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GameStop Taking Nexus 7 Tablet Pre-Orders, Trade-In Bonus

GameStop announced on Friday that starting Saturday, the company will begin accepting trades on a wide range of Android tablets. The retail chain will also start taking pre-orders on the upcoming $249 16 GB version of the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

With the Nexus 7, Google has seemingly knocked Amazon to the ground in the Android playground, rubbing its face in the dirt with the new "Google Experience" tablet, showing who's currently still the Android boss. Produced by Asus, the Nexus 7 packs high-end hardware like the quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, 1 GB of RAM, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 HD IPS screen, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, NFC technology, microHDMI out and more. Amazon's Kindle Fire doesn't even have volume buttons.

That said, Google's Nexus 7 will be an ideal gaming gadget for several reasons. One, OnLive offers its app on Google Play which streams popular PC and console games directly to the tablet; the OnLive Wireless Controller should work with the device via a Bluetooth connection. Second, Nvidia has established TegraZone which features games optimized for the high-end Tegra SoC like Max Payne Mobile, Shadowgun, Sonic 4 Episode II and more.

Beginning Saturday, consumers can pre-order the Nexus 7 at all U.S. GameStop stores. GameStop customers can also take advantage of a 30-percent 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" (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone).

GameStop is also 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 provides a recycling option to help consumers properly dispose of non-working or damaged 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."

Just announced earlier this week at Google I/O 2012, the Nexus 7 will be the first tablet to feature the latest Android OS, v4.1 AKA "Jelly Bean." It will be available for $249 in mid-July.

  • cscott_it
    I think I'm going to break down and order this today. For the price it's got some pretty impressive specs: IPS Screen, good hardware, free stuff, and a $25 Google Play credit.
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  • twu
    It will have the same google laptop final chapter.
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  • hoofhearted
    I already pre-orderd mine from google.com/play You are better off selling your used electronics on craigslist than letting gamestop rape you.
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  • superblahman123
    That is such an insanely good move on Googles part. Think about it, they get their product out at a great level of affordability, get competitors out of the way, and they're bound to be keeping track of what people are trading in for it so they could flaunt it in their competitor's faces. I could guarantee that you'll see commercials about how many people traded in their Kindle for it (my gf is about to do that)

    Hot damn, that's dastardly douchey, but a great marketing move.
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  • eddieroolz
    I highly doubt they'll receive many newer iPads for trade, but some owners of iPad1 may trade. But in terms of performance and specs, the original iPad isn't that far off.
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  • cscott_it
    hoofheartedI already pre-orderd mine from google.com/play You are better off selling your used electronics on craigslist than letting gamestop rape you.
    Oh yeah - I'm not sure if Gamestop even gives you the play credit.

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  • aaron88_7
    ^^ That is correct, the $25 credit for the Google Play store is only available with pre-orders made directly through the Google Play store.

    This trade in offer is a complete joke! To summarize; they essentially give you half of what it costs brand new. If you are smart enough to visit this website you should be smart enough to know how to sell your old tablet on e-bay, craigslist, or wherever. Hell, I bet you could get more money selling it at a local swap meet!
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  • Rawrduy
    I think people are missing the point on the trade-in value. The current trade-in value for the ipod touch (8GB) is $108. Tacking on an additional 30% would equate to $140. You won't have to deal with customers and their satisfactions, and getting $140 for a device that usually sells for $120 used is a great deal. For those who "research" this stuff up needs to understand that Gamestop is not hell for trading in user merchandise. If you play your cards right, trade-ins could be very beneficial.
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  • Just got a text from Gamestop, those who pre-order can pick one up today, July 13. Count me one of them but unfortunately traveling and won't be able to pick one up till Monday since the store credit and stock are base on where you made the pre-order. :( :(
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  • chraq
    wait i could have sworn it does not have hdmi :( unless they changed the specs since giving out the tablet at the google I/O
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