Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Now I don't want to go off on a rant but...

Honestly, I can't stand buying games at bricks and mortar stores. I prefer to buy them online from Amazon or eBay. Today I broke and bought a used game at EB Games.

I saw a copy of The Legend of the Zelda: The Minish Cap I checked my receipt and noticed the following line: "You saved 10.00 buying pre-Played!" What does that even mean? The Minish Cap went out of print like five years ago! Does this mean they still have new copies in stock? I could have bought it new in the box instead of just the cart? Or are they saving price lists from 1999 so that they can tell you how much you saved? That wouldn't make sense either though because wouldn't they have to adjust the prices to today's dollars?

Gimme a break EB. It's a used game. You gouged me on it. I know that. You know that. Let's not play around and pretend I saved all this cash because I bought used.

1 comment:

Matt Demers said...

Compare "New" prices with "Used" prices and you will definitely find a difference. The lack of manual and box does diminish the price some. I don't know about you, but I generally trust a game that's been shrink-wrapped and "new" than one that's been played before. You don't know what someone's done with it. Also, generally used games have a less-than-stellar return policy and warranty, while new games do. With a newly packaged game there is no reason why it would be faulty, while one that's been played generously might. You're basically paying for the right to say "This game does not work, and there is no reason why it shouldn't."

While I don't agree with some of the pricing EB stores put on their used games, there is a reason for difference between "New" and "Used" prices.