GameStop Announces New Trade-in Offers and Promotion

GameStop has announced a slew of new trade-in offers that may help gamers fund some of their plans for the summer, whether that involves an out-of-town vacation or a new gaming console. While GameStop constantly accepts trade-ins for many new or pre-owned items, they’ve listed some of the high-value trade-in offers for several items including smartphones, tablets, and consoles. GameStop Pre-Owned Merchandising Vice President John Tovar said: Spring is a great time to make a profit off all your electronics and gaming hardware clutter so you can earn quick cash to spend toward summertime fun. Trading in electronics like iPhones and iPads, as well as gaming hardware can add up to Costa Rican or Vegas vacations, concert or amusement park tickets and even gas to go on a summer road trip. Whatever your vacation plans are, GameStop can help you fund your summertime fun. We’re not just talking pocket change. GameStop’s trade-in program pays top dollar for many items. For example, our average trade value across all iPhone versions is $126 and goes all the way up to nearly $400 for newer models. Here’s the list of Top Phone and Electronics Up-To-Trade Values: iPhone 7 = $355 READ FULL STORY AT…


GameStop Expo 2017 to Be Held on August 27 in Las Vegas

GameStop has announced that this year’s GameStop Expo 2017 will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 27, 2017. According to the announcement, the event will be held on a Sunday, a first in its history, to give more fans an opportunity to attend the company’s annual gaming event. GameStop Senior Vice President of Merchandising Bob Puzon had this to say about the change: Every year our customers ask us to make the GameStop Expo bigger and better. We have delivered on their request by bringing our Expo back to the entertainment capital of the world, opening our doors for the first time on Sunday, playing host to one of the biggest non-pro gaming tournaments in the industry, and allowing fans the opportunity to purchase some of their favorite novelty items on the show floor. Apart from the many booths featuring demos from both video game and hardware developers, attendees will also be able to purchase accessories, collectibles, and more from the participating venders. The GameStop Expo 2017 will also play host to the finals of the ESL Injustice 2 GameStop Hometown Heroes tournament. Tickets for GameStop Expo 2017 READ FULL STORY…

Eleven-Year-Old Buys Used Copy Of GTA V, Finds Bag Of Meth

Image via Kayla McAllister on Facebook According to Havana, Florida mom Kayla McAllister, her 11-year-old son was flipping through the manual of a used game purchased from GameStop on Sunday when he came across a plastic bag containing a white substance. They called the police and yep, it’s meth. Advertisement According to McAllister, who wrote about the incident in a Facebook post on Sunday evening (thanks to reader Adam for the tip!), she and her son had visited the Capital West Tallahassee GameStop location at around noon on Sunday, May 7 in order to trade old games. They purchased a used copy of Grand Theft Auto V. During the game’s lengthy install process her son decided to look through the game’s manual, which is when the packet of drugs was discovered. From Kayla’s Facebook post: Advertisement Today i took my son to gamestop in Tallahassee to trade in games and get some new ones. When he opened the booklet inside one of the pre owned games he ( MY ELEVEN YEAR OLD SON!!!!!!!) found this. A baggie of fucking meth! Clearly the game was not properly checked when it was traded in and because of the carelessness i could have…


Injustice 2 Championship Series Unveiled; Gets its Own Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has detailed four different eSport events for the upcoming fighting game Injustice 2 under the Injustice 2 Championship Series banner. …Read More The post Injustice 2 Championship Series Unveiled; Gets its Own Trailer by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.


Nintendo Switch Shipments Still Selling out Same Day and Exceeding Expectations According to GameStop

According to GameStop — relayed by Forbes — two months after its launch, the Nintendo Switch is still flying off shelves. More specifically, the retailer claims that it is still seeing same-day sellouts of each new shipment …Read More The post Nintendo Switch Shipments Still Selling out Same Day and Exceeding Expectations According to GameStop by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.


I Traded In A PS4 To Save My Valentine's Day

Image via Lazada.SG, where they sell this as a skin, apparently. It’s Valentine’s Day, a day to show the ones we love how important they are to us. This year I got my wife a box of chocolate-covered strawberries, and traded a PlayStation 4 for food. Let me explain. Advertisement Emily and I had Valentine’s Day all planned out. Since our babysitter would be busy doing stupid things for his girlfriend, I decided to take a few hours off in the AM. Instead of our traditional Valentine’s Day dinner at whichever restaurant wasn’t already filled with doting lovers, we were going to have a romantic Valentine’s Day breakfast. Some heart-shaped pancakes, penis-shaped sausage, ovary-reminiscent eggs, that sort of thing. But upon waking up this Valentine’s Day morning, our plans to symbolically eat each other hit a snag—we had no money. Strange, we normally have money. Where did the money go? Advertisement In my case, the answer was limbo. I’d been spending quite a bit on some home improvement items over the past couple of weeks, in anticipation of incoming tax return monies, because spending money READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Gamestop’s new circle of life policy – The hard and uncensored story

Gamestop is in the news once more, and honestly it’s not all that surprising what it is about. If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll remember our piece on Gamestop’s corporate greed. Since that was written more light has been cast on the pre-owned gaming giant (it´s worth pointing out that EB Games isn´t much better), and how… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


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GameStop Employees Say “Circle of Life” Program Threatened Their Jobs as Controversy Continues

GameStop saw itself thrust into the limelight this week with allegations of purposely misleading customers via its new “Circle of Life” program. In case you missed the first two stories, click here and here for context. Now, more employees have come forward to speak out about their experiences with the program on condition of anonymity and, let’s just say, this doesn’t look good…at all. Kotaku has been inundated with emails from former and current employees, explaining what they had to go through. Their identities have been protected for obvious reasons but their employment status with the retailer has been verified. The gist of it is this: employees didn’t want to intentionally mislead customers but they were pressured by the management, and claim that they were at risk of losing their jobs. Some were actually fired. We’re not going to copy and paste all the accounts here so make sure to follow the source link provided at the bottom of this post. Below are snippets from the emails that stand out. Current Assistant Manager: None of us like to do it, but we are all scared for our jobs. I worked two jobs myself until I hit [Assistant Store Leader] READ FULL…


GameStop Responds to Circle of Life Controversy in Internal Memo

Two days ago, Kotaku reported on how GameStop’s “Circle of Life” program was driving employees to be dishonest with customers in order to drive up used sales. Understandably, this led to consumers being angry, and now GameStop has issued an internal memo (which has been obtained by Kotaku‘s Jason Schreier) that claims the behaviors described in the article “don’t represent the vast majority of our associates and how they treat our customers.” The memo, which was written by GameStop COO Tony Bartel, was sent to all stores and can partially be seen below: We want every customer to get the product and deal that is right for them – whether that be a new or pre-owned video game product, digital game or collectible. The Circle of Life generates great value for the customer. Consider these facts: GameStop issued approximately $1 Billion of trade credits to our customers last year. 70% of the time, those trade dollars were immediately spent on new gaming products. I’ve heard from many of you concerning this and know that you work very hard to make sure our customers have a great experience. Thank you for that! While the behaviors described in the news READ FULL…


'We Are All Scared For Our Jobs': GameStop Employees Share Their Circle Of Life Stories

Illustration by Sam Woolley GameStop employees have always been pushy, but an aggressive new policy at the video game retail chain is taking their forcefulness to a new level. And some GameStop staff say it’s making them feel like they have to lie to customers or lose their jobs. Advertisement For a decade now, GameStop has subscribed to a company strategy that they call “Circle of Life.” The idea is that customers should buy games, trade them back into GameStop, and use the proceeds of those trades to buy more games. GameStop’s profit margin for used games is way higher than it is for new games, so it’s always been in the company’s best interest to push used products. Last fall, however, the company ramped up their goals with a far more aggressive policy that assigns each employee (and each store) a Circle of Life score based on several quotas, including pre-owned sales. Because the pre-owned quota is based on a percentage of the employee’s total dollar transactions, this policy has punished GameStop staff for selling new games and systems. Since reporting on GameStop’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Internal GameStop Memo Says 'Vast Majority' Of Employees Aren't Misleading Customers

Credit: Invision/AP This afternoon, following yesterday’s Kotaku report on GameStop’s controversial Circle of Life program, the retail chain sent out a memo to all stores condemning some of the actions we spotlighted and claiming that most of their employees don’t behave that way. Advertisement “While the behaviors described in the news article are disappointing, I know they don’t represent the vast majority of our associates and how they treat our customers,” wrote GameStop COO Tony Bartel in the memo, obtained by Kotaku and printed in full below. Bartel also denied that the Circle of Life program “placed pressure on store associates to mislead customers on the value of certain products.” In yesterday’s story, I spoke to several GameStop employees who complained about the company’s aggressive new quotas. Those quotas, employees said, punished staffers who sold new copies of games and have led to some GameStop staff deceiving customers or pulling other shady techniques to ensure that they hit their quotas. Advertisement Since the publication of that story, I’ve heard from dozens of current and former GameStop employees. Although some said they believed situations like the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


New GameStop Program Leads Employees To Lie To Customers

Illustration by Sam Woolley Have you gone to GameStop over the past few months and tried to buy a new game? Have they told you that it’s not in stock? They may simply be lying to you, fueled by a new program that discourages GameStop salespeople from selling unopened copies of video games. Advertisement The program, called “Circle of Life,” gives each GameStop store different percentage quotas for 1) pre-orders; 2) reward card subscriptions; 3) used game sales; and 4) game trade-ins. Each of these quotas is based on the store’s total transactions. Pre-orders and reward cards subscriptions are based on the number of transactions, while used game sales and trade-ins are based on the total dollar value of transactions. If a store’s quota for used game sales is 30%, and the store sells $1,000 worth of merchandise, GameStop expects at least $300 of that merchandise to be pre-owned. So if someone walks into GameStop and picks up, say, a brand new copy of Yakuza 0 without 1) pre-ordering another game, 2) subscribing for a new rewards card, 3) buying a used game, or 4) trading in some games to help READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


GameStop Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders Completely Sold Out, But Don’t Worry

Switch Pre-Orders Sold Out at GameStop But Could We See More On The Way? Earlier today, Alex told you about the Nintendo Switch’s HD Rumble feature and how that will be a game changer for the publisher. You can read that feature here. Today, GameStop announced that they are completely sold-out of their initial pre-order allocation of the Nintendo Switch consoles “in a matter of few days” online and across their over 3,900 stores in the United States. Despite this, GameStop is working with Nintendo in the attempt to satisfy pre-order demand. GameStop Senior Vice President of Merchandising Bob Puzon accompanied the press release with a comment, mentioning that the news indicates a desire among gamers for this “fun and revolutionary gaming system”. He said: “The fact that this initial allotment has been completely reserved in a matter of a few days demonstrates gamers desire for this fun and revolutionary gaming system. We’re working closely with Nintendo to get additional Nintendo Switch units, and will let our customers know when they become available. We encourage customers to visit and sign up to get updates about the product and availability.” GameStop has been a big supported of the Nintendo Switch for…