Confession time: I have yet to buy a Playstation 4. Yes, yes, horror of horrors, I know. But having just finished my first run through of Grand Theft Auto V and currently waist deep in spent shell casings over in CoD: Ghosts, there just hasn’t been a compelling reason to buy one.
Until yesterday, when it suddenly dawned on me that I did not have a Playstation 4. Clearly, I had to rectify this. Luckily: Brainstorm! Why don’t I trade in my PS3 + my clutch of games (44 at last count) at Gamestop? I mean, that many games PLUS an original PS3? I’m pretty sure we all know that that equals brand new PS4, two controllers, a PS camera and a year of PSN, easy.
So it should surprise absolutely no one that his plan did not work out. At all. First off, Gamestop has zero PS4s. I called 12 of them last night (Queens & Manhattan) and got a bunch of different answers including : “No.” “No, we don’t have them but we can sell you the $800 bundle” “No one has them and won’t have them until March. But we CAN sell you a bundle.” “Nah, but maybe we’ll have some in later January.” Ok, clearly this is bullshit that these jerks are spewing to push sales of the console bundles. I ain’t buying it, both literately AND figuratively.
At least I can start to figure out how much sweet sweet store credit I’ll be getting for my collection. I figure, at least $5/game & $100 for the console, thats $320 + the various trade-in gimmicks that GS is currently running. So maybe I won’t get all the stuff I envisioned for a straight trade, but If I can get an entire new setup for under $100, I’ll be doing fine.
Shocker #2: Gamestop said they’d give me $60 for the PS3…until they double checked and said they could only give me $50 for it. OOF. Well, ok, not amazing but at least I have my library of games to make up the bulk of the cost. So I packed up all of my games, headed over to my local Gamestop to see how long I’d have to wait for my semi-free PS4.
Well…while it turns out they may have shipments this week, you can’t reserve them. You just have to be there when they open, otherwise no dice. I’ve got line-standers on standby, so no worries there. So tell me, Mr. Bald Up Front, Mullet in the Back Gamestop Employee, how much will I be getting for all 44 of my games, plus my console, with all of the various add-ons and trade-in bonuses?
Oh, you know:
This is including the $39 I’d get for trading in GTA V. So the other 42 games? Yeah, Gamestop will basically give me $2/title.
I’m not even pissed; I expected to get screwed a bit. But this…savage rogering? This straight up thievery? Wow Gamestop. Wow.
The worst part is? I think i may just go ahead and do it anyway. I’m NEVER going to play these games again, so why not get some value out of them? Man. Gamestop. That’s some coooooold shit.