Gamestop buy back rates list exist?

Is there a place that I can look up what Gamestop will offer me for my games before I ever go up to the store to hear the bad news?

I try to call up to the store ahead of time to get them to help but I'd love to just look up to see what the sell back worth of my entire collection is.

I've tried calling before and have been told they won't give those prices over the phone. If I remember correctly from Elysium's 3-part series on such game stores, the reason they don't is because they know you're much more likely bend over for them if you come into the store with games in hand. Then, they know you'll likely take whatever pittance they're offering as opposed to walking out and selling the games otherwise.

Man I walk out all the time. 12 dollars for six games? That's not even the tax. I guess I'll just keep them and forget that selling back is an option.

Put the collection on Ebay. Collections do a lot better than single games, especially if you have a bunch of crappy games, the gems in there will sell the rest and drive up the price.

polypusher wrote:

Put the collection on Ebay. Collections do a lot better than single games, especially if you have a bunch of crappy games, the gems in there will sell the rest and drive up the price.

What he said. I've sold games the stores wouldn't give me more than a buck for for $20 on ebay. Ebay's "Buy it Now" price option is your friend. It's how I sell almost everything.

Obi-Wan: "That video game store is our last hope."
Yoda: "No, there is another..."

Here's the 'official' Gamestop list:

Price paid for used games: $2.00 (mint condition or new in box)
$1.00 (all other conditions)

They used to have flyers with trade values and effective dates for said values on more popular and newer titles. Judging by this thread I guess they don't do that anymore? The reason they don't tell people on the phone what values are lots of times is they have other stores that take trades that will call and adjust their prices to offer just a bit more. Also in places such as inner-city Newburgh, NY where crime is just as important as breathing, it's dangerous to give values over the phone.

I sold five games on eBay last night, took me like 10 minutes to put them up. They have a cool thing where you can just put in the UPC of the game and it will fill in all the info and picture, you throw a buy-it-now price on it and you're done.

KOTOR 2 - Xbox - $11
Fable - Xbox - $9
Meteos - DS - $15
Lumines - PSP - $17
Hot Shots Golf - PSP - $16

68 bucks and gamestop would have given me $30, if that.

LeapingGnome wrote:

I sold five games on eBay last night, took me like 10 minutes to put them up. They have a cool thing where you can just put in the UPC of the game and it will fill in all the info and picture, you throw a buy-it-now price on it and you're done.

KOTOR 2 - Xbox - $11
Fable - Xbox - $9
Meteos - DS - $15
Lumines - PSP - $17
Hot Shots Golf - PSP - $16

68 bucks and gamestop would have given me $30, if that.

30? When's the last time you went to a Gamestop? 8-10 dollars max. I wanted a list to see if there were any "diamonds in the rough" that would get me a good price. I've basically given up.

Gamestop's greed was demonstrated in full force to me last night so much so that my girlfriend even gave the counter guy a funny look.

I recently beat Castlevania for the DS. The last Castlevania I played before that was for the Super Nintendo, so I thought I'd give the ones for the GBA a whirl. I go to buy Harmony of Dissonance at the Gamestop. 29.99 used. Aria of Sorrow? 29.99 used. Brand new GBA cartridge with both games on it? 29.99 new. Exsqueeze me? Baking powder? Are you really that greedy?

Anyway, that pretty much corked my hopes of ever selling anything back to a retail chain ever again. Probably wont ever buy a used game from them again. I had read Elysium's articles on the subject when he published them but never really took them to heart until last night.

You want bad? Remember the XBox GTA3/Vice City pack, that was 60 bucks for both games? I bought it, decided I liked Vice City better, and returned GTA3. I actually got a good price for it. So, I went and checked out the used rack and, yup, they were selling them SEPERATELY for $49.99, each. Considering that the pack had only been out for a day, I actually got about 35 bucks for the game. I considered buying ten copies of the pack, then selling both games back for 35 bucks each, and making a hundred bucks, but decided I was too lazy.

Mills of the Serengeti wrote:

They used to have flyers with trade values and effective dates for said values on more popular and newer titles. Judging by this thread I guess they don't do that anymore? The reason they don't tell people on the phone what values are lots of times is they have other stores that take trades that will call and adjust their prices to offer just a bit more. Also in places such as inner-city Newburgh, NY where crime is just as important as breathing, it's dangerous to give values over the phone.

Why is it dangerous to give prices over the phone?

you'd be surprised.

Mills of the Serengeti wrote:

you'd be surprised.

Surprise me.

I traded in my remaining original Xbox games today and got $97 from gamestop.

I probably could have sold them for about twice that, but I'm lazy.

Let's see. First, the Inner City criminals, I mean, customers, sometimes call to see what games are hot and what we expected in. Said criminals would then tell their boyz who worked at FedEx and UPS, and jack the shipments, and come in and sell product we could not prove was ours, even when we took in trades we knew were stolen. "Hey check out the dumpster, BestBuy and FYE security devices/cases/etc!"

The same 'gentlemen' would come in every day, with copies of 2 games for every system and trade them in. We couldnt refuse the trade for cash (which would go on for close to 16 days) because EB did not want us to get hurt.

Cutting people off on the phone who want trade values also prevents being introduced to the latest hybrid obscenity concucted by inner city youth and rap superstars, along with threats of violence on employees by both inner city youth and their single parent and/or guardian. Stores in said locations should not even have phones used for anything, save for emergency numbers.

It may not sound dangerous, but when some street thug calls up demanding prices over the phone, and you tell them "less than $30" and nothing exact, they freak out, because the 8 ball they just ingested is working their brain over in a weird way. Thank God the bus stops running at a reasonable time. Fun fun fun!

As a matter of fact, working in a store in such a location was dangerous, I should have my head examined for working there.

Hmmm I only had to fix a couple of words in there. I have no idea why I insist on typing that way sometimes.

Ugh... I don't even bother trading games into retail outlets anymore. I happily went the ebay route years ago.

I love it when they try to sell you a used game that has a missing or chewed up manual, case and a disk that looks like it was used for a coaster in a biker bar. Then they have the audacity to still ask almost full retail price for it. O.o

Actually... I guess my beef is really with the previous owner - what the hell do some of these people do with these games to get them into such bad shape?

I am surprised, good sir. Noone should ever say Mills doesn't deliver.

Danjo Olivaw wrote:

I am surprised, good sir. Noone should ever say Mills doesn't deliver.

One of my ex-girlfriends did. But she was frigid.