Die-hard gamers may cringe, but Apple's
9to5Mac is reporting that GameStop will soon begin selling iPads, iPods, and iPhones, according to dealers at a recent trade show in Las Vegas. The move makes sense, since the video game retailer just began accepting trade-ins on Apple gear.
"Did you know that GameStop now buys your old iPod, iPhone and iPad devices?" reads GameStop's website. "Trade them in at GameStop for in-store credit."
Does this mean that GameStop will simply be reselling buffed-up trade-ins, or did the chain actually become an approved distributor? It will be interesting to watch either way.
GameStop bet on the wrong horse a few years ago. It sold Microsoft's
Why is GameStop going beyond consoles and handheld systems? The small-box retailer doesn't even stock Sony's
GameStop isn't going crazy, though. It's rolling with the changes. It's hard to ignore casual gaming when Electronic Arts
It's worth a shot. Its traditional gaming business is in the dumps. Total sales fell in its latest quarter, with a staggering 9.1% decline in comparable-store sales. Latching on to the red-hot iOS devices and using them as magnets to either draw in shoppers or drum up sales of non-iOS items by encouraging owners to trade in their older Apple gizmos is the right thing to do.
The move may pit GameStop against an entirely new breed of competition, but when die-hard gamers aren't enough, you need to woo casual gamers to fill the sales void.
Add GameStop to My Watchlist to see how this move plays out.