9 to 5 Mac is reporting that GameStop, the US-based video game retailer famed for its glut of “used” goods, is set to begin carrying the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad in all of its storefronts soon. The company has been testing the tablet and other iDevice waters in at least 20 stores since earlier this summer, while its online arm has been been advertising trade-ins of used iOS devices -- including old scroll-wheel iPods -- for a good clip, so this decision isn't totally out of left field. Company president Tony Bartel has also stated in the past that a nationwide roll-out of the initiative was set to happen in 2011.

9 to 5 was hearing these tidings from various sources coming from the company’s recent function in Las Vegas, Nevada where this announcement was supposedly made. No information regarding timing, trade-in values, or how it’ll handle the sell of used iPhones -- which you know, are phones -- has slipped out, unfortunately.

To my knowledge, only the messier, much uglier cousins to GameStop like Play N’ Trade accept and sell pre-owned iOS devices on a universal level. Provided this report is accurate, this initiative will put GameStop in some… special company.

At this point, I’m more interested in what this actually signals. Will we start seeing “game” download cards for App Store titles in the store? Pre-order bonuses or incentives? A section dedicated to our favorite platform? I don’t know, but I guess time will tell.

[Via 9 to 5 Mac]

  • AmpliHelix

    Hope you guys like $30 - $40 for your mint condition 32GB iPhone 4 / iPad 2, with original box and all...

    • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

      Pretty much this. I saw a post on another iOS site where someone had tried trading in their mint condition 16gb iPad 2, and they were offered a measly $150 for it.

  • AmpliHelix

    Hope you guys like $30 - $40 for your mint condition 32GB iPhone 4 / iPad 2, with original box and all...

  • SMP

    Maybe we'll see download codes, I doubt it. I like my ipod for the convenience of not ever having to set foot inside of a gamestop, and I can hardly think of that many games that would even be worth selling, certainly not that game with their mascot bunny thing.

  • SMP

    Maybe we'll see download codes, I doubt it. I like my ipod for the convenience of not ever having to set foot inside of a gamestop, and I can hardly think of that many games that would even be worth selling, certainly not that game with their mascot bunny thing.

  • Relytgninroht

    At all the Seattle area Gamestops they already sell AppStore cards. They just don't take iPod trade ins. Won't really be too surprised if we see them selling i-devices.

  • Anonymous

    GameStop is pretty much a pawn shop. This is no different from when they dealt in used DVD movies. I'm surprised they aren't accepting firearms as trade-ins.

    • Relytgninroht

      Except for the fact that they sell new items, have set prices and don't haggle, and often avoid selling stolen goods, but other than that they must be pretty much like a pawn shop because they buy used goods. Whatever. Not really the biggest fan of gamestop, but selling to them is a hell of a lot better than selling to a pawn shop.

      • Amrulez

        Both Pawn shops and Gamestop rip you off hardcore. I tried to trade in my PS3 Slim 120 GB that was in good condition and complete. They offered me 70 dollars for it and then said that this week they were running a special where they would also toss in an extra 40 bucks on a hardware trade in. So I would have gotten 110 for it. They are selling those same PS3's in store used for 219.99. So imagine if you went in there on a week where there was no hardware trade in special. 70 dollars and they sell it for 150 dollars more to someone else. That is just plain highway robbery.

    • Asd

      Do you guys have any idea, at all, how retail works? You know how much it costs to run a store? You know that they actually have to make a profit on selling the stuff they buy from you as well as paying rent, employees, franchise fees and a thousand other expenses? And hell they're taking a chance they'll be sitting on the item or not selling it all, especially in the case of games that aren't the flavor of the month or older systems. Or that the system you sell them will have a flaw that's not apparent, or the game disc a scratch, which means they'll have to repair it or replace it. And being that the items are used, both of those scenarios aren't infrequent at all.  
      Go sell a car to a dealer and see what you get. Or clothes to a vintage shop or CDs to a used CD store. Gamestop's trade in policy is in line with any business that buys from the public. You can always sell your used items for more on craigslist or ebay, you know. Yes, both of those are a hassle and have their own huge drawbacks, which is why some people prefer to just dump their stuff at Gamestop.And hey I'm no fan of Gamestop and haven't shopped there in years, so it pains me to defend them like this, but your ignorance is absurd. 

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    Nothing can ever make me want to shop at GameStop. HAHA

    • Anonymous

      Well, at least they can't reshrink an app and sell it as new. Didn't meant to reply to this, but it fits anyway.

      • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

        It's okay, it happens to the best of us...

  • Anonymous

    I really don't believe they'll be selling iPhones there... Gamestop is in no position to become a wireless retailer.

  • Amrulez

    That is why I only sell my stuff on Ebay, sure once in a while it can be a pain in the ass but you end up getting what you should get if you are a good seller and don't lie about your item. No way in hell would I ever sell Gamestop or a pawn shop anything of value that I own.