The future of GameStop is so uncertain at this point, it's almost hard to speculate. I think the biggest factor will be the digital downloads. Gamers on the PC are very familiar with that... I've bought just a single boxed game in the past five years, and it's because it wasn't available digitally. On the console though... it's a platform where gamers tend to prefer the actual retail copy, because they like to see their collection grow, and it's made simple, because PC game boxes tend to be huge... console game boxes are not.
With the inability to trade digital copies though, I do lean towards the idea that GameStop is safe for now. Like you say though, the company definitely needs to up its value proposition if it wants to survive. The company currently has almost no focus on the PC... it might as well not even focus on it at all. Consoles are its lifeline as far as I'm concerned. It might want to consider other gaming-related projects before it becomes too late. Being able to trade games online through the company might not be a bad idea.
"gamers hoping for cash aren't going to get as good a value"- The understatement of the century, Gamestop is horrible for selling used games.
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