Gamestop Pre-orders for the Nexus 7; Also Offers 30% Trade-in for Old Tablets & More


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Jan 5, 2011

Google's Play Store isn't the only place you can get a pre-order for their new Nexus 7 tablet. Gamestop just issued a press release a couple days ago sharing that they are now offering the new tablet for preorder as well. A Gamestop preorder has something going for it that the Google Play Store does not. At Gamestop you can trade-in your old tech, like "video game hardware, software and accessories as well as iDevices and eligible Android tablets." How does that sound? Trade-in your old stuff and replace it with a brand new Nexus 7 for cheaper! Pretty slick! Here's the full press below,

GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GameStop (NYSE: GME), the world’s largest multichannel retailer of video games, has again expanded its mobile electronics business with new trade-in and pre-order programs. The company is now accepting trades on a wide range of Android tablets and is taking pre-orders on the brand new Google Nexus 7 tablet (16GB). The Nexus 7, which was just announced at Google’s I/O developer conference, is the first tablet to feature the latest Android OS – Jelly Bean – and will be available for $249 in mid-July. Consumers can pre-order the Nexus 7 at all U.S. GameStop stores and online at Games for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS, PS2, PSP, Used & PC + Consoles | GameStop.

For a limited time, the Nexus 7 includes $25 of credit to spend in the Google Play store, as well as some great free content like your own copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. GameStop customers can also take advantage of a 30% trade bonus on all items traded towards the pre-order of the Nexus 7. This includes trades of video game hardware, software and accessories as well as iDevices and eligible Android tablets.

“We’ve seen great consumer enthusiasm for our recommerce initiatives, particularly our iDevice trade program that launched last fall,” stated GameStop president Tony Bartel. “With the increasing popularity of Android tablets and the emerging multiscreen gaming trend, this is the ideal time to expand the program to meet the needs of our hybrid customers.”

For consumers looking to trade in an Android tablet, all U.S. GameStop stores are now offering instant cash or in-store credit for Android tablets from a variety of top brands. Trade values, ranging up to $250 in-store credit or $200 cash, are based on model, memory size and physical condition. GameStop also offers a recycling option to help consumers properly dispose of non-working or damaged tablets.

To learn more about GameStop’s latest tablet offerings, visit Buy Android Tablet Computers | Tablet PC and Android Tablets | GameStop.

About GameStop Corp.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is the world's largest multichannel video game retailer. GameStop's retail network and family of brands include 6,614 company-operated stores in 15 countries worldwide and online at Games for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, 3DS, PS2, PSP, Used & PC + Consoles | GameStop. The network also includes: Kongregate: Play free games online, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer(R) magazine, the leading multi-platform video game publication; Spawn Labs, a streaming technology company; and a digital PC game distribution platform available at PC Game Downloads - Download Computer Games | GameStop.

General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company's corporate website. Follow GameStop on Twitter @ GameStop, Inc. (@GameStop) on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook @ GameStop | Facebook.

Thanks for the tip, Trav!



Dec 5, 2011
Just a heads up to anyone planning the gamestop route: Leave it as a last resort. Back during the chaos for the Transformer Prime in December/January/February, I called around and my local Gamestop said they could "guarantee" it in store by a certain date because they were getting a special shipment, so I went down and did the preorder. Long story short: They were lying to make a preorder (which, to my understanding, counts as a sale for store records) and Amazon (who honestly gave an estimate of the end of the month, rather than Gamestop's guarantee of a specific date) actually shipped me mine first.

Even more galling was the customer service of Gamestop when I called to see if it was ready for pickup on the guaranteed date: After an hour of them calling me a liar and screaming at me and "losing connection" quite a few times, the manager admitted that the person I talked to was a seasonal employee who they let go (even though I had talked to her on the phone the second and third time they hung up on me...) and that she communicated incorrect information (that I was later able to make him admit was told to her by her manager, which was him...). Basically she "meant" to say that it would ship "on or around" that day. So basically the exact same thing as Amazon, just with an added layer of dishonesty to boost sales.

According to my friend who didn't bother to do a separate Amazon order, he got his a week or two later and it worked fine. But he basically got his "guaranteed in-store Tablet" 3 weeks later than me (Amazon shipped mine the day after my "guaranteed pick-up date"), and we both got some horrifyingly bad customer service (which hopefully varies from store to store).