Why does the gaming community continue to support a chain of stores with filthy stores, and even filthier ideals?
I stopped buying games from GameStop years ago.
Some people just never learn bro.
I buy new games from GameStop. I don't trade in games or buy used unless it's my intention to return it for full credit after beating it. In fact, I just beat Heavy Rain tonight and I plan to return it to game stop tomorrow with my receipt and get something else like the RDR Undead Nightmare pack.
Without used games sales, Publishers would have complete and total power over pricing; we wouldn't have an alternative. GameStop is a great place to buy used games. (Not to sell TO, though)
WAH WAH WAH BOO F'IN HOO, STHU and wait the 24 hours to get your stuff from Amazon then. The reason I hate Gamestop is because they take the discs out of the cases so you know what, I don't shop there. The guy who wrote this article is being a total girl about the whole thing though. "I didn't go to Best Buy or Target because I choose not to shop there". Well then tough s**t for you Nancy. If you had anything that resembled a brain you'd know that Target's bargain bin is a gold mine for 1-2 year old games on clearance. Batman Arkham Asylum, $12 son. Everyone knows Gamestop sucks by now but the simple fact of the matter is that most folks (just like you the author) break down and become impatient. "Oh, b-b-but, the 24 hours". Life does exist outside the realm of Playstation you know.
I will never buy from Gamestop after they sold me a Uncharted 2 GoTY copy with the GoTY content voucher code being expired and they were not willing to let me to return it.
As much as I disagree with some of their policies, I only buy new games there, and even then that's pretty uncommon. My least favourite policy they have is removing the disc from a display box and trying to sell it as new. They say the disc has never been *used* so it's new. If I buy a new game and while in the store, open said game and try to sell it back to them, they call it "used". So when I try to buy a new game and they tell me they only have the display copy left, before they can even turn around from the computer I'm already walking for the door. I ain't buying opened merchandise for new price.
If a Gamestop didn't take back your game because of the code problem then the manager and store employees were douches because at my store we are refunding anyone who has a bad code in GOTY Uncharted 2
I have never walked into a gamestop that wasn't clean, spotless and organized. sure, the prices tend to be full retail ( I don't buy used games) but, they are going to implement the 10-20.00 of your next purchase deals that they do online into the brick and mortar stores with the change to the new Power up rewards card. They needed to just to compete with retailers from kmart to Amazon.
It was really sad. I went in to buy New Vegas on release day and they already had a sign up that said they'd only give you $25 trade-in for it. And the same for Castlevania which I got the week before. I felt like a complete tool for even buying a game from them.
Yea that does suck =/ the most you get for a game that was just released will be 25$ I don't think I have ever seen a higher price than that =/
Buy my games from gamestop then walmart.. an even filthier store if I might add.
they just need to raise their standards for what is acceptable as a "used product"...plus employees should encourage customers to test anything they are buying from the store...that way you build rapport with the customer as well as trust...and it makes your company more reliable since Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart have begun their own used sales sectors
about Play N Trade, if you have one in your area, check it out. Ours resurfaces every game that comes through and has a try before you buy policy. Avoided a few bad games that way. I will never be going back to a GameStop again.
"I asked for a Move bundle, of which they had a pile of about 20 behind the counter. “Nope,” I said. The woman said “Oh. Well, that’s fine. But the controllers needed to be pre-ordered. We don’t have enough of those left.” Nice.
Don't forget Best Buy, who will ask you if you want them to install your PS3 game or upgrade your PS3's firmware...
i say keep to buying online. and even selling online.
I agree, hell you get substantially better trade in value through Amazon most of the time.
Amazon just offered me 50% off Marvel vs Capcom 3...I love them.
This is why you don't take games in if they are in a poor condition. Your meant to check these games to see that they aren't scratched to hell.. And if they are.. take some of the value off of the disc. Gamestation > Gamestop
Good thing I've never had a blue ray disk of mine scratch or found a used game with the BR inside scratched.
The thing is, GameStop does do that. This guy just walked out without checking his disc. I work at a GameStop so I know that they will happily change the disc for you or just give you your money back, and if you choose to take it we can offer a 10-15% discount on it and you still have the option to return it for a full refund within 7 days if it was bought used.
If you're in the US just use Gamefly the disc are allways perfect.
Almost always, I've had two 360 disks that were unplayable. Still, once you report it they send you another one almost ASAP so there's really no complaining from me.
i usually buy online if not in my local supermarket because they quite often sell new releases for £25 (most new releases are £40).
EA likes to call it "Project Ten Dollar," I like to call it "Project Suck It, Consumer."
Being an Australian, i'm assuming that Gamestop is like EB Games, and I never buy games there. Always overpriced, useless workers, shitty range of games and peripherals, etc. I buy all my games on Steam or from JB HiFi, or PlayAsia if I need to import a banned/gimped game.
They are the same company, so good assumption.
GameStop is EB Games. They (EB) got bought out a few years back.
Ah, that explains it.
I stop buying used games Last Gen when i had to take back the same game twice in 1 day
Wow, another person talking about how they only shop at .001% of retailers and how they apparently have some kind of crusade against most things. Great. Yes, it's all bad and the world is going to end soon. Figure it out.
I mostly don't even pay attention to most article's like this because they always come off as a one sided "gamestop is teh evil!" bs that the publisher's and the media have been pushing for a while. No one ever goes on the check the flip-side of the coin. Not that I care about any of this dude's seriously delusional problems with being sold something by another human being because having to socially interact with them is a "hassle". But I actually "LIKE" going out like most of the people on earth and buying stuff at a proper store and receive a proper service, I know being a nerd is one thing but when you describe a store as bad cuz they want to SELL you something you seriously need to reconsider your view on what a STORE is. I don't buy the BS that game companies feed that gamers these days about why they HAVE to charge you 59.99 for a game, they charge you 59.99 for a game because they know you will pay for it pure and simple. Most music stores and movie stores buy their media for about 40-45% of what you bought it at and everyone makes money. But the game business wants you to think that gamestop is teh evil cuz the publishers get 50bucks from gamestop and gamestop makes 10 miserable dollars of a 50 investment? BS The cost of manufacturing a BR disk could be less than a buck right now but they really need so bad to still sell you the game at 60 bucks to cover the 10-20 mill they spent on the game when 10-20 mill would be a really shitty cheap movie in real life. Hell a 50 mill movie still aint no blockbuster spending but the game industry makes more money than the movie industry ohh I wonder why!!!! Publishers are bunch of greedy bastards who some of them act like they would sell their grandma for money, the real thing that they cried and moaned about when HD consoles came out was that it actually obligated them to spend more money on the games they sell ya to make money and their return profit wasn't as huge as before so they made the adjustment that was necessary to keep on making the same margin or better than before and they made you fools pay for it.
Gamestop doesnt use me, I use them.
Get off the gamestop hate bandwagon, where else am i going to trade games in that i dont want anymore?
You are ignorant.
Craigslist, Amazon, Goozex, GameFly, Ebay, E Bash, Disc Replay, Pawn Shop, Friends....fuck Gamestop. Gonna sell a brand new game for 5 bucks more than a used game, even when the game has no wrapping and it was pulled from the cabinet. (sounds like a used game to me)
I quit going there after the third time I was charged full price for an opened game. I think one was a return and two were display copies, but if a game is out of the factory packaging it's considered used.
you want to stop game stop from giving used games because it doesnt help devs >.> but you want devs to charge a extra 10 to people who buy used? the game is "used" thats the idea its been opened in returned why should we have to pay 10 dollars to use its features do i get to use the previous guys acct?
@ oghost85 I was reading your post & midway through it I started laughing so hard I was in tears from laughing so much. I was not expecting your comment I was completely blindsided thanks for the laugh!!
the pompous ass article made me puke in my lap..
How come i've never had a bad experience with them? Besides getting jack for my trade in games.
the disc in that picture is in terrible condition , dont they use the disc cleaning and scratch removal thing that blockbuster use on used games in gamestop . im from uk but all i read about gamestop is that its bad
As someone pointed out on the site, that is not actually a game disc, it's a scratched CD-R which was used in the article as an exaggeration.
whats wrong with gamestop? I buy used games from them all the time. Just never trade anything in.
I buy my (new) games from Best Buy and Target if buying from a local store. GameStop's stinking ass stores turn me off. Amazon FTW.
I wish I could get the KZ3 Helghast edition there, but I'll probably have to go to gamestop for it.
you got marketplace sellers with disc quality descriptions plus if you buy new you dont have to pay shipping if your willing to wait 5 to 9 days and the prices are always equal to or lower than any other place.
i have zero problem with gamestop, i've never had any trouble with them. i trade in games there too but i wait until they have a promotion.
I go to locally run game stores in my area over gamestop. Both of the local stores clean most of the disc based games (Every game I purchased not only played like new, but LOOKED like new as well). Even if you get a bad game, they give you a month and a half warranty, and are actually apologetic if you have to use it. I'm so glad I have alternate brick and morter choices.
"It was the typical GameStop: dirty carpets, filthy shelves, boxes not in any order, employees not following any sort of dress code. This one even had a recorded message when you walk in that warned you there were cameras everywhere. How quaint." Jesus, what city are you in? The Gamestops in Minneapolis have friendly, knowledgeable staff, clean stores, appropriate dress, and no recorded messages. I'm not saying I'm a fan of Gamestop, however I like to support businesses which hire local people, even if the corporation is evil. If every Gamestop closed, there would be 1000s of people without jobs. The reason I don't use Netflix is for the same reason. Local video stores hire local people. People need jobs. Sure I could get better deals with Netflix, but I like to support the locals.
I stopped giving gamerape my money a looong time ago.
I don't go to GameStop anymore. 4 years now....
This author clearly has no idea about business. Tough luck buddy, go cry somewhere else. Jeesh... Sorry, just kinda irritated reading this article. That $10 used fee from EA is the worse idea possible.
We still shop there because unlike you, we do not suffer from OCD or give a flying rats ass what their carpets look like. What the fuck do carpets have to do with what I'm buying? Get over yourself. Get off the couch, and eat a carrot.
I gaurantee you the person who wrote this article never filled out a customer complaint form or tried to contact Gamestop hq to file a verbal formal complaint. Whining to us won't do a damn thing to resolve your issues. Be pro active and address the source of your complaint.
This article was obviously written by a pre-owned game. ^_^
"I wasn’t willing to go to Best Buy, Wal-Mart or Target because I choose not to shop at those retailers." I would've surely went to BestBuy instead of GameStop. Though my local GameStop is freaking them clean and have nice employee's other than this fat douchebag who works at Sunday.
My GS is great. they are the few who aren't douche bags. if they don't have a game, they tell me where to go to get it. when they say do you want to pre order X game, say i already have it pre ordered...for all the games they tell you too.
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