GameStop will quit accepting trade-ins of original Xbox games, accessories and systems on February 9. The information comes from an internal memo sent out earlier this week. According to a few managers that we’ve talked to thus far, GameStop will continue selling Xbox stuff until the stocks are toast.
Some stores are receiving signs to indicate the change. We have yet to receive advanced specifics on the wording, color, font, or size of the signs. Chances are they will be boring and won’t comment on the pitiful amount of money Xbox trade-ins have netted consumers over the last three years. The signs almost certainly won’t advise consumers that corporate officials (presumably) grin little shark-toothed grins whenever a person hands off a console to be resold at a greatly inflated price.
As we all know here at Destructoid, the original Xbox has been dead for a while. Now that GameStop is finally acknowledging its lack of relevancy, I’m a bit sad. There is a part of me that misses the grotesquely large controllers, late night sessions of Azurik, and that neon green dashboard.
[Update: We were sent a picture of the sign by an anonymous tipster. You can check it out in the gallery or here.]