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I'm sure that it comes as no great shock to those that regularly trade in that GS offer a bit more for trade ins than Game do.

But the other day I was amazed at the difference

I traded in 4 games

Condemned - 360

Call of Duty - 360

Far Cry Instincts - xbox

Matrix Path of Neo - xbox

The plan being to have enough to get a GBA Micro.

So, I reach Game first and they say a total of £57.00.

That sounded a bit naff to me, I was expecting around £70.

So I go down to GS. They say £86.00!! Now, thats a big difference. I walked away with my micro and a copy of Fire Emblem a very happy man.

But, blimey, what a rip off Game are. I don't think I'll ever bother trading in there again. Don't they look at how poor their trade ins are compared to GS? Lets face it GS is a national retailer, not some one off indie down the road. I heard Game weren't doing too well and its this sort of thing that'll stop people shopping there.

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Lets face it GS is a national retailer, not some one off indie down the road. I heard Game weren't doing too well and its this sort of thing that'll stop people shopping there.

GS may be a national, but there are still many more game stores. Also, Game will make more money by offering less on trade ins then by offering more.

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How much were Game offering for the 360 games then? I've noticed all the Pre-owned in my local store are a huge £5 saving from the brand spankers - Woo!

A rather pitiful £26. Can you believe it? If I didn't work for this company I would never shop there. Well maybe if I see a cheap bargin :)

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Gamestation kick Game's arses when it comes to preowned. I remember one of Game's motivational speakers discussing 'Maxwell House' Coffee Houses in America, with a story about never getting complacent in business. The guy said he turned to their executives and asked "Why didn't you see Starbucks coming?" and the response was "We didn't think people would pay $5 for a cup of coffee". Really makes me wonder why Game never saw Gamestation coming. "We never thought a national chain store would offer fair prices for preowned" would probably be their reply.

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Gamestation kick Game's arses when it comes to preowned. I remember one of Game's motivational speakers discussing 'Maxwell House' Coffee Houses in America, with a story about never getting complacent in business.  The guy said he turned to their executives and asked "Why didn't you see Starbucks coming?" and the response was "We didn't think people would pay $5 for a cup of coffee".  Really makes me wonder why Game never saw Gamestation coming. "We never thought a national chain store would offer fair prices for preowned" would probably be their reply.

I don't know. Who would have believed people would pay $5 for a cup of coffee? It must have sounded crazy (because it is).

Not quite the same as "fair prices"

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I don't think it's so much that Game are that bad...more that GameStation are crazy!

Far Cry can be had for around £15, so the trade in for that should be tiny.

Matrix is now about £25 new, so I'd say no more than a tenner.

The Xbox 360 is a funny one. I'd give you £20-£25 for them.

I reckon £65 would be a fair price.

I do wonder how well GameStation actually do, especially with their pre-owned. I notice that they are cutting back on retro in many stores, I assume because it wasn't proving too profitable.

Game prices are just mad. Sticking the games out for £5 less than the new price, and often more expensive than brand new on-line, is just awful. I'm never surprised to see the same games sat in there week after week until they eventually get cleared out in a money-losing promotion.

I'd love to see the results if both stores actually carefully examined just how much they make, or lose, from pre-owned. When I worked for Game we were often writing off hundreds of pounds of pre-owned because of scratched discs. We also had umpteen copies of titles, football games epecially, that had been traded in for £10 and couldn't even be shifted for 99p. I'm sure this was mirrored all across the country.

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I popped into the Slough branch of GAME t'other day like and they had hundreds of pre-owned footy game in their pre-owned bin. Stuff I've never heard of and nobody in their right mind would have bought. Made me laugh anyway, I guess you had to be there.

I was escorted from the store :blink:

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I was looking to part-exchange GTA:LCS for pursuit force:-

Game offered £15 p/x for GTA and sell Pursuit Force for £35

Gamestation offered £23 for GTA and sell Pursuit Force for £30

CEX offered £28 for GTA and sell Pursuit Force for £28

CEX for teh win!

EDIT: and CEX gave me £26 cash, each, for Ridge Racers and Lumines back in September which I was amazed at.

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I do wonder how well GameStation actually do, especially with their pre-owned. I notice that they are cutting back on retro in many stores, I assume because it wasn't proving too profitable.

But gamestation is useually retro heaven! Everytime I walk into a gamestation, theres some classic game or systems thats simply begging me to buy it! Wont get that at Game. (but then again, theres always eBay as well)

I'd love to see the results if both stores actually carefully examined just how much they make, or lose, from pre-owned. When I worked for Game we were often writing off hundreds of pounds of pre-owned because of scratched discs. We also had umpteen copies of titles, football games epecially, that had been traded in for £10 and couldn't even be shifted for 99p. I'm sure this was mirrored all across the country.

Game prices are crazy. I can't help shopping there for my brand new titles though - they've suckered me in with reward points!

Have you ever closely examined Game sales though? More often than not they have some stupid offers on games. For example, saw one game that originally retailed at £19.99, underneath was the sale sticker "now only £19.98" - wow! an entire penny! (PM Jonster if you want pics :( )

I even asked the staff about it:

"seriously, you must KNOW that these stickers are stupid, why do you do it?"

"we have to, the company makes us"

- it's almost funny. (Thankfully the staff in Nottingham have a good sence of humour)

Also, why do they not reduce the price of preowned stuff when the sales hit? If you see somthing brand new for a £10, you can almost gurantee that it will be in the preowned for £15-£20. :blink:

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The best thing about GS's trade ins are that the same facility is on offer at Blockbusters, which are for many of us far more convenient. The number of times I've gone down there at 9.30pm with a bag full of old shite games.

Although they're never gonna shift that £150 second hand Steel Battalion in a small valleys town. ;)

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Also, why do they not reduce the price of preowned stuff when the sales hit? If you see somthing brand new for a £10, you can almost gurantee that it will be in the preowned for £15-£20.

At least two reasons for this. Sale prices are often funded in the form of credit by publishers to shift copies of games that never sold full-price. Also, the idea is to clear space on the new shelves for newer releases/formats and leave the pre-owned as the place to look for those games in future. Once a clearance sale has been successful, those pre-owned copies will be the only ones that you will find.

This approach is obviously undermined by the likes of The Punisher and Project Snowblind which end up being in about 3 years worth of sales.

Steve.

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I was looking to part-exchange GTA:LCS for pursuit force:-

Game offered £15 p/x for GTA and sell Pursuit Force for £35

Gamestation offered £23 for GTA and sell Pursuit Force for £30

CEX offered £28 for GTA and sell Pursuit Force for £28

CEX for teh win!

EDIT: and CEX gave me £26 cash, each, for Ridge Racers and Lumines back in September which I was amazed at.

Pursuit Force is £19.98 so GS win!

And GS will match all trade-in prices, so you could have got yourself £8 credit.

;)

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Pursuit Force is £19.98 so GS win!

And GS will match all trade-in prices, so you could have got yourself £8 credit.

:lol:

CEX offered me 28p/x but I didn't have the game with me, so I can still take it to GS.

Me win!

Pursuit Force was definitely £30 when I saw it the other day tho, my brother thought it was about £20 too tho, hmmmm....

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