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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