Target Jumps On Gift Card Exchange Bandwagon; Offers Customers Less Than Cards Are Worth

Target Jumps On Gift Card Exchange Bandwagon; Offers Customers Less Than Cards Are Worth

With the bulk of the holiday celebrations having come and gone, you might be sitting around the dried-out Christmas tree counting up all those random gift cards you received. While you appreciate the generosity of your friends and family, you just don’t have any desire to make a purchase with said cards. To that end, a number of retailers are willing to offer you a trade; joining the ranks of Walmart, GameStop, and Coinstar this year is Target.  [More]

GameStop Proudly Announces It Will Not Sell You Video Games On Thanksgiving

GameStop Proudly Announces It Will Not Sell You Video Games On Thanksgiving

If you wanted to get away from your family this Thanksgiving and buy video games and/or video game accessories, you’ll have to do it somewhere other than GameStop. The chain announced today that it will not be open on Nov. 26. [More]

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GameStop To Sell Steam Hardware Even Though It Can’t Sell You Games To Play On It

Why would a store want to sell you something that could mean you will not need to walk through its doors again? We don’t know, but GameStop is doing it anyway: the brick-and-mortar retailer will be selling Steam hardware next month — game consoles that are designed for digital video games purchased on the Steam marketplace… the exact kind of games you won’t find at GameStop. [More]

GameStop Ditches Digital Downloads In Console Bundles

GameStop Ditches Digital Downloads In Console Bundles

With consumers abandoning their stacks of CDs, DVDs and video games in favor of digital downloads that can easily be viewer or played for any number of devices, GameStop’s latest attempt to keep its bread-and-butter — the sale of trade-ins — goes against the no-disc trend: only selling game console bundles that include physical discs. [More]

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ThinkGeek Will Open First Real-Life Store On September 25

Earlier this summer, GameStop acquired ThinkGeek in a $140 million transaction that observers thought might put great geeky collectibles inside GameStop stores. While the two companies have done that, there’s another phase to their plan: later this month, the first offline ThinkGeek store will open on September 25 at the Florida Mall in Orlando. [More]

GameStop, Not Hot Topic, To Acquire ThinkGeek For $140 Million

GameStop, Not Hot Topic, To Acquire ThinkGeek For $140 Million


Remember the long, long-ago of, er, just last week when we thought Hot Topic was planning to buy the parent company of online specialty retailer ThinkGeek? Well, now they’re not. A mysterious new suitor showed up just a few days later, and it appears they have the better bid. And so, Geeknet today announced that their brief fling with Hot Topic is over, and they will be joining up with GameStop instead. [More]

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GameStop Wants You To Trade In All Those Dusty, “Retro” Consoles, Games & Accessories

Nostalgia is all well and good, but it won’t change that dust-coated Nintendo you’ve had sitting around into anything useful. GameStop, on the other hand, says it wants to do just that with the pilot of a new “retro” consoles, games and accessories trade-in program in two cities starting April 25. [More]

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GameStop: Industry Needs Market For Used Downloads If It Wants To Keep Charging $60

While GameStop brazenly believes it can weather competition in the used game business from bigger retail competition like Walmart, the company faces a more deadly foe in a future marketplace where most games are downloaded. Currently, there are no industry-supported methods for reselling digital games, but GameStop says it will have to happen — not just for its bottom line, but so that game publishers can continue charging top dollar. [More]

GameStop CFO Says Company Will Weather Walmart, But Hints At Continued Store Closures

GameStop CFO Says Company Will Weather Walmart, But Hints At Continued Store Closures

There are currently around 6,000 GameStop locations, meaning most people don’t have to drive very far to trade in a used game. But how will the company weather the two storm fronts of increased competition from major retailers and the shift toward digital downloads of games? [More]

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GameStop Decides To Give Employees The Day Off For Thanksgiving

GameStop is well known for often getting the jump on new video game releases by opening stores at midnight, so you might expect that the chain would be throwing open its doors as early as possible on Thanksgiving to get out ahead of the Black Friday competition. But today, the retailer announced that its workers won’t be enjoying their Thanksgiving dinner in between dealing with customers. [More]

GameStop Gets Even Closer To AT&T, Offers Cricket Wireless Service In All Stores

GameStop Gets Even Closer To AT&T, Offers Cricket Wireless Service In All Stores

Over the past year, GameStop has revamped itself to stay relevant: offering trade-ins for unwanted gift cards, uploading customers fingerprints to the national database and acting as a sort-of bank for some customers. Now, the retailer is further entering all facets of consumer life by selling Cricket Wireless prepaid services at all locations. [More]

GameStop Promises More Money For Trade-Ins… Just Not A Lot More

GameStop Promises More Money For Trade-Ins… Just Not A Lot More

GameStop’s much-maligned trade-in program is leveling up. Their new plan doesn’t do anything about fingerprints or ID collection, because those are legal issues, but it does do one big thing shoppers always like: players who trade in games will now get more money for them. [More]

GameStop Bonus: Trade In Video Game, Get Your Fingerprints Uploaded To National Database For Free

GameStop Bonus: Trade In Video Game, Get Your Fingerprints Uploaded To National Database For Free

Trading in an old video game isn’t that complicated. Once you finally figure out what you did with the box (it’s under the old coffee mug) and get the cat hair off the disc and put the two together, it’s just a matter of bringing it down to your local GameStop and getting your pennies back so you can buy another game. But in one city, GameStop now won’t just collect your old games — they collect your fingerprints along with them, too. [More]

Trade In Your Unwanted Gift Cards To GameStop For A – You Guessed Right – GameStop Gift Card

Trade In Your Unwanted Gift Cards To GameStop For A – You Guessed Right – GameStop Gift Card

Apparently, there are no shortage of unique business ideas over at GameStop. Earlier this year we reported that the retailer was operating as a sort-of bank, and now customers can trade-in their unwanted gift cards for one they actually want – you know, one to GameStop. [More]

GameStop Customer Charged With Keying Employee’s Car

GameStop Customer Charged With Keying Employee’s Car

When we compiled our list of “9 Bad Consumers Who Make Things Worse For The Rest Of Us,” apparently there was one customer type we missed: “The Car-Keyer.” That’s what one woman in Nashville has been accused of doing to an employee, supposedly because she was jealous of items that other gamers received. [More]

GameStop Will Close Around 125 Stores, Open Up To 400. Wait, What?

GameStop Will Close Around 125 Stores, Open Up To 400. Wait, What?

You might associate GameStop with video game consoles and software for your computer, but the chain is looking ahead. They’re looking toward a future where everyone plays games on the mobile phones in their pockets…and, more importantly, needs somewhere to buy those phones. That means closing around 125 GameStop stores, and adding new shops in other brands that the company owns: Spring Mobile, Simply Mac, and authorized sellers of Cricket Wireless. [More]

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Bank Of GameStop Is The Best Or Worst Idea Ever

When you need a place to stash your money that isn’t a shoebox under the bed, it can be hard to find a good option. Minimum balance requirements, fees for the privilege of having an account…it’s all very complicated, especially if you don’t have a lot of money to deposit. Simplify things by joining the First National Bank of GameStop. [More]

Walmart Wants To Be The GameStop Where You Trade In Games For Groceries

Walmart Wants To Be The GameStop Where You Trade In Games For Groceries

Starting next week, Walmart shoppers looking for something to do with those Batman: Arkham Origins discs they no longer play will have one more option for unloading their used video games, as the nation’s largest retailer aims to likely become the largest purchaser of customers’ old games. [More]