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POLL: Do you think Gamestop's opened/unsealed games are USED or BRAND NEW?

#31theshovellerPosted 1/4/2013 7:40:08 AM
They're new. I'm assuming you mean the ones that are new that they keep the crap behind the counter, right? Because surely, if you're talking the actual used games, as in "this game was pre-owned by a previous person, who played this game and may or may not have taken the manual with them into Der Crappier," then there would be no question about this.

Then again, I figured there would be no question about the former, either. I really think they should drop "used" from their terminology and just go back to "pre-owned." Pre-owned implies "someone else owned this before," while Used implies "this was used at some point." There's a very fine line between the two of them, but they are slightly different.
#32work_a_holicPosted 1/4/2013 7:46:05 AM
I went to gamestop a long time ago to buy the GOTY edition of Uncharted 2, and they had "new" copies on the shelf, but the game case was cracked and missing small pieces of the sides. I thought surely they wouldn't try to put the new disc in that busted case. Well, they tried to and I said "NOT UP IN HERE!"

If I'm buying new, every damn thing about it better be new.
#33killakPosted 1/4/2013 7:51:26 AM
From: SmoshCuch | #030
If you go to GS with a sealed game with no receipt, they won't accept a trade-in of a new game. If you open the wrap in front of them, they will accept the game, but will give you the used price only.

So according to GS' practices, unwrapped = used when buying from you, but unwrapped = new when selling to you. That's some BS.


The policy is:

From a distributor, it's new. From a customer, it's pre owned.

What's so hard to understand about this?
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#34killakPosted 1/4/2013 7:56:07 AM
Better yet, buy a new car. Wait for it to be delivered to car lot, don't hop in. Don't start it up, and tell the guy you don't want it anymore.

Without you getting in that vehicle, and the fact that it was yours and you're not a dealer...... you're getting the second hand value for it.

Why you guys need to rag on and on about GameStops policies like they differ from any other company in the world that deals in second hand wares... is just plain stupid.
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#35theshovellerPosted 1/4/2013 7:56:51 AM
killak posted...
From: SmoshCuch | #030
If you go to GS with a sealed game with no receipt, they won't accept a trade-in of a new game. If you open the wrap in front of them, they will accept the game, but will give you the used price only.

So according to GS' practices, unwrapped = used when buying from you, but unwrapped = new when selling to you. That's some BS.


The policy is:

From a distributor, it's new. From a customer, it's pre owned.

What's so hard to understand about this?


Didn't you know half of all people on GameFAQs are video game distributors?!?!?

Nah, but seriously, when I worked at Circuit City, I had this friend who constantly tried to screw over the system by buying new games where they were dirt-cheap, then taking them in to Wal-Mart to return "without a receipt," back when they didn't require one to do an exchange. The hilarious bit? He thought it would be bad if people tried to do it where we worked, but he had no qualms doing it to someone else.
#36killakPosted 1/4/2013 7:59:46 AM
We had a guy at EB, stupidly use his staff discount to buy mutliples of the same game, to exploit a competing store, and he'd then use those games and their higher trade value at EB.

Since we're not allowed to profiteer with our discount, or at all when it comes to messing with the stock... he was fired on the spot since the district manager was in the store at the time.

had he shut his mouth about his discount, he would've been fine
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#37SinfullyvannilaPosted 1/4/2013 8:28:01 AM(edited)
I actually prefer them selling opened games. Once I bought a game at Target, and all that was in the case was a CD-R and some newspaper.

The game was sealed, so it was obviously an issue with the factory.
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#38killakPosted 1/4/2013 8:38:32 AM
From: Sinfullyvannila | #037
I actually prefer them selling opened games. Once I bought a game at Target, and all that was in the case was a CD-R and some newspaper.

The game was sealed, so it was obviously an issue with the factory.


Sometimes there are indeed benefits. I can tell you that I gutted quite a few games, that were not what they should've been. Missing codes, slashed inserts, missing discs, wrong games etc etc.
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#39gucciburrrPosted 1/4/2013 8:39:28 AM
killak posted...
From: SmoshCuch | #030
If you go to GS with a sealed game with no receipt, they won't accept a trade-in of a new game. If you open the wrap in front of them, they will accept the game, but will give you the used price only.

So according to GS' practices, unwrapped = used when buying from you, but unwrapped = new when selling to you. That's some BS.


The policy is:

From a distributor, it's new. From a customer, it's pre owned.

What's so hard to understand about this?


I doubt anyone has a problem comprehending the policy. The problem is that with such policy in place, Gamestop should have enough integrity to not blatantly engage in shady ass tactics. A brand new game shouldn't be viewed as used simply because some of the wrapping is off. Especially when a number of the store's "new" products have been passed around and used like a whore. About three years ago, my ol lady bought me a game for christmas. While unwrapping the game, I accidentally tore some of the shrink wrap. Problem was, I already had this game. Tried to take it back to Gamestop, with receipt, and was told it was now somehow used despite the fact that well over half the case was still wrapped. Went to Walmart, calmly explained my situation to a manager and got a full refund. A full refund from a place I didn't even buy the damn game from.

What makes this situation down right hilarious is my experience trying to purchase a new copy of Black Ops. Instead of the brand new sealed copy that damn near every other retailer provides, Gamestop wanted $59.99 for an unsealed case as well as a scratched disc. Obvious signs of a damn used game. Bottom line, Gamestop is a damn dump filled with overpriced products and shady ass personnel. Why the hell would any store allow the employees to take home, use and abuse the products? If an employee does take home a product, wouldn't it be logical to at least wipe the nacho cheese powder off the disc before you attempt to hustle your clientele? The wack ass pre-order "bonuses" they offer are not nearly enough to choose this dump over the much superior Amazon.
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#40theshovellerPosted 1/4/2013 8:40:59 AM
Sinfullyvannila posted...
I actually prefer them selling opened games. Once I bought a game at Target, and all that was in the case was a CD-R and some newspaper.

The game was sealed, so it was obviously an issue with the factory.


Depending on the kind of shrinkwrap used for the game, it could very well be someone re-shrinkwrapped a game after gutting it with a home shrinkwrapper. Games from the publisher usually have that shrinkwrap where the two "ends" fold over on each other on either the spine or the opening edge, whereas "home shrinkwrappers" typically have that look where it was placed into a "bag" and then the edges were melted shut around it, and the corners stick out a bit from the case.

Trust me, I had to re-shrinkwrap a lot of stuff at my old job working in the game section. You cannot believe how many people would take the wrapping off a cheap non-security boxed game just to look at the manuals and crap. I'd make sure everything was there and intact before rewrapping them, but yeah - it sucked.