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?
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.
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.
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.
My friend got $75 for a 3rd gen Nano, so I think they are actually being pretty fair on trade in prices for once.
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.
I hope GameStop launches soul trade-ins, too. I don't really need mine, and would gladly sell my soul for a few dollars.
The biggest game chain beginning to deal in this kind of thing does not bode well for the future of the industry...
@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.
$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.
Actually Apple is probably backing this as part of their ongoing crusade to convince people that iDevices are legitimate game consoles. :P
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.
oh wow. wonder what we will get. maybe trade in my iphone for 25 bucks credit towards a future game?
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.
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.
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!!
This... could be interesting. Or just terrible. Probably terrible, but if the price is right I could go for a used iPhone 4!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm down for this, I just hope that Gamestop doesn't start to advertise them as legitimate game handhelds...
@muffinduck01 4th gen nanos are only available in 8 or 16 gb. (the current is 6th gen) You probably have the original.
That's actually a really good amount. I might trade my 3GS in there when I get the iPhone 5 when it comes out.
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