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GameStop Won't Be Selling Spirit Camera Second-Hand

Posted by James Newton

Frightening

Hoping to grab a cheap pre-owned copy of Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir from GameStop? Sorry, your luck is out — the chain won't be trading in Nintendo's augmented reality experience.

The reason is the game relies on an intricate book bundled with new copies; without the book, the software's useless. Even a missing page could halt your progress forever. Rather than insist every store checks every copy intently, GameStop has issued a blanket refusal to trade it in, meaning no bargains for you.

That may not be such a bad thing, as our Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir review should point out.

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tat2

#1

tat2 said:

So does this mean that checking an used game's condition before putting it on sale isn't a common practice at GameStop?
And it is a bad thing because you can't sell the game to them after realizing how lousy it is.

SkywardLink98

#2

SkywardLink98 said:

@tat2 Do you know how many trade-ins they get? They don't have time for someone to go through the whole game AND work their job at the cash register. If it doesn't work in someway that's relate-able to the games condition you ARE allowed to return it for a full refund.

AVahne

#3

AVahne said:

At least we get the game. Ni No Kuni DS isn't being brought over at all BECAUSE of its book.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#4

Philip_J_Reed said:

So does this mean that checking an used game's condition before putting it on sale isn't a common practice at GameStop?

That is correct. They expect the customer to take it home and playtest it, and bring it back for a refund if it doesn't work.

Party on!

tat2

#5

tat2 said:

@SkywardLink98 And how exactly do the customers prove that the game was faulty before they bought it? Also buying a pig in a poke doesn't sound like a profitable business model but I guess they've been lucky. And to sell such things regularly is a little sketchy at best.
Besides the booklet only has 16 pages, it wouldn't really prolong the buying process that much.
@Chicken_Brutus So what happens to the original owner? They just get away with selling damaged games?

DarkEdi

#6

DarkEdi said:

In other words GameStop doesn´t keep an eye when a game is bought. They don´t care is the game is damaged or broken. Now we see they don´t care too if a game doesn´t have package and blockets.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#7

Philip_J_Reed said:

So what happens to the original owner? They just get away with selling damaged games?

No idea. They do keep your personal information on file though, so it may prevent you from selling back in the future.

RR529

#8

RR529 said:

I've noticed that they check to see if there's any physical damage on the discs (scratches, ect). They obviously don't have the time to check to see if there's any other sort of damage, because they're busy and just can't immediately pop it into it's respective system to see if it works (if it only won't read during a particular part of the game, it might be even harder to tell).

Tasuki

#9

Tasuki said:

Unless I want a used game I never shop at Gamestop. They pass of used games as new games and than tell you that oh that was the store demo thats why its opened. News flash Gamestop using a new game as a demo still makes it used.

Sir_Deadly

#10

Sir_Deadly said:

@Tasuki IDk what gamestop your going to, but the one I go to NEVER do that. Now that seems like some crap wal-mart would pull on you.

Sir_Deadly

#11

Sir_Deadly said:

@RR529 Yea, but this is a 3DS game were talkin bout, and they use cartridges. Even harder to tell if its damaged or not.

Dreadjaws

#12

Dreadjaws said:

Well, seeing how the game doesn't have good reviews anyway, they'll probably drop the price at some point in the near future.

mamp

#13

mamp said:

They do not check their games ever which is the reason I don't buy used games. What I hate the most is that their employees have to sell as many used games as possible so they always bug you about getting the used one over the new one. This one employee didn't stop bugging me about getting Red Dead Redemption used, until I got mad and raised my voice at him he desperately wanted to sell it to me. Does anyone know if Gamestop employees have a quota for selling used games?

WaLzgiStaff

#14

WaLzgi said:

@Tasuki Do you honestly think other stores have better practices? You'd be surprised at all the crap retailers get away with these days. Oh, and to acknowledge your complaint, that is not a common practice at Gamestops. Most of the time, users complain (and I know you read these complaints) about the ONE time their GS did that and exaggerate it to sound like they do it all the time.

KingMike

#16

KingMike said:

Since when did GameStop care if lack of a peripheral stopped you from playing the game.
In the past they'd just try to sell the gun/mouse/dancepad/etc. separate. Why make a book any difference to their existing greedy way?

chucknorrmis

#18

chucknorrmis said:

@mamp I know for a fact that they have quotas for pre orders cuz my friend kept trying to push a soulsilver pre order on me when i already had heart gold bought and everything.

chucknorrmis

#20

chucknorrmis said:

LOL pre owned crap from gamestop is always like $2 less than a new one on sale. So for 3ds owners, a pre owned game price (in CA) is equivalent to tax off a new game. That is why amazon provides all my game orders; costs as much as a pre owned game.

Undead_terror

#22

Undead_terror said:

how much does it cost new?,i went to the store today and saw it but no price...and i was to lazy to check it out

Kaine_Morrison

#23

Kaine_Morrison said:

I bought this, but i only played it once.
The lighting in my apartment sucks and kills the mood of a horror games to have to play in bright light. I thought the book would be an optional part of the game.

Capt_N

#24

Capt_N said:

About a little after the GCN came out, I convinced my sib for us to sell our SNes, & games. Boy, was I stupid. I could kick myself for that. All I got out of it was Pikmin. Anyway, I used to (really often) frequent Funcoland, & later when they called it Gamestop, while they still sold SNes, & later only/just Nes stuff (in regards to retro consoles, games, & their peripherals). Gamestop stopped selling used pc games, at least my local one did. Basically, anymore, w/ all the news surrounding GS, & the lack of selling retro stuff I'm interested in(Nes/SNes/SM) in, I really don't shop there, unless I can not find what I'm looking for elsewhere, or I'm bound to find a product I need, like a controller, or lens cleaner, much cheaper.

Also, I can say this isn't an always, but I also purchased an (apparently new) Gamecube controller from there(those knockoff brand controllers), I accidentally dropped it on my bedroom floor, & now the d-pad, & c-stick refuse to function properly. Not that controllers were made to be dropped, but that speaks volumes for the lack of durability of some of their products.

Finally, I try hard to keep what games I know I'll play, & wanna play in the future. I only sell games I am willing to never see, own, or play again. Also, I suggest if you are old enough to legally do so, & competent enough, sell online. You make more than you would re-selling to GS.

Even if this game is bad. I find this a kinda idiotic reason, for not reselling it. There are ways to handle these types of games. Plus, I really also wonder, if this game got bad reviews all over online, & GS just doesn't want a game that won't move off their shelves?

tanookisuit

#25

tanookisuit said:

@tat2 For awhile I know they used to check to make sure games didn't have moderate to heavy scratches, but other than that no. I quit buying used accessories and games there many years ago because more often than not I'd have to return for a refund or a swap out. They don't care because it costs them more to check everything than let the used buyers be their guinea pigs.

KingMike

#26

KingMike said:

@LztheBlehBird
I was referring to them de-bundling items that were originally sold together and selling them in pieces.

Just one example I can think of: back when they were selling SNES games, it was pretty easy to find Lethal Enforcers carts, but where's the light gun you need to play the game? (even though the game and the gun were both useless without each other.)

TheRegginator

#27

TheRegginator said:

That's good. That prevents GS from profiting from used sales of the game and Nintendo and the developer get all of the profit from new sales.

Hetsumani

#28

Hetsumani said:

I always buy at gamestop. most of the time new games, i only buy used when they have the offers like buy 2 an get 1 free, and things like that.

DrDaisy

#29

DrDaisy said:

I don't get it. Are there things in the instruction booklet you need to scan with your 3DS's camera?

spamineggs

#30

spamineggs said:

That sux! I just downloaded a very clean PDF of the Book of Faces in case I was able to buy a used copy that didn't have the book. Looks like I'll be scanning Craigslist for a better price on this one.

Kitsune_Rei

#32

Kitsune_Rei said:

Ugh that rather sucks, but I guess I'm not that surprised. I was just thinking "how will people trade it in if it requires the booklet, and some people may not be savy to that at the store?"
Ah well, I would maybe consider it if it was cheap, but from reviews not otherwise. Maybe it'll drop to being cheap anyway, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove dropped.

SyFyTy

#33

SyFyTy said:

To me this is BS because the Magic or illusions game that was sold for the Ds was heavily dependant on the Magic cards all being there and they frequently resold THAT often without the special deck.. so why not here? Because they didn't sell enough, at a high enough price point, to make the money back, that's one reason. If it's not easy money Gamestop is not interested...

SyFyTy

#35

SyFyTy said:

@tanookisuit I have seen gamestop repeatedly put games back on the shelf, that I returned for scratches, would not play, and they still wanted to off it to someone else who wouldn't return it. They did this knowingly. people kept returning it and rather than call it a write off, they still tried scamming people with it...

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