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GameStop Adding Retro Games To Website

In an unexpectedly awesome move, video game retailer GameStop is considering selling retro discs and cartridges from its online store.

Of course, there are a number of logistical problems in making this move. Due to years of accepting trade-ins, it makes sense that GameStop still has a huge backlog of titles somewhere in their possession.  Why not sell them off?  Speaking with Polygon at its first-ever “open to the public” GameStop Expo, CEO Paul Raines talked about why this decision makes sense.

“We’ve got them,” Raines said. “We think there’s a vintage sales opportunity, so we’re accumulating some inventory. 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.  If you go to eBay and look at all of the gaming stuff that’s on there, it’s unbelievable. Collector’s stuff. We’ve got to be in that business. We will be.”

Discussing the positive benefits of the move, Raines explained that it makes sense for both sides.  GameStop can remove the overhead of stocking a ton of old games by shipping them directly to the customer, and the fans get easy access to old games.  While eBay is always an option, GameStop wants to bring accessibility and order to the retro game market.

“Our website is becoming unbelievably rich,” Raines said. “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. But we’ve got to be a destination for gamers where, for cool stuff for gaming, you’ve got to go to Gamestop.”

Hey, anybody that wants to make retro games easier to buy is alright in my book.  Do you think this is a good move?  Or just another cash-grabbing opportunity?  Have any plans to get back into retro gaming because of this, perhaps?

Source: The Verge



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