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Xenogears

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In Topic: The Gamestop Thread

01 September 2021 - 02:24 PM

Mine says "Trab pu kcip" for some reason.

I’ll admit I tried reading the GameStop text backwards, didn’t help, still gibberish.  Apparently it’s a common placeholder to test text and page formatting, but sure sounds like a demonic incantation repeated across the page like that.  Wonder how many millions of people that went out too.  We should all start roaming the streets chanting and scrawling it in red on gamestop walls, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet“.  Could be the largest documented case of mass incantation on record!  Might help explain their wacky increase in market cap this year too.


In Topic: The Gamestop Thread

01 September 2021 - 01:12 AM

Anyone else get a wacky e-mail titled TBD from power up rewards with a bunch of text stating “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet“?  That’s placeholder gibberish text that’s not supposed to go out.  Keep being you GameStop.


In Topic: The Gamestop Thread

12 August 2021 - 04:51 PM

Does GS gut special editions, too? I haven't bought a new game in ages, but wouldn't mind picking up TLOU2: Special Edition for $40, assuming it's actually sealed. 

Also, never go for a pre-owned limited or special edition.  They don’t exist separate from the regular version of the games in their pre-owned database from what I can tell.  You have just as much chance to randomly receive the special edition buying the regular edition of anything pre-owned.  For example, the only pre-owned copies of world of final fantasy for the PS4 they sell are listed as the limited edition, but store associates will kindly explain your an idiot if you actually thought that’s what you were buying.  Sonic Mania plus is another example, probably tons more.


In Topic: The Gamestop Thread

03 August 2021 - 09:17 PM

I don't recall the last time I used actual cash at Gamestop other than for something that requires me to be quick and I don't have my trade cards on me. This might vary by state but if you use trade credit to pay for items at Gamestop in total, you aren't charged tax. So I save even more money that way. 

 

Time is money though but everyone has different time and money that they earn. For me, it's no problem to trade in games and maximize limits / bonuses. But I also am in groups where people post quick flips and strategies to get the most from bonuses. I doubt I spend more than 10 minutes a week going over trade list and promotions though. Helps when you live in an area with multiple Gamestop's within 10 minutes of you. I know some people live in an area where there is only 1 Gamestop that is 30 minutes away from them and that might not be worth it for me.

 

I won't look down on anyone who thinks it isn't worth their time / money but also won't look down on those that take the time to save more money. 

I think there are two ways to look at it in the grand scheme of things.  If you view the company as providing a service to society, heavy flipping could be viewed as just being parasitic to that, potentially killing the service for everyone.  If you view the company as trying to extract as much money as possible from an exploitable support base, flipping could be viewed as some kind of safe n easy Butch Cassidy sticking it to the man.

 

I know people are mostly talking about time versus value right now, but like you said and I totally agree with, that’s just a personal decision largely influenced by income and other opportunities available, and pretty irrelevant to anyone else.


In Topic: The Gamestop Thread

02 August 2021 - 06:44 PM

Bummed I missed out on sakura wars but it is what it is. at least I got a few gems that were still in stock. fist of the north star was already 13.xx which is surprising as It was out of stock after the author of berserk passed away and was already going for around 29. also got judgement, ggo fatal bullet, steven universe save the light and adventure time pirates. 

Heads up on fist of the North Star, I’m pretty sure it got a reprint.  You will probably get a red case new copy that has been converted to pre-owned