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#31 eLefAdEr

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:27 PM

To be fair to Gamestop, it is possible (though highly unlikely) that the game wasn't stolen.


I agree.

AFAIK, the Redbox kiosks nor the website accept pre-paid debit or pre-paid credit cards. So it's either someone legitimately paying for a redbox rental and they "bought" it simply by not returning it, or it was a stolen credit card.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 05:19 PM

Could it be possible that GS is buying out Redbox's stock of used games when they are done with them, and shipping the games to the stores to be resold? The redbox machines only hold a limited amount of titles, and I assume after a while some titles become not so desirable to rent. I have't used redbox so I don't really know.

#33 cheapfrag

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:32 PM

How is Redbox still in business?? All I hear about them is how people steal movies/games and rip people off with overcharges... If you just google 'Redbox complaints" there's a TON of them... Why would anyone even use them?? Anything that doesn't give you a receipt isn't worth using, esp. with a credit card..


As others have said, I get a receipt emailed to me. I have never had a bad experience with them. I don't use them a lot, mostly when I get a free rental code. But occassionally I do rent a "paid" DVD/Blu-ray.

Last year, I rented a DVD and we had a freak October snowstorm. The store was closed on the due date because of the storm. I called customer support and they refunded the extra day charge.

#34 myl0r

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:44 PM

Could it be possible that GS is buying out Redbox's stock of used games when they are done with them, and shipping the games to the stores to be resold? The redbox machines only hold a limited amount of titles, and I assume after a while some titles become not so desirable to rent. I have't used redbox so I don't really know.


That isn't out of question, but I wouldn't think it is accurate in this circumstance. I mean, Borderlands 2 is a really new/sought after game. I'm sure they have had no problem renting out their copies, so I doubt they are looking to unload them just yet, especially with no real AAA titles coming out the past few weeks other than BL.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:05 PM

That isn't out of question, but I wouldn't think it is accurate in this circumstance. I mean, Borderlands 2 is a really new/sought after game. I'm sure they have had no problem renting out their copies, so I doubt they are looking to unload them just yet, especially with no real AAA titles coming out the past few weeks other than BL.


Yeah, with a new game like borderlands 2 I can definitely see it likely being a stolen game, but with games that are a bit older it is a possibility. Though you would think the employees would know if a customer questioned it.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 11:13 PM

Why the fyck would you buy a used disc only copy for 54.99 when you could have preordered from best buy and gotten it essentially for $40? this makes no sense to me.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 11:39 PM

Why the fyck would you buy a used disc only copy for 54.99 when you could have preordered from best buy and gotten it essentially for $40? this makes no sense to me.


Because around here, GameStop credit flows through the streets. GameStop credit is like monopoly money or some shit.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 12:31 AM

When I was getting some PS2 games last week there were ones with the old Blockbuster and Movie Gallery stickers on the tops.

I don't really think it is such a big deal that Gamestop accepted and sold the game. I think the bigger issue is whether it was stolen from Redbox or not.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 01:14 AM

I know someone that did this a few months back. He rented a disc from rebox and paid the up front on the rental. He took it to GameStop and traded it to get enough to get a game he wanted.

Not a big deal though as after so many days red box charges you 50 bucks for the game.

Moral? I don't know. Don't think red box cares as they got their money and he owns the disc.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 01:36 AM

I don't really think it is such a big deal that Gamestop accepted and sold the game. I think the bigger issue is whether it was stolen from Redbox or not.

:applause:Moreover, I question what the OP really expects to get out of reporting this to Redbox. Aside from trying to get a GS rep into potential trouble for having taken in the trade-in to begin with if it is indeed a stolen game paid for with a stolen credit card, who loses out in the end? The answer likely being whoever took in the game in trade to begin with at whichever store it was traded into. So congratulations OP, you likely helped add another person to the unemployment rolls in your area.:-#

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 01:49 AM

To be fair to Gamestop, it is possible (though highly unlikely) that the game wasn't stolen.


Yep, it fell out of the machine and rolled into Gamestop, where they picked it up off the floor and marked it as used.

No really, what other explanation is there?

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#42 orangecrush

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 06:22 PM

Yep, it fell out of the machine and rolled into Gamestop, where they picked it up off the floor and marked it as used.

No really, what other explanation is there?

Some idiot bought it from Redbox and traded it to Gamestop. It isn't very likely, but it is possible.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 06:35 PM

Some idiot bought it from Redbox and traded it to Gamestop. It isn't very likely, but it is possible.


This, its actually very possible. I already posted one of the reasons someone would do it.

When you rent from Red box if you don't return it after so many days you buy it and they charge you the full amount. Its a price cut off, with movies once you hit 20 dollars they charge you whats left after the initial rental and with games its 50 bucks.

Its automatic.

As I mentioned before I know someone that used a new game at Redbox to get enough credit to get one that he wanted that day. He paid for it in the end, but he got the game that day.

There is no reason for Gamestop to not take the discs. I am sure there are metric tons of legitimately purchased games and movies out there from Red box. Whether the person forgot to take it back or wanted to keep.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 08:52 PM

Didnt know that was a redbox label, as Ive never used them. But I have gotten games with that same stupid, hard to remove label from both hastings and amazon warehouse. So it happens, everywhere I guess.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:00 PM

How is Redbox still in business?? All I hear about them is how people steal movies/games and rip people off with overcharges... If you just google 'Redbox complaints" there's a TON of them... Why would anyone even use them?? Anything that doesn't give you a receipt isn't worth using, esp. with a credit card..

That's what I wonder.Maybe they just charge the person who last rented.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:06 PM

I don't see how anybody can complain about Redbox. It's an incredibly simple and easy to use way to rent movies (and games).

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:11 PM

This, its actually very possible. I already posted one of the reasons someone would do it.

When you rent from Red box if you don't return it after so many days you buy it and they charge you the full amount. Its a price cut off, with movies once you hit 20 dollars they charge you whats left after the initial rental and with games its 50 bucks.

Its automatic.

As I mentioned before I know someone that used a new game at Redbox to get enough credit to get one that he wanted that day. He paid for it in the end, but he got the game that day.

There is no reason for Gamestop to not take the discs. I am sure there are metric tons of legitimately purchased games and movies out there from Red box. Whether the person forgot to take it back or wanted to keep.


Or someone needed drugs. They had $5 or whatever and needed $20. As odd as it sounds they'd put that much thought into it, I could see it happening.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:11 AM

1. OP is an idiot.
2. the game is not stolen
3. gamestop has a $30 Guaranteed $30 in store credit for borderland 2 plus Trade 2 eligible games, get $40 in-store credit.
4. this is how you do it, go rent 2 borderland2 games for $4 a day. then you go to gamestop and trade in these games for a $100 store credit. then you buy the games you want with the $100 gamestop credit TODAY. 25 days later redbox will charge your credit card for $100. It is like an interest free 25 days loan on $100.
5. Be smart OP, what you did will only let redbox to increases the prices on their games.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:34 AM

1. OP is an idiot.
2. the game is not stolen
3. gamestop has a $30 Guaranteed $30 in store credit for borderland 2 plus Trade 2 eligible games, get $40 in-store credit.
4. this is how you do it, go rent 2 borderland2 games for $4 a day. then you go to gamestop and trade in these games for a $100 store credit. then you buy the games you want with the $100 gamestop credit TODAY. 25 days later redbox will charge your credit card for $100. It is like an interest free 25 days loan on $100.
5. Be smart OP, what you did will only let redbox to increases the prices on their games.

I have to chime in here and say that calling the OP an idiot is uncalled for. Not everyone is aware how Redbox operates. The OP clearly just posted up his concern.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:39 AM

1. OP is an idiot.
2. the game is not stolen
3. gamestop has a $30 Guaranteed $30 in store credit for borderland 2 plus Trade 2 eligible games, get $40 in-store credit.
4. this is how you do it, go rent 2 borderland2 games for $4 a day. then you go to gamestop and trade in these games for a $100 store credit. then you buy the games you want with the $100 gamestop credit TODAY. 25 days later redbox will charge your credit card for $100. It is like an interest free 25 days loan on $100.
5. Be smart OP, what you did will only let redbox to increases the prices on their games.



Did you ever stop and think that you're the idiot? Please explain the math behind how renting and not returning two copies of Borderlands 2 from Redbox will only cost $100


Will I be charged if I lose or don't return a rental?

Those charges are $24 + tax for DVDs ($25.40 in Maryland), $34.50 + tax for Blu-ray™ Discs ($35.51 in Maryland) and $60 + tax for video games ($61.48 in Maryland). At boxes where DVDs rent for $1 a day, the maximum rental period is 25 days and the maximum rental charge is $25 + tax.



^ So genius explain to me how $60 + tax x2 = $100

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:44 AM

This, its actually very possible. I already posted one of the reasons someone would do it.

When you rent from Red box if you don't return it after so many days you buy it and they charge you the full amount. Its a price cut off, with movies once you hit 20 dollars they charge you whats left after the initial rental and with games its 50 bucks.

Its automatic.

As I mentioned before I know someone that used a new game at Redbox to get enough credit to get one that he wanted that day. He paid for it in the end, but he got the game that day.

There is no reason for Gamestop to not take the discs. I am sure there are metric tons of legitimately purchased games and movies out there from Red box. Whether the person forgot to take it back or wanted to keep.


Have you done this before? The website VERY CLEARLY states it is $60 + tax which voids your entire argument.


What happens if I lose a disc? What will I be charged if I don’t return it?
Every day you don't return a disc, you'll be charged the daily fee + applicable tax. You have the maximum rental period listed at the box (20 days almost everywhere for DVDs) to return it before you'll be charged the maximum charge and the disc yours to keep (so if you end up finding it after the maximum rental period, you can keep it at no additional cost).

Those charges are $24 + tax for DVDs ($25.40 in Maryland), $34.50 + tax for Blu-ray™ Discs ($35.51 in Maryland) and $60 + tax for video games ($61.48 in Maryland). At boxes where DVDs rent for $1 a day, the maximum rental period is for DVDs is 25 days and the maximum rental charge is $25 + tax.



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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:16 AM

At my little indie store, we get people trying to trade in redbox stuff all the time. We have a policy not to take disc only games, so fortunately those all get turned down. Worse than that though, people in my area have started checking out games from the library and trying to sell those. We know what to look for, but i've seen library games at the local pawn shops and GS...people are so lame.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:06 AM

Did you ever stop and think that you're the idiot? Please explain the math behind how renting and not returning two copies of Borderlands 2 from Redbox will only cost $100


Will I be charged if I lose or don't return a rental?

Those charges are $24 + tax for DVDs ($25.40 in Maryland), $34.50 + tax for Blu-ray™ Discs ($35.51 in Maryland) and $60 + tax for video games ($61.48 in Maryland). At boxes where DVDs rent for $1 a day, the maximum rental period is 25 days and the maximum rental charge is $25 + tax.



^ So genius explain to me how $60 + tax x2 = $100




It has always been $50 to keep the game unless Redbox changed the price recently. if so, the reason they change the price was because of people like the OP who tip them off.
PS. My state has no sale tax and I have a credit card that gives 2% cash backs.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:09 PM

huh, so that's what those stickers are..I got a game off eBay a few months back and it had the same sticker. Annoyed me so I tried to peel it off, but it didn't all come off and gets stuck in my 360's tray now..lol.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:22 PM

1. OP is an idiot.
2. the game is not stolen
3. gamestop has a $30 Guaranteed $30 in store credit for borderland 2 plus Trade 2 eligible games, get $40 in-store credit.
4. this is how you do it, go rent 2 borderland2 games for $4 a day. then you go to gamestop and trade in these games for a $100 store credit. then you buy the games you want with the $100 gamestop credit TODAY. 25 days later redbox will charge your credit card for $100. It is like an interest free 25 days loan on $100.
5. Be smart OP, what you did will only let redbox to increases the prices on their games.


Reported for thievery. What a joke.
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#56 cheapfrag

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:44 PM

3. gamestop has a $30 Guaranteed $30 in store credit for borderland 2 plus Trade 2 eligible games, get $40 in-store credit.
4. ...then you go to gamestop and trade in these games for a $100 store credit...


how does trading 2 Borderlands 2 games get you $100 in GameStop credit? The guarenteed $30 is one promo, the trade 2 games for $40 is a separate promo and GameStop will not stack these 2 promos... so basically you get $60 for your 2 Borderlands 2.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:50 PM

how does trading 2 Borderlands 2 games get you $100 in GameStop credit? The guarenteed $30 is one promo, the trade 2 games for $40 is a separate promo and GameStop will not stack these 2 promos... so basically you get $60 for your 2 Borderlands 2.



Math is certainly not his strong point.

Let's see...

Redbox charges $60 + tax (let's say 5%) on unreturned games x 2 copies = $126

Gamestop guarantees $30 trade in credit (but let's assume you stack a promotion that gets you $40 [I fail to see a single promotion that would get you $50] so... $40 x 2 = $80

- $126 + $80 = - $46

= PROFIT

oh wait...


so much for that interest free loan

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 03:27 AM

Math is certainly not his strong point.

Let's see...

Redbox charges $60 + tax (let's say 5%) on unreturned games x 2 copies = $126

Gamestop guarantees $30 trade in credit (but let's assume you stack a promotion that gets you $40 [I fail to see a single promotion that would get you $50] so... $40 x 2 = $80

- $126 + $80 = - $46

= PROFIT

oh wait...


so much for that interest free loan

I think that's a better rate than the check cashing places in Ohio and Kentucky.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:09 AM

People are stealing these games from red box using money dot green prepaid cards from Walmart. When uncharted 3 came out someone was selling them for $30. Went and picked it up and had the sticker on it. At the time I didn't know about red box stickers cause I never used them until my brother mention it was a red box sticker. Looked online and there is a whole thread on how to steal games from red box using the green dot money cards. Basically you give a fake information and red box will let you rent them.
Here is another Craigslist listing that I saw earlier.
http://memphis.craig...3309730441.html

As you can tell all those games they mention are all at red box.

It's pretty sad how low these people are getting just to make $30 or a little GameStop credit.

But when you trade it in at GameStop you do have to give your real information so I guess that's the only way they can get caught.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:18 AM

Worse than that though, people in my area have started checking out games from the library and trying to sell those. We know what to look for, but i've seen library games at the local pawn shops and GS...people are so lame.


Don't always assume that. My local library has a "fire sale" twice a year where they sell off a ton of their books, CDs, and DVDs for extremely cheap, usually $1-2 each or less. The discs could have been legitimately purchased. I've got about 2 dozen DVDs in my collection that I bought from my library.