So, I don’t know if people are aware of this or not but I’ve worked on and off at Gamestop’s since the 90’s. I’ve always enjoyed the company and, honestly, it’s a fun job.
Sadly, over time, there’s been this stupid trend in gamers that has been a thorn in my side for years now and it’s getting worse the dumber people get and it came to a head today when I saw someone on my Facebook timeline post this:
Now. Another thing you may not know about me is that the store I’m currently working in was robbed at gun point recently. I wasn’t the one working but the poor dude that was working was not only by himself but the entire time this happened no one walking by did a damn thing and, I’d love to point out, the likelihood of no one coming to the door during the entire time this whole mess went down is super unlikely.
So, I’m going to take a minute and explain something with you people that think the whole “trade value” thing is the worst thing in the world. A couple things. You know what? Let’s do a list. Here we go, in no particular order.
- You’re not being forced to accept the trade amount. If you’re told a trade amount and you don’t like it you don’t have to take it. If you think your copy of Destiny is really worth as much you think it is, put it on Craiglist, Ebay, or go anywhere else. You’re not in a goddamn contract. So if you bring your game into the store and found out that your game trades in for almost nothing, keep the game.
- The trade value is based off supply. You spent $30 on Destiny and it only trades in for $1.50? Are we trying to rob you? No. Grand Theft Auto V traded in for $30 last week. So why is Destiny $1.50? Well you know that thing where you got bored of an incredibly lack luster MMO experience that Bungie pulled out of their asses? So did thousands of other people. And they all traded their games in before you. Every Gamestop has so many copies of Destiny used we could probably build a secondary store out of them. So no, you’re not going to get a huge sum back for that game because we have a ton.
- Yearly regular releases aren’t going to get you a damned thing. Did you pick up NBA 2K16 and decide “well I don’t need 2K15 if I got the new one”. Did you pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops III and realize you’ll never touch Black Ops II again? Yeah. You and thousands of other games. So if you’re not some of the first to trade the new game in you’re not going to get anything.
See kids, here’s the thing. I could post a picture of the receipt if you really feel you need it but I did a trade today. I traded in some PS3 games I didn’t want. I had enough money to buy Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam with enough left over to fully pay off Fire Emblem Fates: Awakening, Project X Zone 2, and put $20-some on the new Mirror’s Edge. If you don’t want to figure that out in your head, that’s almost $140 in trade credit.
Why do I mention that? Because not all trades are garbage. Some games have worth, but some are Call of Duty. Just because you spent a lot of money doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot back and you freaking out is just this weird entitlement that gamers have been getting so frequently I almost missed the days where I’d get my ass kicked if someone say my Nintendo Power sticking out of my bookbag.
So, long story short, cool your tits. It’s a business and one that is a slave to supply and demand. Of course certain games are going to trade in for a little bit, not everything is valuable. Of course the game is going to be resold at a higher value because that’s how businesses operate. But this mess where it’s escalating to people making jokes about retail employees dying because you weren’t happy with your trade value and were too lazy to take it anywhere else? Well, you know that thing where you’re not happy about the value of your used games? I’m pissed at you for the same reason, except I’m not happy about the value you’re putting on human lives.