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Submitted by kube00 663d ago | opinion piece

There are better options than Gamestop

There is nothing wrong with Best Buy or Gamestop. Or for that matter any of the other brick and mortar stores that handle trade-ins of video games such as Walmart, Target, etc. The biggest issue is the amount of credit gamers get for their $60, 1-2 month old game they just bought. It could be $30 or less easily. There are other options. The recent demise of Goozex and VGFive has left some gamers looking for new places to trade games. With the demise of Goozex, The Gamer’s Lounge has a few suggestions money conscious gamers should investigate such as 99Gamers and LeapTrade. (99Gamers,, GameStop, Goozex, Industry, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

maniacmayhem  +   663d ago
LOL, I laughed at that pic. I have felt like that many, many times when I went to Gamestop and traded in my games. Which is why I use Gamefly and just rent and if the game is really good I buy it from them at a USED price.

Gamefly is a serious win for all gamers and I preach the gospel of Gamefly to anyone and everyone who is a true gamer.

It is especially useful if you are a multi-console owner like myself.
parentsbasement  +   663d ago
Been with them since the beginning , nary a problem here....
gedapeleda  +   663d ago
Been in the bays for the last decade.
Saved so much cash it's unbelievable, although I did buy games I loved
3-4-5  +   663d ago
I've made a few mistake trades that I wish I could take back, but to be honest, I love Gamestop.

They are the only store I can walk into and pick up a physical copy of a niche or rare game.

If I want it today I walk in and get it I don't have to wait a week for it to be delivered.

You need to watch out for the deals though.
TheDivine  +   663d ago
Yea I feel the same. Made some dumb mistakes selling some games back in the day, games that now cost an arm and a leg. I still love Gamestop though. I can go in browse old games I missed at a fair price, I can buy niche games, limited editions without worrying about being damaged in the mail, and the workers are awesome.

I've had them track down rare games in a case for me, offer to let me in gaming circles, trade streetpass data for games, and all kinds of cool stuff. Some let you get free swag like posters and displays. They're gamers like us. Sure some are just employees who don't know or care but from my experience every store has that cool ass guy that you wind up chatting with for an hour and leave as friends.

I also love small local gaming businesses. They tend to have better classics and old gen stuff.
Crazyglues  +   663d ago
Yeah I love the picture on this story... priceless... LMAO..

-Made me laugh so hard-

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mhunterjr  +   663d ago
I can't fault these trade-in shops, they are essentially pawn shops, and they've got to make money.

That said, I never trade my games in with them. I just go on craigslist or ebay, get much more value out of my lightly used game.
joab777  +   663d ago
I agree and as things change it becomes harder and harder to make money. But it is a great place to get rid of things u dont want anymore. And their benefits have gotten much better.
OutcastMosquito  +   663d ago
They can still make money and not rip you off hardcore. They're just greedy bastards.
mhunterjr  +   662d ago
Perhaps, but the resale business is their main source of income. Target and Wal-Mart, believe it or not, are the go to locations for new games...
Omar91  +   663d ago
Yea I never go to gamestop anymore to sell game

Although what if your in a situation where you have a game you want to sell (tale of xilia) and tried to sell it on craigslist and no one around your area wants it? I guess I can do ebay but I usually buy things from ebay not sell. I feel like at this point I should just give it to gamestop and get how many quarters or dimes the trade in value is.
kreate  +   663d ago
Cag, goozex, vgfive.
I will buy Ur tales of xilia.
Meltic  +   663d ago
yeah ive found a very good Swedish site. Infamous second son son for 40$ and MGS for 30$
admiralvic  +   663d ago
"There are better options than Gamestop"

In all honesty, GameStop isn't that bad, it's just very situational. Same goes for BB and a lot of other places.

To give you an idea, a few months back I got Deadliest Warrior for free at Best Buy. It was free because the MSRP dropped the game to $19.99 and they had a GCU coupon for $20 off DW, so that dropped the game to free. However, the system voided it, so I think the guy charged me a penny and just took one off the register and called it a day.

Anyway, that traded into BB for something like 32 cents. GameStop wasn't aware of this deal and was still offering $10 for it. I just zipped over there and got $10 dollars for a game that I probably couldn't give to any "real" gamer. This is true for a lot of things.

Depending on the game, you can certainly make more money trading something into a place like BB or GS than selling it on a site. They're a lot better for games no one wants, but still hold value (things like Deadliest Warrior), but again, this all requires getting out at the right time. Values also drop based off S&D, which is why some popular new games trade in for nothing. These places have too much stock and can't afford to pay you XYZ when they have ABC.
kreate  +   663d ago
U drove to best buy, than drove to Gamestop, than drove home for $10?
admiralvic  +   663d ago
"U drove to best buy, than drove to Gamestop, than drove home for $10?"

-rolls eyes-

The place I work is like .3 miles from a BB, which is like .1 miles from 2 GameStops (1 across the street and 1 in the mall across another street). This detour took maybe 10 minutes total and some pointless amount of gas.
kreate  +   663d ago
well sorry about making ur eyes roll.
just askin. and congrats for a good deal.
arkard  +   663d ago
For the next two years im dedicated to best buy. I got into the gamers club for 30 $.This lets me buy any new game for 20% off. Coupled with the 10 $ rewards for preordering some games ill get both Watch Dogs and Destiny day one for about 38 $ and any game that is not a preorder special for about 48. Normally best buy gamers club is 120 for two years, so not worth it, unless you buy a lot of games day 1. But they gave me a coupon to use it for2 years for 30$. Ill have that payed off after two game purchases.
LinkOnABoat  +   663d ago
I saw a lady being offered $1.48 for 4 games by Gamestop. Total bullshit.
OrangeCrush  +   663d ago
Nothing wrong with Gamestop, lol. That is definitely a matter of opinion and one I disagree with 100%. I wont even step foot into a Gamestop now. Its not even so much thier pricing, which is pretty horrid, as much as it is the quality of the games I have recieved. Discs that looked like they were used as a dogs chew toy, cases that were cracked and broken, no manuals or manuals that looked like they were used as toilet paper. The used games I recieved from Gamestop were so atrocious quality wise that they should have been burned instead of being sold to consumers.

Best Buy is a different story entirely. Thier used games come shrink wrapped, the discs are in great condition, the cases look brand new and I have yet to get a game that didnt have a manual. The difference is night and day and imo, it shows a significant difference in the overall mentality of the companies themsleves. Gamestop just has no quality standards at all.

I buy 99% of my games new and never sell them so it really doesnt matter to me, one way or the other. Still, after my expereinces with Gamestop, I can't even bring myself to step foot in one. If I ever want to buy used, I will use Best Buy or eBay.
OutcastMosquito  +   663d ago
Those motherf*ckers tried giving me $0.25 for my killzone 2! They make me sick.
Big-Bruizzer  +   663d ago
lol. Closed minds trying to think outside the box to save a buck. You're still doing it wrong. I get all of my games used and under $10 bucks. The Last of Us came out in June and I bought it in August for $3.33. That included the case, cover art, game, online pass insert, and a naughty dog sticker. The only thing is, I'm not telling where I shop. Learn to "really" think outside the box and maybe you'll figure it out. When you do, and you get prices that good, you can take them to gamestop and get the $20+ credit. I love GameStop. They're my bitch when it comes to getting more than I paid for games. You either screw the system or let it screw you.
bjmartynhak  +   663d ago
So... In my local store they're selling the used Tomb Raider DE for £40

I bought new from Amazon including the artbook for £40

Something is not right here.
Hicken  +   663d ago
What's not right: you not understanding that GameStop's costs are a lot higher than Amazon's because they have brick and mortar stores, pretty much only deal in games, and make peanuts off new games.
The_devils_chum  +   663d ago
I stopped dealing with gamestop right around crysis 2 came out. I got it for the 360 day of launch beat it in a few days and didn't like the multiplayer and it didn't have the map editor for console !!!. Took it in to gamestop not even a week after it was released and he offered me $12.50 cash or $15.00 trade in value, i asked how much they were probably going to sell it for and he said $ 53- 55. I wanted to drive my car through the building like terminator. I took it to toys r us and amazingly they gave me $35, always take your trade ins to toys r us 1st or at least compare its truly sickening.
ajax17  +   663d ago
I've never once bought a game there. I always go with Amazon or best buy.
gobluesamg  +   663d ago
Amazon gives pretty good trade in value for credit.
GothamReturns  +   663d ago
i just sell any game at ebay
Outlaw1986  +   663d ago
I do my most my trade ins at best buy. U can even look online and see how much u will get before u go in and if they are having a 100% trade in bonus or something u need to calculate it ur self. I also got there gamers club unlocked program for $30 for 2 years with 20% off all new games. Not such a good deal for the $120 for 2 years but they are now passing $60 for 2 year coupons out so check ur email.
ReBurn  +   663d ago
I was in Gamestop last weekend and a guy came in with a bunch of Wii stuff to sell. When he found out that he would only get $22 cash max for his Wii he got mad and stormed out.

I never trade with Gamestop because of how they lowball you. If I really want to sell something I go to Craigslist first, eBay next. I can sell for a few bucks less than Gamestop and get more than their trade values.
snarls200  +   663d ago
i would not sell on ebay

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