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September 26, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

GameStop has been discarding retro gaming for years & now wants to ruin 3rd generation games

Please do NOT trade-in your retro games at GameStop! Have a yard sale. Bring them to a flea market. Give them to a friend. Read on to see how GameStop is dumping gaming's history into their dumpsters - for simplicity and profit!

I often wonder about the number of used games displayed on GameStop's shelves that are in generic cases. Do most gamers throw away the plastic game cases and simply leave the bare discs lying on a table? I doubt it.

GameStop puts retro gaming history in their dumpsters Here's my theory- I think each GameStop location keeps enough generic game cases to make their shelf-space appear to be filled - so their shelves don't look bare. Cases that don't fit on the shelves, takes up storage space which is both expensive and minimal in most GameStop locations.

If GameStop's supply of shelved games is full and you bring in a stack of games for trade - they will only keep the game disc and throw away the original cases, artwork, manuals, and any other included items. Just check their dumpsters - you'll be shocked at the treasures they dispose of as trash. It shows how little regard they have for gaming.

Games Take Up Too Much Space

The sad truth is that the game discs alone (without a case and manual) take up less space. If they lack space, they throw gaming's history into the trash to suit their bottom line. GameStop seems to think a video game are nothing more than a game cart or disc. Apparently the artwork and manual is of no value. Having some shelved games in original cases looks good, but their insistance on minimal overhead necessitates having easy access to generic labels which is easier than storing each game's original artwork and other included materials.

GameStop puts retro gaming history in their dumpsters Can you imagine going to a supermarket and finding the shelves lines with generic products - all in white packaging with black lettering? Sounds pretty awful.

I remember picking up PS2 games at my local GameStop. A high percentage of them were shelved in their original cases with artwork and manuals. One day I went to seek a few more PS2 titles and found EVERY PS2 game disc had been placed in a paper sleeve and left on the same shelf.

Without the cases, these games took up far less space. What do you suppose happened to all those cases, artwork, and manuals? The artwork and manuals went into the trash. The cases were stuffed with generic labels needed to fill the shelves and the remainder thrown away.

Retro Gaming Is Going Into GameStop Dumpsters!

GameStop puts retro gaming history in their dumpsters GameStop has long been talking about selling retro games - games for NES, Genesis, SNES, N64, PlayStation, and Dreamcast. You'll now find these gems on their website. This is an online-only affair. Can you guess why? Shouldn't they be able to rotate stock for retro games in a similar manner?

GameStop likes to have one SKU for each product. Can you imagine the difficulty (from a corporate accounting POV) of having multiple SKUs for the same title based on various changing features?

As game collectors know, a CIB (complete in box) game is far more valuable than the cartridge alone. The more complete a game is, the higher it's value. For lone carts, the condition of the cart and label play a factor in determining price.

GameStop puts retro gaming history in their dumpsters Prices fluctuate, so it's hard for a large computerized retailer to manage multiple pieces of info about a single item. It's far easier for each item to have one SKU. Having five SKUs for NES Mega Man is problematic. Corporations don't solve problems as much as they dispose of them. In this case, GameStop has whittled retro gaming down to it's common denominator - the game cartridge or disc. That alone is what they sell. You won't get a CIB retro game from their website.

When you go into GameStop to sell your collection of CIB N64 games, the clerk will gladly accept your games in exchange for a pittance of their value. After you leave the store, they will bring your spectacular collection to the back room and remove all the game carts and throw the boxes, manuals, and inserts into the trash. This video shows what is happening at GameStops across the country:



Every single item from an old video game holds value. Whether it's a box, manual or insert - it is part of a finite amount of retro artifacts that are still around. So many items are discarded by people "cleaning the attic" and don't know the value of gaming items or their rarity. Considering that neither Nintendo nor Atari make games for their past consoles, every item we still have is finite. The games, manuals, and affiliated items are all we have. No more will ever be made. Such a finite supply should be regarded with care, not casually disposed of to ease a profit margin.

It's hard to believe that a company that evolved from the amalgamation of many smaller games stores could add to it's profits by destroying artifacts from gaming's history. It just goes to show that corporations always place profits over EVERYTHING! If you love video games, don't trade your games to companies like this. You'll get more value for your games at a yard sale anyway.

The included video and screen-caps came from the IWALVG YouTube channel. Check them out!

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