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1 Game Stop trade in policy on Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:27 am

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I've always found their trade in policy to be fundamentally dishonest. They give you a third of what you paid for the item, then turn around and sell it for twice as much.

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2 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:06 am

Oh my god! You mean to say that they're trying to make a profit? Those bastards!

Come on, it's business. They're not buying your crap for their own personal collections. They need to make money. Yeah, it'd be nice if they gave you just a teensy bit more, but hey, that's why you wait until they have trade-in offers.

Also, if you hate their trade-in program so much, go to Best Buy. I was perusing their website and found out that they'd give me like 110 bucks for my Wii versus 60 over at Gamestop.

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3 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:19 am

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No hate, just and observation. As I said, they turn around and sell that "crap" as you put it for twice as much as they pay people for it.

Besides, you've just proved my point with that Best Buy reference. They could give you more, and should, but don't. Its a wonder Best Buy doesn't advertise their trade-in policy. I've never heard of it.

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4 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:25 am

I think that policy is brand new. I hadn't even heard of it until a few weeks ago. Also, Best Buy is fucking GIGANTIC compared to Gamestop. They can afford to give you more, because they make it back by selling all kinds of other stuff.

I've never really minded Gamestop being cheap - Though that's probably due to the lack of a viable alternative until now.. I tend to wait until there's a trade-in offer going on. Plus, I've got an Edge card which gives me a 10 percent bonus when trading stuff in.

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5 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:18 pm

I've got a few friends that work at Gamestop. I've never liked to take my stuff there, but its true, they need to make a profit. Think of it this way, at least you don't live in Japan. Their games cost more than in the US and they give you even less than Gamestop does for used games.

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6 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:30 pm

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It's the same as selling your comics to a comic shop. If you bring them a box of comics, they don't even really look through them, trhey give you a flat price (way less then you would expect to get) and you either sell it to them or do it on your own on Ebay. Gamestops make more money then a comic shop, but their business relies mostly on selling used products that they have to buy from people. They not only need to make a profit to pay for things like rent, electricity, staff...etc, but need to make a profit for themselves as well.

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7 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:19 pm

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I understand that they need to make a profit, but I can't help calling shenanigans on some of their practices. Take their "new" games for example. If you notice, they take their games out of the heat shrinked plastic that they're shipped in, and put them behind the counter in those little sleeves. Not a big deal, but i've also heard that the employees are allowed to check out the games. That hardly makes them "new". Maybe JessJupiter can confirm that.

LOL, really, as much bitching as i'm doing about Game Stop, I still fux with them on a certain level.

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8 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:38 am

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I was there yesterday and they had Need for Speed:Shift for $49.99 used and Best Buy has it for $59.99 brand new Suspect same with Borderland, but used it was still $59.99...really shake my head


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9 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:06 am

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Try trading your video games in at FYE. I've had to call up other Game Stops to see what they give back in cash/credit for certain titles. I actually couldn't believe myself that FYE gives more money/credit for games. We give cash, and 25% more if you take store credit.


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10 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:16 am

Chief Kamachi wrote:I understand that they need to make a profit, but I can't help calling shenanigans on some of their practices. Take their "new" games for example. If you notice, they take their games out of the heat shrinked plastic that they're shipped in, and put them behind the counter in those little sleeves. Not a big deal, but i've also heard that the employees are allowed to check out the games. That hardly makes them "new". Maybe JessJupiter can confirm that.

LOL, really, as much bitching as i'm doing about Game Stop, I still fux with them on a certain level.
Every new game I've ever gotten from Gamestop was still wrapped. Try going up to the counter and asking for the game.

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11 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:12 am

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Every new game I've ever gotten from Gamestop was still wrapped. Try going up to the counter and asking for the game.[/quote]

In the GameStops I go to(washington state) they have the games lined up on the wall separated into "new" and "used", and every game is taken out of the drawers. The new ones are shrink-wrapped in front of you.

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12 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:45 am

Chief Kamachi wrote:
In the GameStops I go to(washington state) they have the games lined up on the wall separated into "new" and "used", and every game is taken out of the drawers. The new ones are shrink-wrapped in front of you.

Weird. All the ones around here have brand spankin' new perfectly wrapped copies in a case on the wall behind the registers.

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13 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:47 am

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no one is forcing you to buy from game stop or any other store for that matter. If you don't like the policies or the way they do business then don't spend your money there

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14 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:44 am

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GameStop is a glorified pawn shop.


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15 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:53 pm

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^^^ Tis true.

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16 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:00 pm

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its when they try to give you a quid for your games thats when I call bullshit

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17 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:01 pm

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Gamestop is certainly an awful company, but not because of their trade-in policy. They're no different from any other store that does buy backs on used merchandise. If you want to make a decent return, never sell to sellers, sell to consumers. Places like Gamestop are like pawn shops, it's not about a lot of money, it's about quick and easy money.

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18 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:05 pm

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I have games I'll never play again, but I'd rather set them on fire than give them to GameStop so they can give me a dollar for them.


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19 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:09 pm

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I find it's best never to sell anything back because 10 or 20 years down the road nostalgia will have you aching to play games you no longer own and are impossible to find in stores. I'm still working on tracking down all of my Saturn games.

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20 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:14 pm

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Joshua wrote:I find it's best never to sell anything back because 10 or 20 years down the road nostalgia will have you aching to play games you no longer own and are impossible to find in stores. I'm still working on tracking down all of my Saturn games.

True, but these days you can just install an emulator on your PC and play your old favorites ad nauseum. Not quite the same, but still an option.

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21 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:29 pm

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True, but these days you can just install an emulator on your PC and play your old favorites ad nauseum. Not quite the same, but still an option.

Still wouldn't give them my disgaea that doesn't work on my ps3 for a pound though

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22 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:35 pm

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Really if you want more for your games, find out what game stop pays, then find out what they sell the game for used, then post it on craigslist for $5 under their used price. I have found it is pretty easy to get rid of stuff at a decent price that way.

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23 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:21 pm

tha last time i traded in some games was when resident evil 5 came out, i got like $40 toward it, but later i wished i wouldve just spent tha cash and kept tha games in my collection. i will never trade in another game there, its not worth it.

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24 Re: Game Stop trade in policy on Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:18 pm

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Went to Toy's R Us does game trade-ins. Not sure how much better or worse their policy is than Game Stop's.

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