September 12, 2011, 4:42 PM — In what's sure to be a one-two punch to the kidneys of the gaming and mobile industry, GameStop is apparently now ready to accept iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices as part of their trade-in programs.
Gamasutra broke the news this morning that the influential video game retailer has started accepting iOS trade-ins worldwide, and the credit can be put towards any gaming, hardware, or DLC purchases. Coupled with the news of the retailer launching their own gaming focused tablet, it's a bold move into territory that's well covered by many other mobile retailers. What's unknown is if GameStop will actually be selling these devices new or used, although you can likely expect them to do so -- they already sell tablets, after all.
Moreover, the implications of this move are vast. By putting the iPhone and iPad in the same space as consoles like the Xbox 360, PS3, and handheld systems like the Nintendo 3DS, Apple's iOS devices are being pushed by GameStop as equal players in the video game market. Of course, that was never in doubt, but to see a video game retailer selling and trading in iPhones is a bit weird. However, GameStop already sells iTunes gift cards in all of their stores, so there is that.
As the website notes, any iOS device of any model is fair game -- even the ones that don't run apps, like the iPod Nano, Shuffle, and Mini.
Also, iPhones and iPods are notorious for being high-theft devices, so it's worth wondering how GameStop will handle trade-ins. Will there be paperwork? Do you have to prove the iOS device is yours? What we do know is that they to be in pretty good condition. That means your old iPhones with "dents, severe scratches, personal engravings on the casing, cracked or severely scratched screens" won't be worth anything to Buck the GameStop Rabbit.