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RUMOR: GameStop Merging Used and New Games

According to a Kotaku article published last wednesday, an employee of a Canada EB Games (Read: GameStop) claims that GameStop/EB Games is actively merging their used and new games sections. If true, consumers will not be able to tell a distinction between used and new games like they have in the past through the sticker colors (Yellow for used, white for new). 

The tipster, who still remains anonymous, released an image showing the alleged orders on an in-store poster. The rumor has yet to be confirmed or debunked by the GameStop/EB Games corporations, but public outrage has already resulted - rightly so. Paying regular price for a used title without knowlege seems foolish, and according to some analysts, the move is a "ploy to confuse the average shopper (parents and such), who may unknowingly purchase either copy while being unaware of the difference." 

Since the rumor first surfaced, Kotaku has updated the article twice, with one source who claims to work for EB Games debunking the rumor, while the other source had the following to add:

 

I can confirm this 100% we were given instructions last week to start this. We were told that we were to merge all used games with the new games and have them sectioned off by one of four specific genres they gave us. They told us that the new copy must be on the very bottom of the pile and the used ones stacked on top and that we were to change all price stickers to the white ones. They also instructed us to discard all materials advertising used games. Now the stickers do have the words NEW or USED on them but no one looks at that.

HUGE problems with this will of course be with the online code games. Generic_Customer_01 will grab the top copy of NHL 12, go home, and not be able to play online. There are also MANY games where the new copy is as cheap as $19.99 but the used copies stacked on top of it are $34.99. It is also a nightmare to find anything anymore and the opinion of what games fall in what categories was different even across staff members in the same store.


If true, will you continue to shop at GameStop/EB Games? Let us know by commenting below. 

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