GameStop retail stores seem to be a cross between a used car dealership and a comic book store (not the good kind of comic book store, but the kind where the owner has a "better-than-thou" attitude and seems put out that you would actually want to buy something in their store). Here are the things I've noticed at all the GameStop stores I've visited:
It's nearly impossible to tell the new games from the used games. Everything seems to be in complete disarray when you walk in
There are usually about 5 people who look like employees standing around chatting with each other, but only one guy (usually the slowest one) is actually helping customers or working the register
GameStop will give you $3 for your used game (if you're lucky) and then turn around and sell it for $45
GameStop gives you the "privilege" to pre-order most games by placing a $5 -$10 deposit before the game is released. Placing your pre-order allows you to buy the game at the full retail price even though the games are very rarely sold out and are available at other chains (Best Buy, Frys, etc) usually at a discounted price.
Even though I was aware of all the above, I was drawn into a GameStop for the promise of a NEW game I had wanted which was on sale for $20. GameStop does not keep the actual games on on the shelves because all customers all thieves in the eyes of GamesStop. Instead, you bring an empty box up to the register, and the employee gives you a new shrink wrapped copy to purchase. Only in my case, the only copies left of the game were the ones used for the display boxes. So instead of getting a NEW shrink-wrapped copy of the game, the clerk pulled a disk from a paper sleeve, placed it into the display box and handed it to me. He explained that it was GameStop's policy to sell games as NEW even though they had been opened because the actual game disk itself had never been played. I tried to explain that that is not exactly the same thing, and if I had intended to give this game as a gift it would not be viewed by the recipient as a "NEW" game.
In my case, I didn't intend to give the game away and I had better things to do than argue with a fool. Instead, I took my "new" game home and added one more reason to avoid GameStop.
Goodness I cant stand these guys anymore. Am I the only one who feels like they are being robbed at gun point whenever they shop there? Some things that really annoy me with them is that the prices for some games here are ridiculous and their trade policies for games is just downright theft. You could go there and buy a game new just as its released, you spend 70 dollars on this game and play it. Two weeks when later you come back to trade it in they tell … more
Reviewing a place of business is VERY hard to do. The experience differs from one to another. I don't think I've ever had a tiff with the Gamestop employees where I live. Ever. In fact, I've become quite good friends with most of them. Enough that they'll give me discounts, magazines and posters they plan on getting rid of etc. So I usually go back just because I like the people in my local Gamestop. But there are Gamestops everywhere. They're … more
I'm a technology early adopter. I thoroughly enjoy geeking out with the latest hardware, software and electronics. I probably have as much fun setting up, tweaking, and configuring systems as I do actually … more
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