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GameStop now accepts 'retro' games, systems, and peripherals at all store locations

The company will take hardware and games for most Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and Microsoft consoles.


GameStop sent out a Tweet proclaiming that you can trade in a number of "retro" systems, games, and peripherals at any store location (via IGN).

The company released a graphic along with the announcement to state which consoles—and their respective libraries—can be traded for credit or cash. Most of the heavy hitters are there, but second-stringers like Intellivision, as well as relics like Atari VCS/2600, didn't make the cut.

GameStop's decision to take in-store trade-ins represents a widening of its focus on retro merchandise. In 2015, the company announced that it would stock old games and hardware on its website—a decision likely made to cater to the growing number of collectors interested in completing console libraries.

Going back to its roots by stocking oldies-but-goodies in its stores gives GameStop another direct line to collectors, though it remains to be seen how their prices compare to local dealers.

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    October 25, 2016 2:40 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, GameStop now accepts 'retro' games, systems, and peripherals at all store locations

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      October 25, 2016 2:48 PM

      lol I can't picture where this shit will go in my current Gamestop, it's already a cluttered mess. I can hear the voice of a thousand gamestop employees collectively groaning when they read the news.

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        October 25, 2016 3:51 PM

        When they started this a year or so ago the stores would send it to corporate and it would only be available for sale on the website. I imagine this will be the same.

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      October 25, 2016 4:41 PM

      why bother? I could get more money selling my stuff locally or on ebay. I havent sent anything to gamestop since the gamecube era since you get pennies for anything your throw at them.

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        October 25, 2016 6:50 PM

        It's easier for people to sell to gamestop. Yeah, ebay is kinda easy, but with gamestop you can sell a box of games in 10 minutes and be done with it.

        I just think it's funny that they purged their stock of used PS2 games two or three years ago, now they'll be buying some of them back.

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      October 26, 2016 1:43 AM

      Good, about time they better embraced their future as all of the newer systems push fully digital libraries harder and harder. Hopefully Gamestop starts putting more effort into taking bootlegs out of circulation, though. Seen too many people get stung on NES and SNES bootlegs from them :(

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