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#5731 V4Oldboy

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 04:26 AM

A couple pages back someone mentioned Orange Box 360 at 19.99. Any confirmation on that? Didnt see any at that price today at any of 10 BBs.


I said that. There were 2 copies with fresh stickers on them marked 19.99.

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#5732 xdl

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 04:28 AM

I said that. There were 2 copies with fresh stickers on them marked 19.99.


Interesting. Will have it price checked tomorrow so I can buy one. Been waiting for it to drop under $20 since it came out, and I still have $40 that I have to spend at BB tomorrow anyway.


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Posted 04 August 2008 - 04:30 AM

I saw a clerk going around repricing some games when I was there, but I was carrying a stack of 31 DVDs and 4 games at the time, plus I had my daughter in tow, so I didn't follow him around to see what dropped. I'll head in tomorrow though.

#5734 wingedvictory

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 04:30 AM

Just wondering, but how many octos did some of you flip? And as an extension of that, how many Golden Compasses and Iridium's do you think you went through? I'm just restarting my flipping habits and trying to gauge where I stand in the world of power flippers. I think I used 6/7 copies of octo (2 from Best Buy and the others purchased as singles/doubles from GS to leave for some for others). All my bbv were really cool about the trades too.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 04:32 AM

I have a feeling that they're going to be moving rental GCN games to used.

I was talking with a cool manager last week and he said something along the lines of "yeah we're trying to clear out space for new merchandise" and he mentioned how they were dropping the GCN and PS2 games.

He also let me trade in two Octomanias at the same time. Awesome.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 04:36 AM

Just wondering, but how many octos did some of you flip? And as an extension of that, how many Golden Compasses and Iridium's do you think you went through? I'm just restarting my flipping habits and trying to gauge where I stand in the world of power flippers. I think I used 6/7 copies of octo (2 from Best Buy and the others purchased as singles/doubles from GS to leave for some for others). All my bbv were really cool about the trades too.


I do only one of every game to each store, but 2 of them share employees so I only really buy 7 copies to trade in at the 8 stores I have accounts at. I think I did 7 copies of Octomania, but I might have done 6. Either way, used up the trades on that game.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 04:41 AM

man should've kept jet set radio, I loved that game.


I needed a $4.99 game to go along with my iridium runner. I felt like being a gambler and risking the freebie on a game that didn't have the TIV posted here yet. The logic at the time was "it's basically like 2 games in one so maybe it'll get treated like two separate games. Besides, even if they're only $1.00 then it's $3 easy money."


Hopefully next time I won't pick a mystery game with such an egregious TIV.
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#5738 V4Oldboy

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:04 AM

i guess dark sector dropped at GS as well, anyone know the tiv at BBV on that?

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:08 AM

i guess dark sector dropped at GS as well, anyone know the tiv at BBV on that?


Yes mate, we mentioned it. 9$ iirc. Im too lazy to double check :)

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:09 AM

I needed a $4.99 game to go along with my iridium runner. I felt like being a gambler and risking the freebie on a game that didn't have the TIV posted here yet. The logic at the time was "it's basically like 2 games in one so maybe it'll get treated like two separate games. Besides, even if they're only $1.00 then it's $3 easy money."


Hopefully next time I won't pick a mystery game with such an egregious TIV.


Even if it had 2 games in one, it was the first set of games given away for free when you bought the xbox >_< Well, you might not have known if you never owned the original xbox.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:20 AM

Anyone know if Resident Evil 4 still fetches $16 on the Wii? My BBVs don't give trade-in values unless you go in and actually hand them the game.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:30 AM

If the credit is on a giftcard/value card, it depends on where you are located. If you're in CA, the card doesn't expire. It's good til you lose the card. If you're anywhere outside of CA, I believe you have either 12 or 24 months to use it, then they start taking out a certain amount ($2.50?) every month until the value drops to $0.


Correct about CA. According to the (really) small print on the back of the value cards, the value will expire after 24 months of consecutive non-use, except for cards issued in CA, CT, MA & NH. So I guess in theory, just buying a pack of gum every 23 months will keep a card active in the other states.
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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:33 AM

No Octomania in Greenville, SC.

Did someone hit up Greenville? It's OK if so I am just curious.

Oh, and for those who found Octomania, was it on the shelf somewhere or did you have to ask for it?

#5744 yukafls

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:37 AM

No Octomania in Greenville, SC.

Did someone hit up Greenville? It's OK if so I am just curious.

Oh, and for those who found Octomania, was it on the shelf somewhere or did you have to ask for it?



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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:44 AM

So far today I flipped 4 copies of Octomania and have 2 more sitting right beside me, which I'll be trading in after I check out some other games to buy at BB.

I hit the motherload at one of the BBs near me. Here's some TIV's for GS with Edge and promo.

Golden Compass> $5.60
Iridium Runners> $7.00
Mario Baseball GC> $12.60
Mario Party 4> $12.60
Mario Party 7> $15.40
Mario Party 5> $14.00
StarWars Jedi Knight Outcast GC>$14.00
Power Rangers PS2> $12.60
Starfox Assault GC>$9.80
Manhunt 2> $8.40



Unless those Mario Parties were disc-only or scratched to hell, I probably would have sold them online rather than to Gamestop. True of a lot of games you guys are flipping though. Why take $15 Gamestop credit for a game that can easily fetch $30 cash?

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#5746 io

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:51 AM

Kind of a weird day today. I intended to clear out a few BB's of anything decent left for transferring to GS but it didn't really work out that way. 3 of the 4 BB's I went to had almost nothing worth getting. I didn't find a single Iridium or Power Rangers, except for a disc-only one of the latter. And I only found 4 games worth getting at the one Blockbuster. The last one I went to had 3 or 4 things also but I figured I wouldn't get out to be able to pick up any more (to get 5 for GS) so I should just stop right there. Instead I ended up doing more Gamecrazy trades than I had planned.

I traded in 3 Octomania's and a Kane & Lynch to BB for a grand total of $99, and only spent $25 (today) getting games at BB. It was kind of disappointing after my find yesterday (a store with 2 Power Rangers). Anyway, I got enough to top off my 2 sets of trades plus a extra set of THPG/SoF Payback to trade at Gamecrazy.

At 2 Gamecrazy's I traded Iridium, SoF x 2, THPG, and an Octomania price match to BB's trade-in. The guy was somewhat hesitant about the price match because they sell it for only $14.99 used. But not only did he price match, he added the MVP bonus to it (which they don't usually do) so I got $25 for it ;). SO I ended up converting $25 worth of BB stuff and $9.99 from GS into $62.30 at GC.

Including the stuff I bought yesterday at BB (to trade today at GS) my total for the last 2 days looks like this:

Blockbuster: + $8.56
Gamecrazy: + $62.30
Gamestop: + $34.04

Thanks mostly to Octomania (and one Kane & Lynch) I was able to have all three remain positive! Nice...

Only new trade was Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix for PS2 which got $7 after bonus - more than I expected based off the used sales price of $14.99. For those unable to get enough on the last day of the sale for GS trade-in, keep in mind the following Gamecrazy trade-ins on these games (this is just standard value with 10% MVP boost, so no need for multiple games or coupons):

Iridium Runners; $8.25
THPG (360): $10.56
Soldier of Fortune Payback: $9.24

Unfortunately Power Rangers was a measily $3-something. Needless to say I took that to GS for the $12.60 ;).

#5747 Rictor

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:53 AM

I went out to get an Octomania at Gamestop last night. As I was buying it, another guy was trading in his old gamecube and games. I saw a pristine Wavebird so I loitered around the store until he was done and had walked out. The Gstop employee was the nice enough to sell it to me immediately for $18 + tax. Score.


If you can find a Gamerush that still has used controllers...these are like $5-7, I forget exactly. Bought one over the winter. Back during the old Gamerush clearance, they were going for $7.50 brand new. I bought 2. I wish GR hadn't stopped taking this stuff in trade.

io, I'd be careful about getting too much Game Crazy credit. There were 3 stores by me that I used to keep credit at and they all went out of business almost overnight. These stores are dropping like flies and they have two ways they go out. Sometimes they die slowly over a couple weeks and have clearance sales, which is great as you can find some deals before they're gone. The other way is that they are open one day and closed and gutted by the next morning. This is what happened to my last store. Luckily, I didn't have much credit left on my account, as there's no way to retrieve it or spend it. I'm really kind of surprised there are any Game Crazies left at all at this point. They bleed money.

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#5748 io

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:56 AM

Unless those Mario Parties were disc-only or scratched to hell, I probably would have sold them online rather than to Gamestop. True of a lot of games you guys are flipping though. Why take $15 Gamestop credit for a game that can easily fetch $30 cash?


Maybe the Mario Party's and Jedi Knight II, but many of the others are hardly worth selling. A lot of them are in Blockbuster cases (sure, you can swap those out, but still it is a hassle) and many don't have manuals. I thought for sure Mario Tennis was a sure fire seller, but it took me a full week's listing to sell one for just over $20. Yeah, better than $16 or whatever in GS credit, but not by much after fees take their bite (will be about the same in the end I guess - but in cash which of course is better).

The disappearance of Iridium Runners (and not finding Power Rangers) at stores I'm fairly sure I didn't get them from before makes me think there is a filthy lurker in my area. Of course I welcome any CAGs to hunt around me - the "filthy lurker" part is just because if there is someone else doing this, they are simply being a leech ;). Also, when I was at one store they got a call for a specific used game and the clerk went right to the PS2 part of the B1G1 display and flipped through them and said they didn't have any. :-s. I really wanted to ask him what they were looking for - if it was IR or Power Rangers then I would have known for sure!

#5749 Nikadimas

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:57 AM

Unless those Mario Parties were disc-only or scratched to hell, I probably would have sold them online rather than to Gamestop. True of a lot of games you guys are flipping though. Why take $15 Gamestop credit for a game that can easily fetch $30 cash?


It's a question that is almost always met with the same reply: It's not worth it. Have to pay fees to sell online, have to wait for the buyer to pony up the cash, have to pack it up for shipping, have to ship it, have to make sure it gets there to you can write of the transaction. In the end, it's not really worth it just to make an extra ten bucks when you can just take the Gamestop credit and buy a game to flip back to blockbuster for the same return.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:02 AM

Personally, I think it's much less work...I racked up a couple hundred bucks this month on half.com from one trip to Gamerush...out of pocket cost to me was about $50. Biggest money makers aren't what you'd think. Certain $5-7.50 PSP games are hard to lose money on.

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#5751 nakanenui

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:03 AM

So who has gone in and canceled/moved their Madden 09 preorders so far? Since the fine print on the coupon says that all the credit on the trade has to go towards the preorder, I can only guess how many fully paid off PS3 Maddens people have accumulated. I am not a big fan of this series so I will be transferring the credit to some other PS3 game, while also eagerly anticipating any additional opportunities to transfer credit from GS to BB in order to buy the new Core 80GB PS3 system. Any suggestions on upcoming PS3 games to switch my preorder to? I have been bidding my time playing Disgaea 2 and Persona 3.

#5752 io

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:08 AM

io, I'd be careful about getting too much Game Crazy credit. There were 3 stores by me that I used to keep credit at and they all went out of business almost overnight. These stores are dropping like flies and they have two ways they go out. Sometimes they die slowly over a couple weeks and have clearance sales, which is great as you can find some deals before they're gone. The other way is that they are open one day and closed and gutted by the next morning. This is what happened to my last store. Luckily, I didn't have much credit left on my account, as there's no way to retrieve it or spend it. I'm really kind of surprised there are any Game Crazies left at all at this point. They bleed money.


Well, for a while there I was desperate to get all my BB credit converted over to GC because they seemed so much healthier (and when my GR shut down what is now my favorite GC was very close to it). But now with BB getting stuff in (plus I have one less than a mile away) I like to keep it even. GC still gets things BB never will (Atlus games, nice RPG's, most DS games, etc) though.

But except for my main Gamecrazy, which is a very healthy store, I don't keep any credit on any other store accounts. That's just insane ;). I get it all put on gift cards. It is a bit more of a hassle because they can only put full dollar amounts, so unless I top off trades with some change, I end up with like 25 cents sitting on each store account where I trade. I do keep quite a bit of credit at my main GC store though as it is so convenient to pop in there and buy something that way. This store has one of the highest sales in the country, so I'm not worried about them unless the whole chain goes under.

But it is all a matter of perspective. You live somewhere infested with Gamerush stores (I believe). From my point of view they couldn't keep just one of them open in this entire region of the country, so they couldn't be doing too well with it overall. However, there are more Gamecrazy stores in this area than there are Gamestops! And not one of them was closed in their last round of store closures.

Rictor - which PSP games sold well? I never found more than a handful to trade in anyway, so it really wasn't an opton for me. But I'm just curious.

(Edit - Just for kicks I checked the sales history for a few. Manunt 2 looks decent but highly variable at anywhere from $5 - $25. I did find a mint one of those so I could have tried it I guess - oh well. Afterburner is $5-$10, so OK on that I guess. Maybe $8-$10 for Virtua Tennis 3, which beats the heck out of a GS trade on that one. I should have bought the one that sat at my local store for 2 weeks ;), especially as it could have been paired with Star Trek, which gets about $10. Someone else snagged that pair last week. I ended up trading the one I bought somewhere else just to top off some GS trades - so sort of a waste there I guess but I needed it for the full 40% bonus. And Playpus (which I kept) looks like about $6 or so - not worth selling. And that about sums up the most common games I saw, anyway).

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:26 AM

in my hunt for flippable games i've been able to find mario party 4, 6, 7, zelda twilight princess and a pikmin 2. all the games were in blockbuster cases with no manual or cover art and scratched to hell. i opted for the gamestop quick credit route since i didn't want to deal with the whole ebay or half.com thing. on top of that, i was worried after the person got the game i would get complaints about the game not working cause it was too scratched.

so far im getting 1.87 ratio transferring credit from BB>GS. it really helps when you find those couple gems at each location. i got one more BB to hit tomorrow so hopefully this promo ends with a bang.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:29 AM

on top of that, i was worried after the person got the game i would get complaints about the game not working cause it was too scratched.


Once you sign that receipt, it's no longer your problem, it's Gamestop's. Another reason for trading in. That makes me wonder, do places refurb GC discs? seems like they'd be a pain.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:43 AM

I turned one of my friends onto flipping (it's okay since we live on completely other sides of town, so no cutting into each others' business;)) and he ran into a dick blockbuster manager today. He only let him pair up expensive games with the cheap games. My friend's problem is that he's a lightweight. He goes along with everything and doesn't even make a peep back at the guy. All I know is that I would have been pissed and would have made a big deal or just buy the games that matched up and go back in line again and again. Manager probably would have kicked me out!

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:45 AM

Once you sign that receipt, it's no longer your problem, it's Gamestop's. Another reason for trading in. That makes me wonder, do places refurb GC discs? seems like they'd be a pain.


In theory, you have less disk to clean up right? O.o

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:49 AM

Once you sign that receipt, it's no longer your problem, it's Gamestop's. Another reason for trading in. That makes me wonder, do places refurb GC discs? seems like they'd be a pain.


yea that was the reason i opted for gamestop credit over selling online. i had gamecrazy buff a couple of those gc games and it actually made it look worse. ended up haveing bigger swirl marks instead of light scratches.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:51 AM

I turned one of my friends onto flipping (it's okay since we live on completely other sides of town, so no cutting into each others' business;)) and he ran into a dick blockbuster manager today. He only let him pair up expensive games with the cheap games. My friend's problem is that he's a lightweight. He goes along with everything and doesn't even make a peep back at the guy. All I know is that I would have been pissed and would have made a big deal or just buy the games that matched up and go back in line again and again. Manager probably would have kicked me out!


Just need to tell them no. If they get difficult about it, walk. But remain polite. Come back later, have them ring separate transactions for all the games of each price point. Keep in mind, it is incredibly difficult/annoying for them to cancel a transaction once stuff has been scanned, so a lot of them will give you static about it.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:52 AM

Visited a BBV that I had never been to before and scored big on Gamecube games.

3 Mario Tennis
1 Mario Golf
1 Mario Baseball
1 Mario Party 4
1 Mario Party 7
1 Gauntlet Dark Legacy

Also picked up a few BC Xbox games.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 07:02 AM

Just need to tell them no. If they get difficult about it, walk. But remain polite. Come back later, have them ring separate transactions for all the games of each price point. Keep in mind, it is incredibly difficult/annoying for them to cancel a transaction once stuff has been scanned, so a lot of them will give you static about it.

Came off a little like an obnoxious kid in my post. I always ask before I even hand them the games if they can pair them up together with the same priced games. All employees I've seen so far are very kind. Most are just glad to get rid of this to clear up store space. I was just surprised that a manager was still playing hard ass when he should have realized that nobody else is going to buy it.