GameStop Corp.'s fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 46%, thanks to strong videogame sales and a booming market despite the sluggish economy. The retailer also gave fiscal first-quarter and full-year guidance above analysts' expectations.
Went to buy a new game once, the guy reached under the counter, grabbed a disc, popped it in the box and tried to tell me the game was new. Sell games there? They offer usually 50% less than what you could get if you sold the games yourself through an auction site. Same applies for used game purchases except they usually charge more than you'd pay elsewhere. The store clerks are usually fanboys. I'm not saying of which side, but when someone goes in to make a purchase you should not get a story about how console A is inferior because of fanboy reasons. Don't get me wrong, I think an opinion from a sales rep is fine but when they give an uninformed opinion-all 360s break or PS3 is just a blu-ray player-then the opinion is just fanboy propaganda. Gamestop, kudos to you on your success but no thanks.
about sales rep recommendations when you know more than them. could you tell me for how much they trade your old games(very good condition) or at least do you have an idea of how much they are willing to pay?
I'm not talking about you or I who goes in there knowing our stuff. I'm talking about the person that doesn't surf the forums, that doesn't read the mags or the sites. I'm talking about the person that just goes in to buy a console. Or maybe the parent that goes to pick up a console for their kid as a b'day gift. This is what I'm talking about. That's when the fanboy stuff can sway someone unfairly. And again, I'm not saying they should push one console over the other; just give the facts. As for your game question: I don't know. The last example for me was going to trade in Madden 08 a week after it released and being told they'd give me 15 bucks for it. I sold it on an auction site for almost 3x that amount.
i never intended to disagree though. you areright in a certain way. damn,15 bucks,that's theft.
Why would you assume it was new if it didn't have the original packaging plastic on it? I on the other hand love gamestop, I've had them replace games that I have had for months for no charge and they once even let me trade in a controller that didn't work right.
I just ignore what Gamestop employees say. I have a PS3 and some of them tell me Sony is in trouble and the 360 is great. I could care less. I like Sony's games and the PS3. I buy most of my new games the first day so I don't get the used disc problem. I live across the street from a Gamestop store so it's convenient. I also check out Target in the same area. They sometimes have great sales like Assassin's Creed for $39.99.
"I'm not talking about you or I who goes in there knowing our stuff. I'm talking about the person that doesn't surf the forums, that doesn't read the mags or the sites. I'm talking about the person that just goes in to buy a console. Or maybe the parent that goes to pick up a console for their kid as a b'day gift" I really have to wonder though how many of those types of customers go to Gamestop. I never see them in my local store. I mostly see gamers who know what they want. Parents probably go more to stores like Walmart or Target. Stores they're used to going to.
I buy about 90% of my games at Walmart it is usually the cheapest.If there is ever a problem with the game,returning it is easy.
Umm...what? I never assumed anything. I walked in the store, asked for a new copy of a game, and the guy behind the counter proceeded to take an empty case and put a disc in it. What are you talking about?
Im sticking with my boycott of Gamestop. I pre-order from Amazon and buy used games on eBay or from people here. They really pissed me off with their behavior and business practices. EDIT: @harry190...they offered me $15 for 08 games that were relatively new, so yeah, thats theft.
Seriously, I don't buy ANY of my used games from CashStop/EbBank, I just use local classifieds, they work out a helluva alot better, plus I don't have to pay $50+ for a USED Game.
really really so bad?
If your friend told you he wants $50 for the used game hes played his ass off, what would you say? Eff-off right? Say you don't like a game, most places have up to 15-30 days to return it, well after one week, you can return that game to Gamestop, for 1/4 the price which is usually $15, depending on the popularity. Gamestop is a rip off big time.
Use eBay if you cannot find a better store. Never trade your games to GameStop, they will definately rip you off. For new games, Toys R Us usually gives a $5 discount, for example.
If there was an alternative 'gaming shop' to EB/Gamestop would you buy there? Maybe not a local shop, but a small chain? Obviously better service and pricing...
Here is the thing a lot of you are forgetting about -- the power of instant gratification. Gamestop's used business thrives on it. Sure, you COULD make double by selling your game on Ebay or Craigslist but that takes time and there isn't a guarantee that it will sell. You can go into any gamestop and get money right then and there for your games without the hassle. Think of the money you're losing as a convenience fee for not having to deal with waiting to sell your games if you want the game now. They're not ripping you off -- you make the choice to trade your games there. They're offering a service (with a hefty fee) for people that want the newest game, don't mind trading old games, and walking out with the new game without paying cash all in the same day. All that being said I never, ever trade my games to Gamestop. -=]
i'm thinking i should open up my own EBGames
yet they dont price match... they make enough money to... the whole excuse that BB makes 50% on every TV doesnt work when they themselves make over 50% on every used game (which cost less, but sell more so it evens out)
the gaming industry is never affected by the economy, it just shows u how good the value of games r
Hello people...It is a business! As a business, it's goal is to make money, not just to do whatever they can to make people happy. Their only obligation is to their shareholders. If they did half of what you people want them to do they'd be bankrupt within a year. If you don't like the store vote with your dollars. I personally don't buy there either but I don't say they're crooks. Go buy/sell somewhere else. If enough people did that they'd eventually change their policies. As it stands, enough people still buy there to make the shareholders happy.
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