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The Blockbuster/Gamerush Thread XXII (B1G1 50% off on all used games!)

#1 io   ... Super Moderators   24630 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:21 AM

Welcome to the Official CAG Blockbuster/Gamerush video game deal thread.

Sadly, Blockbuster has cut down it's maximum trade-in value from $33-$35 to $25 or so and dropped all other values along with it. So welcome to the new world of Blockbuster featuring Gamestop trade-in prices (but without the Edge card and frequent trade-in deals to make it more appealing). Continue on if you feel like there is any need...

ALERT: Buy 1 Get 1 50% off sale through June 7th!


Blockbuster is currently running a Buy 1 get 1 50% off sale. Below is a list of $14.99 and under games from the last sale just to give you an idea of prices. However, all games $4.99 and UP count for this sale. So, for example you could get God of War III for $39.99 and get half off New Super Mario Bros. Wii (also $39.99 normally).


What is this thread for?
The primary function of this thread is to discuss current trade-in and sale promos, post any trade-in values you have obtained, and discuss new and used game selection and availability. Please post trade-in values with the date of the trade (or quote) and system.

It is also permissible to discuss system availability, credit issues, etc. As long as it is related to game trades or sales at Blockbuster it is generally OK to discuss it here.

Unlike more tightly focused clearance threads, it is OK to discuss more general Gamerush/Blockbuster issues here as well as trade requests as long as they are kept to a minimum (and usually just during specific deals).

Due to the questionable stability of the Gamerush (and Blockbuster for that matter) brand, it is also permissible to discuss ways of converting credit from Blockbuster to other stores (ie, which games may be used for trading in to other stores such as Gamecrazy or EB/GS). As of right now, we have no indication of Gamerush's imminent demise, but given Blockbuster's ongoing financial difficulties we need to be aware of the possibility.

What is this thread NOT for?
Please do not discuss the flipping of games from one Gamerush store to another should another such opportunity arise (through trade-in deals). It is one thing to "play the market" with trade-in values from one chain to another (GR to GC to EB) - free market buy low/sell high and all that. But taking advantage of loopholes in a single store's policies/promos is frowned upon and has, in the past, led to trade-in bans from GR.


Blockbuster Game Trading Info
- You must sign up for a trade account in addition to your regular Blockbuster account
- You must sign up for a new trade account at every store you wish to trade at, even if using the same main account
- Trade-in credit can be placed onto your store account or onto a "Value" card
- Credit on store accounts can only be used at that one store
- However, credit can be transferred from the store account to a card at any time
- Value cards can be used at any location
- Clerks at one store cannot see your trading/purchasing history at another store via your account
- Gamerush stores often do not get new game stock until the Friday of the release week, thus a few days later than most retailers
- Depending on state law you may or may not get sales tax added to your trade-ins (and thus get more than normal). You will always be charged sales tax where applicable on purchases, even when using credit from a Value card.


Gamerush vs. regular Blockbusters
All Blockbuster game-related discussion belongs here. Most threads created in the Deals forum will be merged in to here. There seems to be the impression by many CAGs that if they don't have a Gamerush store near them (see here for a list of GR stores: http://www.blockbust...meStoreList.pdf) then this thread does not apply to them. However, regular (non-GR) Blockbuster stores often run the same promos and generally have the same trade-in values. I'm going to elaborate on the last sentence as people apparently don't understand that when I say regular BB's have the same trade-in values as Gamerush that it means [highlight]regular Blockbuster stores accept game trade-ins just like Gamerush stores[/highlight].

The key differences:
- Only Gamerush stores sell used video game hardware and generally have a much wider selection of new hardware. Many regular BB stores had a PS3 bundle available over Christmas 2007 and since then they have expanded their hardware sales. As of right now (Dec 2008) most Blockbuster stores are selling PS3's, Xbox 360's, Wii's, and DS's. They do not sell PSP's. However, they have also started selling other electronics including Blu-ray players, portable DVD players, and digital picture frames. As a result of not selling used hardware, however, regular Blockbuster stores will not take hardware in for trades.

- Both Gamerush and regular Blockbuster stores take preorders for new games for a $5 deposit (or you can pay any other amount beyond that). Gamerush stores will get many more games in than the regular stores but unfortunately a preorder at either place is not a guarantee you will get the game. Sometimes they do not get certain titles in even if you preorder them months in advance. And even if they do get them, it tends to be a few days later than other stores.

- While many Gamerush stores have cut back on their new game stock, most regular (non-GR) Blockbusters have started selling new games. They usually have a very limited selection of top-selling new 360, PS3, and Wii games.

- Trade-in values are controlled centrally and are uniform across all Gamerush and Blockbuster locations EXCEPT if the Blockbuster is a franchise location. You can tell from the receipt if your store is a franchise store. All Gamerush stores are corporate-owned so they will have uniform pricing.


Featured Preorders
Most Blockbuster stores (in addition to Gamerush stores of course) are featuring several games for preorder. $5 is required for a deposit. There are a few others in addition to what is listed below:

Beatles Rock Band
Madden 10





They usually get these featured games in on release day like any other game retailer (though note - as of late they have been very bad about this and have gotten many games several days late!). Note that you can preorder just about any other game as the system will allow them to preorder anything they have listed (yes, even at regular stores). I have preordered Mario Super Sluggers and Dragon Quest IV myself even though they are not "featured" as preorders. However, if it is not a featured preorder they may or may not get it in, and it may arrive as late as Friday of the release week (postscript - Mario Super Sluggers did indeed arrive on Friday when every other store had it Tues. or Weds. and Dragon Quest IV never arrived).

Of course you can cancel a preorder at any time and get your deposit back or switch it to another game, even after the game comes out. So don't worry about preordering something they might not get - you can always switch it to something else. However, since I've always used credit for purchasing things at Blockbuster I'm not sure how they would handle a cancellation of a cash deposit. They may simply issue a credit to your account so beware of that if placing a cash deposit on a preorder.


Current Trade-In Deals
There are no trade-in deals at this time nor have there been for a very very long time. They did however just recently cut down all their trade-in values to Gamestop-like levels (but without deals to make them more appealing as at GS).


Trade-In Values
Trade-in price quotes will now be maintained by CAG Friend of Sonic in the THIRD post of this thread. The second post will continue to highlight specific games used to transfer credit from Blockbuster to Gamestop and vice versa.

Trade-in prices are usually universal at both Blockbuster and Gamerush, but can be wildly different at franchise Blockbuster stores. Used game prices change on Sunday with trade-in price drops following the next day (Monday). Thus any quotes given in this thread will almost certainly be good through Sunday of the current week. If you want to be sure to get the same value another CAG has reported then do your trading by Sunday as the price may drop on Monday.

Also note that many stores will no longer accept video games without cover art. This is the official policy for DVD trade-ins but apparently many clerks will confuse the two and not allow it for games either. Just beware that it might be a hassle if you have a disc-only game to trade.


Gamerush website
The old Gamerush web site is now defunct, but the following link will take you to Blockbuster online, which may or may not have some info there about games. I dunno - I haven't looked at it in years.



Links to previous Gamerush Threads (dating back to June 2005!):
1 (by no means the first one but the earliest that can be found - check it out for some drama)
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 181920

Edited by io, 22 May 2010 - 05:31 AM.

#2 io   ... Super Moderators   24630 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:21 AM


#3 io   ... Super Moderators   24630 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:21 AM

Reserved #2...

#4 newlu   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1574 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:26 AM

Thanks io!

#5 animemaniac14   Do the Monkey w/Me! CAGiversary!   3056 Posts   Joined 11.7 Years Ago  


Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:26 AM

seems all the bbv's closing near me are all in the ghetto lol. So no surprise they're shuttin down

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#6 Squarehard   Nyaa~ CAGiversary!   20586 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:27 AM

is it really that time of the year already when all the "official" threads are getting makeovers? time sure flies by :o



#7 Derrick1979   I think I've been here to long ! CAGiversary!   5451 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  


Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:41 AM

Getting my spot in

#8 safire   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   534 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:46 AM

I've noticed a 3rd BBV closing in Fairfax County, VA. I hope those employees can find work elsewhere. Happy holidays my ass...
I'm attempting to sell some rarities:

-SCPH-1110 (aka sony ps1 flightstick)
-R4 box with Jogcon controller and t-shirt (JP)
-Earthbound, complete

#9 CaoPi   (Chou Pei) Mousou nut, KOEI fan CAGiversary!   10538 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:51 AM

I have approx $100 in credit left at blockbuster, I might as well use this before they shut down another dozen of stores......

MY TRADE LIST: Huge fan of NIS and Koei games!



#10 LXL_Guy   Oathkeeper CAGiversary!   1092 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:56 AM

Time to tag along in new thread too. Still a few left here and there. I just tend to forget which locations are still faring well enough to stay open.

#11 SonictheHedgehog1337   CheapAssGamer4Life CAGiversary!   7488 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  


Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:00 AM

A shiny new thread! Thanks io.

#12 J7.   $$$$ It CAGiversary!   7704 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:02 AM

Wow a new thread. Good stuff. Hope I can get at least 1 more game before BBV closes down.

#13 sgaldis   1d64F CAGiversary!   2436 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:17 AM

It's got new thread smell....which is quite similar to the mustiness of a Blockbuster Video store.

#14 emg28   esteeohpee CAGiversary!   3042 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 08:11 AM

I was out doing some errands and noticed a guy standing on the corner with a "BBV closing sale" sign. This is the first BBV in my area that is closing. Actually, I'm not really sure since I haven't been to one since the last B1G1. The sign said "up to 60% off" so I'll stop by tomorrow and see what that actually means.

Nice new thread. Hopefully, it's not the last.

#15 Virsago   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   323 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 08:17 AM

To buy the 9.99 used games, do you have to be a member?

#16 Gertle627   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1288 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 08:21 AM

Hoping to find some $9.99 games soon.


#17 emg28   esteeohpee CAGiversary!   3042 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 08:37 AM

To buy the 9.99 used games, do you have to be a member?

Nope. Go crazy.

I officially deem this thread to have lost it's new thread smell. Carry on.

#18 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   10721 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 02:35 PM

It's got new thread smell....which is quite similar to the mustiness of a Blockbuster Video store.

In other words, the stench of death :cry:

#19 VA   Do my nipples frighten you? CAGiversary!   391 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 02:49 PM

The blockbusters here in indiana now sell snuggies and clearance books.

#20 joeyshadows   CAGiversary! Validating   1729 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  


Posted 14 November 2009 - 03:02 PM

I'm glad my BB isn't the only store selling snuggies and books. I thought it was rather strange.

#21 EnronLackey   Fake-Rage Hater CAGiversary!   845 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  


Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:10 PM

The blockbusters here in indiana now sell snuggies and clearance books.

Same here in Houston, TX .. .. LOL snuggies

#22 nlyonssmith   Long time lurker CAGiversary!   478 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  


Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:28 PM

What's with all the Snuggie hate? It looks comfortable and enables me to game. It's hard to game under a blanket.

Obviously I wouldn't let anyone see me wear it...

#23 Momouchi   Drowning in backlog CAGiversary!   2618 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 04:43 PM

Snuggies are only cool if you get them in animal print.


#24 x3x1x   So fresh and so clean CAGiversary!   2210 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:39 PM

I can't see this thread being useful anytime soon, but thanks IO.

#25 IAmTheCheapestGamer   Banned Banned   28796 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  


Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:45 PM

I have to make a run to all of my local BBV stores and see if any of them got any of the POG's in since I'd love to find stuff like COD:WAW and other stuff that qualifies for the 'trade 2, get a newer game for $20' GS deal while it's still going.

I wouldn't have to be doing this if people would stop backing out of deals to trade my Batman: AA(w/ Dem Bones code unused) for their Uncharted 2. :bomb:

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#26 doubledown   Funky Daddy CAGiversary!   11756 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:48 PM

How much are the Snuggies at BBV? I have like $54 credit and my wife wants one for XMAS.

Still need to find some more POG's also. I was able to Fallout 3 and Saint's Row 2...although, I may trade those to GameStop for the deal stated above (although, I already have MW2, L4D2 and Mario...so my options are limited from that deal).

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:59 PM

There was a deal to send away for a free Snuggie, doubledown. It was on the deals page for a bit, but I'm not sure if that offer was even legit. Many people said the site was only recently registered.

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#28 nietzsche74   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1613 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  


Posted 14 November 2009 - 08:54 PM

Just a small bin with the usual stuff as far as POGs were concerned at my local GR. Did pick up Tomb Raider Underworld (360) for what seemed to be it's regular used price of $10. Also noticed that Destroy All Humans 3 (360) went down to $15 used.

#29 Skydude   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   480 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:21 AM

Speaking of closing stores, the one on Duke St in Alexandria, VA, is apparently closing in January. They've got 20% off stuff...which is still overpriced for most of the games they've got there. But you can buy the shelves, too, if you want them!

#30 spamfree2   cheap but tasteful ;P CAGiversary!   1358 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:25 AM

MY local BB is shutting down.. Things are 30% off here. I have yet to step into a BB since the last B1G1.