Gamestop is considering adding a destination to its retail website for shoppers looking for classic game cartridges and discs that are no longer carried in their brick-and-mortar stores.
In an interview with Polygon during the first-ever public Gamestop Expo in San Antonio, CEO Paul Raines explained the company sees the opportunity in classic, sought-after titles, many of which are still in the company's possession after being traded in long ago.
"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."
Raines added that the retailer's website would be a perfect home for vintage titles, as they wouldn't demand the overhead of shipping the product to stores. More importantly, it would give the site a unique element that its competitors wouldn't easily be able to match.
"Our website is becoming unbelievably rich," Raines said. "We can't just be trying to go head-to-head with Amazon, beating each other to death on delivery dates. We do plenty of that. But we've got to be a destination for gamers where, for cool stuff for gaming, you've got to go to Gamestop."