Having just recently written a post about the woes of having a huge backlog of video games, I paid a trip to GameStop for a bit of shopping. Okay, before you criticize, know that it was funded by an outside sponsor. I did my mother-in-law a favor, and she, feeling gratious handed me forty bucks and told me to buy a video game. Who was I to turn down her generosity?
Any ways, I only spent about twenty at GameStop. I bought three games: X-Men Legends (PS2), R-Type Command (PSP), and Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony. The other twenty went toward buying myself a used collection of Ultimate Spider-Man, and my wife a UK Cosmo.
I haven’t played the games yet, being nose deep in a slew of others that I intend to finish, but I did do one thing. I removed the price stickers.
Now I can understand having these. After all, how am I supposed to tell how the game costs otherwise? That said, GameStop goes insane with these. On X-Men: Legends alone I removed one from the front, one from back and one from the paper cover art itself. R-Type and Dungeon Siege were both similar experiences. Sometimes I’m able to do this without causing much damage to the cover art. This time however, both Legends and R-Type suffered tears as I peeled the stickers off the paper art. I’m still trying to remove residue from the plastic on three games.
I have to wonder why GameStop does this. Is one sticker not enough? Is it that important that we know a game is used that they have to plaster it on every possible surface? Are they afraid that inept clerks may not be able to find the barcode?
Now, I am not a GameStop hater. Do they overcharge for used merchandise? Yes. Do they underpay when buying used merchandise? Indeedily. That said, I know all this walking into the store. I know about the low wages they pay their employees and about the almost cult-like secrecy they require of their employees. Just the other day, I went in acting all like the big journalist I purport myself to be and had a question rebuffed on account of company hush orders.
I know all this and I shop there any ways. The people running my local GameStop are generally nice and knowledgable. Shopping online may be a more fiscally sound alternative, but there’s just something about the experience of physically browsing that is satisfying. Not to mention I am a huge fan of instant gratification and am often willing to pony up the extra cash if it means waiting a day or two less.