Originally Posted by StarKnightX
Saw this all posted yesterday. Now since I'm an idiot and not as familiar/experienced with flipping as others here , I have to ask the dumb question , what exactly is the "perfect storm"? Or more to the point what makes the perfect storm good , or how does one take advantage of it?
If everything plays out ideally like everyone is hoping , I'd like to be able to get in on this , especially since I wasn't able to get in on the excellent HWV flipping that happened a few months back.
It was very simply the B1G1 sale running concurrently with GS having $10 extra for 2 next-gen trade-ins. Thus we were able to move massive amounts of cheap 360 games (since all the PS3 and Wii stuff was $16.99 or higher at the time) no one else wanted (Spiderman 3, etc) from Blockbuster to GS for a substantial boost in credit. In the past (and currently) we were happy to break even or just gain a little. On that sale you were able to double your credit from BB -> GS easily. And of course, as now, there were plenty of ways to get credit back to BB from GS to keep the cycle going.
What we don't know about this time is what, if any, promo GS will have after the current one ends (on Dec 25th). There are only two days of overlap with the upcoming B1G1 and the current GS 30% trade-in promo (Dec 23/24)... And given that that will be the first day or two of the sale and things might be YMMV at BBV it might be difficult. But even without any sort of trade-in promo at GS there are some good things to use. It just wouldn't be a "perfect storm"...
Given all that, I am going to start expanding the list in the OP of "good" cheap games at Blockbuster to include pretty much anything that is $14.99 or less that is easy to find. So if there are any games you see at multiple stores post them here and I'll add them to that list. Then that can be the starting point for what to get when B1G1 starts up.
In other news, I was able to purchase a Vanilla Visa gift card with no problem today using my store account credit - even with 3 other employees there teaching a newbie how to do trade-ins