Exclusive: Gizmodo can confirm that at least some EB Games locations will now let you trade in your smartphone for cash or store credit. For instance, the 32GB iPhone 4 will net you $267 to spend in store, or 20 per cent less if you want the cash.
An EB Games employee told us that the smartphone trade-ins “started last Friday, and there’s a brochure in store.” A second employee with access to an updated “trade-in list” said the retailer isn’t re-selling used phones to customers, and that they’re most likely being offloaded in bulk.
There’s no mention of phones on EB Games’ trade-in site, suggesting the program may be in limited trials — possibly only in Queensland and Western Australia.
Giz was also informed that the 16GB iPhone 4 trades-in at $262 — just $5 behind the 32GB model. Score! Well, if you’ve got a 16GB, that is. A range of other smartphones, including BlackBerry handsets and Android phones are also being accepted. The HTC Desire fetches a price of $120.
Meanwhile, Gizmodo also received a screenshot of what appears to be the EB Games inventory system. It clearly shows a range of iPhone models, new and old, though no prices are listed. The anonymous employee who sent us the shot says it looks “similar to just before we started trading iPods and iPads.”
From the confirmations we received in our call-arounds today, that appears to be the case. But those prices. Woah. EB usually low-balls a bit on game trade-ins, and it looks like that’s continuing here.