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen and some wonderful performances from the cast – Jon Hamm is a particular highlight, while support from Isla Fisher brings a lot of laughs. The RottenTomatoes consensus describes the film as “high-concept yet undemanding action comedy” and that is pretty spot-on. The action sequences in particular are worthy of note, as Renner’s character narrates his friends’ attempts to tag him as the action takes place in slow-motion in a clear Sherlock Holmes homage.


On the whole, Tag is a laugh-riot with a surprising amount of poignancy at the end, which I will not spoil here. While the film does go darker than most comedies on a level of inappropriate humour, it also goes deeper with heart. Will it be a future classic? Probably not. But as a good bit of fun at the movies, you can do a lot worse than Tag. The end credits reveal footage of the real guys behind the true story and I can’t help feeling that a documentary film about their exploits could be better than this – but hey, this isn’t bad by any stretch. Tag is a hilarious study on friendship and never growing old. 

★★★☆☆
Sam Love

Tag at CeX




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Saturday, 1 December 2018

CeX tech repairs online & selected UK stores


Got a phone, console, laptop or tablet in desperate need of extra life? Don’t throw it away!

CeX doesn’t just buy, sell and exchange but we now repair too! Simply bring your broken device to one of our selected CeX stores across the UK (England, Scotland and Wales) or visit our dedicated repairs website, book it in, and our team of experts will bring it back to life - if they can’t there’s no fee!

To find your nearest CeX offering repairs head HERE, book it in online HERE and for more info head HERE

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ★★★★★


Let me start by saying, if you don’t already love ABBA you definitely will after this film. Set five years after the first film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again sees daughter Sophie prepare for the reopening of Hotel Bella Donna. As she rushes to get the hotel ready, we’re taken back in time to the late 70’s to see how Donna met Sophie’s three potential fathers.


Lily James plays the role of Young Donna as she leaves her ‘dynamos’ behind to go travelling. Along the way we get to meet Young Harry, Young Bill and Young Sam, all of which captured my heart in very different ways. Donna begins her journey in Paris, where she meets exceptionally awkward Harry and they share an equally awkward (but adorable) night together. But, she soon realises that Paris is not the place for her and sets out to Greece. On her travels, she meets Young Bill who was actually my favourite potential father (possibly because he owns a boat). He takes her all the way to Greece and from there we are introduced to the picturesque island that we became so familiar with in the first film. Unfortunately, (for me), young Bill leaves Donna to settle in and she soon meets the final potential father, Sam. However, their relationship doesn’t blossom quite as Donna would hope and yet again we are left not knowing who the father is. The ‘young’ cast in this film were absolutely amazing at capturing the characters that were established in the original Mamma Mia, I’d actually go as far to say that I preferred them. They certainly added a whole new charm and life to the Mamma Mia franchise. 

The film constantly transitions back and forth between the 70s and the present day. During these scenes we really get to see the similarities between Sophie and Donna which, I must admit, is exceptionally heart-warming (I may, or may not, have cried). Just like the first film, Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep are an incredible mother-daughter duo and when ‘grandmother’ Cher is thrown into the mix, things just get taken to the next level. 

Not to mention of course, the entire film is set to an all-ABBA soundtrack. What I love most about these films is that the songs don’t feel forced, each scene is set perfectly to the soundtrack and completed with an over the top dance routine. Why can’t real life be set to ABBA songs?


I think it’s fair to say that the Mamma Mia films have turned me ABBA crazy and I’m not mad about it, I’m even contemplating buying some flares. Overall, this is an absolutely cracking film that literally had me both in tears and dancing in my seat all within a matter of minutes.


★★★★★
Georgie Hughes

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at CeX




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Buy with confidence - extended returns policy

Buying Christmas gifts? Shop with confidence at CeX. 

With our extended returns policy, you can return items* bought in December until the end of December for a CeX voucher. This applies in-store and online too!

Simply bring them back in the condition they were sold in, accompanied with a receipt.


Don't forget, CeX offers a 24-month warranty on everything. 
Too busy to get to a store? Just buy online at webuy.com.


*Operating Systems, Applications Software and Games products that feature "(S)" in the product description are excluded from this offer. This does not affect your statutory rights.



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