Eat Poo and Die, EB Games

I’ve been patronizing EB Games for many, many moons, and one thing about them always gets my goat: overpriced pre-owned games. The fact that they’ll give you $3 trade-in credit on a game that they will turn around and resell for $44.95 is hardly a surprise to anybody who has dealt with them before, but dammit, every time I’m exposed to their questionable reselling practices I blow a gasket.

What set me off this time was my quest to pick up a pre-owned copy of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the GBA. Knowing that the game is $29.99 brand new, I foolishly thought I could slide into EB Games and pick up a used copy for considerably less. After perusing the pre-owned games for a sec or two, I spotted 4 copies of Superstar Saga — cartridge-only. As I get older I find that I simply don’t have to have the box and/or manual for all of my games, so the cartridge-only thing is just fine — especially when I consider that the game will be cheaper than usual since it’s missing all of its packaging. Right? Wrong…the game costs $26.99; a whole $3 cheaper than a brand new copy complete with all of its packaging. That, my friends, is absolutely absurd.

C’mon, EB Games executives… I understand that making 800% profit is a wonderful thing for you, but don’t you think that giving your customers a break and pricing pre-owned games a little more reasonably is a better long-term game plan? You could at least try to “get by” on making perhaps 600% profit or something.

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Discovered as a young 'Squatchling in a Pacific Northwest woodland area in the mid-70's, Fatsquatch was soon domesticated and introduced to the fledgling arcade scene, where he became addicted to the magical sights and sounds of gaming. As years passed, his addiction only worsened, and eventually lead to his desire to write about all things gaming from a veteran point-of-view. Hence, Fatsquatch created The Jaded Gamer in 2001, and set about leading it into permanent obscurity.

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