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Kenny_C.002
09-15-2008, 01:55 AM
WhistleBlowerZero (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eJ1duN_NcE) made a series of flash videos on youtube detailing the terribleness of Gamestop and EB Games. If you aren't aware of their profit cycles, it's time you do.

Quite honestly, you should support your own "mom and pops" video game shop of your choice. I've done it, and only shop at EB Games during the times when there's some form of pre-release awesome bonus (WHY? WHY????). But even if you do buy at EB Games, never trade in, and buy new. At least the bulk of the money will go to your developer of choice. :3

Nirvash
09-15-2008, 02:05 AM
They ripped me off. I traded in like 3 games, and next time we went in, they said I didn't have any credit.

Kenny_C.002
09-15-2008, 02:15 AM
Wow, the first video is already being taken out. I can't find it from there anymore. D:

In any case, if they ripped you off, don't buy from there. I swear if you have access to anything else, do it. A&C Vintage Games helps me out often. ;)

Nirvash
09-15-2008, 02:17 AM
Yea, I try not to buy there anymore. If it comes to it, I might as well shop online. The last time I actually bought from EBGames/Gamestop would have to be Pokemon Diamond. :3

Kenny_C.002
09-15-2008, 02:27 AM
Well if it's a big release like diamond and Pearl, just go to Best Buy/Target/etc. They'll definitely have a large surplus anyways. The only time when I can think that Gamestop would be a "good idea" is if you don't have a place to get the niche games. For example, no store carries Disgaea 3. I also see that there is a freebie for fallout 3 (the CD). What do I do? I put my preorder for fallout 3, get the soundtrack, then decide that I want Disgaea 3 instead and move my pre-order there accordingly. Net result is me getting a freebie for free (like it should have been), and getting a game that otherwise I wouldn't be able to get regularly.

Ultima Boss
09-15-2008, 02:38 AM
Though Wal-Mart, and stores alike, sell their games for cents cheaper, it wouldn't make a significant difference.

But yes, I have a place I trade in my used games. At least they give you more for your money than Gamestop would (Entertainmart). Then again, they're in the business of used games, systems, and accessories. It's rare you see a new game there, unless it's highly demanded.

I suppose Gamestop tries to make money off both, which works well on the surface (advertisement)?

The only time I would shop at Gamestop would be great pre-order deals, I didn't want to pay in a one full payment, or they're the only place who carries a certain game *one could hope not*.

Dark Turtwig
09-15-2008, 02:47 AM
I just sell my games on Half.com. I get easily 6 or 7 seven dollars for each. Not the 1.00 that you get at GameCrazy or GameStop. I do shop at GameStop, but not enought to make a difference. I buy most of my new video games at Target.

Charbok
09-15-2008, 03:07 AM
I haven't had any problems with Gamestop used games. I admit, their prices for trading in games kinda suck, but really it doesn't matter. If I have game to sell, I sell it to a friend or on craigslist. Not to mention that it's the only major gaming store out there.

DragoniteMistress
09-15-2008, 03:28 AM
Don't get me started on GameStop :/

I traded in three GBA games and two PS2 games, and only got $4 worth of credit.

I think Cooking Mama for the DS was worth it, but please. Give me my money's worth next time.

Charbok
09-15-2008, 03:31 AM
Don't get me started on GameStop :/

I traded in three GBA games and two PS2 games, and only got $4 worth of credit.

I think Cooking Mama for the DS was worth it, but please. Give me my money's worth next time.

If it's such a bad deal, why did you trade them in?

DragoniteMistress
09-15-2008, 03:37 AM
If it's such a bad deal, why did you trade them in?

Because I was dumb enough to not consider the other video gaming store fifteen minutes away, and was being rushed by an errand-obsessed mother.

Kenny_C.002
09-15-2008, 04:01 AM
Though Wal-Mart, and stores alike, sell their games for cents cheaper, it wouldn't make a significant difference.

But yes, I have a place I trade in my used games. At least they give you more for your money than Gamestop would (Entertainmart). Then again, they're in the business of used games, systems, and accessories. It's rare you see a new game there, unless it's highly demanded.

I suppose Gamestop tries to make money off both, which works well on the surface (advertisement)?

The only time I would shop at Gamestop would be great pre-order deals, I didn't want to pay in a one full payment, or they're the only place who carries a certain game *one could hope not*.

Funny thing: Advance Wars (Days of Ruin) was 5 dollars cheaper in walmart than the EB Games just across the parking lot. It doesn't happen all the time, but sometimes there IS a major difference even in new and hot titles.

For the exclusive pre-order deals (like free stuff), I can't think of a way outside of Gamestop either. If you really need to pay for games in separate installments, just work a deal out with your local gaming shop. Seriously, I do this for that PS3 I'll eventually get. There is no game that they would be the only place to carry, if you know of even a single mom/pops video game store.

I haven't had any problems with Gamestop used games. I admit, their prices for trading in games kinda suck, but really it doesn't matter. If I have game to sell, I sell it to a friend or on craigslist. Not to mention that it's the only major gaming store out there.

Use Gamestop only if you can get massive deals on it. Sometimes they sell rare games for peanuts. Zone of the Enders for 5 bucks? I feel like I'm ripping them off, even though they're making 5 bucks off me. :-/ At least I FEEL like I'm ripping them off. x3

Neon_Espeon
09-15-2008, 04:08 AM
(God, I hate It when people talk so quickly like that... >_>)

I actually happen like GameStop, myself. I've bought quite a number of used games and all of have worked perfectly fine. And really now, who cares If they don't come with their boxes or manuals? Given the game has a tutorial level, and an opening that explains the story(which they most likely do), they're pretty useless. And I've never had someone pester me about If I should buy the game used or If I want a subscription or anything like that. Mind you I always wasted my money and never really cared about saving It, so I suppose I can't necessarily relate to the people who got "ripped off", but for me It's just another day money wasting as usual(I tend to just mooch off of people most of the time, anyway). And I never saw any unfair pricing on used games, unless 14.99 for an old GBA game and a DS game for 16.-something game that's out of and print and was released a year ago(Mega Man Star Force: Dragon version, In case I may have confused someone about that "out of print after a year" thing) are bad prices... >_> But meh, I never sold any of my games anyway, and If I did I don't really care If I got less than half the price for them. =p

But If people want to make somewhat big deals about how they could save five dollars on something by buying It on the Internet(with shipping and handling charges, too, most likely)than buying It at GameStop, that's all fine and dandy with me. 'Tis all a matter of personal preference and all that. :x

Stormdancer94
09-15-2008, 10:31 AM
I'm an Aussie, never heard of Gamestop. EB Games, we have.

EB Games is... Bloody overrated. My Brother has ordered in Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3. Go in on the due date, No it's been bloody pushed back another 2 weeks. :susp:
Yeah. I don't know... They don't have a massive surplus of games and if they do, they're bloody over priced and expensive.

But then again, cheap stores like K-Mart or Target, who have bazillions of copies of one game, are sometimes more expensive than EB Games or something.

I look around in the Game Traders shop around the back of my local shopping centre, it has a smaller variety of games, since they're the ones people chucked out, but they're cheap! :P

Poring
09-15-2008, 11:57 AM
Not the 1.00 that you get at GameCrazy or GameStop..

I liked GameCrazy. They had much better customer service compared to GameStop, and they had a lot of old games I couldn't find. I don't even think their trade deals were that bad. But there's no Hollywood Video where I live now, so no GameCrazy. I should have bought Mario Paint back then. <_<

But yeah, GameStop's not that good. I can never find the games I want at Target or Wal-Mart or Best Buy, though, so I'm stuck with them.

Kenny_C.002
09-15-2008, 03:39 PM
I actually happen like GameStop, myself. I've bought quite a number of used games and all of have worked perfectly fine. And really now, who cares If they don't come with their boxes or manuals? Given the game has a tutorial level, and an opening that explains the story(which they most likely do), they're pretty useless. And I've never had someone pester me about If I should buy the game used or If I want a subscription or anything like that. Mind you I always wasted my money and never really cared about saving It, so I suppose I can't necessarily relate to the people who got "ripped off", but for me It's just another day money wasting as usual(I tend to just mooch off of people most of the time, anyway). And I never saw any unfair pricing on used games, unless 14.99 for an old GBA game and a DS game for 16.-something game that's out of and print and was released a year ago(Mega Man Star Force: Dragon version, In case I may have confused someone about that "out of print after a year" thing) are bad prices... >_> But meh, I never sold any of my games anyway, and If I did I don't really care If I got less than half the price for them. =p

But If people want to make somewhat big deals about how they could save five dollars on something by buying It on the Internet(with shipping and handling charges, too, most likely)than buying It at GameStop, that's all fine and dandy with me. 'Tis all a matter of personal preference and all that. :x

I was actually quite aware that Gamestop thrives on apathy such as yours, yes. When a game doesn't come with its original boxes and manuals, that's fine. If they charge you as though it does (usually games without boxes and manuals cost a couple of bucks cheaper than those with), then there is a problem, because they're overcharging.

They always pester me about reservations for games, but that's about. I don't like the fact that they blatantly LIE about things just to get reservations, though. It's one thing to say that a game is guaranteed if reserved (even if it's just 48 hours, though we all know that a week should be the correct number), it's another to pester the customer, saying that the release will be sold out immediately, etc. It's seen them do that many times on games like Madden. It's freaking Madden! I can't walk 5 steps without seeing Madden on its release date! That kind of business is not one I'd like to see.

In terms of unfair pricing, it's just simply be savvy at spending. Honestly, the best deal may or may not be at Gamestop, but if you don't shop around, it's against your interest to do so. 5 bucks may not be a lot, but 5 bucks can pile up to give you a new game that you otherwise wouldn't be able to buy.

Besides that point, I'm not going into your spending habits. Unlike you, my expenses are enormous already, and saving 5 bucks on a game is equivalent to saving money for a meal. That, to me, is highly significant. Personal preference aside, why NOT support a local gaming store? My local gaming store gives me discounts all the time for like everything. I even get to do consignment (I leave a game for them to sell, we split the profit afterwards) with them, giving us both a nice chunk of cash that otherwise wouldn't have been possible with Gamestop.

I'm an Aussie, never heard of Gamestop. EB Games, we have.

EB Games is... Bloody overrated. My Brother has ordered in Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3. Go in on the due date, No it's been bloody pushed back another 2 weeks. :susp:
Yeah. I don't know... They don't have a massive surplus of games and if they do, they're bloody over priced and expensive.

But then again, cheap stores like K-Mart or Target, who have bazillions of copies of one game, are sometimes more expensive than EB Games or something.

I look around in the Game Traders shop around the back of my local shopping centre, it has a smaller variety of games, since they're the ones people chucked out, but they're cheap! :P

I just say that getting the game cheap to either rip EB Games off, or getting the game somewhere else because it's cheaper helps make EB Games go down the drain.

I liked GameCrazy. They had much better customer service compared to GameStop, and they had a lot of old games I couldn't find. I don't even think their trade deals were that bad. But there's no Hollywood Video where I live now, so no GameCrazy. I should have bought Mario Paint back then. <_<

But yeah, GameStop's not that good. I can never find the games I want at Target or Wal-Mart or Best Buy, though, so I'm stuck with them.

Service is a good reason not to go to Gamestop, yes. XD

Seriously, I bought Disgaea 2 for 25 bucks brand new at Toys R Us when EB Games was still selling them for 50 (almost new, it's with that stupid unsealed "new" game that I always refuse to buy) or 35 for used. I get a new game 10 bucks cheaper than a used game. Yay! :3

George Jefferson
09-15-2008, 05:47 PM
I don't have much video game stores around where I live.

******* bloody outrage it is.

But, Gamestop's the only place I buy my fighting gayms or RPGs, as the town next door doesn't have much games except for mainstream ****.

Poring
09-15-2008, 08:05 PM
I don't have much video game stores around where I live.

******* bloody outrage it is.

But, Gamestop's the only place I buy my fighting gayms or RPGs, as the town next door doesn't have much games except for mainstream ****.

Garage sale season is a good time to find games. I got an SNES, two controllers, and Super Mario World a couple years ago for $8. Same with trash day, too. I found a few DS games in people's garbage.

Snake Bite
09-15-2008, 08:34 PM
There is a flea market who will give you CASH EQUAL to the amount that they buy the game for. And you can return it if it does not work OR if you dont like it. There games are like alot cheaper then gamestop to. It is awsome.

Although, they had the wii fit for 300 dollars and the wii for 450.

I luckly got my wi-fit at gamestop one day.

George Jefferson
09-15-2008, 08:36 PM
Garage sale season is a good time to find games. I got an SNES, two controllers, and Super Mario World a couple years ago for $8. Same with trash day, too. I found a few DS games in people's garbage.

Please, come live over here, and tell me that again. I need a good laugh.

-Zodeon
09-15-2008, 08:49 PM
Sounds really shoddy,

Here in the U.K we have amazing trade in prices. You get up to about 20 for some games and even 7 or so for the bad ones.

Stormdancer94
09-16-2008, 06:31 AM
I'm going to check the trade in prices for EB Games and the Game Traders store around my area, I want to get rid of Spyro: The Eternal Night (Seriously. WORST DS GAME EVER.) and get another Final Fantasy game! I'm really enjoying those!

With the quality of the second hand games you can buy, well, almost all stores now offer a refund price if they don't work, or suddenly stop working for no reason! I got Spyro as a second hand game and I asked the guy over the counter how good the quality of second hand games are, he basically said that DS cartridges are invincible, you can't scratch them like CD's or anything, they're really good, rare chances of getting a bummed game.

Yeah, my EB Games store has a good refund policy. 7 day test, so if you really didn't think the game was what you thought it was, you can get a refund. Scratched disc refunds and replacements, etc. etc. I think it's good. :/

SiberianTiger
09-16-2008, 08:41 AM
omfg, that guy is my ******* hero.

~Isaiah

Lonsie
09-16-2008, 01:14 PM
*Currently has store credit at Gamestop* >.<

PokeGamer
09-16-2008, 11:37 PM
I Live In Quebec And there is And EB Games And Gamestop In The same Mall.I Go there to buy my XBOX And GBA Games Cheap.

I Wish They would sell retro Games

George Jefferson
09-18-2008, 07:32 PM
I Live In Quebec And there is And EB Games And Gamestop In The same Mall.I Go there to buy my XBOX And GBA Games Cheap.

I Wish They would sell retro Games

This is the only post I've seen that you've made an actual post that pertains to the topic.

Alana Marie
09-18-2008, 07:48 PM
Never had a problem with EB games.
But I want to go murder the people at my local gamestop -.-"
Not only do they have bad service (one of the clerks hit on me once and i got freaked out and left without the game i wanted to buy xD) But they are unfair.
I went there once to to trade in like 20 games, all of them i had bought new for like atleast $20 each.
I got $15 worth of credit. and the oldest one was a year old. Dude i was so pissed.
Plus they give you credit for their store only. And if you want cash they like deduct money from it. Lame
My gamestop has like, all teenagers and Old people working at it. The teenagers are annoying and dont do anything (o.o okay i admit my kind'teeanger' are annoying) and the old people try adn stike a conversation with you when you are trying to buy a game and get to chorus practice >.>
Gamestop is a nono for me.
I need a better game store near my house

PokeGamer
09-18-2008, 08:05 PM
This is the only post I've seen that you've made an actual post that pertains to the topic.

Are you from retrojunk forums Man!:cool:

pseudopseudo
09-18-2008, 08:21 PM
I think it's pretty clever how they make all that money; however, I do think that trading games in is dumb for those horrible prices. Even if I'll probably never play the game, I like to keep games just in case and maybe because I have a "collector" mentality. Props to Gamestop and EBGames to ripping off people so cleverly and props to those who don't fall for it. :biggrin:

Shadow Eevee
09-19-2008, 09:34 PM
Well, Gamestop has me angry at a lot of things, which I'll put in lists:

-In 2005, iirc, they said 'We accept SNESs and NESs' or something, so I traded mine in, and they said they didn't. :/ They denied the sign existed.
-A month back, a man was hogging the line, just rambling on and on about video games, and the line became like 7 or 8 people, and a little girl accidentally bumped into him, and then the man got ticked off at her, and the employee doesn't do anything.
-They gave me a Mario Kart: Double Dash!! which didn't work. :/
-They let their customers get shoved by random people.
-I've heard conversations about Zero Suit Samus among the workers. When a Soccer Mom family was buying PMD 2, she heard the conversation, and got into a hissy fit. And they denied everything.
-They gave me 6 dollars for 4 games around 30 dollars each.
-They denied Mario Super Sluggers existed, a few days after it's release date, yet they advertised it weeks before.

But yeah, I only buy from there only so it won't turn into another shoe store.

Hoshika
09-19-2008, 11:39 PM
That's why I keep my games. :I

There isn't any other good video game store around besides for GameStop, though (except for the bootleggers), and I know the employees and manager there, so...

PokeGamer
09-20-2008, 11:30 AM
Well, Gamestop has me angry at a lot of things, which I'll put in lists:

-I've heard conversations about Zero Suit Samus among the workers. When a Soccer Mom family was buying PMD 2, she heard the conversation, and got into a hissy fit. And they denied everything.




MY Parents wouldint do that

so what There are allowed to talk about zero suit samus and People ***** about it :tongue::rolleyes: