GameStop may one day accept smartwatches and music players for trade-in

It's not just about games anymore.

Video game retailer GameStop sees "significant opportunity" to apply its buy/sell/trade model to technology products like smartwatches music players, the company said this week during its annual investors conference.

"The value strategy goes well beyond just games. We see significant opportunity in emerging technology products as well," GameStop EVP of strategic business Mike Hogan said.

A few of the examples Hogan showed were wearable technology like smartwatches and fitbands, as well as "home tech" like a Beats Pill speaker system.

He said products like these represent a "future opportunity" for buy/sell/trade and that GameStop is already testing some of these products in its refurbishment center.

GameStop already accepts trade-ins for a variety of non-gaming devices, including tablets, laptops, and smartphones. It's unclear when GameStop will begin accepting trade-ins for new technology products like the ones Hogan mentioned or what their value will be.

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Eddie Makuch

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40 comments
tehelricman
tehelricman

i read "trade in sandwiches" and i was like finally game stop doing something right..oh never mind.

francisjairam16
francisjairam16

They should be called "Tabletstop" if they are going to do this. 

gamestoreguy
gamestoreguy

I love reading the comments section on these articles.  They really allow people that have no idea how the retail industry works to spout pearls of wisdom that prove that ignorance knows no bounds.  Post on...

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

"It's not just about games anymore." 

It never was...

Pewbert
Pewbert

They may also accept bananas. This is just another excuse to mention Gamestop.

If you just say "Hey guys, Gamestop give us money for exposure .... so think about those guys when you next go game shopping" you might get more respect than making up stories that involve them.

meatz666
meatz666

Gamestop announces it's plans to turn into a pawnshop by 2015

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

"It's not just about games anymore."

So this isn't gaming news.  Thanks Eddie.

Hurvl
Hurvl

But they'll never accept PC games, lol.

enoslives7
enoslives7

DLC is the stage 4 cancer Gamestop has. Thankfully, the mom & pop retro stores should be ok.

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

What we're seeing here is simply the final twitches of a recently-deceased corpse.

DrKill09
DrKill09

What's a "smart watch" and a "fit band"?!


...ah fuck it, who cares?  I'll stick with my Sega Game Gear and my Walkman, thank you!  :P

Cryoteck
Cryoteck

They're slowly becoming a pawn shop

allyouneedisluv
allyouneedisluv

It will be only a matter of time when you will be able to trade-in your soul. 

ChunkyDrawers
ChunkyDrawers

How 'bout my dvds, old mice and dry Bic pens?

SrgtSaggy101
SrgtSaggy101

walmart  has them scared, they want to take in other stuff now.

Daian
Daian

The only good thing about the death of retail will be the death of Gamestop.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

I heard they'll soon be accepting teeth that are in good condition with no cavities.

You don't get anything in return though....kind of an odd promotion

endorbr
endorbr

What to do when the games go digital... become a chain of pawn stores apparently.

StHapns247
StHapns247

 Can't wait to see Pawn Stars: GameStop Edition.

chuckles471
chuckles471

Nope, it's the rare earth elements that are in them which have skyrocketed in price.  Sell them yourself and you will make probably triple what they are going to give you.

playstationzone
playstationzone

well i live uk and at game store you can trade old school games and consles as well phones and tablets.

hystavito
hystavito

@gamestoreguy  Yeah I come to Gamespot looking for comments from professional business analysts.  I also come here for financial advice, investments, etc.


:)

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Cryoteck  Low trade in values?  Check.  Insane markup?  Check.  "New" items that are clearly opened?  Check.


...they're on their way.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@ChunkyDrawers  They used to take DVD's and CD's.


Shame they don't anymore.  I got some movies for dirt cheap there... some worked, some got returned.  Kinda like their "new" games.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@SrgtSaggy101  They need to have a "Nascar day" or something to REALLY compete with Walmart.

enoslives7
enoslives7

@endorbr  I have some old clothes and yard tools I'd like to trade in. 

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

If you don't want your Xbone anymore, can I have it?

allyouneedisluv
allyouneedisluv

@playstationzone  Too bad you cant tradein for dental care. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@allyouneedisluv Yah, because all physical PC games, with the original box and manual are of course pirated copies. Do they accept pirated console games, then?