**Update** What's Up With Xbox and GameStop?

I’m going to start off by saying that my original Xbox 360 was acting real sketchy. It began making a lot of weird noises and sounded significantly louder. It almost sounded as if the fan was busted or overworking. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case. It would also overheat every now and then. What worried me even more was that the overheating was becoming more and more frequent. I decided to sell my Xbox before it was too late. Sell my Xbox before it got the red rings of death!

I walked into GameStop today with my dying Xbox 360 and a few games expecting to not get much for my trade-ins. I was planning to keep my 20 gig hard drive, count my losses, and get a new Xbox 360 Arcade.

Supposedly, right now GameStop is taking hard drive-less Xboxes for $100 only if they were to be put towards a new Xbox 360 250GB. And, this is GameStop being “generous.” Since I was not putting it towards one of the new 250GB Xboxes, I thought I would surely get far less than $100 for my console trade-in.

To my pleasant surprise, they were giving me $125 for my Xbox 360. On top of that, I asked them if I could keep my component cables and I would give them my new Xbox 360 Arcade console’s composite cables. The person at the registered agreed to my crazy demands. I also traded in the game that came inside the box. Who wants to play Banjo Kazooie?

I was expecting to sell multiple games, but ended up only selling Tatsunoko vs. Capcom for $25. After selling my Xbox, the game that came with my new Xbox and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, I got a new console and about $10 in store credit! Talk about ridiculous.

So, what’s up with Xbox and GameStop? I don’t see how they could be making much profit out of this. This was not just an isolated incident. My friend was able to do the same thing over a week ago. GameStop cannot be making much money for trades like this. However, do I really care? Thank you, GameStop! They should simply advertise this as, “Trade in your old junk and get a brand new one for only $15.” Yes, $15 if you trade in that stupid game right off the bat. It’s great.


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François Chang

Working on the DualShockers staff as both an editor and community manager since late 2009, François is absolutely no stranger to the videogame industry. He is a graduate from the City College of New York, and has his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. His next step is to obtain his Master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before starting his career, François has been gaming since the age of 2 with Super Mario World, and he has never looked back since. Gaming may be his profession, but it has always been his passion.

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