06-23-2012, 11:05 PM
GTA San Andreas - 6.00
Uncharted 3 - 13.00
Resistance 3 - 7.00
Castlevania: LOS - 4.50
Mario Kart - 17.00
New Super Mario Bros - 14.00
Mario Kart - 14.00
And since the "I hate Gamestop" threads keep dropping off:
Well, I am officially done shopping at my regular Gamestop. Ever since the old manager left/got fired/whatever, that store has gone to absolute shit.
To start off this wonderful experience, I brought in a few games I picked up over the past week various sales, and to pick up a few games to flip to BB. Upon walking into the store, there are Xbox 360 cases strewn all over the floor. Off to a good start.
I go up to the counter to trade in the games and asked the guy, who could easily win the douche of the year award, to make sure that the games were at least $3 so I'll qualify for the 7/35 promo. He asked if I had a PUR card, and after telling him "yeah," he responds with "Good. I had to make someone get one earlier today." Clever.
He rings everything through and says that I qualify for the $30 bonus. What? I attempted to correct him about it being $35, and he just simply points to the dry erase board behind him that says "Trade 3 games get and extra $10, 5 ... $20, 7 ... $30 etc" He said that I probably get $35 after I factor in my 10% bonus. Instead of arguing with him, I decide to just let it go and wait until I can see the numbers for myself.
He gives me my total, which is only a few dollars short of my estimate (based on TIVs on Page 1), and I later confirmed that I did indeed get $35 bonus. But on to the fun part:
Finding the games I'm after... The two guys working were too busy clowning around with their friends that were in the store to even bother to help, so I was on my own. First stop, PS3 games! Well, looking at the rest of the store, I should have been prepared. Apparently, the employees have taken the liberty of converting the simple system of alphabetizing into some abstract cryptography, where Uncharted comes right next to Homefront, and then is joined on the other side by it's neighbor Call of Duty, with no real rhyme or reason to the placement of games. I quickly gave up and moved on to the Wii games.
What a miscalculation this was... Same mess, different alphabet with the added bonus of a "14.99 and under" bin that contained a little but of everything. Once again, I didn't find anything I was after and gave up the search. Last stop, DS games!
Amazingly, I found 4 of the 5 games I was looking for, most likely due to the slight organization to this portion of the trainwreck. The only thing that concerned me was that one of the "new" games had a generic case, but I figured it may have been a placeholder for a sealed copy. But my newfound enthusiasm will have it's life cut short..
I take my few treasures up to the counter, and ask the kid about the few wii and PS3 games I couldn't find. He goes to the computer and finds that they have them. He leisurely makes his way to the drawers to look for them, along with the other games I had cases for. He finds with Wii and PS3 games, but says he has no cases. Fine, whatever.
He then spends another 5 minutes looking for my other games before getting the idea to check the computer. Two of the games they didn't have, one he said he may have, but the kicker is the "New" game. He brings the cartridge over and proceeds to stick it in the generic case that had a "New" label on it. I questioned him and he said "It's our last copy, and there is no case for it." What? So now Gamestop doesn't even hold on to the gutted cases for their "New" games??
I told him to just forget it, and put the credit on my card. I promptly left, with no intention of returning to that store. It's a shame that in the span of less than two months, a store can go from being one of the best in the region, to being worse than even the most ghetto of Gamestops.
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