Google Nexus 7 tablet now selling through GameStop

The gaming outlet is now offering the Nexus 7 as a preorder in advance of the tablet's July ship date. [Update: After a glitch earlier today, the GameStop page in question is once again accessible on the site.]

This page appeared, disappeared, and reappeared today. A Gamespot representative attributed the weirdness to a site glitch. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Update, 3:50 p.m. PT: After a glitch earlier today, the GameStop page in question is once again accessible on the site.

Those of you eyeing the Google Nexus 7 can preorder the tablet from GameStop and get a cut in price if you've got something to trade.

Starting today, Nexus 7 buyers can preorder the 16GB version of the tablet at all GameStop stores in the U.S. Customers could score up to a 30 percent discount by trading in other items, including video game hardware, software, and accessories as well as Apple mobile devices and certain Android tablets.

The deal could make GameStop a more appealing alternative to Google itself, which is selling the Nexus 7 for $199 (8GB version) and $249 (16GB version) with taxes and shipping on top and obviously no trade-in program. GameStop is selling only the 16GB version, but shipping is free if you preorder in the store rather than online.

Both Google and GameStop are throwing in a $25 credit good for any item in the Google Play store and some free content, including a copy of the movie "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

Google is promising that the tablet will ship in 2 to 3 weeks. GameStop lists the ship date as July 31, but a spokeswoman told CNET that the company also expects to ship the Nexus mid-July, though it doesn't yet have an exact date.

GameStop customers can order the tablet at their local store or online. Shipping and in-store pickup are both available.

Aside from the Nexus 7 deal, GameStop will offer either cash or an in-store credit for a variety of top Android tablets. Buyers can grab up to $200 in cash or $250 in credit depending on the model, memory, and condition of the tablet. Consumers can also drop off their damaged tablets at a GameStop store for recycling.

Corrected at 8:30 a.m. PT. In-store pickup is available.

Update, 12:30 p.m. PT: Clicking on the Nexus 7 page at GameStop now yields an error message that the page has been "eliminated":

Update, 3:50 p.m. PT: After a glitch earlier today, the GameStop page in question is once again accessible on the site.

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