For all you gamers out there, especially the bargain hunters. I'm here as your friendly neighborhood Hardcore Gamer :)
To Show justice and the truth behind retail game shops and their overall worth. I will go through most of the stores I believe people usually go to and talk about the 3 most important points you should consider when purchasing from, and any other valuable info I have to offer.
Grab a hot coffee/tea or warm milo, sit back relax and find out whether your favourite store is worth your hard earned cash and trust.
My Overall score will be based on these 3 important points.Service
basically it will come down to knowledge of the product, whether it be games, consoles, etc. Also friendliness, helping nature. Not as important than the other 2. It doesn't really matter, but its an icing on the cake if you can get a nice overall score with the other 2 points.Game Condition
Second in importance, to be quite literal, when you buy a brand new game you expect a brand spanking new game not some fucking washed up whore of a game thats been scratched, booklet torn and bended, and a cover thats been chipped, broken and grubby fingers all over it, all then shoved up someone's ass and regurgitated into a stinking pile of dog shit and expect to pay more than what you would pay for a second hand game.Price
Just..just a bit more important than the condition of a game. So the reason for this being the most important is pretty easy to understand. But funny enough the most overlooked and overestimated point people seem to fall upon. which is why its the most important. In whats all said and done, there will be a difference in what you pay for a game thats really worth a lot less.
this is what you'll see after each retail store, each point marked a possible score out of ten and then the overall score.0/10
Price Overall Score 0/10
OK, Here we go......Myer
Technically not your retail gamer, its there because they feel its needed there for the sake of entertainment. Dumb fuckers that serioulsy don't know nothing, don't even bother asking for service because all your talking to are lil bitch fuckers in their myer uniform thinking they know shit. Their games and price ranges' are a pile of shit, but then again it IS Myers. Very rare to see decent games and for a good price. basically its a place to breeze in an out of and hopefully you may get that great offer they "might" have. Best chance for a really good bargain are Christmas or end of year sales.
5/10 Game condition
Overall Score 2/10David Jones
pretty much identical to myers, but funny enough that you cant even ask for service, because theres no one even there to help (that gives them a better score though because its better to deal with no one than douche bags). But they do have a higher probability rate of better pricing than myers. but don't hold your breath, its another in and out window shopping mission.
5/10 Game condition
Overall Score 2.5/10Toys R Us
Luckily, I know a guy there (Cannington), who I'm fairly acquainted with but to an extent he cant help me as much as I would like him to.
In the past they had a great price range for their games. But now it seems they are slowly following suit for higher prices.
It has also gotten worse, I'm gonna say its the worst out of all retail places now. This is due to its new system of displaying there games. See, before it was retail code standard to only display 3-5 copies of a game on the shelf, and the rest would be stored away. But now they decided to go put all their stock on display! seriously who's the fuckhead who decided that it would be a brilliant idea?! Apparently the guy I know told me that the upper management thought it be better to free up clutter around the place, and that stealing wouldn't be an issue anymore. wtf? they have cameras everywhere and the games section is in a section of its own. I don't know how the other Toys R Us stores are doing there system.
They do however have a somewhat decent collection of games to choose from. Even though I know a staff member at that store, service is bland. You usually get a ditzy girl or pimply guy you would see from "The Simpsons" (you know who I'm talking about).
5/10 Game condition
Overall Score 5/10Electronics Boutique (a.k.a "EB")
They are just a bunch of douche bag (mostly pc user based) workers who don't know shit about console gaming. They rip off any casual gamer or parents that don't know any better on how much they should be spending on a game or offer. seriously "buy a PS3 for only $100, but you must give us your Wii/XBOX360 console with like 25 games"! Like what the fuck!?
And to make it worse, these guys are the pioneers when it comes to dodgy trade in deals and buying your games for fucking, fuck all. Makes you feel as if you've been violated.
Basically you have just purchased a brand new highly anticipated game you want to play, lets say you finished the game or just have gotten over it after a good few months, also not to forget that you also paid top fucking dollar with your hard earned cash (that's also if you couldn't be bothered bargain hunting) and finally your the type of person with the philosophy of, "if I don't play it anymore and don't see myself re-playing games for nostalgia etc".
Then you go in thinking, I should be getting at least more than half price for a game that is highly anticipated and has been purchased a few months ago. What happens, 60-70% cut off its retail value. So a game you purchased a month ago for a $100 is now worth $40-30.
I am seriously dropping tidal waves of homeless bum's shit all over these guys already. Service is bad, because they're Pc based fags, they're attitudes also come with, and the whole "I work at EB" shit. the only one good thing I found is that they can somewhat help find a game your looking for. Game conditions pretty good, as long as you ask for a back store copy, you should be fine, otherwise they're display shit is what you're gonna get. Price...Price can suck my chocolate salty balls! Seriously you expect me to pay full RRP (registered retail price) on games that only cost them less than half price. Sounds like they've been sniffing the "lets triple the price" crack.
5/10 Game condition
Overall Score 3/10GameTraders
Great place...well yes and no. Your nearly 100% guaranteed of finding the game your looking for. They also specialise in oldschool gaming back-catalogues (Gameboy,NES, SNES, Genensis, N64), but chances are you'll be paying a high price for the old school retro games which are most likely hard to find (unless you cant be bothered going on ebay). Which is fair enough I guess.
They undoubtedly have the best customer service on the planet, because they know what the fuck they're talking about. you go in ask about a game, no shit they'll most likely give you all the information you need about the game regarding release dates (worldwide mind you), if its good or shit, and ... price.....yes....price.
This is there fucking downfall. They are just as bad as EB, selling there shit usually 10% more.
I just don't get it with specialty stores, you'd think that since your a specialty store, the games would be cheaper. Because your not buying other shit that your not selling as games.
Their game condition is on par with the likes of EB, standard displays and the rest at the back. They don't have specials, If they do, chances are that they'll be just like EB making you think you got a great deal when in fact you got ripped off.
5/10 Game condition
Overall Score 4/10
the worst out of the tri-factor, thats is Big W, Target then piece of dog pile of shit Kmart. You think they would try to be just as competitive to the others yet they make themselves even worse off. Fuck all game choices, ridiculous prices, and the service shit as usual. Even when they have specials on, funny enough they're not even specials.
1/10 Game condition
Overall Score 3/10Target
It can be on par with Big W but I'm going to state that very very loosely. Service is shit. I find it that Kmart and Target share the same fucken kid's shovel-wear syndrome, in that most of the games are just cash in, cash cow fucking kid games. and still want you to pay RRP. ok, Big W may also do it, but at least they fucken have some actual for gamer games.
4/10 Game condition
Overall Score 4/10Big W
Hands down the best place to go, (at the moment). Basically they're the best because they always have a sale at least every second month or on quarterly big sales.not only are they the cheapest but most of the time you get the game still in its original wrapping. Service is shit, but who cares, as long as you know what you're going to get. I could get 2 DS games valued at 110, and get them for a mere 42. So there you go price and condition are a near perfect 10.
they only reason they don't get tens is because of the standard system of stock. when a great game comes out, Big W and other retails wont buy in bulk rather only a handful because they know it may not sell, and that my friend is due to the casual audience who don't know any better and buy the latter of shit thats called shovel ware. Anyways always check their catalogue, good chance of a great deal on a game you may like.
9/10 Game condition
Overall Score 8/10JB HI-Fi (a.k.a "JB")
Their choice of games are up there with EB and somewhat gametraders. Prices are also reasonable and most usually can get a great deal. service can be a bitch. everyone knows the JB Hi-Fi mantra, "I'm sooo coool and better than you, because I work at JB". So this would mean that you would be dealing with a lot of douche bags. luckily theres a 50% chance of that not happening. because there are some workers out there, that know there shit and will help you, I know because I used to work at JB. there pretty good with their game conditions, just ask for a back store copy rather than the one they give you thats been dismantled and put in a sleeve which is both game and booklet. And finally price, they seem to do well. not all the time. generally there trick of the trade is when a new release is to be sold, they will most likely put a high price on it. wait a few months and you'll be surprised when you see the prices slash away. Overall I'd say second to Big W.
5/10 Game condition
Overall Score 7/10
I just don't get it, its a mix bag for me.
In the end games are seen as another form of entertainment to the public, meaning retailers will not give you that respective pay out to a game thats so fucking rare. Ebay is your best bet.
They don't give a shit about the overall condition as up value only as a condition that it must pass, otherwise they'll charge disc cleaning, booklet torn/missing fee, game cover broken/missing fee.
Worse of all is the nil value you get of a game's actual worth in rarity.
If your like me, and has a collection seriously worth in gaming culture, lets just say its worth in the $XX,XXX and rising over the years. Make sure you have some form of security both inside and out. Because in the end, the sad truth is your games mean nothing through Insurance. Yes they may compensate you with money worth of what a game you would purchase today, but you will never get back that actual game from way back thats out of production.
Anyways back to my point.As a Veteran Bargain Hunter who wont compromise on both quality and price for games.
I advise these 6 points.1.
Check all retailers and their catalogues and start to learn how they play the game (no pun intended)2.
Also check all Online shops, they can be just as cheap or as expensive; do your research just as you would, referring back to point 13.
Know your game, rare games are harder to buy cheap and may only come around once. but a well known game, its price will drop down in time.4.
Videogame sites and Forum sites, any game info, release dates, reviews, opinions, its all there so your in the know.5.
Start making friendships/connections with the retail staff member that may help you even more.6.
Price matching, the most fucking best thing ever made for us customers :) but remember to have a current competitors catalogue or if you're good at bluffing it can work also.