Dick’s Sporting Goods is partnering with an online sporting goods marketplace to trade gift cards for used sports gear.
The nation’s largest sporting goods retailer is teaming up with Sideline Swap, a platform for buying and selling new and used sporting goods, to offer a series of 50 new trade-in events in seven states through the end of 2022. The companies have previously held 10 trade-in events at four Dick’s locations, with plans to expand their partnership to additional markets in 2023.
Customers who attend trade-in events at Dick’s locations can bring their used gear and have it evaluated by SidelineSwap buying experts, using SidelineSwap's proprietary trade-in software and value guide.
At the trade-in events, customers can exchange their used sports gear and receive Dick’s gift cards to use toward their next purchase. Customers also have the option to donate all or a portion of their trade-in value to select local sports organizations. Items that do not qualify for trade-in can be donated or recycled.
Specific Dick’s store locations in Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, as well as dates for upcoming events, can be found on the Dick's e-commerce site.
"We love that gear finds a second life on SidelineSwap's resale marketplace and that more equipment stays on playing fields and out of landfills," said Peter Land, chief sustainability and communications officer at Dick’s Sporting Goods. "Expanding our partnership with SidelineSwap to include more locations makes so much sense."
"We're excited to expand our resale partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods,” said Brendan Candon, CEO of SidelineSwap, “In a recent survey conducted by BBMG, 62% of consumers surveyed said that brands could do more to help them participate in recommerce, so it's great to see Dick’s giving more of their athletes a quick and easy way to participate in the circular economy."
Dick’s builds on Out & Back pilot
Dick’s is moving ahead with its SidelineSwap initiative following an in-store buy-back pilot with Out&Back, an online platform that buys and sells new and used outdoor and adventure gear. The program enables customers to bring select outdoor gear (including hard and soft-goods) into participating Dick’s Sporting Goods stores (on Fridays through Saturdays) and receive a cash payment from Out&Back.
The pilot initially took place in two key outdoor markets: Denver and Pittsburgh, at select Dick’s Sporting Goods and Public Lands stores. (Public Lands is the outdoor-focused format that Dick’s launched in 2021.)
The amount of the payment that customers receive for their goods will depend on the condition of the merchandise. The returned gear will be sold on the Out&Back website.
Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. operates more than 850 Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, Public Lands, Going Going Gone!, and Warehouse Sale stores, online, and through the Dick’s mobile app. Dick’s Sporting Goods also owns and operates Dick’s House of Sport and Golf Galaxy Performance Center; as well as GameChanger, a youth sports mobile app for scheduling, communications, live scorekeeping and video streaming.