The used games I looked at were not particularly cheap (not at all actually) and many didn't have their original insert - just white printed papers. I thought that was pretty lame. I guess the people who frequent these places are those who regularly sell their games back to pick up the latest hit.
When I think about how fun it used to be to peruse game stores like Electronics Boutique, this was a pretty sobering experience. I'm happy a used game market can still exist, but these places are just no fun. What do you think?
I walk into a gamestop once or twice a year because I am at a mall once or twice a year, and five minutes later I walk out, because, like you say, no interest, no deals, everything looks cheap but is marked expensive, why give them business?
It seems to vary from store to store, both of my local Gamestops are always well-organized, there's never any confusion as to which games are new and used, and there's always plenty of special controllers, books, displays, collectibles and whatnot availible.
I've got some pretty good deals on used games thanks to my Powerup Rewards card. As fondly as I remember stores like Funcoland, Babbages and Electronics Boutique, I think Gamestop is just as good if not better.
I think Gamestop is plenty of fun, as the employees are always very accomodating and make me feel welcome.
Used games not having inserts is not unique to Gamestop, many used games i've bought elsewhere(Amazon, Ebay, Half.com etc) haven't had inserts either(likely due to previous owners losing them or throwing them out)
I am one of those people who often trades in older games for the latest new releases as it saves me quite a bit of money, I can't even remember the last time i've paid full price for a new game.
Steer-I give them business because they've never given a reason not to.
If you're willing to overcome the awkwardness of being a choosy customer you can find great products and great deals at GameStop. First off I don't even hand my money to the sales associate until I've inspected the disc. If it has scratches or cracks I politely say no thanks. It happens a lot, but that's part of the territory. I rarely buy a game without manuals or original cases, but I did recently pick up a couple of ps2 games that were 75% off that were only in sleeves.
I hate that they remove ds games from the cases and throw the cases out. They then spend their own money on putting the games in ugly clear plastic. Totally stupid from every perspective I can imagine; so gamestop certainly is not a perfect business. Still I enjoy retail shopping over eBay or Amazon so I'm willing to take the good with the bad. Although in the future I'll probably buying more online.
I prefer locally owned shops as they don't have that uncaring corporate feel to them. Still I find that GameStop gets some of my dollars and I'm happy they're in my community's. Don't forget you can return a used game within 7 or 10 days for a full refund.
Here is last year's most popular game, GTA V, still selling at gamestop for $54.99 used and they don't even guarantee it comes with its original case and manual.
On the other hand, amazon is currently selling grand theft auto V new for 41.99. Used copies are going for even cheaper than that.
Why pay $13 more to get a game used instead of new? You'd have to be insane to do that. This isn't an outlier, this is how it usually is with GameStop. There is no reason to shop there. Right now, it feels like GameStop caters to people who can't buy online (Too young for a credit card or don't have one for some reason). They have no other choices, so GameStop doesn't feel they need to lower the price or make the stores better. Their customer base has no where else to go.
I'm actually quite fond of my local Gamestop. I live in Kentucky and my Gamestop prices here are quite reasonable. As a matter of fact, I purchased Dishonored for the Xbox 360 today to add to my collection. It only set me back $10.60 something plus tax since I am a Pro rewards member. In addition to the rewards points I get for being a pro member to get cool stuff, I do enjoy the 12 month subscription of GameInformer magazine. I've always found my local Gamestop employees to be very helpful and friendly. The shelves are always organized and it's easy to find what I'm looking for. I've even become good acquaintences with some of the employees through our common interest in gaming and that always helps. Sorry, Critic if your Gamestop experience was bad. But believe me when I say...there are some Gamestop stores that are actually run right.