GameStop is Offering a 50% Bonus on All Trade-in Video Games
As part of their latest [Register or Login to view links], GameStop is now [Register or Login to view links] a 50% bonus on all trade-in games for credit towards the latest video games, consoles and gear!
Perhaps they are getting ready for the big PS3 releases coming out in early March, so if you weren't sure what game to get with FFXIII, God of War III, Battlefield: Bad Company II, and other sequels coming out, this makes it a little easier on you.
Here's the fine print: 50% Bonus On All Games Traded
Trade any games and receive an extra 50% trade-in credit.
Expires: 3/14/2010. Offer not good on cash trades. Trades must be in full working condition to receive full value. Offer good towards games normally accepted in trade only.
Cannot be combined with any other offer. Trade-ins subject to manager approval. See store associate for details. No dealers. Offer valid in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam only.
so instead of the normal $2 they give you for your $60 game, now its $ 2.50!!! gamestop is the cancer on the heart of gaming. i try to stop guys at the door & buy games off of them before gamestop can screw them.
Well it's not always a rip-off. I've walked into Gamestop with six games to trade in and walked out with nine or ten of them. The trick is knowing how to manipulate their system. Very often they'll have deals like "trade in two games get an extra $5, trade in three games get an extra $10 and trade in four games and get an extra $20".
Most of the time these games don't have a minimum trade-in value so you could go in there and trade in four games you've no interest in playing ever again for a fair chunk of change. By doing this repeatedly you can build up a huge chunk of store credit without actually trading in very much.
Then you simply wait until they have a buy 2 get 1 free deal on used games and you go to to town. Walk in there and use your $80 or so to pick up a bucketload of their used titles that you just never got around to getting. One time I went in there with $100 in store credit, went to their bargain bin (I'd just bought a 360) and picked up damn near a dozen games.
So while it's not worth trading in most of the time (unless it's a brand new release) the system is meant to be exploited. Remember that their trade-in prices are based on things like how many copies they have had traded in so games can be devalued very quickly by quick complete / trade-ins.
Unfortunately the trade in bonus only works for store credit... or at least that was the case at my local gamestop. I traded in a few Ps2 games recently and at first the clerk was gonna give me about 14 dollars. Then he found out i was trading for cash and gave me 5 dollars.
I would rather keep my games then trade them in for low ball prices, i went in with socom confrontation and warhark a few months back and they offered 1.25 for socom and 19 cents for warhawk. What?? .19 cents for a blu ray media? luckily the guy that works there usually walks outside and buys my games for between 10-20 dollars. Needless to say i just let my collection get big, i have ran out of room for ps3 games and blurays. it seems im buying another dvd rack every other month