Viper82-Actually there have been times when Gamestop has given me MORE value for a game then I would've got for it elsewhere, for example I bought Gangs Of London on Amazon for only about 1 dollar(not including shipping), when I traded it in at the store, I got 8 dollars in store credit. For me the trade-in values I get from them are almost always as good if not better then other places. [/quote]
I remember there was a handful of PS2 titles I wanted to trade in around the time PS3 came out. They were sell for $30-40 used and I was offered a measly $5 each for them. The local flea market guy gave me over double that. I once saw a kid trade a Gamecube, 30+ games for a PSP and his parents still had to drop $50+. Insane!
[quote]I'm not too upset about Gamestop taking over, I enjoy going there so I can live with it.
Generally the stores near me usually aren't too crowded unless it's on a new release day, I was surpised that I was the only customer in the store when picking up Watch Dogs on release date.
Well, on the other side of the city there are 3 rather than just 1 GS/EBgames where I live and they are FAR better. They still annoy me with the constant hounding about used games, subscriptions, etc but the stores are far cleaner and quieter and the staff friendlier than the old independent stores around here. I once went to small town that not only had 2(!) EB Games but also an independent store. I walked out of the filthy, run down indie store because the clerks were too busy playing D&D and went to EB, where I received excellent service. The indie store was not only overpriced but reeked of sweat and the carpets were disgusting and the EB games store was spotless and well organized. I do like geeky employees but at least at EB they treat like a paying customer.
I'm not a huge fan of EB/GS but to be honest much of that has to do with how they aggressively push used games and sell opened games as new. Just wish the local one did not constantly look like a tornado hit it. For a large chain, they seem to vary wildly from location to location. If they sold mostly new games and didn't gut them I probably would go there far more often.