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#31 Komentra

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 06:48 AM

This doesn't surprise me. I was in Gamestop not to long ago and while I was waiting in line one of the employees said to someone in line 'We don't buy the guitars, just letting you know now'.

And every time I go to local thrift stores in my town I see the wired ones for sale for like a dollar. So it's definitely not a stretch to think they're overflowed with them.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 06:55 AM

You should grab em all for $.01 each and put them up on your trade list here. Someone would likely grab some off you just for the sake of having them.


That or even have a garage sale or something. Sell 'em for $2-$3 a piece.

Worst case scenario; donate 'em to Goodwill. Do your good deed for the day. You're only out .40 cents if you go that route...

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 06:59 AM

Funny, I'd gladly pay $10-$15 for one, but I can't find them anywhere. Online they're too expensive.


Me too, I actually need a couple replacements, but MSRP for them is ridiculous

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:05 AM

Well, I've got 4 for the :360: sitting here that need tested and cleaned, 2 Les Pauls, 1 World Tour Strat, and 1 Xplorer... If they work, they're going on my list for my fellow CAGs. And I'll probably go $10-15 plus shipping on each (amazon gift cards would be loverly)...
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:24 AM

That or even have a garage sale or something. Sell 'em for $2-$3 a piece.

Worst case scenario; donate 'em to Goodwill. Do your good deed for the day. You're only out .40 cents if you go that route...


True, I'll check back soon and see of they still have them.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:31 AM

I'd take them off of their hands. Can never have too many guitar peripherals laying around, lol.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:32 AM

Funny, I'd gladly pay $10-$15 for one, but I can't find them anywhere. Online they're too expensive.


This. I would love to switch out my PS2 guitar hero controller/games for the Xbox 360 versions.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:35 PM

I guess I'm the only person who enjoyed playing the guitar games.

New challenge. Play other games with the guitar controller. Mission 1 halo reach on legendary. Lol
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:44 PM

For those who don't understand the way "field destroy" works:

Destroying"an item (as opposed to giving it away to customers), and providing documented evidence that they've been destroyed, results in a pretty hefty tax write-off for unsellable goods. Could they donate them to Goodwill for a tax write off as well? Yes, but the write-offs for donations are limited.

So before you go knocking any store for being "big-ol meanies" for not selling you items at a penny, business is business, and giving it away means they lose money.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:08 PM

Well, the Gamestop store near me is tossing out all the cases and instructions for the used DS games that get traded in. I'm pretty pissed about that, but again, Gamestop doesn't care about preserving games in their original condition, which is why I only shop there if it's something that I can't find otherwise.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:21 PM

For those who don't understand the way "field destroy" works:

Destroying"an item (as opposed to giving it away to customers), and providing documented evidence that they've been destroyed, results in a pretty hefty tax write-off for unsellable goods. Could they donate them to Goodwill for a tax write off as well? Yes, but the write-offs for donations are limited.

So before you go knocking any store for being "big-ol meanies" for not selling you items at a penny, business is business, and giving it away means they lose money.


Yep, same thing happened when I was a manager at Blockbuster years ago. Every few months we would have to destroy hundreds of dvds and keep track of them for tax purposes. Getting caught taking any of these dvds was an automatic "you're fired" offense.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:26 PM

For those who don't understand the way "field destroy" works:

Destroying"an item (as opposed to giving it away to customers), and providing documented evidence that they've been destroyed, results in a pretty hefty tax write-off for unsellable goods. Could they donate them to Goodwill for a tax write off as well? Yes, but the write-offs for donations are limited.

So before you go knocking any store for being "big-ol meanies" for not selling you items at a penny, business is business, and giving it away means they lose money.


that's nice and all but when you stand back and just look at the situation there is something wrong about it. Just because a corporation profits from the things they do does not make it the right thing to do. More than likely some people overseas were paid very little to make these. Then they were shipped over the ocean and by truck to stores all over the place just to be destroyed when they could instead at least be enjoyed by less fortunate kids. If there is in fact a law that lets corporations derive more tax benefit from destroying still useful goods instead of donating them that is also flawed to say the least. How crap like that gets into the books when 8 out of 10 or maybe even a higher percentage of people would agree it is a terrible policy is beyond me. It's the sort of practice that should be highlighted more in the media which would hurt corporate images enough for them to maybe change their ways for the better or get people interested enough to maybe change ridiculous policies such as this.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:47 PM

If you want companies to give stuff away instead of destroying it, then you need to lobby to change tax & accounting laws. Can't believe I'm defending GS, but they must do that in order to legally get the credit from the publisher or the government (depending on where their credit is coming from in that situation).


100% agree. It's such a waste but you can't blame the companies, their only option wuold be to in-effect pay to give them away. They've already likely lost money on just having them sit in stock for God knows how long, they aren't going to want to pay even more money to get rid of them.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:07 PM

For those who don't understand the way "field destroy" works:

Destroying"an item (as opposed to giving it away to customers), and providing documented evidence that they've been destroyed, results in a pretty hefty tax write-off for unsellable goods. Could they donate them to Goodwill for a tax write off as well? Yes, but the write-offs for donations are limited.

So before you go knocking any store for being "big-ol meanies" for not selling you items at a penny, business is business, and giving it away means they lose money.


The problem is two-fold though. Like others have said the policy is moronic. Even if the policy doesn't allow (or heavily frowns upon) giving them away/selling for a cent, the policy should definitely encourage donations instead of straight up tossing in the garbage.

Secondly, what "documentation" is required? Unless it's a picture of the guitars smashed to bits I'd say the documentation is rather pointless, wouldn't you?

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:07 PM

Just because a corporation profits from the things they do does not make it the right thing to do.


Yes, it does, that's the way businesses work. I'm sorry that you don't agree but that in no way makes it "wrong". You see, there's this little thing called Profits and Loss, and if the Loss portion isn't able to offset the costs of goods purchased that aren't selling, it cuts into Profit.

It's not black and white, and there's reasons for everything. If businesses were able to take tax write-offs for items "given away" to customers, it leaves open WAY too many exploitable loopholes.

It sucks that you can't always get what you feel is "right" as a consumer but that's the way the world works.

Secondly, what "documentation" is required? Unless it's a picture of the guitars smashed to bits I'd say the documentation is rather pointless, wouldn't you?


It's actually pictures. And even if it wasn't, do you think the Gamestop would just have no problem lying to the government and then publicly giving away the guitars?

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:32 PM

Yes, it does, that's the way businesses work. I'm sorry that you don't agree but that in no way makes it "wrong". You see, there's this little thing called Profits and Loss, and if the Loss portion isn't able to offset the costs of goods purchased that aren't selling, it cuts into Profit.

It's not black and white, and there's reasons for everything. If businesses were able to take tax write-offs for items "given away" to customers, it leaves open WAY too many exploitable loopholes.

It sucks that you can't always get what you feel is "right" as a consumer but that's the way the world works.



It's actually pictures. And even if it wasn't, do you think the Gamestop would just have no problem lying to the government and then publicly giving away the guitars?


So they ask for pictures of the guitars destroyed? Or pictures of them in the dumpster or what? Just curious...

I wasn't so much saying about GS lying, but I certainly wouldn't see a problem with giving a few away if customers happen to come in at the right time and ask about them. I mean unless they literally have to be destroyed (which maybe you're saying they do), what's the difference between telling a costumer "sorry we just threw them away...out back...in the dumpster" or just being like "here dude we're tossing these anyway".

Anyway, like I and others have said the policy is BS. If GS was making a profit on them (even a cent) I could see the government not giving the tax credit...but if no profit is made... Sure there would have to be rules, and you'd still have to provide documentation like how long they've been in stock and stuff but still.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:46 PM

Wow this is worse than the game guides being dumped. The poor environment.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:56 PM

I remember last time this happened it was with a bunch of video game themed wallets. I knew they were going to destroy them so I went and they were still on the shelves, and I tried buying them (rang up 1 cent). They then took them away and said I couldn't have them since they had to throw them away. I insisted but they refused.
Needless to say we dont' go to that gamestop anymore. Come on, guys. You would rather destroy them than just let me have them?


Dude seriously? Don't fucking blame the employees. Yes, I would rather throw them away than give them to you and lose my fucking job. We just do what we're told. And before anyone asks, yes, the Employee that the OP is talking about could very well lose his job if anyone from corporate found this thread.

Edit: Sorry guys, that comment just really struck a nerve as an employee. Just to clear things up, no I don't think it's the best thing to do either, I would definitely rather give away all the stuff we have to destroy, either donating or even just giving them to some lucky customer, I'd love to make their day, but that's not the policy, so we have to stick to it. Like someone earlier said, if you want things like that to change, you have to vote for the change.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 03:08 PM

So they ask for pictures of the guitars destroyed? Or pictures of them in the dumpster or what? Just curious...


Pictures of them destroyed, basically the government wants proof that you didn't lie, and pictures of said "unsellable merchandise" that's destroyed beyond use is what they need.

My friend once had to be part of a field destroy when Gamestop decided to stop selling "classic" games (SNES, NES, N64, etc) and he watched as they completely smashed (boards and all) tons of games including games such as Earthbound, Final Fantasy 2-3, Chrono Trigger and more.

Guitars, who cares? You can buy 50 at any flea market. Watching as Earthbound gets smashed to shit, now that's sad.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:35 PM

If you want companies to give stuff away instead of destroying it, then you need to lobby to change tax & accounting laws. Can't believe I'm defending GS, but they must do that in order to legally get the credit from the publisher or the government (depending on where their credit is coming from in that situation).


Yep this is exactly why. Same thing as the guides being pennied out & having the covers destroyed before being dumped.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:39 PM

FYI the market for used guitars now is insane. I sold my 2 lightly used 360 wired guitars from GH 2 for $45/each on Amazon last month.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:15 PM

Pictures of them destroyed, basically the government wants proof that you didn't lie, and pictures of said "unsellable merchandise" that's destroyed beyond use is what they need.

My friend once had to be part of a field destroy when Gamestop decided to stop selling "classic" games (SNES, NES, N64, etc) and he watched as they completely smashed (boards and all) tons of games including games such as Earthbound, Final Fantasy 2-3, Chrono Trigger and more.

Guitars, who cares? You can buy 50 at any flea market. Watching as Earthbound gets smashed to shit, now that's sad.


Thats so messed up, even more when you consider that GameStop NOW uses classic games as prizes in their Power up rewards program, and at outrageous point amounts at that!

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:18 PM

That is the only 'green'(money) they care about, just like the companies that're making those 'eco' cases now for games and movies. Those cases are so flimsy sometimes that you then have to replace them with a non 'eco' case and end up tossing out that junky one. So how exactly does that help the Earth?:roll::-#


Actually... GameStop buys Best Buy and Blockbuster's trash. Seriously. That's how you see so many "used" DS games that look brand new. These are your "Bobby the Worm" DS games or "Balls of Fury" for the Wii that Best Buy decided to dump to GameStop for pennies since nobody bought them at their stores.

When I worked at GameStop, one time I saw a pile of brand new, sealed, still in the original box XBOX 1 console at their Distribution Center. I asked a manager how we still had those (this was 2010) and he said that Blockbuster dumped these to GameStop when they bought some of their other trash.

In short, Best Buy and other retailers dump their trash for pennies to GameStop. I am sure some of those guitars came from some of these stores.
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:28 PM

For those who don't understand the way "field destroy" works:

Destroying"an item (as opposed to giving it away to customers), and providing documented evidence that they've been destroyed, results in a pretty hefty tax write-off for unsellable goods. Could they donate them to Goodwill for a tax write off as well? Yes, but the write-offs for donations are limited.

So before you go knocking any store for being "big-ol meanies" for not selling you items at a penny, business is business, and giving it away means they lose money.




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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:31 PM

they should have given them away to the homeless. who could be scared of a homeless person gently clicking away at a fake guitar? and they could make some extra money doing corner concerts. of course at night that could be kind of creepy hearing that clicking and not being sure where its coming from.


i agree with that other poster though im glad the genre is dying theres still a new one coming out where you use real guitars but its looking like theyll pull the plug on this in time. maybe theyll go back to doing parappas or um jammer lammys.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:39 PM

What are you going to do with those controllers anyway? selling them would be really time consuming since its dirt cheap, and would it be worth your time and effort? they should give them to the salvation army or something there are deserving families who cant afford video games.....but then they would have to buy a console.... hmmmmm

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 06:11 PM

So we just have to ask if they have any guitars left to give away?

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 06:41 PM

What are you going to do with those controllers anyway? selling them would be really time consuming since its dirt cheap, and would it be worth your time and effort? they should give them to the salvation army or something there are deserving families who cant afford video games.....but then they would have to buy a console.... hmmmmm


Go on ebay. Type in "Guitar Controllers"

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:07 PM

FYI if they're field destroying these guitars "properly," then they are cutting the cords off so they can't be connected. I was told that's what they had to do with one of those WWE All Stars small arcade sticks that was bought then returned b/c they didn't like it.

The DM is the one that does almost all field destroy in my area. The workers always talk about how good she is at tearing off covers of the hardback CE guides.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:08 PM

What are you going to do with those controllers anyway? selling them would be really time consuming since its dirt cheap, and would it be worth your time and effort? they should give them to the salvation army or something there are deserving families who cant afford video games.....but then they would have to buy a console.... hmmmmm


Look about 5 posts up. I sold 2 for $45 each on Amazon last month from my personal collection I no longer use.

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