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GameStop makes its new 'streamlined' trade-in pricing official

Video game retailer GameStop is streamlining the way it prices trade-ins, the company officially announced today, with the new program rolling out to stores on Aug. 18. The new scheme, GameStop says, will simplify how trade-in values are calculated and give consumers more money for their trade-in.

The announcement confirms previous reports on the revamped trade-in business.

GameStop says it will have just four trade-in price tiers — down from 10 price tiers — going forward. But those pricing tiers have some slight variations, depending on whether the customer doing the trade-in is receiving cash or credit, and whether they're a member of GameStop's PowerUp Rewards Pro program.

"A customer who is a PowerUp Rewards Pro member who sells a game valued at $20 for credit could get $22, whereas a customer who sells that game for cash and who is not a PowerUp Rewards Pro member would get $16," GameStop explained in a press release.

GameStop says it issued $1.2 billion in trade-in credit through its stores.

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