Apple iOS devices coming to GameStop?

Apple iOS devices coming to GameStop?
With the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod eating into sales of consoles and individual video game cartridges, GameStop has decided it would rather join the enemy and rumors started spreading on Monday that the game retailer would start selling new and used models of the trio of iOS devices. 9 to 5 found that this week, ads that show that GameStop has started accepting trade-ins on Apple devices to show how its stores usually focus on trading in old games. To clarify, while GameStop does strongly promote its trade-in policy, it does also sell new consoles and games to those who would rather buy an untouched product, and it does a big business in new games when they are initially launched. But make no mistake about it, trade-ins are the company's bread and butter.

To show how far smartphones and tablets have come in the gaming world, the undisputed leader in handheld play, the Nintendo DS, launched a 3D stereoscopic version this year called the Nintendo 3DS. Besides playing 3D games, it also snaps 3D pictures, all without requiring the viewer to use special glasses. Sales were unexpectedly slow and Nintendo had to cut the price from the $250 the device was sold at when launched.  To make matters worse, the 3DS now has to compete with the just launched stereoscopic LG Thrill 4G handset which, as we reported, is priced as low as $29.99 at Costco with a signed 2-year contract.

GameStop has a small little cloud gaming service and might want to start selling devices in its stores that would use it. Also, there has been talk of a GameStop tablet and offering the Apple iPad would be a good way to get a decent market share of tablet sales going, building momentum until the retailer's tablet is ready to go.

Offering the Apple iPod touch and the Wi-Fi only version of the Apple iPad  would be easy, selling the Apple iPhone would require that the retailer's staff get trained in the time consuming chore of activating handsets, unless it is sold unlocked. Because of the App Store, GameStop couldn't use the iOS devices as a loss leader to sell games, and smartphone fanatics might balk at buying a high-end smartphone at a store known for game cartridge trade-ins.

Right now, it is just a matter of waiting to see if GameStop makes an official announcement about adding the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod to its roster. Dealers have already been informed of the additions to the store's lineup via an announcement made at a trade show in Las Vegas. But because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, the public is largely unaware. If this new found focus on handsets and tablets pans out, will this be the start of a full-fledged smartphone division with phones offered from all of the top manufacturers in GameStop stores?

source: 9to5Mac via electronista



1. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

Selling iPod touches and iPads would be great.. iPhones? not so much. I couldnt see anybody purchasing and activating a phone from gamestop. it just seems ridiculous. This could be very good for iOS users too, as developers might take further interest in making more high quality iOS games which would be awesome.

9. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I agree....the iphone /ipad is the top device platform for games (I cant remember were I saw that)....I guess thats why game stop wants in on the action..

2. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

My how the mighty have fallen lol

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Ummm is anyone else seeing the phrase "game cartridges" and raising an eyebrow? I bet the younger readers had to look that up on Wikipedia. Lol

5. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

lmao. So true i know these kids are confused

4. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

not to mention "GameShop" little typo there. but yes, i do believe the only system left that uses a cartridge is the DS, so maybe the younger one aren't so uninformed just yet

6. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

I can finally trade in my ps3 for my white ipad

7. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Wow, it must sting to know that Android will never be that successful. It will always be second best to Apple at everything.

16. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

Not to mention, on an Android phone, by the time you start the game the battery is dead. Thats some quality gaming experience for you.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The_Miz Android is #1 in the U.S. & the rest of the world. Android is very successful. What are you talking about? Apple needs to sell everywhere so they can even have a chance to get near Android in the U.S. & the rest of the world. To me it's more desperation than being successful as you say. lol :-)

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

hello sir... but again you are wrong... Android needs to released an Android phone every two weeks to maintain the market share.. form high end devices to low end... it sounds like android is more desperate than Apple... and apple will soon take that away as Apple products will be available on Mc D's drive thru....

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Android is a open operating system. I can make my own phone from scratch & add Android to it. With Apple you can't do that. It's not Android's fault that EVERYONE wants to make a phone with the WORLDS #1 OS. Hey if you are good enough to make a phone then why not use Android. It only makes sense. Apple NEEDS to go though any avenue to try to keep up with the monster called Android so sorry my good sir but you are the wrong one. Everyone wants Android, that is not Android's fault...... ok you got me yes, yes it is Android's fault. People want a good OS & that is the bottom line! lol Ohh & maybe Apple should start selling in McDonalds, because @ 500,000 daily activations from Android, iOS needs all the help it can get!

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you know whay everyone wants android.... FREE... is free I can make a phone and add Android to it.. you brag about 500.000 activations. i owuld worry about how many complaint daily they have about android phones... how many of those 500.000 are still activated after a month... is free so people will give Android a chance, Apple will soon take away the only thing android has . market share.. with the iphone available in all carriers... and without saturating the market with phones in one shape and all sizes like Sammy...

10. biscutbob

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Pretty smart move by gamestop to get in on some of that ipad profit exspecially gamestop used products people will buy the used ipads from them. And a gamestop tablet!!!! that would be awesome a gameing tablet and mabey even gameinformer magazine could get a specal spot on the tablet. That would be super cool and i bet it would be an android :]

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

this is a smart move by Gamestop adapting to changing times... something that the R.I.P Hollywood Video never did..

13. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I can see the iPod touch and iPad being added, but an iPhone? Now that would be weird, unless they would only sell the iPhone for retail price, which not much people would do if they are eligible for an upgrade or wouldn't want to pay full retain price for one. It's a smart move for gamestop to add the iPod touch and iPad, but leave the iPhone out.

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Gamestop sold the N-Gage, remember, and it was a phone.

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