Gamestop Review

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Aug 28, 2011

Gamestop Review by techforumz at 10:45 PM (3,465 Views / 0 Likes) 45 replies

  1. techforumz
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    Ok, I know it's been awhile since I've posted here, but I feel that it's (somewhat) relevant to report my experience with ordering games from them both in-store and online.
    Consoles I've purchased (in-store):
    Sony PS2 Phat (Works good, came with aftermarket wireless controller, UBER short power cable, trouble reading a few games and especially DVDs.)
    Sony PS2 Slim (DOA, turns on, but the discs rub on the lens [it protrudes too far], making it impossible to play anything whatsoever [it can't spin], possibly ruining the discs, came with OEM wired controller)
    I won't mention the games I bought in store since they're WYSIWYG.
    Number of Games I've ordered online: 7
    Number that work: 5
    Number that have original artwork: 2
    Number that have a manual: 1
    I have to say that those odds are HORRENDOUS!!!
    1/2 consoles were DOA, the other failing slowly...
    2/7 games non-functional
    5/7 missing the original case (came with the stupid gamestop one)
    6/7 missing the manual!!!
    The only saving grace: good deals on used PS2 games, if you're ok with discs only.
    My suggestion to gamestop: report the condition of the games before selling. Maybe lower / raise the price on games in bad / good condition.
    My suggestion to gamers: if you really want a good condition game look elsewhere.
    The only game that came with manual was Killzone
    The only other game that came with cover art was Xenosaga Episode II.
    I ordered TWO copies of Xenosaga Episode I, both were disc only, one didn't even work. Finally ordered off of ebay.
     


  2. AceWarhead

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    Gamestop sucks. They sell overpriced shit. Once saw Disgaea on PS2 for 29.99 USED.
    Also, the game conditions are terrible. And they are STILL overpriced...
     
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  3. emmanu888

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    and sometimes they have good price at least ebgames i got virtua fighter 4 for 99 cents. just the disc already had the box and i bought it since the that i had was scratched to the point that the music in game had to play so that the stage would load
     
  4. Byronic Hero

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    People still use Gamestop?!

    I stopped going after I bought a "New" copy of Portal 2 that was already open when I got it (apparently to get out the Steam voucher) and when I tried to return it, cause it didn't work, they tole me they couldn't take it cause I opened it.

    The hell?
     
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    well i don't use it as much since i go to microplay now
     
  6. Hells Malice

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    My EBgames (gamestop) is fantastic, I always go there. The older games I find there cost the same if I count online price+ minimal shipping.

    I've even gone to bought a game used, and they will go into the back to see if they have it sealed...and give me the SEALED copy for used price. That blew me away, and I am talking pristine condition, manual and perfect condition case. They don't do that for everyone mind you, just frequent customers they don't wanna lose.

    I've never had them screw up a pre-order, or had them opened. You have a REALLY bad gamestop if you don't get pristine pre-orders.

    Also buying refurbs is always sketchy, which is why for ANY reason at all, you can bring in a refurb and get another until you're satisfied, due to the nature of refurbs they have no way of knowing how good they work. Within 2 weeks or a month or something, of course. But I mean, if you buy it you're gonna know within hours if you want that refurb or not.
     
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    I stopped bothering with Gamestop after I saw them charging $5 more for new games than anyplace else, and then charge what other stores charge for a new game when selling you a used copy....sans a box or instructions. Meanwhile, they give you pennies on the dollar for trade-ins and don't punish people who attempt to trade in games without said box and instructions. In fact, many times the box and instructions WERE provided with the trade-in, but they throw those out and only keep the game to re-sell. Yeah, they toss the box and instructions on many occasions. The box I wouldn't worry about so much, especially if it was like a cheesy cardboard box like GBA games had, but the instructions? LAME!

    I also find it pathetic that a store who's sole job is to sell games doesn't strive to have EVERY game currently available to the market, even if you had to order it and wait for it. If Gamestop doesn't consider a game popular enough, they won't even carry it, nor will they order it for you.

    You know there is something evil and wrong with a company that buy's out other gaming stores that had better policies and deals for the consumer, just to further their rip-off methodology. How is it that game stores that had MUCH better deals for gamers, and were packed with customers all the time who praised that store's benefits fail and Gamestop continues to exist?

    Anymore, Gamestop is an absolute LAST RESORT type of place for me. 9 times out of 10 I can find what I'm looking for somewhere else cheaper than Gamestop, when it comes to new product. As for used product, I don't find a lack of box or instructions (and a scratched up disk) any kind of deal when the NEW version is only $5 more.....and I can go anywhere else and pay the $5 less for a new copy. Granted, that $5 offset isn't a constant between new and used games there and sometimes a used version IS a lot cheaper, but that $5 scam does happen more frequently than you might think at Gamestop. Was saving a couple bucks really worth losing the box and instructions over? Did you feel you really got a deal buying that scratched up disk?

    Did you know that Gamsetop let's their employees take home NEW games to try out, then re-seals them and sells them as new? THAT is why many times you buy something new at Gamestop and stuff is missing out of the box or the disk is scratched, not to mention other issues that may arise when trying to run a heavily DRM'd games that someone already ran once before.

    It is a shame that there are so many people in the video gaming community who are sheep waiting to be fleeced without even realizing it. It's a shame that so many gamers think they have little other recourse than to use Gamestop as their source of games. It's a shame that gamers are often too impulsive to be concerned about how they are being scammed by Gamestop. It's shameful that Gamestop capitalizes on consumer's lack of knowledge, gullibility and impulsiveness when it comes to game purchases.

    Shame on Gamestop and shame on the people who have been fooled into thinking Gamestop is worthy of your patronage and continue to go there first before exploring all other options.
     
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    Lol Rayder, it sounds like american gamestops are total shit.

    I've personally never had a problem with them. Their prices are the same as anywhere else, no problems with new games, bunch of other crap. The only typical thing they suck at is trade-in values. Those are terrible. Though simple solution, don't trade in games.
    My EBgames also gets at least a select amount of any game worth buying. It's only a small store though, so they can't bring in a ton. They don't bring in shit games like Imagine or crap like that, but it got plenty of copies of stuff like Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Symphonia 2, Nier, and other not-very-popular titles.
    That's probably because the guy who runs our EBgames is awesome.

    EDIT: and talking to Canadian friends and such, they never seem to have problems either. Might be a coincidence though, I guess.
     
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    hell they even got a game that my friends wanted it was digimon world 2 and that was before they decided to destroy all ps1 and dreamcast game
     
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    I'm Canadian and I've never had any problems like the ones mentioned here...
     
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    That's it, I'm moving to Canada.
     
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    I bet it's just America lol. Never ever bought a game from GameStop when i was in America. I bought Oblivion from a eletronic store that doesnt sell used games. Ive been on a vacation through half the Europe and have never ever seen a customer or me getting a game that is not working or missing manuals/cover. And if the CD didn't work i was free to change it out and get a new one. Heck i was even allowed to ask them to show all of their CDs for that game so i could pick the one that looks the cleanest one of them all. In Norway they are so nice that i even lied that a WoW gamecard didn't work and i got a competely new one unopened. Of course i saved the code on my phone so i actually got 120 days for the price of 1.
     
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    After working at a Gamestop for a few weeks during the holidays, i realized how bad they were. (Notice i said a few weeks, since i got fired since i refused to push pre-orders down peoples throats).

    Either way, theres only 3 times i'll buy a game at Gamestop.

    1. Its used, and comes with the case/manual, mostly during Buy 2 Get 1 sales.

    2. Its a niche game, something that only Gamestop sells, or they are the only in-store retailer to sell a special version. (Like lots of NISA games like Atelier Rorona, and Disgaea 4)

    3. Whenever i have a ton of store credit from flipping games

    Other than that, 9 times out of 10 i'll be over at Best Buy price matching
     
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    Ok. I really have to clear the air here. I come here expecting a few negative remarks, but not outright LIES. I have to respond to this. I work at a Gamestop (Well, EB Games, but they are now the same thing), so I know exactly what goes on, and what we do, so I feel obligated to clear up these lies. I love my job, and the people I work with, and these statement just put EVERY employee of the company in a bad light. Note that I live in Canada, but I'd assume that crossing a border doesn't change company policy and the like.

    My Gamestop has been worthy of my patronage since I was in the 8th Grade. I have, and always will, go there as my first source of games, just like dozens of my friends. You seem to be easily swayed by internet rumors a hearsay. To me, it doesn't even seem like you've BEEN in a Gamestop, or at least visited very few times. You can say what you will, but at least try to be truthful. Half of what you are saying is lies to make a company look bad when it isn't.
     
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    This was true, for me atleast (When i worked there last year, around this time). As long as they had more than 1 un-preordered copy for sale, you could check out any game for about 2-3 days. (And i did it quite a few times, like with Spiderman Shattered Dimensions, Enslaved, Medal of Honor, and a few others, all of which they literally would just hand you a new copy which you opened whenever you got home).

    Though, before i left there they DID change the rule to that you couldnt check a game out until like a week after release. But before that, it was pretty much like a Blockbuster or something lol, i didnt buy so many games since i got to play them for free on launch day.
     
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    Well, then policies are different in Canada. A lot different. We can't ever "check a game out". We aren't even allowed to play USED games (like DS games) on our breaks.
     
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    I'm in Canada, and the EB games here is awesome. Though they don't have much older/retro type games which sucks, but the staff are friendly, and they give deals and help all the time.
     
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    If you knew me at all, you would know that lying is NOT my modus operandi. I don't appreciate being called a liar and I highly doubt GBAtemp would ever promote liars to staff positions.

    I've worked at Gamestop, I KNOW how they operate. Or at least how they operated a few years back. My statements are true from my personal experience as a previous employee there. I will admit that it MAY be somewhat outdated as it was like 4 or 5 years ago. But they absolutely DID do the things I said in my previous reply at the one I worked at. That particular Gamestop is still in operation today, though I haven't stepped foot in it in over 2 years. Maybe they have changed some of their policies since then, but I highly doubt it. At least it doesn't seem so by the Gamestop I do go into occasionally at the local mall and complaints I've read online.

    Maybe where you are at, Gamestop is a little more reputable (or maybe you've just been fleeced by them so long or are too big of a GS flag-waver to realize it), but in Cleveland and Parma, Ohio, they scam as hard as they can get away with. Probably comes down to area competition and management, though from what I can see, their "competitive pricing" is backwards. What I saw going on when I worked there is why I quit in the first place and why I won't patronize their stores in anything other than a last resort.

    A store that specializes in video games should be able to order ANY game that is currently on the market. OK, so they don't carry it physically IN the store, but they SHOULD be able to order for you. Why don't they? They ARE a video game specialty store after all, aren't they?

    There was a time when I actually bought my DS games and I would always shop around for the best price. Any highly anticipated DS game was almost always $5 more at Gamestop than they were at BestBuy, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. and they almost always would try to sell any used copies of those game at the price other stores were charging for them new, or just $5 less than what they sold it for new. Sure, maybe months later they would drop the used price, but not until they fleeced as many people as possible first. The most recent example I can remember is the Sonic Classic Collection.....GS wanted $29.99 for it new when EVERY other store had it for $19.99. Oh, but GS sold used copies for $19.99. Look online RIGHT NOW. They sell both the new AND used version for $19.99. How is that not a scam? Don't even tell me I'm lying, I SAW it with my own eyes and I bought that collection at $19.99 at Target when GS had it at $29.99.

    A more common example was the DS Final Fantasy games. Just about every one of those was $5 MORE at Gamestop than anywhere else when they first released. And their used copies were priced at what other stores sold them for new. Don't tell me it didn't happen, I SAW it!

    And don't give me that "discount card" baloney. That card is essentially useless unless you PAY for the more useful version of it, effectively negating most of what of the meager amounts you might save by having it. Why don't they try being fair in the first place instead of tracking your every purchase with a so-called discount card? Hmm? It just amazes me when people don't see scams for what they are. They blindly get led to the fleecing, and are HAPPY to have it done to them.

    I'll bet you that if I went looking around and compared prices at retail stores and Gamestop right now, I could find CURRENT examples of that same kind of crap. Ever since Gamestop has existed in my area I have seen that kind of scam being run. Don't even tell they don't do it. I may have only one eye to see with, but I'm not blind.

    The fact of the matter is, you can look around the net for many horror stories about Gamestop. Don't tell me the thousands of complaints found online are all lies.
     
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    I can confirm, at least in my hometown, that the Gamestop employees here get to take new games home at launch. I always go in and ask how the new games are. The guys working there will break the games down for me in detail (which is cool). They also tell me that they get to play the games from the time they arrive at the store until their street date (which is not cool).
     

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