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The Perils of GameStop Math


I have had my issues with GameStop in the past but my Black Friday experience takes the cake. I went there to pick up three games: Heavy Rain, Assassin’s Creed II, and Battlefield Bad Company 2. They were on sale for $15, $10, and $10 respectively, all new. It turns out that they were also having a Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale on used games. The place was barren when I walked in and the three associates jumped to help me. I told them the games that I wanted and they suggested that I’d probably get a better deal with the used games. I agreed and they rang them all up and told me the total of $54. Wait. What?

So I could buy these three games brand new for $35 but it costs $20 more if I buy them used? I tell that to the guy and he says “Well, you get one free.” Yes, that’s correct, but if I have to pay an extra 20 bucks to get one free it’s not much of a deal, is it? The cashier and one of the other associates were both holding to their story that I’d get one free and that would be the better deal. Sure, it would be a better deal for them because the markup on used games is ridiculous but it wouldn’t be much of a benefit for me. I left with my three new games while shaking my head.

Poor Poor Awkward GameStop Guy


I read this article the other day about an EB Games experience. (On a side note, I’m really digging I used to read the magazine back in 4th grade, but haven’t looked at it since then. The site is pretty cool though.) I thought the post was funny, but I don’t have much experience with EB Games / GameStop. I used to stop in there every so often when they had used DVDs for cheap, but they’ve done away with those so my visits have become rather rare. I had a GameStop gift card though and I needed a classic controller for my Wii, so I figured I’d pick it up there. My first stop found that this particular location was sold out of the controllers, but fortunately we were going to the mall where they had them in stock.

That’s when I met this weird cashier. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a purchase at a GameStop, but their staff hasn’t changed in the slightest. They’re still incredibly awkward and socially inept, trying desperately to make conversation with anyone and everyone about video games all the while trying to convince people to buy game guides and warranties for video games. I actually feel sorry for them a little bit. (more…)

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