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Space...The Final Frontier
Urbandale, IA
reply to C0deZer0

Re: Game shopping (BB RewardZone vs GS PowerUp)

said by C0deZer0:

Maybe for you, but I don't make a habit of buying used hardware, as Gamestop has effectively no quality control whatsoever. Especially with the amount of people just on this site that talk about sending their barely-working consoles and stuff to Gamestop for trade-in to get something else. At least with Best Buy, you're usually getting something new.

I've personally been bitten so many times by Gamestop, that I as well only go there if I have to. All the more frustrating because they are the only chain/store around that will even bother to do anything with used games, systems, or accessories.

With the gamer's club on the Reward Zone, you're supposed to be able to get $10 of rewards per $150 spent on qualifying gaming items, like when you go buy a new game or a console, or a controller there. And for the most part, I usually try to get new items when I'm at a Best Buy anyway. And what few times I had bought a system or handheld used from Gamestop, I've quickly come to regret it.

Used hardware can be iffy. I was referring more to used games themselves. I've never had an issue with one of those, in 13 years of buying used games from them (or whatever they were before Gamestop, I think it was Software Etc. when I first started hanging around there). I hesitate to buy new games there because of the fact that employees are (or were, back in the day) allowed to check out any game for a few days and then return it. Now, I could understand the logic of the policy (if employees have a chance to play the games, they can *sell* the games), but what bothered me about it was that the customer had no idea generally. I only knew because I dated someone who worked there. I figure with used games, meh, they're already open anyway.

Though when it comes to used hardware, you can't go buy a used Gamecube, a used Xbox, a used Gameboy Advance, etc., new at Best Buy anyway. Your only option for used hardware from previous generations is Gamestop, thrift stores, garage sales, eBay, or Craigslist pretty much. And if I had to choose one of those to deal with, I'd rather deal with Gamestop if something goes wrong with the hardware.
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For me, I haven't been to Best Buy in years for the same reason danawhitaker stated. Just about anything they sell, can usually be had for a cheaper price on Amazon. Plus, Gamestop is 5 minutes down the road and I pass it to and from work, where as BB is 20-25 minutes.

I don't really buy used, but I have never had a problem with the games anyway, new or used. For the rare time a friend has, they just return it for another one, which is then checked at the store, for free.
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Oc'D To Rhythm And Police
Tempe, AZ
reply to danawhitaker
The other thing that bothers me with gamestop is how they arbitrarily choose some wonky things regarding what they will or won't accept.

I personally never understood why they won't accept used strategy guides, when they're usually a lot more useful in that state than a game disc that's already got scratches on it (that they then try to blame on you).

Or how they didn't even give the Dreamcast 24 hours from Sega's announcement of leaving the hardware market before they stopped accepting any new trade-ins for the platform at all. Or more recently for me, when I went to trade in my Gamecube hardware as I was migrating to the Wii, that they gave me all sorts of crap of giving me $5 for a $40 Component cable for the GameCube, and then a week later were turning around to sell it for $30. Or how seemingly all gamestops pretty much stopped carrying any PSP accessories or systems within a week of me finding my first Go; I'd really like to know what they would have done if I couldn't have got it replaced for another unit then.

There's also serious discrepancies about the various store policies... how, as an example, while I know that it should be possible to get something shipped to a store closer to you if someone in the 'network' has it, not even a third of the stores around me will even offer to do it if they don't readily carry something.

It really makes me pine for a Bookman's on this side of the country.
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