Gamestop Allegedly Selling Used Games as New

According to Kotaku, several GameStop stores in America are allegedly (and deceptively) selling used games as new. The site has reported:

“According to a number of GameStop employees and managers across the country, all of which spoke to us on the condition of anonymity, new copies of games rented out to employees are often mixed in with the unplayed display copies. And both are sold at ‘new’ prices.”
This is extremely shady and possibly illegal. As expected, GameStop had no comment at this time. The Federal Trade Commission, however, did. Public affairs specialist Betsy Lordan said:

“The Federal Trade Commission protects consumers from unfair or deceptive advertising and marketing practices, and we encourage any consumer with a complaint about a company’s business practices to contact us.”
It will be terribly interesting to see how this pans out. The sources seem very solid and with enough complaints, the FTC could launch an investigation (if it hasn’t done so already).

Have any of you purchased a new game with some defects? Do you think it might have been played by a GameStop employee before it reached your hands? Leave a comment and let me know (please)!

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4 Comments »

  1. craig johnson said

    I have purchased new from GS and did not notice anything fishy – but i wasnt looking. Next time i will pay closer attention.

  2. ronmel said

    Just because GS has sold used games as new, its a step away from proving that GS official policy is to defraud the public. Corporate will distance itself from these decisions.

    • In order for the FTC to prove corporate knew of deceptive selling the logical order would be find a customer to implicate a store or store manager. Get store manager to turn on corporate in order to save himself. Not likely.

  3. myron christensen said

    Gamestop not having a good month.

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