Gamestop one of if not the powerhouse in the gaming market, largely due to their used game sales is looking to expand their inventory. According to their CEO Paul Raines, Gamestop wants to start selling classic games. He elaborated in an interview with Polygon.
“We’ve got them,” Raines explained. “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.”
Personally I’m on the fence about this. Sure having your local Gamestop selling some of your old favorites such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time sounds great, but is it really necessary? Lets look at it this way, a majority of the people looking to buy these games are going to be older and you would think that if they really wanted to play a classic game they would have found another way by now. Whether it is by hooking up their old console and buying the game on a site like eBay, or by downloading emulators, maybe they just hacked their current console and enabled it to play their favorites. Not to mention there are a few games much like Ocarina of Time that are being remasterd and rereleased. Also how would the pricing of these games work? Wouldn’t buyers just be getting better deals on sites like eBay and from personal experience with Gamestop I say the same goes for sellers. Although I guess it wouldn’t be all bad, Gamestop would add a level of convenience by keeping a good amount of stock for popular games so that you don’t have to spend time looking and bidding on a site like eBay. So like I said I’m on the fence about this. I’m very interested into how other people feel about this, please tell me how you feel?