10.16.2009

Gamestop Sucks


Seriously. Anyone who plays video games already knows what a terrible, evil corporation they are, right up there with Disney. I've known for a while myself, but every once in a while something happens to really burn the point into my brain again...

I decided it would be cool to buy a copy of Metroid Prime Trilogy.  I liked the first Metroid Prime on Gamecube, and I own the second one (Gamecube) and the third (Wii), but never played them.  I played the third game briefly and really loved the Wii controls.  I thought it would be fun to re-play the first, and experience the other two with said Wii controls.  I am a known hater on first-person shooting games, but the fact it was Metroid allowed me to get past that shortcoming.  Being able to look, point and shoot at targets with the Wii remote is much easier.  So I packed up all three of the Metroid Prime games and took them to Gamestop, knowing I'd get next to nothing for them, but whatever, I'll gain shelf space and save the trouble of selling them on eBay.  As another bonus I'll have all three games on one Wii disc. 

When I arrived, a young man named Vince spotted my trade-ins and was eager to get them checked in, toward the purchase of whatever game pre-order and game warranty I was there to buy.  I'm like, "I want Metroid Prime Trilogy, no pre-orders, no warranties, no magazine subscriptions please".  He says no problem, that'll be $44.54.  I laugh and say I just traded in three games, how the hell much is Metroid Prime Trilogy?  He says $49.99.  Okay Vince, so you just gave me $5 for three games?  He says no I gave you $8.75, and there's $3.30 in tax.

So using a little math, my wife's area of expertise to be sure, I'm gonna give this a go anyways:

Metroid Prime - Gamecube:  Released 11/2002
Gamestop offered me $1.25
They sell used for $6.99
Gamestop profit made off me - $5.74

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Gamecube:  Released 11/2004
Gamestop offered me $2.50
They sell used for $14.99
Gamestop profit made off me - $12.49

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - Wii:  Released 08/2007
Gamestop offered me $5.00
They sell used for $22.99
Gamestop profit made off me - $17.99

Total Gamestop profit: $36.22

I'm one guy, who visits Gamestop once every four months. There are people who go there once a week to buy and trade.  Knowing it wasn't Vince's fault, I spared him the soapbox speech about how many ways Gamestop is bending over gamers, many of them kids who can't do math, without any Vaseline.  I simply asked for my games back and left.  But really, what's our alternative as American gamers?  Best Buy?  A company whose name should have been changed about ten years ago to their proper moniker "Buy" (sans the "Best"). Again, walking in, I expected to be taken to brown town by the teenager behind the counter, but COME ON! $8.75 for three games?  One of them a Wii game a mere two years old?  I'll take my chances on eBay.  Would someone please come along and open a game store to compete with Gamestop's horrible policies and trade-in "deals".

One of the greatest quotes ever comes from the Penny Arcade comic dated 3/24/03:

"It's only a crime to fuck kids if you're not a multinational corporation."

It's so true.  On the positive side, I did end up getting the game and it's pretty cool they fit all three games on one disc.  In addition the Wii controls do improve the gameplay quite a bit.  I'll play it as soon as I am able to put down Wet for five minutes.

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