Wow. After all these years of loathing GameStop, I think they may have softened my heart of stone. Tonight, I finally decided to bite the bullet and trade in a big pile of games in order to save money on some of the upcoming Winter releases. I figured full well that I might get ripped off (last year I traded in 6 games for a total of like 35 bucks), but that I needed to save wherever I could, lest the wife take out her vengeance.
I was pleasantly surprised.
The manager was very friendly, and very helpful with taking my games and telling me what they were worth. He was also scanning in several promotions to ensure that I saved the most money on my trade-ins. Coincidentally, if you are wanting Gears II or Fallout 3, you get an additional 20% added to your trade-ins, so you’d better get on that.
Anywho, all in all, trading in about 12 games netted me just under $180 total. I was shocked, since that’s about $15 on average per game, a much better value than I would have expected. Perhaps GameStop after growing so large has been able to scale back on what they give back to customers.
It was a pretty sweet experience, and I ended up paying for all of Gears of War 2 and putting down $10 each on Fallout 3 and Left 4 Dead. I’ve even got about $70 left over to do other stuff with. This is kind of awesome, because I was planning on spending around $200 on games this season, and now I can spend less than that and probably end up with more games for it.
If you’re curious, here are the games I traded in:
- Mario Kart DS
- Meteos DS
- New Super Mario Bros DS
- Elite Beat Agents DS
- Super Mario Galaxies
- Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- NCAA 2008
- NBA 2k8
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- Call of Duty IV
- Fight Night Round 3
- Rainbow Six: Vegas
Good times! So all in all, thanks GameStop, you may be proving me wrong and turning things around.