GameStop launches iOS device trade-ins

Speciality retailer now offering in-store credit or cash for any-generation iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mini, Shuffle, and Nano.

GameStop isn't likely to get much value out of an Angry Birds trade-in, but the world's largest gaming retailer is seeing potential out of the iOS devices that the wildly popular mobile game runs on. Today, the world's largest gaming retailer announced that it has launched a trade-in program for used iOS devices, whereby gamers can get cash or in-store credit for their used iPads, iPhones, and iPods.

GameStop is willing to pay as much as $200 for your old iPhone.

Beginning today, GameStop has begun accepting any generation of Apple's iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mini, Shuffle, or Nano devices at select stores in the US. For their hardware, gamers will be offered cash or in-store credit.

A number of conditions apply. Device casings must be free of dents, "severe" scratches, and personal engravings. The retailer will also turn down devices with a cracked or severely scratched screen and those that do not power on, have an unreadable screen, or that are in any other way defective. Devices with water damage are also out.

In its announcement, GameStop did not indicate how much it would pay out for acceptable iOS devices, saying only that the value is "significantly higher than typical game trade-ins." GameStop's corporate office declined to disclose trade-in values.

However, a San Francisco-based GameStop store told GameSpot that a 32GB iPhone 4 is eligible for $200 worth of in-store credit or $160 in cash, and a 32GB iPhone 3GS is worth $140 in credit or $112 in cash. Meanwhile, Apple's iPad carries a trade-in value of $350 or $200, depending on the hardware configuration.

A full list of terms and conditions for iOS trade-ins is available through GameStop's official website.

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tidusjeff
tidusjeff

This plan would be worth it if they sold the ipod touch for $100-120 less then what it is factory sealed. And the customer trading in a ios device gets how much store credit again?

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

Cool!!!! Now Gamespot can completely rip me off with video games AND Apple product trade ins!

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

I bet Gamespot will sell the used iphones to close to the price of brand new iphones.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

WOW, now ipads might be affordable. Haha. :P

mrags89
mrags89

I just went to trade in an old iPod nano 4gb and a first gen iPad..... $25 for the iPod nano, and $150 for the iPad. I only traded in the iPod.

Xeogua
Xeogua

My friend got $75 for a 3rd gen Nano, so I think they are actually being pretty fair on trade in prices for once.

atopp399
atopp399

I wonder where the line is drawn between retail store and pawn shop?

megakick
megakick

So will this do better then Second hand DVD movies GameStop Stopped?

method115
method115

I'll bet they will get a lot of trade ins for the mp3 players. I don't even use one anymore my phone is more then enough. As I'm sure more people are starting to realize. Even when I go workout I now have a music player, calorie tracker, and weight lifting log all in one.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

So, my iPod Touch 4G 32gb that I got used for $245 will probably only be worth $145 or less, I bet.

Diophage
Diophage

I hope GameStop launches soul trade-ins, too. I don't really need mine, and would gladly sell my soul for a few dollars.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Good grief, GameStop. Just become a full-service pawn shop and be done with it.

somberfox
somberfox

The biggest game chain beginning to deal in this kind of thing does not bode well for the future of the industry...

TheBatFreak777
TheBatFreak777

@Ronnie_Rim Actually, exactly the opposite. GS has found just how stupid people are to get ripped off by them so now they're dipping into more expensive items so they can get even higher profits with less product. GS is an absolutely horrible franchise and they couldn't crash and burn soon enough.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

$200 for a 32gb iPhone 4 - AS IF!!??!! $200 wouldn't even get you a 16gb one, let alone it's bigger sibling. What a rip that deal is. Just sell your 32gb iPhone for cash and take that cash into Gamestop if you really must buy there, and you'll get more than twice the amount they'd give you for your measly $200 store credit.

Elite_Bushido
Elite_Bushido

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Flint247
Flint247

Maybe I can acquire a used iPod Touch. :)

zequex
zequex

Actually Apple is probably backing this as part of their ongoing crusade to convince people that iDevices are legitimate game consoles. :P

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Wow, Gamestop is really belligerent in their quest to dominate gaming sales, so much so that they have moved from cornered the used console game and facebook app market (seriously, who walks in and buys those Zynga(sp) cards LOL) to now getting in on the mobile device business. Me thinks this time they might have sealed their doom though. Apple is serious about protecting their place in the mobile device market, so they're not going to sit idly and not get their pound of flesh out of this deal.

monson21502
monson21502

oh wow. wonder what we will get. maybe trade in my iphone for 25 bucks credit towards a future game?

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Too bad GS doesn't list price estimates for said trade-ins. Kind of easy to do, then just add row/columns based on condition, age, etc.

kb8618
kb8618

seeing as they sell the used stuff for 2 - 3 times more then what they give, id rather just put it on Kijiji or in the paper, and probably get a lot more cash, i wonder how much they'll try and sell that used 32GB iPhone for, but wouldn't mind picking up a used 16gb iphone, if the price is reasonable.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

Damn, they must be doing pretty bad for them to be doing this.

kricri
kricri

This is a steal you can sell it to anyone for 30%-50% more because lot of people want those device it's not the best idea to get credit in store it's a rip off they sales are slowing down they are trying new tricks to attract customers if it work then good for them!!

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

Gamestop and Apple in the same story? Oh my, prepare for massive waves of hate in the comments.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

This... could be interesting. Or just terrible. Probably terrible, but if the price is right I could go for a used iPhone 4!

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I'm worried that this will compete with the 3DS and Vita. Dedicated gaming handhelds shouldn't have to fight against iOS to stay alive. Whatever, I hate Apple so it's not like I'll be giving this s chance anyways.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Great now there is a place for people to take in their stolen iphones for cash. Not like there is enough shady people in the store as it is.

daabulls23
daabulls23

GS needs to list their trade in values, because I'm not going into the store to be told my 2nd gen Nano is worth $5, then be hounded by other offers.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Gamestop knows they need to break into other fields to stay relevant with digital distribution becoming more commonplace. I think it's a smart move for them.

lock445
lock445

I'm down for this, I just hope that Gamestop doesn't start to advertise them as legitimate game handhelds...

you_in_me
you_in_me

@muffinduck01 4th gen nanos are only available in 8 or 16 gb. (the current is 6th gen) You probably have the original.

muffinduck01
muffinduck01

I'v got an old Nano (2 GB, 4th Gen I think) sitting around somewhere. Should get $5 or something.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

This started last week. Thumbs up on reporting old news.

Dread318
Dread318

If by "beginning today" you mean last week, then yes.

strayfies
strayfies

Gamestop should enact a policy about not bugging me about preorders every three seconds.

Zero5000X
Zero5000X

That's actually a really good amount. I might trade my 3GS in there when I get the iPhone 5 when it comes out.