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GameStop handing out flyers to tell customers about Xbox One’s restrictions

GameStop stores around the US are taking an active role in telling customers about the Xbox One’s many caveats. They’re putting out flyers informing customers about the restrictions of the console like needing to be connected to the internet every 24 hours and others. Multiple reports across the web confirm this news but it does appear like these flyers are a store by store thing Could just be some rogue locations. We’re trying hard to get a picture of this flyer and hope to add it to this post soon. This is rumored to be happening at select GameStop stores throughout the country but not at all yet. It could just be a local thing that a particular manager decided to do on his/her own.

I wouldn’t take this as GameStop standing up against the system. They will likely sell the system and stock it’s games like any other retailer. A move like this is probably an insurance policy so that consumers understand that they will need internet when they pre-order the system so that they don’t have customers come back to cancel those pre-orders if they disagree with Microsoft’s anti-consumer policies.

With a major retailer like GameStop telling customers up front about all the issues with Microsoft’s new console I think the system has a tough uphill battle ahead of it.

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  • sifu

    Maybe gamestop should hand out flyers on how they butt#%&* you on trade ins.

    • Jordi

      I hope they also give info on how to lend games on ps4 =p

    • Blaze Blue

      I am with you on that one. I was saying the same thing on this other article .

    • crimson83

      while not totally for Gamestop u know they get all their money from used games right? they only get $2 from every used game and about $10 from a new console. they also have regular deals that boost how much u get for games. better than no used market is all im sayin.

      • Charles Ziegelheim

        Uh, have you ever traded something in and then compared it to the price of what it’s retailed for as used? I used to work at EB Games before it was bought out by GameStop. People will trade in a game for 50 cents to $25, and then it would be scanned in, tagged with a barcode, and put up for $5-55 dollars. I’m no mathamagician, but I’m pretty sure $30 > $2. It’s pretty accepted that the business model preys on children who want to throw games at the register in order to get the latest and greatest.

        • Zorantu

          This is kind of a standard. If you think you’re gonna get ripped off, feel free to sell to Craigslist, to a friend, over eBay. Too lazy to do that? That’s why gamestop gives you so little. It’s the convenience. I’ve seen three separate cardgame stores (where people play Yu-Gi-Oh, MTG, Pokemon and the like) that go completely under because they gave fair trades, buying and selling cards (buy cards at 40%, sell at 150%). People naturally want to abuse these systems to make money.

        • bigevilworldwide

          That and the fact that people always brought in the most asstacular looking discs and wonder why they didn’t get shit

    • Fredrick Lemmon

      Yeah, they should give you at least $40 for that game they are selling on the shelf five feet away used for $10. Seems like good business to me.

      • ant-tony

        You must work at game stop. Cause thats just stupid lol!

      • Charles Babbage

        Actually.. When people talk about getting ass raped by gamestops trade ins they are referring to games which have come out within the last month. A new game cost 60$. A used version of that game at gamestop is like 55$ and it can stay that price for weeks depending on the popularity of the game. Now what happens when you buy a new game and then trade it in? Gamestop pays you like 25$. Or slightly more if you go with in store credit.

        So yes gamestop IS ripping you off pretty bad. As for games older than 2 or 3 years they are usually about 10 – 20$ depending on the popularity and if it is a really shit game then it will be under 5$. And the trade in price for those games no matter the popularity? Like 50 cents.

        • iwontcomebackalive

          You do have to remember that it is a business. It is out to make money. There are thousands of stores spread out across the United States and even some outlying areas to boot. They have to pay for worker’s wages, rental space, advertising, running distro centers, and many other facets of running a business. Plus, it’s not hard to get $25 to $30 from a game that is a week old. Really, it’s not. And if you can’t say you got around half of the purchase prices’s enjoyment out of a game, why would you gamble with the $60 it takes for a new game?

          Honestly, I used to hate GameStop’s trade-in policies. I am a very active member on a gaming forum which has a very beefy trading community. People are able to play a game for a week, and sell it for $40 to $45 on there. With that, though, you do also need to factor in shipping costs (unless you tack on another $3 for shipping,) PayPal fees (unless you use Amazon Payments,) and hoping it gets to the buyer in one piece. Or, you can take a hit at GameStop, get that $25 for the game, and use that credit towards something else (because you’re selling the game to get money for a new game, right?)

          There are ways to maximize what you will get for games, and it’s entirely possible to actually make money off of GameStop’s trade-in values. It’s just that GameStop is the easiest target to launch attacks at because it is the face of the used game market.

        • ZMAN

          gamestop is buying titles back that may, or may not sell anytime soon. They also have to account for shelf space, and time. This all has a business cost. Game stop is not a customer, they are resale-ers. If you sold the game to an actual customer, obviously you would get your moneys worth. Dont trade in easy sales.

    • salvagesalvage

      Sell them on Ebay, Craig’s List or Kijiji.

    • usrev

      if people understood gamestop they wouldn’t feel this way. lets say you trade in a game for $20, and they put it on the shelf for $50. you also have to remember they will lose $20 from that trade in because you will be buying another product there. they also might not sell that game you traded in. and that traded in product might go down in value in a few days or weeks. on top of all that, they have to pay employees, keep the lights on, and pay for every other business expense they have.
      they are taking ALL the risks when you trade in a game. if you want to find the time to sell used games your self, you can do that, ebay, craigs list, go to a local flea market even, but if you want quick and easy credit for a new game, gamestop and bestbuy are the easy options.

    • Maybe folks should stop going to GameStop altogether.

  • dildo

    Good thing, everyone should boycott this system if we don’t want video game to disappear in the near future. Sony kept it real with a video game consoles, not TV box with DRM and limited country launches. What a crop of shit this box is. It’s huge, ugly, DRMed to the bone, less powerful and on top of that 100$ more expensive. Crazy mother f*ckers at Microsoft. I hope it fails tremendously, I want my kids to be able to enjoy real video games in the future without all this limitation and DRM shit.

    • Adam

      If that’s what you believe, then you are truly living up to your name. Because all you are doing is fucking yourself. If you want to enjoy “real video games” then get all three consoles, and a gaming PC on top of that. I’m not even sure what constitutes as a “fake” video game.
      It’s good that you have opinions, but you really aren’t contributing anything.

      Now, as for Gamestop handing out flyers about the XB1, it’s probably a good idea to inform the general public who aren’t keeping up with all this news.
      It would be a better idea if they did this for all consoles, and not just focus on ones that are going to affect their own profits from traded in games.

      • AyaisMUsikWhore

        I just want to say something. Being a ‘Real Gamer’ doesn’t require you to buy all systems. In fact, a ‘Real Gamer’ stands up for their consumer rights regardless of gaming. I’m a ‘real gamer’ but I don’t plan on feeding a selfish greedy corporation that takes away my freedoms and tells me what I can and can not do. That’s when you realize your not playing games anymore. We never had to go through this garbage ever until now. Besides, If you have a PC, A PS4 and a Wii U… you have access to all games. There really is no need for all of them at this point.

        Now if they gave a flyer out about the other consoles.. how would that benefit MS in anyway? If people get a real side by side comparison with all of them… the Wii U and the PS4 will still be the better one. So I think MS is a little bit better off with not having that and customers looking on one sheet about JUST the X1

        • loud_rocker

          If you have a PC? PC gamers have had these restrictions for ages. Nothing new here. You can’t trade in, share or any of that stuff with PC games.

          • Sterling Schneider

            PC games also cost a fraction of what console games do, and sales are frequent. I doubt publishers will let Microsoft do what Steam does. In fact, once they get attached to the sales, I can foresee them doing an EA and opening up their own proprietary game management platform.

          • pcpc1010

            When’s the last time you bought a PC game? Fraction of the cost? More like $10 cheaper and/ or the same price as console games.

        • sifu

          I’m a real gamer , I love to play games regardless of platform so I will be getting all three ,does it suck that Xbox is going this direction yes but I look at my PC and see how I buy most games digital and think oh yea its not so bad.

          • cirE

            The difference is that PC users put up with these restrictions in exchange for cheaper games. If you wait just a month or so after a game comes out you’ll start seeing significant discounts.

            Do I like DRM? No. Will I put up with it to own a Steam copy of Rome: Total War for only $1? Yes. Will I pay Microsoft $500 for a console with more DRM than any of the other consoles, and $60 for each game that have the same restrictions as my super cheap PC games? Hell no.

          • bigevilworldwide

            And it’s morons like YOU who tell companies like M$ that it’s OK to enact these anti-consumer types of polices…And because of MORONS like YOU that tell them it’s OK will lead to even stricter anti-consumer policies down the road…The Xbox one could be the most amazing console on the planet but because of their anti-consumer crap anyone with half a brain would speak with their wallet and not purchase this crap….IF they lost out on enough sales these policies would have to go away…But they wont because of people like you idiots who complain about how bad it is yet still rent their $500 system..I can’t stand people like you….You know it’s bad but your going to reward them with your money because you like the games they’re showing….Not renting an Xbox one which is really what your doing renting not buying, those games will all still be there if they sold 0 consoles and had to reverse their anti-consumer restrictions

        • Sky

          Who said anything about “Real Gamers”?

  • Johnno

    They’re not boycotting the Xbox One, they just don’t want a whole bunch of angry customers coming back. The saddest thing is going to be the kid who gets this for christmas and then finds out he can’t use it because he doesn’t have decent internet, or when he finds out he can’t borrow his friends games or go down to blockbuster and hire a game for the school holidays.

    Some people just aren’t going to know about the restrictions that come with the console, Microsoft aren’t doing anything to educate the average consumer. Hat’s off to Gamestop for doing it for them.

    • Sky

      Of course Microsoft haven’t done anything to educate, it was unveiled a month ago and isn’t scheduled for release until November. Not that there’s anything wrong with Gamestop being proactive about it, but its hardly a fault of Microsoft’s.

      • Ben Brocka

        It’s a $500 purchase. People should be informed well before purchasing, and many are probably deciding *right now* which console to purchase for christmas. It is vital that people are educated, right now.

  • mike

    Unbelievable. But nice.
    Will the world press, for the first time, not praise microsoft, and tell the truth, like they should have done, with the x360 , rrod, scratching discs, having to pay for online gaming, etc etc,so people don’t get fooled , and are aware of what’s going on?

    What microsoft want to do is really some serious insane shit,everybody should be aware and know everything before spending 500$.

  • Xbox Shun

    GameStop is Shunning! (Google search “Xbox Shun”)


    But seriously, it makes sense. Otherwise you’ll just get loads of people buying it ill-informed and then returning it when the restrictions present themselves.

    • If I was GameStop I wouldn’t allow returns of the Xbox One unless there’s an actual hardware failure or something (under warrenty). As for the restrictions, no. I’d tell the buyer about the restrictions up front, and then kindly suggest you get a PS4 🙂


    They need to be handing out Valium to all the XBOX fan boys instead!

  • rickitiki

    oh, mistika

  • Kurow Akutenshi

    I doubt they’re doing this out of the goodness of their hearts, but because they’re the ones who’d be most screwed by the no used games policy.

  • James Price

    Hey editor-in-chief – “It’s” means “it is” or “it has”. The possessive form of “it” is “its”, with no apostrophe.

  • Reading through the bullshit

    They don’t want you to buy a 360 because of the used games policy. Gamestop makes greater than 90% profit on all used games, thats why they actively pushed used games over new on everyone they can. When you buy a new game, Gamestop only makes a small fraction and the DEVELOPER AND PUBLISHER make a much bigger cut. I personally hate gamestop and will got out of my way to support game developers, especially over gamestop.

    All this bad publicity for the xbox is total garbage. Kids going crazy in the comment section. Microsoft has made a console that stands to put game developers first and cuts severely into gamestops anti industry polices. All at the small small expense, that you log in online once each day. 99.9999% are already doing that. If any of you use Steam on the PC, this is the exact same gaming environment that MS is trying to bring to the console market. That market is ridiciliously better for game developers, and in turn is better for you as the gamer. Steam routinely has massive sales on games, because the developers allow it. Why? Because the developers are making much more money because you bought a new digital copy rather than buying a used disc from gamestop which gave them no money.

    The only issue I have with the new xbox is the mandatory kinect. The rest, are in reality, improvements to the console generation and will being more benefits.

    • tony sutton

      LOL. Spoken like a true delusional fanboy. For your information, Steam has an offline mode. It does not require daily checks. Leave your sinking ship while you still have the ability to save face, x-fag.

    • Dakan45

      “Steam routinely has massive sales on games, because the developers allow
      it. Why? Because the developers are making much more money because you
      bought a new digital copy rather than buying a used disc from gamestop
      which gave them no money.”

      Thats STEAM who lets you play offline and helps indies publish the games by asking YOU what games to feature. MS and their PAID xbla to play online PEER TO PEER are gonna capitalize the situation and screw you up, NOT provide a service.

    • It’s not about the users being cheap and not giving the developers what they deserve. It’s about our rights as gamers. While I don’t buy used games or participate in the used games industry, I SHOULD have the right to trade in my games or lend them to my friends if I desire. After all, I bought the game. I should be able to do what I want with it.

      With the Xbox One, when you buy a game you are basically buying a very restricted license to play the game.

  • Chris

    So is it Gamestop or one manager who is about to get fired? You say it’s probably not but imply in your closing statement that all of Gamestop is doing this.

    By the way, being able to play ALL my games on any Xbox wherever I go sounds damn good. And something the PS4 will not do.. Maybe Gamestop should make a flyer?

  • Rocamx

    there is a campaign against microsoft from gamestop, walmart etc etc

  • Rocamx

    Campaign against MS from Gamestop, Wal-Mart, etc….

    Microsoft engineer talking about XB1

    The thing is we suck at telling the story. The whole point of the DRM switch from disc based to cloud based is to kill disc swapping, scratched discs, bringing discs to friends house, trade-ins for shit value with nothign going back to developers, and high game costs. If you want games cheaper then 59.99, you have to limit used games somehow. Steam’s model requires a limited used game model.

    The thing is, the DRM is really really similar to steam… You can login anywhere and play your games, anyone in your house can play with the family xbox. The only diff is steam you have to sign in before playing, and Xbox does it automatically at night for you (once per 24 hours)

    It’s a long tail strategy, just like steam. Steam had it’s growing pains at the beginning with all it’s drm shit as well. […] For digital downloads steam had no real competition at the time, they were competing against boxed sales. At the time people were pretty irate about steam, (on 4chan too…) It was only once they had a digital marketplace with DRM that was locked down to prevent sharing that they could do super discounted shit.

    Think about it, on steam you get a game for the true cost of the game, 5$-30$. On a console you have to pay for that PLUS any additional licenses for when you sell / trade / borrow / etc. If the developer / publisher can’t get it on additional licenses (like steam), then they charge the first person more. […] If we say “Hey publishers, you limit game to 39.99, we ensure every license transfer you get 10$, gamestop gets 20$” that is a decent model… Microsoft gets a license fee on first and subsequent game purchases, compared to just first now? That’s a revenue increase.

    Competition is the best man, it helps drive both to new heights. See technology from the Cold War. If we had no USSR, we’d be way worse off today. TLDR: Bring it on Steam 🙂

    Yeah we passed that around the office at Xbox. Most of us were like “Well played Sony, Well played”. That being said they are just riding the hype train of ZOMG THEY ARE TRYING TO FUCK US FOR NO REASON. Without actually thinking about how convienent it would be for the majority of the time to not find that disc your brother didn’t put back… […] just simpleminded people not seeing the bigger picture. Some PS4 viral team made them all “U TOOK R DISCS” and they hiveminded.

    Everyone and their mother complains about how gamestop fucks them on their trade ins, getting 5$ for their used games. We come in trying to find a way to take money out of gamestop, and put some in developers and get you possibly cheaper games and everyone bitches at MS. Well, if you want the @#$@ing from Gamestop, go play PS4.

    • Mark

      I disagree, if you really want to give back to developers let them publish games independently.

      • Dakan45

        pwned him.

    • Dakan45

      Why do you think people bought x360? because it was cheaper and it was ehmm Piratable.

      Sad but true. MS thinks they can monopolize, let em cry.

  • Dakan45

    You have no idea how many clueless people will buy it with no question. So while gamestop serves its used sales, its good that they inform people.

  • Krakn3dfx

    Finally, as a byproduct of their unhappiness with receiving less of a cut on used game sales on the XBO, something Gamestop does actually benefit customers. Good on them this one time.

  • ZMAN

    gamestop cant be all that happy w/ the re-sale of 1x and thats it model.

  • lkjlasjer

    Of course Gamestop is taking a stand against the Xbox 1, the system doesn’t allow you to share used games… Used games and trade-ins are a HUGE part of Gamestop’s business….

  • juan_on_juan

    i’ve known about the restrictions for a long time. both consoles have some. pre-ordered xbox one long time ago and I will not be cancelling.

  • Guy

    I wish GameStop would drop Microsoft on their *** altogether, and just not carry their products anymore. See how they like the nation’s largest games retailer being anti-THEM.

    • juan_on_juan

      microsoft can holdout a lot longer than gamestop lol. dumb, just dumb.

      • Microsoft will not hold out if they are losing money faster than they could ever get it back. Microsoft isn’t entirely stupid, but whoever thought about Xbox DRM needs to get fired. Because that just cost Microsoft more money than that dude’s salary costs then.

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  • Smazeli

    Ehhh, this story is based on a couple of anonymous posts on the neogaf forums, with no evidence behind them

  • mgs2ss

    Going to be that obnoxious guy again: “They will likely sell the system and stock it’s games like any other retailer.” It’s = contraction of ‘it is’. Its = possessive form of ‘it’. Kind of weird, because that is the opposite of how most words work with an apostrophe. Sorry for the grammar policing.

  • arkarian

    if this is true, GOOD. people should know about this sort of thing so they can factor it into their decision of whether to buy.

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  • brianc6234

    This is great news. Everyone should inform people about how bad the Xbone really is. The media too. I see way too many of those idiots who are acting like it’s the best game console ever. They’re being paid by Microsoft. Don’t waste your money on the Xbone. Get a PS4. That’s the REAL game console.

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