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Post by sirclive1 » Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:00 am

from Dudley : I'm not sure what you're saying here? £8 is a bad trade in for a 15 year old game now?

In regards to the trade in for alien soldier of £8 , what does it matter if its 15 years old (which it isnt anyway) , age doesn't devalue an item , the fact of wow ! its rare and offering a paltry £8 when they had one in the window a few months earlier at £49.99 is clearly undervaluing a game , i also understand a company must make money to survive but they often take the mick.

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Post by Dudley » Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:39 pm

sirclive1 wrote:from Dudley : I'm not sure what you're saying here? £8 is a bad trade in for a 15 year old game now?

In regards to the trade in for alien soldier of £8 , what does it matter if its 15 years old (which it isnt anyway) , age doesn't devalue an item , the fact of wow ! its rare and offering a paltry £8 when they had one in the window a few months earlier at £49.99 is clearly undervaluing a game , i also understand a company must make money to survive but they often take the mick.
You didn't tell me they'd had a £50.

Personally, given it's not going for more than £20 on ebay (there's a £22 buy it now there right now) I'd say £8 was about right, but they should be selling it at £14.99.
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Post by Sureshot » Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:56 pm

I saw a copy of Alien Soldier sell on eBay once for £130, if that's anything to go by :wink:

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Post by Dudley » Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:23 pm

Those days are over :)
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Post by redleader28 » Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:43 am

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paranoid marvin wrote:Personally,I would choose them above Game
Well, Game wouldn't know retro gaming if they trod in it. To them, XBOX 360 is now retro and out-of-date! :shock:
Mind you I love CEX. They are the best people to go to for import titles.
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Post by Mootown » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:01 am

The reason you see tatty poor condition games (ie Secret of Mana) selling for high prices in Gamestation is due to the fact that the till system works by scanning the barcode, and regardless of packaging quality the barcode (and the actual game!) remains the same. Therefore, it is feasible that you may come across a mint copy of a game and a battered one both on sale for the same price, which obviously isn't always ideal. However, considering you will still get the same trade price for a battered one as you would a mint item, sometimes this is better for the customer trading it in... The only time you should see weird pricing in a Gamestation is if the till doesn't recognise the barcode and then the store staff have to make up the price, based on whatever knowledge they have. In some cases, they will know in others they won't because at the end of the day, a lot of Retro is very specialist and you can't expect store staff to always know everything about every rare jap crazy title ever.
However, I don't always agree with the pricing structure..(hell - why sell Steel Battalion for THAT price? It's not even a good game!!)

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Post by James A » Mon Feb 20, 2006 12:02 pm

It dosen't explan though why overnight Final Fantasy 7,8,9 which used to be £9.99 each have suddenly shot up to £24.99.

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Post by Mootown » Mon Feb 20, 2006 12:29 pm

You'd be happy though if you had got it for £9.99, it was even in the BOGOF so you could have got 2 of em for £9.99....
Oh well, good for those who bought it before (now trades in at £18!) bad for those who didn't as the price has been brought in line with what it really should be worth, although thats debatable too I guess.
Me I don't care, UK Editions of Final Fantasy on PS1 SUCK with those horrible big borders and super slow gameplay... no thanks!

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Post by M.A.G » Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:38 pm

Just lately i would so Gamestation are the rip off kings.Went in too the Halifax store today and they have a preowned Xbox 360 (white box) for £279.99.

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Post by AC » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:44 pm

James A wrote:It dosen't explan though why overnight Final Fantasy 7,8,9 which used to be £9.99 each have suddenly shot up to £24.99.
If you're ever in Birmingham, pop into Gamestop in the Pallasades. All three of those mentioned were in the £2.97 basket!

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Post by Dudley » Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:43 am

They really should invest the money in unified pricing.

It'd be difficult to do everything but you can't tell me FF7 is obscure.
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Post by Mootown » Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:46 am

That's Gamestop not Gamestation where FF7 was £2.97 - all the prices across the board for GS are the same providing the game scans and staff are doing their job right! (the tills are all linked to a cental database)
I find it amusing on message boards when people are quick to jump on the bad things before actually understanding how things work, the other example of the pre-owned Xbox360 selling for £279.99 - the customer will have got a minimum of £250 trade, and when Xbox 360's were nigh on impossible to get, Gamestation even offered exactly what it was selling for, (ie no profit made) for the sole purpose of being able to offer all the pre-order customers who had no machine another option. Look at CEX and what they did to the Xbox 360 price - £500 + for a solus machine in some locations. At the end of the day, there's always going to be expensive items people don't agree with, but on the flip-side there are plenty of bargains to be had. And you don't catch people complaining about that eh. It's an industry, and there's not as much profit made as people believe after the overheads etc are all paid up. I'd rather play my games than moan about the prices! Hell, I even paid £150 for an import SF2 on SNES all those years ago and that was a rip-off. But I still loved it.

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Post by sirclive1 » Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:45 am

Just a note about the xbox 360 , i doubt GS would trade it in at £250 , the main reason is that selling it at £279.99 would incur a loss (due to VAT) , second hand items are in the global VAT scheme , plus the second reason is that they trade them in at around £185.00 , a pal of mine bought a 360 at launch and decided that he would trade it in just a few days later, rang up all the GS's in this area and they all said about £185 (as that was last december when youd assume the price was its best). Im not saying thats a bad trade in , but its correct.

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Post by psj3809 » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:01 am

At the end of the day surely theres a market for some of the overpriced items, people must still buy them.

If the prices were so high and the item didnt sell for a long time then the prices will come down.

As others have said you do find some bargains still

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Post by Mootown » Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:08 am

Just on the 360 thing - Xbox 360's ARE trading at £250. (OR £230 cash) Thats the current system price, and they were trading at full value (£279.99) for a good month or so after launch. And that's not a guess or even something I have heard from other people - I know the truth. So anyone who tells you different either has rung the wrong shop or has bad hearing.

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