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Vintage Gets a Trade-in Program Thanks to Gamestop

You’ve heard of programs that allow consumers to trade in old cell phones and other electronics, but now comes a trade-in program for some vintage items: gaming consoles and games.

Lots of trade-in programs for electronics have launched in recent years, beginning with specialty sites that refurbished and resold the items on eBay. Retailers such as Best Buy have also gotten into the act with the idea of boosting sales when owners take the cash – or store credit – from the sale of their older gadgets and purchase the newest models.

Now, vintage items are getting a trade-in program of their own. About 250 Gamestop stores will start accepting old consoles and games as trade-ins, according to Seth Macy at IGN.

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Macy reported that the test will begin in New York City and Birmingham, Alabama, on April 25 with a national rollout planned for later this year.

GameStop will accept items back to the Nintendo Entertainment System, including Super NES, SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, N64, and SEGA Dreamcast. “This will increase the number of games GameStop offers either for sale or to purchase by “about 5000.”

Gamestop will test and repair the items and put them up for resale.

Could trade-in programs for other types of vintage items be coming to a website or retailer near you?

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. Send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.


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