HOW I SOLD MY SOUL TO GAMESTOP (OR WELL MY HANDHELDS)

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I don’t sell back my games or systems. I figured I put so much money into it, I may want to come back and play those games. This is a fallacy and I think this is a pretty common issue for collectors. But sometimes you just collect too much crap and being unemployed has apparently fixed that problem for me.

I did it, I sold all of my handhelds (that they’ll accept) and scrounged for the games I gave the least amount of shit about. My original red Mario Kart DS, My DSlite (that I won while working at Gamestop) and My PSP (1000) that I bought off a co-worker (at Gamestop). They are all going back to the source after being decided they’re no longer useful. But why would I give up so much gaming equipment?

Four very solid reasons: One is I haven’t played my DSlite in quite some time. It being the most used of my handhelds doesn’t say much for the other two. Actually I haven’t used the original DS for anything other than a 24/7 Animal Crossing server and the PSP probably has had maybe 100 hours (and I’m being generous) of play on it ever. Second is the 3DS is coming out in a month and it’s shiny new tech. I, like most geeks, get major tech hard-ons and after buying a $1500 3D tv. I apparently still need this. Third, Gamestop was offering 50% extra on all trade-ins and having special deals on trade-ins to pre-order the 3DS. Finally, all together it was hard to resist and now that I’m unemployed I’m going to have to find and use deals like this to get anything new.

Here’s a rundown of what I traded in and what I got out of it all: DSlite, DS Original, PSP (1000), PSP Mem 1GB, PSP Case, Guitar Hero: On Tour, Pokemon Pearl, Space Invaders Extreme, Scurge Hive, Super Monkey Ball Touch, Bust A Move DS, Nintendogs (Mini Dachshun), Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, Hotel Dusk: Room 215, Jam sessions, Daxter, Office Space (UMD), Patapon, GTA: Liberty City Stories, GTA: Vice City Stories, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, LocoRoco and Sonic Rivals.

Apparently Gamestop values all of that at $218.76. $101.81 of this was the Promo and my extra 10% from my Power Up card. So now I have a Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS on pre-order with $208.76 down on it. I also have pre-orders for Nintendogs + Cats (Golden Retriever) and Animal Crossing 3D.

So (lack of readers that knows I exist), was it a good deal?

Bryan Belcher

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