GameStop: We've "Got To Be" In The Classic Game Business
So I've got this unique toy store near me that sells old video game systems and cartridges. GameStop typically sticks with the new stuff, usually only going back one, maybe two generations if you're lucky.
However, that may change in the future, at least in the online capacity. In speaking to Polygon, GameStop CEO Paul Raines said his company does see an opportunity in the classic, retro world of gaming. Don't forget that GameStop still has quite a few old games due to trade-ins over the years.
"We've got them. 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."
This would likely come in the form of an added channel on the GameStop website, so don't think you'll wander into a brick-and-mortar location and pick up Super Mario 3 for the SNES. Raines said he believes the website is the perfect location for vintage titles, as they "wouldn't demand the overhead of shipping the product to stores." Okay, so that makes them relatively cheap for the consumer, right, Paul?
Anyway, given the fact that most older gamers will always love the classics, this doesn't seem like a bad idea.
8/30/2012 8:29:13 PM Ben Dutka