Knowing what games cost from distributors, they would be silly to ignore clearance sales. But you guys would know better than I. I never go into their stores either. Actually, last weekend was the first time in a long time that I went into Play N Trade. I about had a heart attack. $100 for a loose, incomplete Turbo Grafx? $125 for a commodore 64? Hilarious.
I go to the Cheektowaga superflea and the first time I ran into Oogie games was their short lived booth there. I guess their worse than eBay and Gamestop prices made it so they couldnt compete with all of the other vendors. And those Freaking stickers! They didnt stick around in there long.
SaraAB, how far from Niagra Falls blvd Sears are you? I usually hop on 290 to 90 from there and can make it to McKinley in about 20 minutes. I do miss that arcade, though it seemed the really cool/ obscure cabinets were always out of order. I miss the FYE that was there too. Used to get great deals there time to time. I still go down there to hit up TRU, Sears, Best Buy, Savers, and Target. I gave up on NFB Best Buy and Target. Theyre always so packed.
Eastern Hills had a 75% off clearance but the employee said some guy cleaned them out of everything. All that was left were sports and dj hero stuff.
I don't wish to reveal my location too much since I do yard sales and I want to keep this area to myself since its decent around here for finds, but getting worse as I probably bought most of the old games from here. Doesn't help that most people here play sports games and call of duty.
The Sears in the falls isn't very good, but they do have quite a few clearance systems and stuff in the case right now, they were showing a white PSP Go at $50 on the store locator on google shopping but I couldn't find it in the store.
I almost died when I went into PnT and saw $90 saturn games that are like $5-6 on ebay. That one booth in the back of the flea, Game Craze, used to have really good deals but they have gotten overpriced. I went into Oogie games and almost puked at their prices, they want $20 for games that you can get for like $2-3 at gamestop and ebay. I swear this chain spends more on their stickers than probably anything else in the store. They have like 10 stickers on each case, so much so you can't even see what game you are buying. Only a complete and utter fool would shop there.
I think the problem here is that PnT and Oogie games both set up these fancy tournament centers with gaming PC's and tons of huge TV's and they have to have some way to pay for it so they overprice all their games hoping a sucker will come in and buy the games. They also had an ad on their facebook page for someone who can repair all systems including DS lites. Now I have a friend who is an electronics engineer who will not work on DS Lite's because they are too challenging for him to repair, now if they are challenging for him I imagine its going to be quite impossible to find someone who can repair them.... let alone someone who can repair any video game system...
In fact I am not even sure if you can call this overpricing, its flat out gouging and scamming if you ask me for what they charge for video games. Also the fact that they position themselves directly next to thrift stores just reeks of being shady.
Ebay is your best bet for older games here, you can get most common stuff for like $5 or less if you want to play it if you bid carefully.
If you are shopping here be prepared to know prices like the back of your hand, Sears is good, but they still have quite a few prices that are off from ebay prices, games that are $30 that you can easily get for $10 or less on ebay.
As far as Target goes they seem to sell out of things before they can even hit clearance, or our area simply doesn't get in the things that stores in other regions get, retail is really terrible around here since the canadians clean everything out so fast, the stores get one shipment of a product, at least for electronics and video games, then when it is gone you don't see it again. Target in the WNY area also seems to be 3-4 weeks behind all the other stores from other regions on the clearance schedule, you will find things but they will be like 15% off, and they sell at 15% off, so why reduce them further? I swear the sheep will buy anything...