GameStop considering selling vintage games

CEO Paul Raines says consumers interested in buying classic discs and cartridges; plans to offer such games through website, but acknowledges the "big idea" has problems.

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Specialty retailer GameStop is considering beefing up its website to include vintage game cartridges and discs that it does not carry in its physical stores. Speaking to Polygon from the GameStop Expo in Texas this week, CEO Paul Raines said there is an opportunity for GameStop to tap into this market, but acknowledged there are problems with the idea as well.

GameStop is looking to the past for its future, it seems.

"We think there's a vintage sales opportunity, so we're accumulating some inventory," he said. "It's a big idea, and there's a few problems with it. The first one is sourcing the product, the condition, the refurbishment, all that stuff. But there's a customer for it. And we're working on some stuff we haven't announced yet."

Raines added that the ubiquity of vintage games sales on eBay is proof that there is a market for classic games. He added, "We've got to be in that business. We will be." The executive explained that the GameStop website would be a fitting destination for vintage titles, in part because it would help the company compete against online retailers like Amazon.

"We can't just be trying to go head-to-head with Amazon, beating each other to death on delivery dates. We do plenty of that," he said. "But we've got to be a destination for gamers where, for cool stuff for gaming, you've got to go to Gamestop."

Discussion

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gt350tsc
gt350tsc

I hope they really do but keep prices with in reason. Right now The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is going for $150. That is just nuts O.o

El_Zo1212o
El_Zo1212o

They should never have gotten out of that business to begin with. Back when they were EB and Funcoland, you could find all kinds of NES and SNES games there- I once saw a copy of Contra at Funcoland for $60.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

"But we've got to be a destination for gamers where, for cool stuff for gaming, you've got to go to Gamestop."

 

I think that ship sailed awhile ago, my friend.

NightFox313
NightFox313

Can't GameStop start stocking up on games from the previous generation again? It's getting really hard to find PS2 and GameCube games nowadays. They have a better chance of doing that than selling these vintage games. GameStop isn't meant for that kind of business.

nathangray
nathangray

I'll buy my "vintage" games off Ebay any day over giving that money to Gamestop, based just on how little I'm sure they bought those games from the original owners. 

torres_unix
torres_unix

This is the trend that I'm noticing, specially on eBay, prices of old NES games (and others) have been skyrocketing as of late.  I think that GameStop (conspiracy theory) isn't just "considering", they're stocking up, how many people are actually buying old NES games out there?

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

lol they will probably sell more of those then new games.  New games are for noobs and short bus children.

zinoalex
zinoalex

Gamestop should not get in to the aftermarket. That is, the collectable game market. because they will charge collector's prices for these titles. If Amazon private seelers and ebay sellers do this, fine, THAT is the aftermarket. Not a retail store.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Sorry GameStop but I've already found where I could buy vintage games for affordable prices, it's called the flea market and it offered better deal than what you'll ever had. $150 for EarthBound, I got mine for under $40.

JSusie
JSusie

I think the title should more appropriately be named "Gamestop considering buying your vintage games for $3 and selling them for $25".

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

If they sell these games for a reasonable price, why not? Of course, they probably wont, and 90% of people wont fall for it.

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

I wonder how much GameStop is going to sell these vintage games for? Probably $55 like they do with just released pre-owned games. Of course they'll only give you, like, a dime for these vintage games because they're so old. Bastards.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Most UK highstreet retailers have experimented with retro or 'vintage game' sales with mostly disasterous results - mostly because the retailers stock consists of shoddy quality pre-owned titles (some disc's are so badly scratched they are irrepairable) and consoles that sometimes are only fit for the dustbin -

Yes I am looking at you    >.> B'bustersta' & G'Station  <.< 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Gamestop getting into the vintage game sales. fair enough. I don't think that Gamestop has a positive enough reputation to make a go of this. Amazon and Ebay have to much of a head start. Gamestop might consider opening Gamestop Classic stores in large cities that would support it.

ZOD777
ZOD777

When I scrapped all of my PS1 games along with the system (XBOX was just out), they offered me between .25c-$5.00 for my games (had around 50).  I wish I remember the games that they offered .25c for, but I remember that Resident Evil 3 was the game that got me the most.  It had only been out for maybe 6 months. It might have been EB games, but I pretty have pretty much loathed these types of stores ever since.  I can only imagine what those games I had would be worth now.  Probably would get nearly the same offers, if not worse. 

rarson
rarson

You're just now figuring this out? FuncoLand used to sell old games, until you came into the picture. Man, I miss FuncoLand.

LandauTST
LandauTST

That's all well and good, but I'm sure they'll take them in for trades too, but if they do it like they used to (well, Electronics Boutique did anyways), they'll be buying based off of age and selling and marking up based off of rarity. I remember exactly how it used to go...

 

"Here's your 20 cents for Final Fantasy." *throws a $40 price tag on it*

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I work at amazon.com,we have a better collection of games than Gamestop, we are also cheaper...trust me

tgwolf
tgwolf

Yeah, but I'm still bitter because there isn't satisfactory backward compatibility...So I hope they plan on selling vintage SYSTEMS!

starduke
starduke

Oh, no, what's next? BOARD GAMES?!

drgribb
drgribb

didn't they used to sell older games?... I seem to remember going to gamestop to get snes and nes carts and the occasional n64 cart after funcoland went out.  then one day those games just disappeared.  it's probably best that they stay out of the old game market.  it would just drive up prices for old games.  unless they plan to sell things like ecco the dolphin and toy story genesis carts for $0.50-$2.00, they shouldn't even bother.

vikebone
vikebone

To me I never understood why Gamestop doesn't have older gen games if they are supposed to specialize in USED games.  To me, that is the only time that I will buy used; if it is totally unavailable new.

 

I don't think that they will sell many if they don't have any at all on hand in their stores though.  If someone walks in to a store to buy it, they want it then and there.

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

why so they can over charge us for vintage games.. sorry but i already have a store i go to for my vintage games...

 

fuc* GameStop...

ZOD777
ZOD777

So they buy your original Zelda NES cartridge for 1$ because, "Nobody really plays it anymore, and there aren't many working systems out there.  A dollar is all I can offer."

Then a sticker gets slapped on it with a 25$ price tag as soon as you leave.

kidillusion
kidillusion

why iam sure er1 has a andriod or i phone you can play all that suff on ya phone why wasted money

AtariOno
AtariOno

fantastic.  vintage games are great.  only problem is.. now I play them all through mod'd pc versions

 

edpeterson
edpeterson

I remember EB Games used to do this, until Gamestop bought them out or merged with them or whatever, and my local EB Games changed into a Gamestop, then they basically stopped selling those older games which sucked :(

Setzera
Setzera

Smart choice by them to do this.  I guess when they decided to stop accepting all those vintage games years ago, they're really kicking themselves now.

 

I just hope their prices are cheaper than the local vintage stores here.

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

People still have 'em, people still buy 'em. Smart move, if they can get it going.

escritora84
escritora84

I'll stick with Movie Trading Company...

Lamesy
Lamesy

There's also the issue of what they, as a company, are willing to pay for an old game. Why would I sell them my mint copy of Suikoden II when I can get $100+ going peer to peer? Gamestop will have to hire a wave of employees just to keep on top of researching the literally hundreds of thousands of titles with different going rates.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Funny, isn't that what GameStop used to do? I remember seeing them pack games from the NES, SNES, Genesis/Mega Drive, and PSOne before they only carried this gen (PS3, 360, Wii) and last (GameCube, PS2, XBOX, Dreamcast).

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

I hope they do. But I also hope they don't charge so much. Their prices for older games sucks!

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

I'm always excited about new Metal Gear game announcements, but I dunno how I feel about and open world one. If anything, though, I have total faith if Kojima himself is on board.

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

It's a good idea but I don't think they'll do it right. You'll probably buy a vintage game from GameStop.com and have no way to tell if it's complete, good to poor condition, disc only or what. I think it's a better idea for in-store. There's a great, locally owned videogames shop where I live called The Lost Ark, and it's awesome. They don't accept games in bad shape and they have everything from the beginning to present. People wanna know what they're getting if they buy vintage.

LinkOcarinaMan
LinkOcarinaMan

@nathangray no way dude!  Stupid bastards price gouging "vintage" games on ebay is one of the reasons they are so expensive and hard to get in the first place.  Maybe a legit retailer like gamestop will price them more fairly and give people a reasonable way to get these old games again.

Lamesy
Lamesy

 @JSusie Exactly. No individuals will be dumb enough to sell to Gamestop, and GS already bought out & liquidated 75% of indie store supplies. Ironically, their biggest competition will also be their only supplier - lot auctions on ebay.

LandauTST
LandauTST

 @rarson Yay, another old FuncoLand fan! :DI just miss when there were more options in general, though. FuncoLand, Electronics Boutique, Software Etc, Game Stop, etc. And as far as I remember, they all sold old games. I just can't remember if EB stopped before or after GameStop bougth them out or if they're the reason that happened or not.

super_voltron
super_voltron

 @starduke lol

custoemr:   i'll take snakes and ladders.

game stop emploee:ok that will be $60 bucks new or 55 used.

 customer: uhhh i'll take the new one.

gs employee:ok here you go"

customer: i said i'll take the new one

gs employee;"this is the new one"

 

customer" but it's out the box and the dice are missing also theres cookie crumbs all over the instructions.

 

(other gs employees can be heard in the back" oh man i got mustard on the dice"   "don't worry we can still sell it as new"

 

customer.....(walks away ) 

 

drgribb
drgribb

 @kidillusion sometimes it's just more fun to play those games on a real og system with a real og controller.  i got all those games on emulator with the usb controllers, but i still prefer my original consoles and cartridges any day of the week

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

 @nintendoboy16 I remember trying to trade in some old N64 games years ago and they turned me away QUICK! "We stopped taking N64 games last week." i was like "DAMN!"

Henninger
Henninger

 @nintendoboy16

 Ur rite. Most of my old NES games r from EB Games as it was called back then. Still have no clue y they stopped selling them. Big mistake to stop.

Lamesy
Lamesy

 @LandauTST Gamestop did indeed buy out both Electronics Boutique and Funcoland. The biggest Gamestop in my area (north jersey) used to be a Funcoland. EB stores were allowed to keep their brand name for a few years which is why it's a bit confusing. Babbages and Software Etc I believe simply went out of business with no buyouts.

psyrainia
psyrainia

 @digi-demon  @AtariOno for some people emulators and roms are the best bet, turn based rpg games function just fine on a keyboard,. however it would have been nice to play em on my old 4by 3 tv with the actual console, cartridge, and controller :/

checkrazor1976
checkrazor1976

 @Henninger  @nintendoboy16

 I think it was all about how much space they take up, and lets face it i dont think anyone has ever been in a gamestop and said "this place is too roomy" i wish i felt a lilttle more elbows bumping me every 2 steps