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iPhone, iPod trade-ins a success at GameStop

A GameStop ad highlight's the retailers acceptance of iOS device trade-ins, which the company says are doing better than expected.
A GameStop ad highlight's the retailers acceptance of iOS device trade-ins, which the company says are doing better than expected.GameStop

Though its known primarily as a place to buy and sell new and used video games and consoles, major retailer GameStop says its been seeing better-than-expected results from a recent program accepting trade-ins for Apple's iOS devices.

While GameStop didn't disclose specific numbers for the trade-in program, which started in September, president Tony Bartel said in a statement that “the velocity of this trade program has exceeded our expectations," and that the company expected "strong post-holiday traffic as customers trade in older models that were replaced by gifts.”

GameStop offers up to $180 in cash or store credit for the most recent premium iPod Touch, $300 for similarly new iPhones and $400 for iPads turned in at over 6,000 locations in 17 countries. Before you get too excited about your unit's trade-in value, though, note that these top-of-the-line numbers drop quickly for older models or those with less storage capacity.

GameStop isn't the only option to get rid of your old iOS device, of course. Best Buy, Amazon and even Apple itself offer some kind of monetary exchange for your used products. You might be able to cash in even more if you're willing to brave the online jungles of Craigslist or eBay, as well.

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