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#241 SadPanda99

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 06:28 PM

This may be a long shot and very YMMV, but does Fry's penny out guides?


Rarely, they do discount the guides, but it's been a long time since I saw anything discounted that was relatively new.
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#242 io

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 06:52 PM

Found Orange Box at GameCrazy. They said it's not supposed to be out there but they would sell it to me for $10. WTF?!

Denying the sale because it's a field destroy is one thing but pulling a stunt out of their ass is another :bomb:


This is starting to be a common occurrence for people that find drops at GC. I'd really like to hear from a GC employee or former employee on this. What is the is the reasoning behind the arbitrary pricing? Do they pocket the money (I really doubt it) or do they have to show they made some money on the purchase?


Uh, Gamestop too. I found a VC guide a few weeks ago and bought it along with some other stuff. I saw it come up at a penny, then the guy said "whoops", typed away a little, and adjusted it to $17.99. I said I didn't want it if it wasn't a penny and he said "it wouldn't ever be a penny". Afterwards I said if it was going to be destroyed could I at least have it without the back cover? He said they don't destroy those guides are required to send them back. OK, jackass, if that's the case, why did you just try to sell it to me for full price? :roll:

I still fail to see how anyone gets penny guides from GS. It has never been anything short of an extreme hassle to me. I think I got one there once and it was an exception - they let me have it but it was a "just this once" kind of thing.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 06:59 PM


I still fail to see how anyone gets penny guides from GS. It has never been anything short of an extreme hassle to me. I think I got one there once and it was an exception - they let me have it but it was a "just this once" kind of thing.


It really depends on the Gamestop. The one nearest my apartment has employees that are really chill and don't care at all. The clerk yesterday even said, "We're supposed to get rid of them, but I don't care if I sell them to you." At another store, the employees are just pricks. I usually stay away from that one. Well I don't, but I hate walking in there.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:00 PM

i gave up long ago going for guides at gamestop, i just don't see why they go through all that. why not just issue a pull order, then destroy send back or whatever?

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:13 PM

It really depends on the Gamestop. The one nearest my apartment has employees that are really chill and don't care at all. The clerk yesterday even said, "We're supposed to get rid of them, but I don't care if I sell them to you." At another store, the employees are just pricks. I usually stay away from that one. Well I don't, but I hate walking in there.


Yeah, it's very YMMV with the clerks. Last drop (not yesterday) I walked into the GS near my work, and was greeted by the CSR with a handshake and a "hey, some guides pennied today." I played a couple rounds of SFIV with him, took an obligatory look around the store, and left with half a dozen guides. Of course, then you get some stores where the CSRs are combative about you using the Edge card with the weekly coupon (happened to me at 2 out of 5 stores with the PS2 coupon last week), so it's just luck of the draw.
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:29 PM

Oh, damn. I haven't successfully scored a CE/LE guide at any GS since Soul Calibur 3 LE dropped in like 2005... I get enough slack with regular guides but chances are impossibly slim I'll get a hardcover/thick guide for .01.

The sad thing is that I know of 3 GS locations that have 1 Fallout 3 CE guide each that will be out of my reach.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:49 PM

was able to grab TWO (2) PoP LE's...and i don't even own the game (tho this guide is beautiful and i may have to buy the game now!)

and the other guide is actually for my g/f...NOT for ebay :-D

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#248 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 08:10 PM

Uh, Gamestop too. I found a VC guide a few weeks ago and bought it along with some other stuff. I saw it come up at a penny, then the guy said "whoops", typed away a little, and adjusted it to $17.99. I said I didn't want it if it wasn't a penny and he said "it wouldn't ever be a penny". Afterwards I said if it was going to be destroyed could I at least have it without the back cover? He said they don't destroy those guides are required to send them back. OK, jackass, if that's the case, why did you just try to sell it to me for full price? :roll:

I still fail to see how anyone gets penny guides from GS. It has never been anything short of an extreme hassle to me. I think I got one there once and it was an exception - they let me have it but it was a "just this once" kind of thing.


I have two local GS stores that usually won't deny me a guide if it's still on the shelf or if I ask for ONE or two in particular from a drop, but I'm sure if I said 'gimme all ya got' I'd get denied in a second.

Funny thing is, the one store that is pretty good at letting me grab guides is the local office of their district manager, who put down a strict 'pull and destroy' edict a year or two ago.

Unfortunately, the store that USED to be the best one for me is now the worst since the employees who didn't give a shit about following the DM's rules quit and/or got fired. The manager who works that store used to let me grab guides all the time there but he's rarely in anymore.

Let me ask a quick question though: Has anyone ever had an employee not only deny you a guide but then you end up seeing it back on the shelf the next time you're there? I had that happen a few years back with the Gran Turismo: Driving The Game book and the books were put back on the shelf after each of two unsuccessful attempts to get them for .01 .

I'm just wondering if anyone else has had an experience like that before.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:33 PM

Let me ask a quick question though: Has anyone ever had an employee not only deny you a guide but then you end up seeing it back on the shelf the next time you're there? I had that happen a few years back with the Gran Turismo: Driving The Game book and the books were put back on the shelf after each of two unsuccessful attempts to get them for .01 .


I haven't, I've only been denied at a Gamestop once, but if something like that did happen, I'd be tempted to toss a penny on the desk and walk out with it.

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#250 irideabike

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:40 PM

I haven't, I've only been denied at a Gamestop once, but if something like that did happen, I'd be tempted to toss a penny on the desk and walk out with it.

Yeah...I'm asking to go to jail.


What'll they do? Arrest you for paying the price that rang up :roll:

#251 fanopants

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:59 PM

I don't even bother going into Gamestops anymore, I just check the dumpster. Found a stack of 50ish guides once...and they were next to the dumpster, not in it. No diving + free guides = :D

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 01:10 AM

Uh, Gamestop too. I found a VC guide a few weeks ago and bought it along with some other stuff. I saw it come up at a penny, then the guy said "whoops", typed away a little, and adjusted it to $17.99. I said I didn't want it if it wasn't a penny and he said "it wouldn't ever be a penny". Afterwards I said if it was going to be destroyed could I at least have it without the back cover? He said they don't destroy those guides are required to send them back. OK, jackass, if that's the case, why did you just try to sell it to me for full price? :roll:

I still fail to see how anyone gets penny guides from GS. It has never been anything short of an extreme hassle to me. I think I got one there once and it was an exception - they let me have it but it was a "just this once" kind of thing.


I have two local GS stores that usually won't deny me a guide if it's still on the shelf or if I ask for ONE or two in particular from a drop, but I'm sure if I said 'gimme all ya got' I'd get denied in a second.

Funny thing is, the one store that is pretty good at letting me grab guides is the local office of their district manager, who put down a strict 'pull and destroy' edict a year or two ago.

Unfortunately, the store that USED to be the best one for me is now the worst since the employees who didn't give a shit about following the DM's rules quit and/or got fired. The manager who works that store used to let me grab guides all the time there but he's rarely in anymore.

Let me ask a quick question though: Has anyone ever had an employee not only deny you a guide but then you end up seeing it back on the shelf the next time you're there? I had that happen a few years back with the Gran Turismo: Driving The Game book and the books were put back on the shelf after each of two unsuccessful attempts to get them for .01 .

I'm just wondering if anyone else has had an experience like that before.


So did you guys just say, "Screw the discussion thread" or what? :lol:

#253 Bezerker

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 01:57 AM

Luckily my manager buddy was working today. He held onto a PoP guide for me. I was told that next week's GS penny drops will include Mad World & Gears of War 2 (and at least another one that I can't remember)

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#254 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 04:36 AM

So did you guys just say, "Screw the discussion thread" or what? :lol:


I didn't at first, but since everyone else couldn't seem to find their way to the discussion thread I figure I might as well join everybody else.

It's not like it takes forever to re-create the first, second and third posts for a new thread, since most of it's an easy cut/paste job, but I think it was just the fact that it's typically such a short time between creation and locking each thread due to the yammering.

I will say that at least most other CAG's keep the trade requests where they belong, so I should be grateful for that, right?

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 07:44 AM

I have two local GS stores that usually won't deny me a guide if it's still on the shelf or if I ask for ONE or two in particular from a drop, but I'm sure if I said 'gimme all ya got' I'd get denied in a second.

Funny thing is, the one store that is pretty good at letting me grab guides is the local office of their district manager, who put down a strict 'pull and destroy' edict a year or two ago.

Unfortunately, the store that USED to be the best one for me is now the worst since the employees who didn't give a shit about following the DM's rules quit and/or got fired. The manager who works that store used to let me grab guides all the time there but he's rarely in anymore.

Let me ask a quick question though: Has anyone ever had an employee not only deny you a guide but then you end up seeing it back on the shelf the next time you're there? I had that happen a few years back with the Gran Turismo: Driving The Game book and the books were put back on the shelf after each of two unsuccessful attempts to get them for .01 .

I'm just wondering if anyone else has had an experience like that before.


I know you guys are expecting drop info, sorry about this, but I had to chime in about this. I tried to pickup Vakyria Chronicles and the manager said no and threw it behind the counter. One week later I see it on the shelf again and when I tried it again, they adjusted it to retail price. I went there a few days ago and they still have like 8 Blue Dragon Plus and 3 Tales of Symphonia on the spinning rack. :bomb:

#256 IAmTheCheapestGamer

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 08:57 AM

I know you guys are expecting drop info, sorry about this, but I had to chime in about this. I tried to pickup Vakyria Chronicles and the manager said no and threw it behind the counter. One week later I see it on the shelf again and when I tried it again, they adjusted it to retail price. I went there a few days ago and they still have like 8 Blue Dragon Plus and 3 Tales of Symphonia on the spinning rack. :bomb:


I love when they do that. I had 2-3 employees deny me on the Gran Turismo: Driving the Game hardcover about 3 or so years ago back when EB was still a seperate entity.

Those books sat on the damn shelf for about 3-6 months after I tried 2-3 times to get them and was told they 'couldn't sell them'.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 01:15 PM

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 02:04 PM

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Yeah, but will there be any drops is the question?
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#259 loxthefox

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 03:10 PM

Yeah, but will there be any drops is the question?


It's possible. GTA IV and Fallout 3 LE just disappeared from the web site.
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#260 ZCG

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 03:26 PM

It's possible. GTA IV and Fallout 3 LE just disappeared from the web site.



Which website/store? Best Buy or what?

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 03:59 PM

It looks like the Fallout 3 LE disappeared from the BB web site. I wonder if that means a drop is happening today or they are just changing the website early before the usual monday drop?

#262 sacreddoctor

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 04:11 PM

dang, just did bb google cache trick to check inventory and Fallout 3 LE is sold out in my area....any cool CAGs that can pick me up a copy (if this drops tomorrow...hey Vahn u on bro to confirm this) i'd be down with trading a LE edition i've got an extra one of like Fable 2 LE, Sould Calibur 4 LE, or Mass Effect LE.

Here's the cache link--->
http://209.85.173.13...n&ct=clnk&gl=us

....click Check Stores, then it'll say expired, click the back button on your browser, then click Check Stores again and put in your zip code and PRESTO there's a inventory status of that guide. Anyways PM me if you can get an extra copy i'd much appreciate it and lets keep our fingers crossed for a drop tomorrow but it could happen next month, who knows...except for Vahn, where are you man, your our only hope!

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 04:26 PM

I came up with a new thing when trying to get penny guides at Best Buy (actually my first attempt.) The guy went nuts when the 007 guide rang up for a penny and he asked if I was a member of the gamer's club and I said yes (which is the truth.) He said that must be why it rang up for a penny.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 04:35 PM

FYI for those wondering. Fallout 3 LE has not dropped yet at Best Buy. I just bought a copy to bring back up to school with me to either A) Get a PM tomorrow if it does drop, or B) Return and Rebuy.
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#265 lawdood

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 04:37 PM

FYI for those wondering. Fallout 3 LE has not dropped yet at Best Buy. I just bought a copy to bring back up to school with me to either A) Get a PM tomorrow if it does drop, or B) Return and Rebuy.


I've never known anyone to get a PM or return-rebuy on a clearance pennied guide. Good luck with that.

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#266 Brian9824

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 04:38 PM

It's always hit or miss at gamestop. Today I hit up about 5 stores looking to get some Fallout 3 guides for CAG's.

Ended up with 2 Mirror Edges, 2 Prince Of Persia and a Persona 4 guide for $9.99. Got lucky and found the 4 pennied guides at 1 store with a new employee who didn't know the policy.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:19 PM

I've had no such luck. The LE's are what I really enjoy, especially since I own the three. The only GS around me that ever allowed it got in trouble.

#268 ZCG

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:21 PM

No copies of Fallout CE guide available at (even though BB website says they're in stock):
Porter Ranch, CA
Santa Clarita, CA
Sherman Oaks, CA

I'm on hold w/ Sherman Oaks, CA store. I'll update this post when I find anything.

[EDIT: Well, Sherman Oaks, CA didn't have any, but kept me on hold on & off for at least 30 minutes. She felt bad about the long waiting period & tried to find other stores that cary it. At one point the gal said BB had stopped carying the CE all together, then somebody came up to her & said they might've found a copy in their warehouse. I was put on hold another long period & then was told they'd hold that copy for me.

Hopefully all this rig-a-marole means this guide really is going to have a huge price drop very, very soon.
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#269 Chicago Mafia

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:22 PM

It's possible. GTA IV and Fallout 3 LE just disappeared from the web site.


I noticed that this morning, also. Wanted to buy GTA IV for in-store pick up and it was gone from the site.

#270 sacreddoctor

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:30 PM

oh and here's a cache for GTA 4 which is sold out in my area except one store so if anyone can grab an extra for me i'd be mucho appriciato LOL---->


http://209.85.173.13...n&ct=clnk&gl=us


dang, just did bb google cache trick to check inventory and Fallout 3 LE is sold out in my area....any cool CAGs that can pick me up a copy (if this drops tomorrow...hey Vahn u on bro to confirm this) i'd be down with trading a LE edition i've got an extra one of like Fable 2 LE, Sould Calibur 4 LE, or Mass Effect LE.

Here's the cache link--->
http://209.85.173.13...n&ct=clnk&gl=us

....click Check Stores, then it'll say expired, click the back button on your browser, then click Check Stores again and put in your zip code and PRESTO there's a inventory status of that guide. Anyways PM me if you can get an extra copy i'd much appreciate it and lets keep our fingers crossed for a drop tomorrow but it could happen next month, who knows...except for Vahn, where are you man, your our only hope!



btw, anything else disappear from the site?