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Gamestop Deals (FAQ in 1st post)


#1 miketheplantguy  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:22 AM

Current Ad is 10/11 - 10/17

Weekly Ad:
http://www.gamestop.com/weeklyad

PDF version:
https://www.gamestop...LFSI_101817.pdf


 

Current Trade Deals:

Extra $50 on a tech trade towards a 1TB Xbox one S 1TB 

​-I am pretty sure that is 50 total, NOT per tech item

-Ends 10/29

 

$75 Extra Credit When You Trade Your Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch System Toward A New PlayStation 4 Pro

-Ends 10/24

 

Get $25 Extra Credit when you trade your XB1, PS4, or Nintendo Switch System

-Does NOT combine with other offers

- So if you are buying a ps4 pro, you only get 75 (NOT 75 +25)

-Ends 10/22

 

Get up to 30% Extra Trade Credit Toward Invisible Hours, Shadow of War, VR Systems, Evil Within 2, Gran Turismo Sport, South Park Fractured But Whole, and WWE 2K18

-30% would include Pro (20% if not pro)

-Ends 10/22

PowerUp Rewards Pro Members Get $30 Guaranteed Trade Credit When You Trade Select Games Within 30 Days of Launch

-Eligible Titles https://www.gamestop...30_Flyer_v1.pdf




 

GS FAQ

(FAQ credit goes to Rustyra24 and kross036)

TRADES

How do I find trade values?
https://www.gamestop.com/trade OR use the Gamestop app to find values.

Why does the Trade value say N/A or it’s not in their search system?
That game might ring up as 0.03 or 0.02. Some employees may take it but YMMV.

Do N/A games count towards a promo or bonus? (i.e. trade 6 games get 60%)
The POS (point of sale, the register) will count N/A games towards a specific promo or bonus, so if you needed a 6 game to get the trade 6 get 60% bonus, the N/A game will count towards the bonus, however it is YMMV if the associate will accept it. GS employees are supposed to destroy all N/A games taken in.


Can I create multiple accounts for trading? Why?
This again depends on whether or not you live in an ID state. If you don’t, you can create as many accounts as you want. If you do, you will need to get someone else to make an account with their ID.

When do trade values change?
Values typically change on Wednesdays.

What is a stealth bump?
Typically, towards the last weekend of the month (usually on a Friday), GS will bump up certain games in trade value. The games that are bumped varies. Bumped games are typically based on what is in demand, or what GS deems to be a shortage in their supply.

How much are games typically bumped up to?
This also tends to vary, but we have seen some games get bumped upwards to $10+. On average, bumps range from the $5-$10 value (if they are bumped).

If I save my values on the Gamestop app will they honor them the next day?
No they won’t because their POS system rings in whatever the new value is currently. Don’t try arguing with the employees because sometimes they know less than you.

Can I stack multiple trade-in promos?
This is almost always a no, however the $5 trade coupon does stack with all promos, but is limited to a single use per transaction.

Can I trade-in sealed games?
No they only take open games. Please don’t buy new games and then open the game right in front of any employee. It’s lazy and it looks really bad. This is a one way ticket to ban city.

Does GS take Redbox games?
This is YMMV, but typically they should take them without any issue. If they do give you a problem, you can use a hairdryer to make the middle sticker on the disc easier to remove.

Do trade-ins have to have their original case, insert and manual?
Per GS policy, all stores SHOULD accept games without case, insert, manual etc. If an employee gives you a hard time, simply smile and take your trades to a different store. That being said, having game cases makes it easier for trades, and in my experience a lack of a case makes it more likely to be hit with a refurb fee.

Will they accept my game if it is really beat up?
You will be hit with a refurb fee or they won’t take it at all. Refurb fees vary based on the value of the game/console being traded in, and the more an item is worth the more the refurb fee will be.
Retro games do not get refurb fees. They are either accepted or rejected.

Can I trade in multiple copies of the same game?
Yes you can but only 4, per console, per rolling thirty days. This is a hard rule, and it is the easiest way to get a ticket to ban town. Make sure you keep track of how many of the same games you have traded in a 30 day period.

Can I trade in two of the same game, on the same platform at the same time?
Official store policy states that they are to limit one copy of the same game/platform. It is possible to get away with this by sneaking in multiple copies of a game in a large stack, but likely is not worth it and may get your account flagged. Instead, take your additional copy of the game to a different store.

Can I trade in the same game, but on different platforms at the same visit?
This is allowed, but is YMMV as some associates will see this as it still violating the one copy per day rule.

What is the trade limit?
You can trade in about $2000 worth of credit and $500 dollars cash in a rolling thirty days. These aren’t hard limits so you might not get banned if you go a little over these amounts. The flip side is that you could also be banned by getting close to the limit. That being said, it is better to err on the side of caution, and try not to get top close to the 2k limit within the rolling 30 days.
Here is a spreadsheet that can aid in tracking your trade amount within the 30 days: https://docs.google....t#gid=396782234

What happens if I am trade banned?
You won’t be able to trade for 90 days. Based on multiple bans and the offenses you could get banned forever.

Is there a way to check if I am banned online?
The only way to check and see if you are banned is by going in store and attempting a trade. If you are banned, the POS will not finalize the transaction and will say you have reached the trade limit.

Can I use my points if I am banned?
From what I understand you can still use your rewards points.


What is required to trade in a console?
A controller, Hdmi input, and the power cord. This goes for most systems. For Xbone/PS4, an official controller is required. For older systems, it is YMMV on what controller you trade in.

Should I format my console before trading it in?
This can be a catch 22 because it takes forever for them to test the machine. They should erase them after trade in but I don’t know if they do that. I would erase all pertinent information.

Can I trade in a defective/broken console?
Yes, but it will be hit with a refurb fee.


Where should I look for flips?
Pawn shops, flea markets, Facebook selling sites, and garage sales are all good places to look for games to flip for a profit.


Can I re-buy a game I just traded in?
No. Just no.

POWERUP REWARDS (PUR)
How much does a PowerUp Rewards Pro subscription cost?
It costs $14.99 a year, or 15,000 rewards points.

What are the benefits of becoming a pro member?
10% extra credit when trading, 10% off used games/accessories, a b2g1 coupon on pre-owned games. A subscription to Gamestop’s gaming rag, Game Informer. “Valuable” coupons. Special savings 4 times a year on PRO days.

What is a PRO day? When do they happen?
PRO Days happen quarterly, typically on a Saturday. In the past they have consisted of certain games going on sale, usually additional 10% off pre-owned games, and additional 10% extra in credit when trading. They also sometimes will have a b2g1 sale on all pre-owned games in store.

Can I renew my PRO membership online?
http://www.gamestop....SYCZ.6qH.wcKwMg

If I renew my membership before it is up, will I get another b2g1 coupon? Will my membership be extended?
Yes, however you are only able to have one b2g1 coupon per account. Yes, by another year.

How long does it take for the b2g1 coupon to show up?
Typically it takes 24-48 hours to show up. If it hasn’t shown up by the 72 hour mark, contact customer service.

Do b2g1 coupons work on multiple sets of games?
As of now, the coupon you get for signing up/renewing pro gives a coupon that works with only ONE set of three games; i.e. the coupon will only allow you to get a third game free, not a sixth, ninth, etc.

What is Elite?
Elite is rolling out within the next month. It will be $30 instead of the $15 for PRO. As of now, members will receive 20% extra when trading, and 20% off pre-owned games and accessories. More info to come.

What should I spend my rewards points on?
This is kind of up to you, but some people like to save their points until Cyber Monday, when all reward certificates become half off; cyber Monday coupons expire within a month, however. The other thing to do with them is to renew PUR to get another b2g1 coupon.

Should I hoard my points, or will that raise suspicion?
This is something that GS employees will almost always comment on if you have points in the excess of the 100k range, and as such you may want to keep them under the 50k range so as to avoid suspicion.

MISC. AND TIPS

What is Gamestop’s return policy?
New merchandise if opened can only be exchanged. Pre-owned stuff can be returned for full refund within 7 days of purchase, no questions asked.

Do store surveys actually matter?
GS employees do get rewarded accordingly for positive surveys. Also, this is one of the ways a store becomes a “Prestige” store; it is recommended to do surveys if able.

What is a Prestige Store?
A Prestige store is a GS store that has been recognized for exceptional customer service. Prestige stores offer Prestige Days quarterly, which typically include b2g1 on all pre-owned items, as well as 10% off and 10% trade-in.

Can I buy gift cards with trade credit or a Gamestop gift card?
The POS allows for the purchase of all gift cards with trade credit aside from Amazon, Visa, Ebay, and gas cards. It is YMMV though if an associate will allow it.

I want to brag about my awesome flips and deals!
Please use spoiler tags for sensitive information. Bragging about trades, deals, etc. will not be tolerated in the forum, and will be flagged for removal by a mod. LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS.

Can I see my transaction and trade-in history?
https://m.gamestop.com/poweruprewards/ , then go to Card Activity.

TERMINOLOGY AND LINGO

ASL/SL: Assistant Store Leader, Store Leader; manager positions at GS.
B2G1: Buy two, get one free. Typically refers to the coupon you receive when becoming Pro.
Boomerang: Purchasing a game at one GS, and then trading said game into another GS for profit.
Flipping: purchasing a game, and then trading said game into GS for a profit.
GCU/BB: Gamer’s Club Unlocked, Best Buy (usually for flipping)
GS: GameStop (duh)
JD: Junior detective, an employee who is out to get someone usually for trading, abusing promos, etc.
LS: Loss Prevention; this is the department that actually bans accounts after being flagged.
TC/TiC: Trade credit.
TIV/TV: Trade in value, or what a game currently trades for. When posting a TV for a game, always use the base value.
SB: Stealth Bump, an increase in TV usually at the end of a month.



#2 miketheplantguy  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:23 AM

Reserved

 

Because, well... I saw cool kids doing it



#3 FoxAlive   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   210 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:29 AM

When I renewed my coupon July they sent me 3 B2G1 coupons actually. It's only limited to games and accessories though!

#4 miketheplantguy  

miketheplantguy

Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

When I renewed my coupon July they sent me 3 B2G1 coupons actually. It's only limited to games and accessories though!

 

This has happened to others as well. The advice given was that it was likely a glitch and that you should use them soon. Cool to know that you still have them



#5 romeogbs19   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   2178 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 12:35 PM

When I renewed my coupon July they sent me 3 B2G1 coupons actually. It's only limited to games and accessories though!


Yeah - happened to me, too. Used the last one a week ago. Picked up a lot of cheap games :)

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#6 derrtaysouth95   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1446 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 12:36 PM

Gamestop could do a lot better on their pricing.

Was hoping for B1G1F for shirts.

#7 Flippingfordays   Flip god CAGiversary!   252 Posts   Joined 3.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 01:15 PM

8 members and 31 guest -_- 



#8 YaoZing  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 01:34 PM

8 members and 31 guest -_- 

They must be holding out hope that the trade sheets might magically reappear.



#9 NoOtherOptions   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   967 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 01:54 PM

They must be holding out hope that the trade sheets might magically reappear.



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#10 zlatour   Shredaholic CAGiversary!   1716 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 02:01 PM

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#11 Josef   Touched the dead CAGiversary!   10414 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 02:04 PM

I believe the Sonic Forces Bonus Edition (listed in the current ad) is also available from other retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon (if you want the extra 20% off with GCU and Prime).



#12 Blade3D   Grandmaster Swag CAGiversary!   4177 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 02:08 PM

Garbage deals as usual...


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#13 miketheplantguy  

miketheplantguy

Posted 20 September 2017 - 02:37 PM

If anyone still has a b2g1 text, you might be able to stack w 20/30 percent off X1 games. Let us know if try. I might be able to go today

#14 The Stache   I remember when GCU was $120 CAGiversary!   123 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

The Stache

Posted 20 September 2017 - 02:47 PM

Is $34.99 a good price for Ghost Recon Wildlands? I've been waiting for it to hit around $20 so I can co-op with a buddy, but I have some extra credit lying around. 



#15 ubiquetous  

ubiquetous

Posted 20 September 2017 - 03:18 PM

If anyone still has a b2g1 text, you might be able to stack w 20/30 percent off X1 games. Let us know if try. I might be able to go today

Worked last time they ran this promo. I think it was June when I did it. I still have my text B2G1 they I was thinking of using. Will report back if I can find something worth picking up.

#16 ThatOneGuyWho   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5702 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 03:30 PM

Poor move guy, this should be in CAGiversary. Probably be banned soon.



#17 mexicanfan   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   529 Posts   Joined 4.5 Years Ago  

mexicanfan

Posted 20 September 2017 - 03:32 PM

Garbage deals as usual...

Not true.

 

GameStop was the first retailer to have Doom, Fallout 4 and Mass Effect Andromeda for $20 (which is my magic price point). Best Buy and Amazon later price matched them.



#18 Ibacai  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 03:59 PM

Is $34.99 a good price for Ghost Recon Wildlands? I've been waiting for it to hit around $20 so I can co-op with a buddy, but I have some extra credit lying around.

No, that's pretty high right now. I've seen it between $24-$29 recently at a few places. It's going to be pretty low on Black Friday.

#19 Capearican   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   93 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

Is 109 a good price for a used 3DS XL? I have been wanting either a 2DS XL or 3DS XL and I have like 180 GS credit but I don't know if that is a decent price from this week's ad deal. 



#20 PulsarInferno  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 04:15 PM

Sounds like they are also getting Xbox One X pre-orders back in stock in store today got an alert from my local store going live at noon here in CST zone.


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#21 Keen314   CAGsiversary! CAGiversary!   939 Posts   Joined 9.8 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 04:23 PM

MS announced that today is the start of non-Scorpio preorders.

#22 Omni99  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 04:31 PM

Would it be 20% off the base price of a preowned Xbox one game, or 20% off the pro price?

#23 ~starlight~   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   901 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

~starlight~

Posted 20 September 2017 - 04:43 PM

lol someone sneaked their affiliate link into the PUR PRO renewal link....

http://www.gamestop.com/strategy-guides/powerup-rewards-pro-renewal-with-game-informer-12-month-subscription/102030?utm_source=linkshare&amp&affID=77777&sourceID=FKSJxY2VJAk-PM6F4mD149vtd4lmnZvZQQ

the basic link is simply just

http://www.gamestop.com/strategy-guides/powerup-rewards-pro-renewal-with-game-informer-12-month-subscription/102030
btw

#24 LonelyBacteria  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 04:45 PM

I love how the faq will always be longer than the deals

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#25 NoOtherOptions   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   967 Posts   Joined 9.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 04:54 PM


lol someone sneaked their affiliate link into the PUR PRO renewal link....

http://www.gamestop.com/strategy-guides/powerup-rewards-pro-renewal-with-game-informer-12-month-subscription/102030?utm_source=linkshare&amp&affID=77777&sourceID=FKSJxY2VJAk-PM6F4mD149vtd4lmnZvZQQ
the basic link is simply just
http://www.gamestop.com/strategy-guides/powerup-rewards-pro-renewal-with-game-informer-12-month-subscription/102030
btw

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#26 affa   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4142 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:05 PM

Two questions:

 

1) I am trying to use a B2G1 before end of month expiration.   There is a store quite far away that has 3 similarly priced games I want [a combo hard to find].    Can I call them to double check condition/stock for them?  Or do I just need to make the drive?

 

2) I don't generally pay attention to GS sales/deals.   Are there generally any normal [ie, seasonal/whatever] deals on used 3DSs?  Or can I just buy one whenever.  IE, should I wait to Black Friday or the holidays or spring for some 'buy a used 3ds, get 1 used game free' [or whatever] deal? 



#27 the_red_tide  

the_red_tide

Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:18 PM

Two questions:
 
1) I am trying to use a B2G1 before end of month expiration.   There is a store quite far away that has 3 similarly priced games I want [a combo hard to find].    Can I call them to double check condition/stock for them?  Or do I just need to make the drive?
 
2) I don't generally pay attention to GS sales/deals.   Are there generally any normal [ie, seasonal/whatever] deals on used 3DSs?  Or can I just buy one whenever.  IE, should I wait to Black Friday or the holidays or spring for some 'buy a used 3ds, get 1 used game free' [or whatever] deal?

. Yes you can call to check condition and availability of the games. You can have your local store ask if they can ship the games to their location for you to purchase and buy, but it entirely depends on it the other store wants to ship the games and you also have to factor in shipping time.

#28 Z-Saber   Dancing is about butts now CAGiversary!   5507 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:42 PM

lol someone sneaked their affiliate link into the PUR PRO renewal link....

http://www.gamestop.com/strategy-guides/powerup-rewards-pro-renewal-with-game-informer-12-month-subscription/102030?utm_source=linkshare&amp&affID=77777&sourceID=FKSJxY2VJAk-PM6F4mD149vtd4lmnZvZQQ
the basic link is simply just
http://www.gamestop.com/strategy-guides/powerup-rewards-pro-renewal-with-game-informer-12-month-subscription/102030
btw
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#29 bob330i   just lookin' CAGiversary!   3299 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:59 PM

Two questions:

 

1) I am trying to use a B2G1 before end of month expiration.   There is a store quite far away that has 3 similarly priced games I want [a combo hard to find].    Can I call them to double check condition/stock for them?  Or do I just need to make the drive?

 

2) I don't generally pay attention to GS sales/deals.   Are there generally any normal [ie, seasonal/whatever] deals on used 3DSs?  Or can I just buy one whenever.  IE, should I wait to Black Friday or the holidays or spring for some 'buy a used 3ds, get 1 used game free' [or whatever] deal? 

yes, if you have to drive, I would highly recommend you call to confirm at least they're there and that they'll be on hold.  I've been burned before by assuming the game was there and it was either not found or sold that day.  And since you're calling, might as well ask what condition they're in.



#30 affa   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4142 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 20 September 2017 - 06:03 PM

yes, if you have to drive, I would highly recommend you call to confirm at least they're there and that they'll be on hold.  I've been burned before by assuming the game was there and it was either not found or sold that day.  And since you're calling, might as well ask what condition they're in.

 

Thanks for the answers, all.   I hate annoying clerks so didn't know if calling them to ask was problematic, but I'd hate to drive out there and get screwed.  I mean, I know if 1 was missing I could just buy the 2, drives somewhere else, and return/rebuy but I'd really love to avoid that hassle.

 

Anyone know about the used 3ds deals question?