Gamestop may start selling vintage cartridges and discs online

Thursday, 30th August 2012 21:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Gamestop CEO Paul Raines has said the firm is considering selling vintage cartridges and discs on its webiste.

Speaking with Polygon during the Gamestop Expo in San Antonio, Raines said offering such classic items is an opportunity for consumers to purchase classic games, as well as make inventory space for the retailer as it still has many such items in its possession.

“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. And we’re working on some stuff we haven’t announced yet.

“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.

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



  1. polygem

    love the picture! just playing diddy kong racing ds on the 3ds xl atm…that said, even some of the ds games (they aint that old) are kind of hard to get and are sometimes pretty pricey already. just picked up a copy of DK jungle climber- was hard to get in a good condition for a fair price – cool game btw.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SuperGuyverUSA

    I hope they go with this idea. I just got a N64 a few months back and need some classics for it. We’ll see what happens soon.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Lame idea.

    Several reasons why.

    Just because a classic game in mint condition with a box, manuel is a collecters item. A solo cart with sharpe marker on it isn’t.

    No one is gonna pay 35usd for a game that could be had on PSN/XBLA/VC/Eshop for 10usd(and often times in HD). And that isn’t even counting emulators.

    Old systems and games, esp second hand fodder that gets bought and sold at a game store is often faulty. I can not tell you how many times I talk to people that buy used(esp systems/controlers) that just don’t work.

    I mean on the surface it might sound like a good idea. But if I was looking for a game for my collection, I would stick with Ebay. If I was looking for an old fav to replay, I would look somewhere else.

    This is just a typical money grab from Gamestop. They see games online selling for 50-100usd and think they can do that too. The devil is in the details lol. I used to do Ebay games. I sold a couple of rare ones, I got 200usd for a Koei Flying Squirl Squaderon. It was flawless. The guy got recieved my game, then complained it wasn’t as mint as he liked. I was pissed, till I looked at his feedback he left for other sellers. I was the only one that recieved positive comments.

    My point there is that the people that pay large amounts of cash for rare and hard to find games are not the same ilk that would be interested what gamestop is going to be pawning.

    #3 2 years ago

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