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GameStop Moves In On Retro Gaming Market

Soon GameStop will begin selling retro games and consoles. Find out why not everyone is happy about it.

Mario, Link, Pac-Man, and Sonic all share something huge in common. They all (and many other classic characters) were a large part of generations X and Y's childhood.

Classic gaming is where it all started, is where gaming skills and technology were developed, and is where characters were born that are still just as loved and viable in the gaming market as the day they first hit the shelves. The devotion and long-term fan base that classic gaming holds has continued to carry on over the years; it is no surprise that GameStop, one of the largest gaming retailers in the United States, has decided to delve into the market. Soon the gaming giant will begin testing out the sales of retro games and consoles in 250 stores across the United States and on their website.

Soon the gaming giant will begin testing out the sales of retro games and consoles in 250 stores across the United States and on their website.

Transactions will be the same for retro products as they have always been for current merchandise. Gamers will be able to sell their classic games to GameStop for store credit or cash value based on the trade-in value of the product. And this is exactly what has some gamers up in arms about GameStop's latest move.

Several concerns come up

The top one concern being why would anyone want to trade in a retro, possibly collectible game for a few measly in-store credits? GameStop is a retailer like any other; it practices good business by bidding low and selling high, a formula that keeps most companies profitable. GameStop is known for good deals, but to provide low prices they must buy and receive trade-ins at a lower price than the game's actual value, leaving some customers feeling low-balled.

GameStop selling retro games and consoles could ultimately hurt local gaming retail. With major game retailers such as GameStop being able to offer products at lower prices, it is hard for small local game shops to compete. Small shops' only option has been to offer retro, classic, and rare titles and hardware. Soon this one advantage in the market will not belong to the small business owners and local game shops could close, leaving gamers with fewer choices.

Another concern is that some people will illegally reproduce classic titles, attempt to sell them to GameStop and then the pirated copies could be bought by an innocent customer. Will the gaming store have a way to vet items being sold/traded to them when rip-off cartridges are easily and cheaply made?

Time will prove whether GameStop joining the business of retro games is a good move for the gaming industry or not. But, for now, the silver lining is that those games that you have been searching for at flea markets and in discount bins just got a lot easier to find.

So let me know, are you happy with GameStop's new move? Will you buy your retro games from the gaming giant or stick with your local mom and pop stores and flea markets? Would you be willing to trade in your classic games for trade-in cash value or store credit?

Published May. 7th 2015
  • Jamesrk1987
    Play N Trade here in Florida was pretty good about buying your Retro games that were worth a pretty penny. like if someone sold a mint condition dreamcast they would buy it for 3 quarters of the original price. which was amazing. but gamestop will buy for like 1 quarter of the retail price then sell it for 3 quarters of the price. gamestop is a bunch of a-holes.
  • Critley Lynn King
    Contributor
    So far I have found the same thing. Don't get me wrong I buy games from GameStop, but if I am going to sell or trade I tend to go with the local stores since they give me a better value. Or I end up selling my stuff off on ebay.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Contributor
    I'm pretty bummed - retro gaming still IS the last thing that indie stores have over larger outlets. I worry that this could be the death knell for small gaming shops. At least GameStop doesn't seem to want a piece of tabletop shops!
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Oh man. If they did that, I imagine they would fail spectacularly. Those shops instill a sense of loyalty and devotion others stores cannot. Plus they are a great place to try new games and trade MTG cards!
  • Critley Lynn King
    Contributor
    So true! Tabletop still seems to be alive and well. Its definitely something I need to get into more. I really don't have a large group to tabletop game with but I've thought about getting an online group together and play over Skype or something since I don't really know a lot of gamers in my area. Thankfully there are still several local stores that sell tabletop games so I might be able to meet up with some others there as well.
  • Critley Lynn King
    Contributor
    MTG Rocks!
  • Critley Lynn King
    Contributor
    So let me know, are you happy with GameStop's new move? Will you buy your retro games from the gaming giant or stick with your local mom and pop stores and flea markets? Would you be willing to trade in your classic games for trade-in cash value or store credit?
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Quick tip -- usually better to ask this sort of thing at the end of the article. That way it won't get pushed down if other people post additional comments.

    As for the question itself -- I'll just stick to Ebay, flea markets, antiques, and mom'n'pop shops. Unless GameStop can finally get me a working copy of ONI, which they've failed at twice now, I'm not going to be desperately enthusiastic.
  • Critley Lynn King
    Contributor
    Thank you for your tip. I actually was able to buy a copy of ONI at a local game shop in my town called Game King. Good luck finding one!
  • Si_W
    Just edit your article and add it in...
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    You are just the happiest porcupine in the balloon factory, you know that?
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    NP, and glad to hear you found one. TY! I'm gunning for Ebay next, hopefully with the box. XD
  • Si_W
    Erm...what's that supposed to mean? It's a simple tip to improve her article in the manner YOU originally suggested.

    You're not still peeved about your 'review', are you?
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    It means you like to take a condescending tone that I am not all that fond of. I don't care who it is directed at, it is still condescending and unpleasant.
  • Si_W
    My response to the author of this article was not in the least condescending or unpleasant.

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