GBAtemp Exclusive Decades of Games Later, Stickers Still Suck

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  1. Nerdtendo

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    For whatever reason, I can't from mobile. Either that or I'm stupid (a very likely possibility)
     
  2. The Real Jdbye

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    It was never really much of an issue for me personally, because at the time games were still in cardboard boxes I never bothered to keep the boxes around (had I known how rare CIB games from that era would become I would have kept them all)

    Brand new games are almost always sealed here, so the sticker comes off with the plastic wrapper, but even if they weren't, a sticker on a plastic box isn't such of a big deal since you know it isn't going to tear a hole in the artwork when you take it off, and you can use whatever methods needed to get the sticker and residue off as long as it's not something that will dissolve the plastic.

    I can see why it would suck for retro game collectors though. I might be more of a collector myself if I had the money for it.
    Having watched LGR's video on the topic as well as another one, it seems like it can get really bad with retro games. Especially when the games have been resold many times in retail stores, and as a result have multiple stickers on them.

    Anyway, well written article, I enjoyed reading it.
     
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  3. Foxi4

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    Good article. I'm torn here because it's kind of my job to put stickers on electronics and video games - I have to, once they're tagged they need to be resealed. My general rule is to take all stickers and seals off the moment I buy something - when the adhesive is fresh it comes off easily.
     
  4. Dr. Dew

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    I have a Ninja Gaiden game on Xbox that some asshole from the store where I bought it placed
    the price sticker underneath the plastic of the case on the actual paper game cover... Whoever did
    that is a true monster!
     
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    The item was already checked by staff, that's why it was opened and sealed. If you have such concerns, ask for the item to be opened at the till point, it can be resealed prior to the sale and you'll know it's complete there and then.
     
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  6. jumpman17

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    I had a lot of Gamestop games I was cleaning up for a friend about a year ago and they all had that annoying yellow sticker on the spine. I then realized that it wasn't actually on the outside of the spine. They were actually just stuck under the plastic cover and were still on the sticker paper so they slid right out. It looks like almost all of them in the picture in OP's post are that way. The white above and below the yellow spine sticker is the white backing you peel the sticker off of.

    As for stickers on the front of cases and Blu-Ray boxes, I use a razor scraper to remove as much as I can being careful not to dig the corners of the blade into the box, and then I use WD-40 to remove the rest of the leftover goo. Works great.
     
  7. MarkDarkness

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    Congrats on this unique piece, @chavosaur. I, for one, would very much like to see more of this kind of exclusive content on GBATemp.
     
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  8. Seliph

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    Stickers on cardboard SNES game boxes should be a sin.
     
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  9. Sliter

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    I know this feel, kinda
    for stuff like this the better way is to get a knife and cut where it hold the tabs, it let the sticker there but do damage for our the precious boxes
    But here n Brazil we have something...
    LIKE THIS
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    The good part is that it's outside an protective pack of plastic, so the main box are safe
    This is an example of only imported games, some had " localized" that gave us a nice "sleeve" (just like japanese gamecube games) with a translation of the box and where like the game box, packed, with the sleeve outside, packed again and outside the store/shipping/stuff crazy stickers!

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    And sometimes translated manuals
     
  10. placebooooo

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    Cex is horrible. Their service is disgusting. More importantly, their prices and offers are utterly horrendous. I'd rather go to gamestop.
     
  11. leerz

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    You can request for a new stock without the stickers - usually from their in-store warehouse ;)
    the ones with prices are usually those on display -- but please correct me if i'm wrong -
     
  12. The Real Jdbye

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    Isn't WD-40 greasy? Seems like that would leave a stain.
    LGR uses Goo-Gone since it's fairly effective without being harmful to the ink or box. I'd probably use something similar to that.
     
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    Gosh, I hate stickers with a passion.
    The amount of covers, and carts I damaged by removing the stupid stickers is quite disgusting. And I swear I did my best to not damage anything.
     
  14. The Frenchman

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    Being the manager of an indie game store, I remove A LOT of stickers...

    Rubbing alcohol
    Lighter fuel
    Heat gun
    toilet paper
    time

    the worst are early 90's/80's stuff, the paper has fused with the glue under and to destroy these without harming the precious games under is almost an art!

    Next week we'll cover proper ways to roll up cables... OMG do I get worked up over sloppy roll techniques!!
     
  15. DarthDub

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    Only had this issue with used/pre-owned games. GameStop cough.
     
  16. jumpman17

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    I spray some WD-40 right on the sticky part of the box and let it sit for about 15 seconds and use a paper towel to wipe it off. Most of the sticky residue is gone after a couple wipes, then the last couple spots require a little more elbow grease. When it's all gone, there is a bit of a greasy layer left over, but a quick wipe with a damp paper towel removes that and leaves a nice un-stickered final product. The only problem I've had with the hundreds I've removed is a couple times I'll get a little over zealous with the razor scraper leaving a small scratch and the WD-40 finds that scratch and soaks into it and leaves a slightly discolored section along the scratch.
     
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    I understand your pain, but let's look at it the way the shop owner sees it as:


    You have 100 different games, that are in 6 different price ranges to be placed in one small shelf. What are you going to do?
    Sort them by the price and put a sticker below that part of the shelf? There are thousands of shoppers everyday that re-arrange the items for who knows what reason. People will be pissed.

    Wrap all the products so you can put whatever sticker you want in? That's going to be expensive and time consuming.
     
  18. loler55

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    Oh i hate stickers it makes only damage on my stuff
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    Sry These Pictures are to big
     
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  19. WhiteMaze

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    Probably not the best thread to announce that I am a sticker designer.
     
  20. Axido

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    You cut the box somewhere else and open it without even touching the seal. :tpi:

    It just says they won't refund you if you break the seal. There's no mention of any other part, though.

    Didn't have to deal with stickers for a very long time. My purchases from Amazon never had those until now.

    And when I really wanna buy at a retailer, I'd not resort to stores that handle my games as consumables rather than collectibles. Our equivalents to Walmart and Target even remove the plastic wrap (which I'm fine with being plastered with stickers) and take out the cartridges or discs, so you can get them at the service desk after checkout. Once I got an empty box of Mario Kart 64 for Christmas, because my granny wasn't aware of that. Good thing that they accepted a refund... But didn't have the cartridge anymore, so I got Mario Party instead. You know what that game does to your hands? :(