Try harder, GameStop.
If you haven't heard, the generally anti-retro game retailer GameStop is now trying their best to steal their own little piece of the nostalgia pie.
Through GameStop's PowerUp Rewards program, you earn points for each purchase, which can then be exchanged for rewards, similar to Best Buy's Reward Zone membership. But what's this? You can now use these points towards classic games through GameStop's "Retro Game Vault".
Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, yeah, until you check the values.
Super Mario Bros., a pretty common cartridge, has a current value of around $4 (the SMB/Duck Hunt cartridges are easier to find and much cheaper). Through the GameStop Rewards program, the game is 43,250 points!
Here's the point breakdown for the program, per their website:
- 10 points per dollar spent on all new games and consoles
- 20 points per dollar spent on pre-owned games, accessories and consoles
- 20 points per dollar on traded-in games or consoles
Assuming you're smart enough to stay away from trading in games for less than a quarter of their value, and also assuming you avoid buying "new" (It's not used if GameStop removes the seal and plays it, only if you do) copies, you'll get 20 points per dollar on used games. Okay, cool.
So, 43250 / 20 = 2162.5.
Spend $2,162.50 on used games, and you'll take home a game that was free with the NES. One that you can find at any given garage sale or flea market for 25 cents.
What a deal! Clearly you've changed your stance on retro games, GameStop. The retro community salutes you!
Only a single finger in the salute, though. The rest of them just weren't feeling it.
See it for yourself at https://www.poweruprewards.com/PUR/Index/RetroGameVault.