When you go to eBay, Craigslist, or some off-the-beaten-path retro game store you expect some level of price gouging to happen. People selling old games in these spaces categorize them as collector's items and try to sucker you into paying $500 for an old copy of a game (like Minish Cap for GBA). But when GameStop does it, you have to wonder what the heck is going on. Apparently that is exactly what the world's largest video gaming retailer is doing, according to this Kotaku report.
GameStop is advertising Xenoblade Chronicles, the popular Nintendo-published RPG that came out for the Wii in April of 2012, for a whopping $89.99.
According to Kotaku's report, a number of GameStop stores in New York told them that they have recently restocked the game and were offering used copies for $90. Another store rep. told Kotaku that the retailer "printed a few thousand copies of the game with no shrink wrap in order to restock their inventory, then labeled them as pre-owned." Another GameStop rep. told Kotaku that they would look into this story about "copying" the game.
Obviously gamers who are interested in the game see this as a price gouging scam on the part of GameStop and are pretty upset about it.
On the other hand, GameStop could argue that simply searching for the game on Google Shopping or Amazon will show you that this game is reasonably priced compared to those searches. They wouldn't be wrong about that, but GameStop isn't just some retro gaming reseller – they are a major player in the video gaming space, and charging a premium for older games could kill their used games business. Let's hope this does not become a trend…
Source and Image Credit: Kotaku. Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.