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#1 mgreig

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 01:55 AM

Given the huge number of Florida CAGs on this board now, it seems like a good time to start pooling our knowledge to make the most of our time (and gas!).

I'll get things started...I'll try to keep this updated as new info is posted. If you have any info on Florida stores that you'd like to share, please post it here!

Best Buy
Altamonte Springs (SR 436): still some $10 games as of 9/13; no Y's or Paper Mario [mgreig]
Gainesville (Archer Road): limited stock, bad customer service [Msia]
Lakeland: Layout is strange, but they tend to keep stock during sales. Individual checkout lanes. [kojubat]
Melbourne: unorganized staff [Msia]
Miami (Pembroke Pines): Generally has nothing in stock unless you are lucky and people there don't knw what they are doing. [s3v3n777]
Miami (Hialeah): This is a pretty decent store. One of the original BB in Miami and still has a great selection and relatively good customer service. [s3v3n777]
Miami (Bird Road): I'd say this is the best Best Buy that I know of. Their selection is the best, and the people there are always nice. Usually not that busy and in a pretty quiet little corner. [s3v3n777]
Ocoee: Decent store, decent staff. Some deals available when others sell out. [kojubat]
Orlando (East Colonial, near Semoran): Okay stock. Rarely make a special trip. [kojubat]
Orlando (Florida Mall): Busy store, sells out of sales quickly. Generally decent staff. [kojubat]
Orlando (Waterford Lakes): bad games' selection [2fast_2fuhrer]; just plain sucks [Legolas813]
Sanford (Seminole Town Center): lots of $10 games still left + some $5 games as of 9/17 [mgreig]

Circuit City
Lakeland: Decent selection, usually still carrying titles during the later part of clearance sales. [kojubat]
Miami (Pembroke Pines): This store is good but their video game dept. is a mess. [s3v3n777]
Miami (Hialeah): The games are a mess as well and they are in crappy metal racks that will topple over any second. [s3v3n777]
Orlando (Florida Mall): Decent selection, disinterested staff. [kojubat]
Orlando (West Colonial): Good selection, sale games are usually clearly marked and gathered during clearances. Helpful staff. [kojubat]
Orlando (Millenia Mall): Horrible game selection, hardly any shelf space. New store. [kojubat]

EB
Altamonte Springs (Altamonte Mall): nice store, clearance rack near front, pushy staff [troopa]
Gainseville (Oaks Mall): good place to shop [Msia]
Merrit Island: worst EB ever [Odenat]
Miami (Country Lakes plaza - 67th Ave and Miami Gardens)- Absolutely great people there. Friendly, organized and just amazing. Shop here if you can. [s3v3n777]
Miami (Miramar - next to I-75..Silver Lakes Plaza)- Pretty good too. This is a newer store so not much in there, but nice people working there. [s3v3n777]
Ocoee (West Oaks Mall): Small store, okay selection, staff generally clueless. [kojubat]
Ocoee (Walmart shopping center): New store, well stocked, friendly staff. [kojubat]
Orlando (Fashion Square Mall): Older mall location, nice staff. Pretty good selection. [kojubat]
Orlando (Florida Mall - inside): Small store, selection small. Usually don't bother. [kojubat]
Orlando (Florida Mall - outside): New store, clean and well stocked. Nice staff. [kojubat]
Orlando (Merritt Square Mall): pushy staff [2fast_2fuhrer]
Orlando (South OBT, target shopping center, near Greenway): Well stocked and very friendly staff. [kojubat]
Orlando (across from UCF): very strict on deals [dafunkk12]
Oviedo: tons of discount Xbox/N64 games [Legolas813]
Port Orange: tons of old cheap GBA games [mgreig]
Sanford (Rinehart Rd, in Walmart Plaza): crap store - poor selection. [mgreig]
Tallahassee (Ocala street): good-looking Diablo (PS1), lots of other PS1 games [Inferno-X]
Tallahassee (Tallahassee Mall): Complete Grandia (PS1) in stock [Otherguy676]
Tampa (University Mall): MvC2 complete: $55, Suikoden 3 in stock [AngellicLulu]

GameStop
Apopka (SR 441, next to Big Lots): average-sized gamestop, pushy staff [troopa]
Altamonte Springs (SR 434): average-sized gamestop, pushy staff [troopa]
Lake Mary (on Lake Mary Blvd): decent-sized store, but heavily trafficed. Nothing really interesting in stock [mgreig]
Miami (Pembroke Lakes Mall): pissy staff [s3v3n777]
Oviedo (Oviedo Marketplace): Great PS1 selection [mgreig]; large PC selection [Legolas813]
Orlando (Waterford Lakes): good staff [2fast_2fuhrer]
Sanford (Seminole Town Center): new store - not much stock of interest [mgreig]
Sanford (17/92 @ Lake Mary Blvd): tons of good used PS2 stuff - recent releases, etc [mgreig]
Waterford Lakes: crap PC section [Legolas813]
Winter Park (17/92 @ Lee Rd): decent stock, some rare PS2 games [mgreig]
Winter Park (Red Bug Lake Rd): tons and tons of PS1 and N64; some used, desirable PS2 RPGs in stock - Atelier Iris, etc [mgreig]

GameRush
Altamonte Springs (SR 436): very small, crap selection [mgreig]
Apopka (SR 436): decent selection, nice staff [troopa]
Daytona Beach: very small and crappy selection [mgreig]
Deland: a lot of games, but totally disorganized and cluttered [mgreig]
Kissimmee (BVL subdivision): large selection, nice employees [kojubat]
Lake Mary: huge selection, some rares - best GR in Central Florida [mgreig]
Orange City: not the greatest selection - no rares [mgreig]
Orlando (Alafaya and Colonial): decent selection [Legolas813]; large selection, knowledgable staff [kojubat]
Orlando (Dr Phillips): Selection is decent, store is usually understaffed. [kojubat]
Ormund Beach: a lot of great finds here - not a lot of people go to this store [mgreig]
Oviedo (Alafaya): very small, rarely anything good there [mgreig]
Port Orange: small, but often have rares [mgreig]
Winter Garden: Small selection, but so is the store. Nice people. [kojubat]
Winter Springs (Red Bug): good selection; a lot of older games still left - PS1, etc [mgreig]

Toys R Us
Gainesville (next to Oaks mall) - ghetto store; clearance sucks [Msia]
Lakeland: Older store, okay stock. [kojubat]
Ocoee: Good stock, generally well organized. [kojubat]
Orlando (Fashion Square Mall): Shows its age, smaller store. [kojubat]
Orlando (Florida Mall): Generally decent stock, but sells out during sales quickly. [kojubat]
Tampa (on Florida between 275 and Univ. Mall) - poor selection [Legolas813]

Walmart
Orlando (Colonial/Alafaya) - don't bother [Legolas813]

Target
Clearwater (old Clearwater mall): good selection of clearance items [MGoBlue]
Kissimmee (West 192 - SuperTarget): New store, clearance is limited. Stocks some tourist stuff. Clearance items take longer to drop. [kojubat]
Kissimmee (East 192): Older store, usually decent stock. Clearance is hit and miss. [kojubat]
Lakeland: Newer store, clearance limited. [kojubat]
Orange City: nothing at all - have never seen clearance games there [mgreig]
Orlando (South OBT - SuperTarget): Big store, usually has a decent selection of clearance. [kojubat]
Orlando (Florida Mall): Okay selection, okay clearance. [kojubat]
Orlando (Millenia Mall - SuperTarget): Prices generally higher, clearance items take longer to drop, but there is usually a good amount left. [kojubat]
Orlando (West Colonial - SuperTarget): Usually has pretty good clearance availability. [kojubat]
Orlando (Waterford Lakes): rarely ever any game deals [Legolas813]
Sanford (Seminole Town Center): great selection of clearance games, in the aisle next to the games display [mgreig]
Tampa (Fletcher): expanding their game section [AngellicLulu]

Rhino
Jax (Southside): cool store, helpful staff [Stace]
Orlando (Colonial): nice-looking, well-organized store, large used-game selection [Legolas813]

K-Mart
Cape Coral (Coralwood Mall): sometimes has great sales on games [sixersballernum3]
Kissimmee: Hit and miss, electronics section understaffed. [kojubat]
Orange City: horrible store - no clearance. No organization. [mgreig]
Orlando (Florida Mall): Hit and miss, usually picked over during sales. [kojubat]
Orlando (Sand Lake Road & I4): Better selection, probably best selection for sales. [kojubat]
Winter Garden: Usually well stocked for clearance toys, games are spotty. [kojubat]

Game Force
Jax (Beach Blvd + San Pablo): small store, decent used games section, excellent prices [battleroyal33]

Planet Replay
Melbourne: big store, large inventory on most games, some good prices [soulwish2003]

Other
Sanford Flea World: lots of game kiosks, but mostly rip-offs. Good for semi-rare games though if you want them complete [mgreig]
Tallahassee Goodwill (on Pensacola): complete SNES games for $6 [Otherguy676]
Tallahassee Pawn Shop (Monroe, near Big Bend Area): complete Mutant League football for $5 - instructions cover ripped off [Otherguy676]
Tampa Pawn Shop (Hillsborough & Nebraska): good deals on games, in good condition [Bezerker]

#2 Msia

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:00 AM

Not sure if there are any other CAGs in Gainesville but the Best Buy on Archer Road is probably the worst BB in the state of FL. I bought Radiata Stories for $35, take it home and open it to find theres a mark on the disc and the instruction booklet has a tear in it. I've been trying to get it exchanged for a new copy now for 3 days and they're suppose to have more in stock tomorrow allegdly. Also, from personal experience, the EB at the Oaks Mall is a good place to shop.

#3 2Fast

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:04 AM

The Best Buy in Waterford Lakes has to have the worst game section I've ever seen in a BB. Didnt even waste my time/gas when I heard about the BB deal this week.

#4 mgreig

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:05 AM

Not sure if there are any other CAGs in Gainesville but the Best Buy on Archer Road is probably the worst BB in the state of FL. I bought Radiata Stories for $35, take it home and open it to find theres a mark on the disc and the instruction booklet has a tear in it. I've been trying to get it exchanged for a new copy now for 3 days and they're suppose to have more in stock tomorrow allegdly. Also, from personal experience, the EB at the Oaks Mall is a good place to shop.


Never been to Gainesville, but it sounds like the selection there isn't too great. Orlando is a great place to be a CAG, actually - tons of game stores within a short driving distance. At least 10 GameRush's within 50 miles of city center :)

#5 Otherguy676

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:06 AM

Some Tallahassee deals (9/15)-

The Goodwill on Pensacola has complete (box & instructions) SNES games for $6
Pawn shop on Monrone (near Big Bend Area) has a Complete Mutant League Football for $5 (cover of instructions ripped off and not icluded)
EB in Tallahassee mall has a complete Grandia (PS1) in stock

Nothing special yet, Ill update post when I get to Tampa in a few week
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#6 mgreig

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:06 AM

The Best Buy in Waterford Lakes has to have the worst game section I've ever seen in a BB. Didnt even waste my time/gas when I heard about the BB deal this week.


Is Waterford Lakes a city? Or is this in Titusville?

#7 Legolas813

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:06 AM

The Gamestop at Oviedo Mall seems to have expanded their PC section, while the Gamestop at Waterford Lakes has the most pathetic PC section I've ever seen. EBGames at Oviedo had a ton of discount Xbox and N64 games, but I didn't have time to look through them to see if they had anything good. The Waterford Lakes Best Buy just plain sucks (you know this already though, if you live in Orlando).

#8 Msia

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:07 AM

Never been to Gainesville, but it sounds like the selection there isn't too great. Orlando is a great place to be a CAG, actually - tons of game stores within a short driving distance. At least 10 GameRush's within 50 miles of city center :)

Yeah my real home is down in Melbourne, but yeah Orlando is pretty damn nice. There's a Rhino here in town out by the Wal-Mart on Archer with the pimps and hos. No GameRush that I know of.

#9 Legolas813

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:08 AM

Is Waterford Lakes a city? Or is this in Titusville?


Waterford Lakes is a gigantic shopping center near UCF that's bigger than some malls. It's awesome. If you can't find a store you like in Waterford Lakes, I don't know what to tell you. I happen to be lucky enough to live five minutes tops from there (on campus at UCF).

#10 Otherguy676

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:10 AM

I'm surprised to see a few Oviedo people. I lived there (in Stillwater) for a few years and went to Jackson Heights Middle School. They didn't have a mall at the time but I'm sure the town has expanded quite a bit.
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#11 dafunkk12

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:11 AM

Is Waterford Lakes a city? Or is this in Titusville?

Waterford Lakes is the big outdoor shopping complex near UCF in Orlando.

EDIT: Heh, seems my internet's getting worse. I'm also surprised by all the CAG's in the Orlando/UCF/Oviedo area. Seems Sanford's a good place to find deals, apparently, but I don't want to waste gas and toll money to drive for what will likely turn out to be impulse buys.
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#12 2Fast

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:12 AM

Is Waterford Lakes a city? Or is this in Titusville?


It's in Orlando on Alafaya trail in a shopping center (Waterford Lakes Shopping Center) it's South of UCF.

#13 AngellicLulu

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:12 AM

For you Tampa CAGs, the Target on Fletcher by the university will be expanding their game section. (My boyfriend works there as the MMB specialist)
Also the University Mall EB has Marvel vs Capcom 2 for PS2 for 55 Complete from what I saw. It was on the front counter display. I also saw Suikoden 3 there but didn't check the price.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:20 AM

The Best Buy in Waterford Lakes has to have the worst game section I've ever seen in a BB. Didnt even waste my time/gas when I heard about the BB deal this week.


I did the same thing. I knew they wouldn't have anything. And man, that store has to have the dumbest employees I've ever seen in my life. Whenever I buy stuff from there I try to get in and out as soon as possible. The Circuit City is somewhat better, IMO. But it's so far away from UCF (near downtown on Colonial).

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:23 AM

Gamerush - Apopka (SR 436)
Decent selection, nice staff.

GameStop - Apopka (SR 441, next to Big Lots) and Altamonte Springs (SR 434)
Average sized GameStops, staff will hound you to buy used or pre-order.

EB Games - Altamonte Mall
Nice store, has a clearance rack near cashier where you can sometimes find good deals. You are also likely to be hounded to trade or buy used.
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#16 Legolas813

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:30 AM

Super Target at Waterford Lakes - love the store, but never seen any game deals there
Gamerush at Alafaya and Colonial - pretty decent selection (good deals can be found there if you are a Blockbuster Online member); got Shenmue 2 today for $2

#17 mgreig

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:30 AM

Gamerush - Apopka (SR 436)
Decent selection, nice staff.

GameStop - Apopka (SR 441, next to Big Lots) and Altamonte Springs (SR 434)
Average sized GameStops, staff will hound you to buy used or pre-order.

EB Games - Altamonte Mall
Nice store, has a clearance rack near cashier where you can sometimes find good deals. You are also likely to be hounded to trade or buy used.


Interesting...I've never once found a good deal in any Altamonte store. I think it's cuz EA is so close by...a lot of hardcore gamers frequent the Altamonte stores regularly it seems like.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:31 AM

There is also a Rhino in the Oaks Mall in Gainesville (unless it closed since I was last there.. usually really friendly w/ a decent supply of used/new games.

The Rhino in Jacksonville, FL off of Southside Blvd. is also extremely cool. The guys there are really helpful and I had a good experience there when searching for Nintendogs Dachsund. All of the EBs in town were completely sold out of all versions and I walked into Rhino and they had 15+ copies of each version in stock.

#19 Msia

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:33 AM

There is also a Rhino in the Oaks Mall in Gainesville (unless it closed since I was last there.. usually really friendly w/ a decent supply of used/new games.

The Rhino in Jacksonville, FL off of Southside Blvd. is also extremely cool. The guys there are really helpful and I had a good experience there when searching for Nintendogs Dachsund. All of the EBs in town were completely sold out of all versions and I walked into Rhino and they had 15+ copies of each version in stock.

Yeah it's closed down and moved either to the one I mentioned on Archer Road next to Walmart or its on NE something by the other one.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:33 AM

I've never even heard of a store named Rhino. I looked up the locations though and there's one by here on Colonial. Maybe I'll check it out sometime.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:36 AM

The Westshore Mall in Tampa had Gitaroo Man... and then I bought it.

Yay for Tampa!

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:38 AM

I've never even heard of a store named Rhino. I looked up the locations though and there's one by here on Colonial. Maybe I'll check it out sometime.


One of my good friend in Tampa shops there a lot. He always says good things about the employees there and he has gotten many a good deal on trade ins.

Rhino started in Gainesville and has now expanded to 50+ stores across Florida to Alabama. They were recently bought by Blockbuster, but remain very personable and customer oriented places to shop (in my experience).

#23 AngellicLulu

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:38 AM

The Westshore Mall in Tampa had Gitaroo Man... and then I bought it.

Yay for Tampa!

fucknut. :lol:

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:39 AM

Cool to see Florida people here. I'm actually from Tampa (Citrus Park and University Mall are both relatively close to me). Going to school at UCF so I'm currently in Orlando. For all those theme park enthusiasts out there, I've worked at both Busch Gardens and Islands of Adventure.

I know there are CAG's here in Orlando. Last year during that Circuit City sale there were a ton of people walking around with lists at the downtown location. Same thing when Best Buy had a clearance sale (not this time, but the last).

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:42 AM

fucknut. :lol:


Haha, but seriously, I would post about what stores I use but the only thing that will happen is that all the lurkers and resellers here will just flock down upon the stores I use and my methods... I mean, if any true CAG's in Tampa want some info I'm always open for PM's.

I called my lady friend last night and said my buddy had to beat off on my chest, she is kinda pissed at me, but it was the best idea I had all night, and I stand by it.



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Posted 16 September 2005 - 03:57 AM

I did the same thing. I knew they wouldn't have anything. And man, that store has to have the dumbest employees I've ever seen in my life. Whenever I buy stuff from there I try to get in and out as soon as possible. The Circuit City is somewhat better, IMO. But it's so far away from UCF (near downtown on Colonial).


yeah i agree, and the Best Buy farther down on Colonial is waaaay better than the Waterford Lakes, but still a long drive from Titusville. I havent been down that way in a while, I usually go to the Circuit City in Merritt Island, which has its share of dumb unhelpful employees.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 03:59 AM

yeah i agree, and the Best Buy farther down on Colonial is waaaay better than the Waterford Lakes, but still a long drive from Titusville. I havent been down that way in a while, I usually go to the Circuit City in Merritt Island, which has its share of dumb unhelpful employees.

One in Melbourne also suffers from lack of helpful employees, trying to purchase anything in there is a complete nightmare since no one mans the registers so you are usually forced to go to CS if you want to buy anything that isnt a plasma TV, etc.

#28 2Fast

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 04:07 AM

I know that, for the most part, everyone hates Gamestop but i found the employees in the Waterford Lakes store to be very helpful and courteous, unlike the 'tards at the Eb in Merritt Square Mall - those guys are the worst.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 04:11 AM

I know that, for the most part, everyone hates Gamestop but i found the employees in the Waterford Lakes store to be very helpful and courteous, unlike the 'tards at the Eb in Merritt Square Mall - those guys are the worst.


Me: "I'd like to preorder Marvel Nemesis, does that come with any preorder bonus (knowing full well it came with the demo, while looking at it on the shelf behind the guy)." Employee: "No, sorry it doesnt."

didnt feel like arguing with the guy, just told myself to stay cool and leave.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 06:25 AM

Hmm, not sure of any good deals around the Tampa area.

Theres a pawn shop on the corner of Hillsborough & Nebraska that always has really good deals on games (in good condition).

Sad that the places with the best prices are always in the worst neighborhoods (especially anything around University mall, lmfao)