So, yesterday I walked into my local Gamestop to purchase Rage. Of course, seeing that I am a "lover of all things game" with two kids, a wife, and responsibilities, saving a few bucks means alot so I looked at the "pre-owned" option first. Oddly enough, the game was $55, so I took it to the counter and asked how they would handle the missing content, would I receive a code, a discount, etc.... The response that I received was, "you're missing no content, it's $55." I tried to explain that the underground and various other aspects are tied to the new purchase DLC, only to be looked at like I was stupid.
Well, since I was there, I figured that I'd test the waters on a few other games, seeing if they had a copy of Batman : AC or Resistance 3, they did of both. So, I enet to the same clerk and repeated my question, "Why are these $55 when they both have DLC included with a new purchase that cost $10 to buy seperately." Once again he responded, "you're missing no content". I explained that Catwoman missions in Batman, online play in Resistance, all of these things depend on the code thus valuing these games at $45 maximum. All he was hearing was "yadda yadda hooba hooba"......Just before he turned his back on me he said, "I've worked in the gameing industry for 10 years, I know about these thing....you'll be missing nothing from buying these games used." I guess my 30 years of playing them makes me a "consultant" at a minimum.
Is this what the Gamestop Corporation is training people to do? To lie to the consumer? Are they so intent on getting the extra $10 that they're willing to cheat people from their hard-earned money? I'm not sure if this was my interaction with a "dummy" at a single Gamestop, or corporate guidelines......what I did get out of this was one overwhelming change in my buying habits.....BUY NEW!!!
UPDATE: After writing this, visiting the Gamestop website let me in on one fact, what's behind this is "Corporate Stupidity", as a copy of R3 is $55 on the site......I say every person out there should boycott Gamestop until they accept the value of games with new game DLC has de-valued most games! Futhermore, the reports that Gamestop is giving passes out to those purchasing used copies of Batman AC seems to be untrue (see pic)!