REBLOG IF YOU SUPPORT...
Shopping at Game Stop:
- If you understand they HAVE to ask if you have or want a power up rewards card. (I had to do a similar thing when I worked at a Children’s clothes store.)
- If the workers at your local store are nice and understanding and willing to help you in anyway.
- If you understand that they can’t give you the same amount of money for a game as what they will sell it back at. (ie: Selling a game for for $20 and they give you $5. Duh they can’t give you $15 or $20, they won’t make any profit on it and used games are where they make most of their profit, if you are willing to wait sell it on Ebay or Amazon. If not, take the bad with the good.)
- If you know you can get the most for you games if you look for sell back deals. (i once sold my PSP and a few games for $120 the same amount I could have gotten if I sold it on Ebay)
- Your power-up reward really did end up paying for itself through the year. Whether it was buying games or selling them back.
I’m always hearing people go on about how terrible Game Stop is, how rude employees are and how they “rip” you off, so I though I’d go and post something positive. Seriously, I’ve never really been “ripped off” I look for deals before I sell anything back.
The stores near me also have really nice employees too. Always helpful, doing what they can. Most of the time they even recognize us whenever we go into the store. Even if we haven’t been there in weeks or months.
Used Games / Piracy
An idea for a rant! Yay!
A lot of discussion in the games industry is about Game Piracy. Awesome. Well, used games come up to. Players like used games because their cheaper, and really, 59.99 is a lot of money. At the same time, the developer never sees that money on used games, so it’s really unfair to them. I mean, sure you should be able to get cheaper games; that’s understood. But, why shouldn’t they receive a cut? Personally, a lot of people point their fingers at the price tags, but i want to point my finger at the sellers. Why aren’t they maybe splitting that cost to the publisher/developer? It only seems fair. Now, the players are facing having to pay an extra 10 when they get that game thanks to online passes and such. But I do wonder if we would have come to that if the sellers had tried to compensate publishers.
bff robbed, accepting used game donations ;;
For those of you who have not/cannot see my facebook note/status or twitter feed or my skype chat, this happened:
My very best friend was robbed by the guys who were doing flooring in their house. She noticed early this morning that many games and a couple of blu-rays were missing from some of her boxes. This is just the cherry on top of the crap sundae that these guys left them with, having done a terrible job putting the flooring in and after messing up the walls and some of the furniture in the house. She is going to contact the police as well as the employers of the men who worked in their house, but there is little hope that anything will really be pursued, let alone her things be returned.
If you have a copy of any of the following that you would like to donate to her or sell for cheap-as-free, please message me:
- Catherine (PS3)
- Zelda Twilight Princess (Wii)
- Mario Party9
- Animal Crossing
- Super Paper Mario (Wii)
- Hello Kitty Seasons (her mom’s game)
- Napoleon Dynamite (bluray)
- Onmyoji (bluray)
- Shin Megami Tensei Persona
- Disgaea Infinite
I’m not 100% sure on the consoles, but I’m pretty sure it’s all either Wii or PS3.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, either way!
PS—feel free to tag anyone else you think might be able to help.
i like how we magically decide games are so special that they’re the only product we aren’t allowed to resell or buy used.
even films, the most common other type of media games are compared to, can be bought and sold used over and over again. the film does not degrade. you aren’t locked out of parts of the film because you didn’t buy it retail. nobody tells you you aren’t allowed to watch it with friends because you bought it used.
the studio and filmmakers don’t make anything off you reselling and buying used. nobody is profiting but the person who is selling it used. but you can still sell and buy used films regardless.
but games, we constantly find excuses for why we just CANNOT SELL THESE USED. THE DEVS DON’T MAKE MONEY ON IT. THE PUBLISHERS DON’T MAKE MONEY ON IT.
fuck the devs. fuck the publisher. i bought it, i’m done with it, that guy over there doesn’t have 60 bucks for it and i’ll never play it again, so i’ll sell it to him for 20 bucks. that’s all there is to it. you have no right to impede that transaction just because you don’t get to profit on the same product twice.
Dear EA, fuck you.
I’m torn. I’m not sure who I should be more furious at, EA for constantly pulling dumb shit like this, or the hopeless mouth breathers that defend this practice. You see, the naive approach is to defend this practice as a means to stop used games, as if they are the work of the devil. Every month we hear a new story about X publisher and how they got screwed out of Y dollars by used games.
And anyone against the idea of online passes must be out to get the publishers. I’m sorry, I don’t care that Heavy Rain supposedly made 1 million dollars less because of used games sales. You are selling a product, not a service, and the owners of that product are allowed to do with it what they want. If that means selling it to a store so they can resell the title at a lower price to someone with less income, so be it. Online passes are a vain attempt to end used games entirely, basically bringing serial numbers to consoles.
I don’t know a single person that enjoys buying a game, bringing it home, then having to input a 20 digit code to use the fucking thing. Used games aren’t evil, the few companies exploiting them are. And we all know who they are. But what about Amazon, or eBay, which sell from person to person? You are getting fair prices on games, but now you have to pay the additional “EA is an asshole” tax. Used games allow you to pawn off bad decisions, like the poor suckers that bought in to Duke Nukem Forever. Online passes want to rob you of your consumer right to sell back garbage you don’t want to recoup some of the cost.
Between online passes and DRM idiocy, I’m so very glad the indie games scene is exploding, or I’d have to be seriously reconsidering my career choice.
I'm listening to the Rooster Teeth podcast and they're talking about used games.
Seriously, FUCK people who buy used games. Games are not that fucking expensive and if they are good games then they are worth £40. If they’re not good, don’t fucking buy them. And if you are so hung up on the cost, two months after the game comes out it’ll be half the price brand new, so just stop being such a fucking cheap ass and buy the game new and support the developer.
Jesus Christ, all the fuss about this pisses me off so much. Used games SHOULD go away. Anyone who buys used games is selfish, because they want the game but want to save a little money and not support the industry that they obviously enjoy.
Just shut the fuck up, buy games a couple of months after they come out when they are cheaper and let used games die. Jesus fucking Christ.