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janderson123
Joined: 11/27/2006
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Posted 12/6/2006 7:39:53 AM , GameCity
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A new used game store opened here called GameCity(Google search doesn't show this as a chain store). I'd heard they wre supposed to be mostly retro like a small local chain here called GameSwap. About 2 weeks ago I dorve by and they just had the neon sign up and inner walls painted green, no furnishings so I figured it'd be January before they opened. Yesterday they were already opened.

I went in. Place is mostly next-gen focused with a small retro section.

Their prices.... well, as much as I want to do business with this place for the older stuff, I do have to say their prices are a tad high. Used prices average 25% higher than GameRush. The old stuff.... $70 for a used N64, $80 for a SNES, $70 for a Genesis, etc. I'm not sure of the reasoning for this excluding the guy just has no clue that Game Crazy sells these systems for a lot less. At least his prices on games aren't terrible, about eBay average. Did score FF8 for $25, near new copy.

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janderson123
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Posted 12/6/2006 12:39:05 PM ,
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They also have a store vehicle. It's a Scion xB painted pretty much the brightest shade of neon green that exists(yes folks, it's possible to make an xB look worse) with the store logo, phone # and game system names on it. They also have some fo the back windows painted over... call me nuts but regardless of paint job I think it's dumb to paint the windows of a vehicle over if you intend to drive it.
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janderson123
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Posted: 12/9/2006 11:15:51 AM ,
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Okay, the guy's trade-in values are utter RIP-OFF CRAP! In fact, the only thing that kept me from telling him that was that he had FF7 in stock, plus he has a few other rarities I want.

Lessee... he took my Gamecube 1019s in at $1.50 each store credit. He actually said his used price on these is $10. He's giving a 15% trade value. Stuff GameRush buys for $10 or more he gives $2. Then he feeds me a line of "I can't really sue this other stuff but I'll give you so much for it" for an NES power cord, Atari 2600 power cord, gray Zapper, etc. Which he will no doubt sell for a huge markup.

Needless to say... yeah, he has stuff I want but I will pay him in cash for it. If he wants to give 15% trade credit he can eat me. he sells the N64 for $70, he probably gives $8 for it. No wonder his stor eis furnished with flat panel plasma screen TVs, arcade machines and such.

This reminds me of how Gamestop employees were justifying their rip-off trade values with "GameRush gives more but they're losing a lot of money and will be closed in a month or so" back in 2005. We're heading into 2007 and Blockbuster's GameRush chain is still doing well AND gives the best trade credit. And if I ever open a used game store I'll give 50% trade value of what I sell, NO EXCEPTIONS!

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Darryl B.
Joined: 1/11/2005
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Posted 12/9/2006 1:42:10 PM ,
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Quote - janderson123 posted:And if I ever open a used game store I'll give 50% trade value of what I sell, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Unless you've ever run a store yourself or know of others that have, you have NO way of knowing what you're going to be able to name as prices and all when you've got other stores to compete with, rent and insurance money to pay for your store space, ads to buy to get people into your store, game companies to deal with that have failure rates on new consoles/usually screw the "little guy" when it comes to new consoles being delayed/getting them out to stores, etc., etc.
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janderson123
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Posted: 12/9/2006 8:06:12 PM ,
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No, I DO have every right to complain about these stores offering nearly non-existant trade values for merchandise. I'm SICK AND TIRED of paying anywhere from $30-$50 for a video game, $15-$30 for a DVD or $10-$17 for a CD then having some buy-back place offer me anywhere between 50 cents and 4 dollars for it when they're going to sell it for anywhere from 500% to 3000% of what they paid me. But I guess the guy had to pay for his novelty life-sized Master Chief statue somehow.

I'm sorry, but I pay good money for stuff and I will not accept someone telling me the stuff I own is worthless so they can profit big time. Especially since Gamestop, EB and some other stores hire the biggest a-holes that apply. "Screw the little guy" seems to be the business motto of these stores. Especially when they quote you some joke price then act as if you're doing you some GRAND FRIGGIN FAVOR by offering you ANYTHING AT ALL.

"Business ethic" is a misnomer... Business these days doesn't run on ethics.

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Darryl B.
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Posted 12/10/2006 12:20:11 PM ,
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Quote - janderson123 posted:No, I DO have every right to complain about these stores offering nearly non-existant trade values for merchandise.

I'm not questioning THAT; I've been well aware of stores (for years now) that carry used cds that are only about a buck less than if you bought them brand spanking new, still sealed, in a "regular" store.

What I said was that you can't say for absolute certain what kind of business prices you would be able to afford to charge unless you actually HAVE been in that kind of business; after all, you admitted to this:

Quote - janderson123 posted:"Screw the little guy" seems to be the business motto of these stores.

Unless you're either a millionnaire or a several hundred thousand aire (dunno if there's a word for that), chances are you're going to be that same "little guy" when you start out in your used video game business, and you'll go out of business in no time flat. Programming genius Eugene Jarvis (Robotron, Joust [I think], Defender) said that it wasn't right for a coin-op to make millions of dollars and the programmer only got a few thousand out of it, which his company of Vidz Kidz set out to change that. Aside from making Robotron (HIS company made it, Williams just distributed it) and Blaster, how much longer did Vidz Kidz last after that, for instance?
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Skelix
Joined: 9/3/2003
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Posted: 12/10/2006 1:18:15 PM ,
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All I can sugest is not to trade your games into those people. You're better off selling on ebay if there is a demand for your games. Or trading with other online peoples.

Unfortunately not to side with them, for every one game they sell for 500% they eat it on 20 games. But on the same note the prices they offer are ridiculous.


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janderson123
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Posted 12/13/2006 12:27:42 PM ,
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My opinion of this place is dwindling by the day... Monday I bought Doom 3: resurrection of Evil for Xbox. Get home to play it and find it's plain old Doom 3 in the case. Take it back yesterday to get the right disc, he doesn' teven have the right disc... his system has 1 more copy of Doom 3 than he has cases for... looked like he took the game in as Doom 3 but tagged it for sale as ROE(it was in a ROE case at any rate).

He refunds my $20, I use that towards a $50 Zelda Collector's Edition for Gamecube. Which I get home... and find the Zelda Ocarina GC disc instead. So now I have to blow another $6-$8 gas just to truck over there AGAIN to get the right game... hopefully.

Funny to note, this guy opened across the street from a Wal-Mart Supercenter. He seems to be bulging on used copies of whatever this WM has in the discount game rack. Given WM's lax policy on shoplifting, either he hasn't caught on that people are fencing him games, or he counted on exactly that happening.

I should add that he's selling a $1000 PS3 bundle. 60 gig system with 3 games. So... $780 value for a grand.

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Darryl B.
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Posted: 12/13/2006 5:55:31 PM ,
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Wow. Sounds like he's definitely in the wrong business: if he's going to be making so many mistakes, he needs to write for the Enquirer.
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XSilencedXDream
Joined: 1/1/2009
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Posted 1/1/2009 3:59:06 PM , Hmm
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Let me take a wild guess and assume the original poster lives in Northern Kentucky. Game City moved next to the Fort Wright Walmart and the Florence one. They have a site, but none of the links work, theyre store has some cool shit, and you can try out games, but they really DO rip people off. I went to go trade in some games and dvd's, it didn't get past him telling me he'd give me 1 buck for the Full Metal Alchemist DVD Movie. Apperently they only give a few bucks for any and every DVD. I've seen their plasma screens and their custom painted car, the great thing is, onless this business has some other front or is selling all this shit on Ebay, they won't be in business long. I've NEVER seen someone in the Fort Wright store. EVER, and I'm in the area every single night of the week. :P
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Dezoris
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Joined: 12/12/2007
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Posted: 1/6/2009 11:36:07 PM ,
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Sounds like we should bet some money on the turn-outs! =)


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