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#31 klimb22

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 04:16 PM

4 * $89.99 = $359.96 + tax in your area, which could be as high as $40 + gas

 

That's a lot of money to spend on four of the same video game without promise of selling them for a profit. GS's price on the game reflects ebay's price, and ebay takes at least 15% of your sales value. :x Sounds like a major loss to me.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:13 PM

This!

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:28 PM

This!
 

Also, PUR 10% off, that cancels out tax in my area, others will save even more. And if you are spending $40 in gas, you either drive a hummer, or your spending too much time and going too far.

 

Edit: Yes, Hipster, I was viewing the thread on my phone, and I misread it as "$40+ in gas", rather than the $40 referring to the tax. Still makes sense to point out that PUR discount would save most people at least as much as the tax, and some people (who don't pay tax) as much as $36. The 15% in ebay fees was already mentioned.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:29 PM

$400 out of pocket, $200 refund, for possible $50 profit if you sell three out of the four for current ebay prices while lots of other people try the same thing? Guess you should get on that right now. Also note that if the 10% PUR bonus cancels out your sales tax (which can be as high as 11%, hence the rounded $40 that you seemingly failed to comprehend) that you will still have to pay 15% or more in ebay fees.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:37 PM

Xenoblade and Metroid aren't "used", their "vintage", that's why they're so expensive ;-)

 I saw that on Gamestop's website.  I wonder what Gamestop calls everything before the Wii?  "Used," "Pre-Owned," "Pre-Played," and/or "Ancient." :)



#36 ZhengMaster

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:57 PM

I also noticed the $15 iTunes card. Thinking about getting the iPod nano 6th gen for runs (wearing it as a watch). Does the iTunes promo apply to refurbished ones? Also does the 20% off pre-owned and accessories apply?



#37 righteousalive

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:28 PM

wonder if this can be used on 3ds games



#38 doc_j88

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:38 PM

wonder if this can be used on 3ds games

 

sigh.....no



#39 Billytwoshoes

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:05 PM

This is a good coupon, but with the look of the Wii and DS section in my local Gamestops trying to clear out most of their stock, you might be better off saving your points unless you can find four relatively similarly priced games that are more than likely not going to be discounted in the near future.  Even if you luck out and find a GS (or are willing to do the return and rebuy) that has copies of Xenoblade and MPT, it would only be worth it if all four of the games are at that value (or close enough, like Radiant Dawn).

 

For the Wii games, I would recommend the following to look out for (if complete and in good shape), as anything that is $10 or cheaper would be a waste for this coupon (again, unless you can find four $9.99 games that you want), and is best used on four titles in the $30-45 range.  With the coupon, you will beat out eBay prices for these games that are more than likely going to be harder to find in a year from now (some even now), base prices shown before discounts:

 

Super Mario Galaxy 2, $44.99

 

Kirby's Return to Dream Land, $44.99

 

Mario Party 9, $44.99

 

Skyward Sword, $44.99

 

Mario Sports Mix, $39.99

 

Plenty more at the $30-20 range as well, just keep the values of the games close together to get the best use of the coupon.  These may seem like no-brainer 1st party selections, but those are the ones that mostly hold their value.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:48 PM

I love how GameStop can't win... 

 

Xenoblade comes back mysteriously and people are suspicious of it being a reprint coming up with whatever proof they can find.

MPT comes back in disc form and people are bitching they didn't "reprint" the whole CE, even though the old XB topics were filled with people pissed they reprinted a CE (though I don't recall MPT being a CE in the first place...) 

 

 

Only time will tell. MPT hit $10 dollars new at one point and then went on to be worth 90+. XB was $35 dollars at one point and then went on to be worth $120+ dollars. Might result in lower prices for now and then shoot back up down the road. 

It is not suspicion when major and rather reputable sites like Kotaku and IGN have big news alleging this scandalous activity and nobody is returning their calls when they want more answer. Game Informer which is owned by GameStop obviously turns the other cheek as this is a conflict of interest. People from all walks of the videogame industry have called GameStop out on this and yet they have not defended themselves as they were obviously caught red handed. It is their prerogative if they want to do this to the loyal customers and mark up the used prices to make 100% profit, but I feel it is shady as they would have easily sold double to triple and thus make more profits if they made this available at $40-$50 as it should be for used prices compared to MSRP.

 

My bigger issue is with MPT (not to be confused with MP3: Corruption) and it was only in a special CE that came out and was very limited. They are just reprinting the trilogy disk that has all 3 games and skyrocketing the price. Those three games separate are cheaper than this trilogy disk, but the big appeal to MPT was the entire game and contents. They are not offering contents at all and this seems to be no different than Chinese eBay sellers selling reprint/burned disks at a fraction of the costs of the MSRP, yet they are considered illegal and what GameStop is doing is not much better and actually worse since they inflated the costs. There are few subjects on CAG that are more polarizing than GameStop's recent antics. I am a loyal fan of the company and have over 80,000+ PUR points, but I don't have to like what they are doing with this particular situation when it comes to the consumer, but still support them on other things.



#41 JustinSaneV2

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:44 PM

And of course I would only have 9500 points...



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:59 PM

Hmm anything worth buying a wii for to use this coupon? I'm trying to keep busy waiting for my ps4 and was thinking about trying out a wii. Btw don't hate but I haven't had anything Nintendo since GameCube and the only game I had was animal crossing lmao

Yeah, quite a few great Wii games. I'll save you the trouble and list some must-have Wii exclusives:

 

Donkey Kong Country Returns (a must-have for any Wii owner)

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (one of my favorites, and only costs around $10 brand new on Amazon)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (a true masterpiece)

Zelda Twilight Princess (another true masterpiece, and definitely better on Wii than GC)

Zelda Skyward Sword (the definitive motion gaming experience on Wii)

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (it's Metroid Prime, need I say more?)

Metroid: Other M (grossly underrated and quite good actually)

Metroid Prime Trilogy (all 3 Prime games with the new 1st person motion controls- simply astounding)

Xenoblade Chronicles (one of the finest RPGs of the 7th generation)

The Last Story (developed by the creator of Final Fantasy, many claim this game is even better than Xenoblade)

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Nintendo's take on what a strategy RPG should look like)

Pikmin NEW PLAY CONTROL (a port of Pikmin on the Gamecube, but with superior motion controls)

Pikmin 2 NEW PLAY CONTROL (a port of Pikmin 2 on the Gamecube, but with superior motion controls)

Wii Sports Resort (despite the "casual" label, this game is a fine example of fun at its best)

Kirby's Return To Dreamland (a fine platformer, and one of the better entries in the Kirby series)

 

There's a good starting list for you.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 10:46 PM

Might go for Super Smash Bros Brawl, The Last Story, Dokapon Kingdom, and Kirby's Dream Collection. Those are all at one store.

 

Basically my only dilemma is The Last Story or Pandora's Tower? I only want to get one of those, but any opinions on which is better?


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:03 AM

I would definitely go The Last Story between those two as it seems to be more polished and has better mechanics than Pandora's Tower. Not to say that Pandora's Tower is bad at all, but it seems to be the least liked between the three Operation Rainfall games. XC seems to get the highest reviews  averaging in the 9's, TLS is second with average scores between 8.5-9 and PT is in the mid to low 7's. If I were you, I would try to locate a cheap new copy of the Kirby Collection somewhere as you will most likely get nothing but the game if you buy it used. Maybe get TLS and PT and try to get Kirby new from Amazon as it is the same price as the used copy at GS and you will get everything. I know you are looking at it as the possible free game thrown in, but you should try to get that game complete with all content which is just like I was saying with MPT in a previous post.



#45 Zalaki

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:08 AM

Yeah, quite a few great Wii games. I'll save you the trouble and list some must-have Wii exclusives:

Donkey Kong Country Returns (a must-have for any Wii owner)
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (one of my favorites, and only costs around $10 brand new on Amazon)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (a true masterpiece)
Zelda Twilight Princess (another true masterpiece, and definitely better on Wii than GC)
Zelda Skyward Sword (the definitive motion gaming experience on Wii)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (it's Metroid Prime, need I say more?)
Metroid: Other M (grossly underrated and quite good actually)
Metroid Prime Trilogy (all 3 Prime games with the new 1st person motion controls- simply astounding)
Xenoblade Chronicles (one of the finest RPGs of the 7th generation)
The Last Story (developed by the creator of Final Fantasy, many claim this game is even better than Xenoblade)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Nintendo's take on what a strategy RPG should look like)
Pikmin NEW PLAY CONTROL (a port of Pikmin on the Gamecube, but with superior motion controls)
Pikmin 2 NEW PLAY CONTROL (a port of Pikmin 2 on the Gamecube, but with superior motion controls)
Wii Sports Resort (despite the "casual" label, this game is a fine example of fun at its best)
Kirby's Return To Dreamland (a fine platformer, and one of the better entries in the Kirby series)

There's a good starting list for you.


Thanks for that list. There are quite a few on there I had looked into but wasn't sure. Now I know. Here Wii go again, good thing I have some spare GS credit haha.

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#46 J7.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 05:31 AM

I also noticed the $15 iTunes card. Thinking about getting the iPod nano 6th gen for runs (wearing it as a watch). Does the iTunes promo apply to refurbished ones? Also does the 20% off pre-owned and accessories apply?

This is all I could find. Since refurbished are more expensive I would say yes. I don't know of any 20% off.

 

Offer valid through 9/8/2013. Limit one card per transaction. Color and selection of all items subject to availability by location. Selection may vary by store. While supplies last. Customer may be responsible for sales tax. No dealers. BuyMyTronics reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the offer for any reason without notice. See sales associate for complete details. Void where prohibited. iPod, iPhone and iPad (including images thereof) are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. BuyMyTronics is not affiliated with or endorsed by Apple Inc. Apple Inc. is not affiliated with this offer.



#47 Grief.exe

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 05:52 AM

It is not suspicion when major and rather reputable sites like Kotaku and IGN have big news alleging this scandalous activity and nobody is returning their calls when they want more answer. Game Informer which is owned by GameStop obviously turns the other cheek as this is a conflict of interest. People from all walks of the videogame industry have called GameStop out on this and yet they have not defended themselves as they were obviously caught red handed. It is their prerogative if they want to do this to the loyal customers and mark up the used prices to make 100% profit, but I feel it is shady as they would have easily sold double to triple and thus make more profits if they made this available at $40-$50 as it should be for used prices compared to MSRP.

 

My bigger issue is with MPT (not to be confused with MP3: Corruption) and it was only in a special CE that came out and was very limited. They are just reprinting the trilogy disk that has all 3 games and skyrocketing the price. Those three games separate are cheaper than this trilogy disk, but the big appeal to MPT was the entire game and contents. They are not offering contents at all and this seems to be no different than Chinese eBay sellers selling reprint/burned disks at a fraction of the costs of the MSRP, yet they are considered illegal and what GameStop is doing is not much better and actually worse since they inflated the costs. There are few subjects on CAG that are more polarizing than GameStop's recent antics. I am a loyal fan of the company and have over 80,000+ PUR points, but I don't have to like what they are doing with this particular situation when it comes to the consumer, but still support them on other things.

Where is the evidence behind Gamestop reprinting these games? They would have to jump through multiple legal hurdles, including dealing with the original publisher. In this case, Nintendo.

Gamestop would have to pay Nintendo for the rights to reprint and sell those copies. What you are saying just makes no business, ethical, or legal sense in any way.

Unless you can present some accurate evidence to the contrary. The only evidence I have seen is new cases, which Gamestop can buy on their own.

 

Most likely what happened, is Gamestop contacted people who had bought those games through their stores and offered them trade in value. This was corroborated by reports of Gamestop doing just that a few months ago http://www.neogaf.co...ad.php?t=558200

At least that theory is plausible, and actually backed up by evidence. The other theory is merely circumstantial and, frankly, quite ridiculous.



#48 sonicemerald

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 07:53 AM

picked up chrono trigger, tetris ds, castlevania : dawn of sorrow, and order of eclesia....3/4 were complete. glad i jumped on this coupon.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:25 AM

Where is the evidence behind Gamestop reprinting these games? They would have to jump through multiple legal hurdles, including dealing with the original publisher. In this case, Nintendo.

Gamestop would have to pay Nintendo for the rights to reprint and sell those copies. What you are saying just makes no business, ethical, or legal sense in any way.

Unless you can present some accurate evidence to the contrary. The only evidence I have seen is new cases, which Gamestop can buy on their own.

 

Most likely what happened, is Gamestop contacted people who had bought those games through their stores and offered them trade in value. This was corroborated by reports of Gamestop doing just that a few months ago http://www.neogaf.co...ad.php?t=558200

At least that theory is plausible, and actually backed up by evidence. The other theory is merely circumstantial and, frankly, quite ridiculous.

A few weeks ago, there was not one copy anywhere for 100 miles of my area. Now, every single DAMN STORE IN THE 100 MILE AREA has the damn game, and 2-3 copies IN EACH STORE! This is a reprint. How can people think it's not? I bet you're the type to walk into a building and if you were to see a dead guy on the ground knifed and see another guy with a bloody knife in his hands, you'd walk up to him and say "hey, do you know what happened to that guy?"

 

Gamestop's gone too far this time. I've turned a blind eye to a lot, but I'm not going to let them get away with this.



#50 kitsunisan

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:45 AM

May I inquire where you purchase your tinfoil hats?  There was a black van parked 3 blocks from the place I used to buy mine from, obviously I can't go back there anymore.

Just to keep things in perspective, 6 months ago it wasn't too hard to find a copy of Xenoblade.  There weren't multiple copies in every store, but if you looked around a bit you could find a few in your city.  That's when Gamestop started hammering on trading the game in.  Then the proverbial well began to run dry.  Gamestop began hording them in preparation for this promotion.  As for the different cases, it's entirely possible that some time during the print run the decision was made to change the case.  Games, like most things, are printed in batches, and certain details can change between one printing and the next.

Metroid Trilogy should be proof of this.  Why would Gamestop go through the effort of recreating the Xenoblade packaging, right down to the Club Nintendo insert, and not create a case and box art for Metroid?  Do you really think that they'd go through the extraordinary effort to set up things to reprint the game and then figure it's too much work to create something to put on the cover?  And do you really think that a reprint would happen without there being some kind of solid confirmation, not just a company responding to baseless accusations from a very small community?



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:04 AM

May I inquire where you purchase your tinfoil hats?  There was a black van parked 3 blocks from the place I used to buy mine from, obviously I can't go back there anymore.

Just to keep things in perspective, 6 months ago it wasn't too hard to find a copy of Xenoblade.  There weren't multiple copies in every store, but if you looked around a bit you could find a few in your city.  That's when Gamestop started hammering on trading the game in.  Then the proverbial well began to run dry.  Gamestop began hording them in preparation for this promotion.  As for the different cases, it's entirely possible that some time during the print run the decision was made to change the case.  Games, like most things, are printed in batches, and certain details can change between one printing and the next.

Metroid Trilogy should be proof of this.  Why would Gamestop go through the effort of recreating the Xenoblade packaging, right down to the Club Nintendo insert, and not create a case and box art for Metroid?  Do you really think that they'd go through the extraordinary effort to set up things to reprint the game and then figure it's too much work to create something to put on the cover?  And do you really think that a reprint would happen without there being some kind of solid confirmation, not just a company responding to baseless accusations from a very small community?

I make my own hats after I buy the tinfoil at the hardware store. That black van sounds dangerous. Go back, but take a baseball bat and some handcuffs with you. Vasaline is optional but recommended.

 

So you think that an area went from having 0 Xenoblades, to having over 80 of them, one 100 mile area in a small state, because Gamestop was "hoarding them in preparation for this promotion?" Brilliant detective work. Go to your precinct and ask for a promotion. Hell, you deserve to be the Captain!

 

Maybe because asking Nintendo for some new cases and CN coins for Xenoblade is about 100x easier to do than to pay to have Ninty recreate Metroid Steelbooks?



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:04 AM

picked up chrono trigger, tetris ds, castlevania : dawn of sorrow, and order of eclesia....3/4 were complete. glad i jumped on this coupon.

 

I keep wanting to pick up the DS Castlevania games just to have them for a rainy day, and this may work for me.  I think I still have 25k+ points.


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#53 kitsunisan

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 04:10 PM

Why would they go through the trouble of remaking steelbooks, just mock up some cover art for it and print it. And since you conspiracy nuts believe that they'll print up new Club Nintendo inserts and give away points with Xenoblade, why in the world would they not at the very least print an instruction manual for Metroid. You really think they'll go all out for Xenoblade then for Metroid say "screw it, just put the disk on a generic case and be done"?
And I'd be careful of that hardware store, too many dark areas for surveillance.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 05:23 PM

A few weeks ago, there was not one copy anywhere for 100 miles of my area. Now, every single DAMN STORE IN THE 100 MILE AREA has the damn game, and 2-3 copies IN EACH STORE! This is a reprint. How can people think it's not? I bet you're the type to walk into a building and if you were to see a dead guy on the ground knifed and see another guy with a bloody knife in his hands, you'd walk up to him and say "hey, do you know what happened to that guy?"

 

Gamestop's gone too far this time. I've turned a blind eye to a lot, but I'm not going to let them get away with this.

You literally just ignored all of the arguments and facts I dug up, not to mention throwing common, or business, sense out the window.

 

They have been calling people who bought games like Metroid Trilogy and Xenoblade for the past 6 months and have been hoarding copies. When they had enough to stock the majority of their stores, they released them.

Its not too much of a stretch to believe they could acquire around 25,000 copies, that may seem like a lot, but keep in mind they are a national chain. The game sold about 500,000 in North America alone.

 

You know what is a stretch? Thinking that Gamestop has the ability to arbitrarily reprint copies. See my previous post for the reasons.

 

 

picked up chrono trigger, tetris ds, castlevania : dawn of sorrow, and order of eclesia....3/4 were complete. glad i jumped on this coupon.

Great pickups! Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow and Order of Eclesia are the best on DS, and Chrono Trigger is one of my favorite games of all time.



#55 Darmonde

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 05:38 PM

The truth is of course probably between both extremes, but it seems like you guys are intent on winning this internet fight.

 

It seems like XB got reprinted. Hence the tons of stock, and unused CN codes, and often pristine cases.

 

It seems like MPT was NOT reprinted, hence the low stock, and generic cases.

 

That's not unreasonable. People still get to hate GS for having high used prices. Was that so hard?

 

On topic, I got and used this coupon. Great deal if you keep the items close together.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:12 PM

You guys should realize by now that KuroPansa is a troll and does this in nearly every thread he/she posts in. Just ignore them.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:41 PM

Actually, my gamestop employee source told me its likely that both xenobalde and metroid bought got reprinted as both have over 2000 copies available at their warehouse. I seriously doubt that calling people who bought xenoblade yielded such a vast amount and thats not counting the store amounts as well.

 

 

They got reprinted. You people rejecting the very possibility of it is mindblowing. Nintendo themselves refused to comment on it. Usually thats a heads up that they don't want to talk about a touchy subject that would get them bad press.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:45 PM

Also ask yourselves this question. Which is more likely to make proft. Offering $40 for a trade in of Xenoblade to joe schmoe (plus employee hours and phone bills) in hopes of getting more copies trading in or paying nintendo more money to INSURE they get more copies in.

 

Really, its always, always about the money.



#59 Potatoeman

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:11 PM

Why would they go through the trouble of remaking steelbooks, just mock up some cover art for it and print it. And since you conspiracy nuts believe that they'll print up new Club Nintendo inserts and give away points with Xenoblade, why in the world would they not at the very least print an instruction manual for Metroid. You really think they'll go all out for Xenoblade then for Metroid say "screw it, just put the disk on a generic case and be done"?
And I'd be careful of that hardware store, too many dark areas for surveillance.

 

I wanted to jump in and say that Metroid Prime Trilogy did get a case/artwork/manual, at least in some stores. In a couple of the ones I've been to recently they had a white wii case with cover art, manual etc.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:54 PM

I wanted to jump in and say that Metroid Prime Trilogy did get a case/artwork/manual, at least in some stores. In a couple of the ones I've been to recently they had a white wii case with cover art, manual etc.

To me that sounds very dubious and I would lean towards a reprint because the ones that I saw that were legitimately traded in without the case were sitting on the shelf in an ugly generic GameStop case. There was nothing else included just like any other games traded in without a case and now they seem to give extra love and care for a ."vintage" game that is double the MSRP for a used copy. MPT was only sold in a steel book case so it wasn't like there were alternate versions lying around. This seems to have come off the same press as the game as far as being mass produced. Like I said before, I still support GameStop and will continue to do so but I am not blinded by them doing some shady business here. I won't buy their used vintage copies and support this scam, but I will gladly buy their brand new sealed MSRP games when it comes to getting GS exclusive DLC and extras.