Friday Favorites: Places to Buy Games

Double Jump Kris MiiYou know what I want? A thrift store that sells old video games from way-back-when at decent prices. I would so become a regular and probably not see much of my paycheck.
However, since a place like that does not exist near me, I do have a few favorite places to go whenever I need a new video game to play.
Toys R Us

Toys R Us was the number one toy shop for us when we were kids. Nowadays, we tend to go straight to the electronics section, of course, where we usually have a decent selection of video games to sift through. They also usually have a massive section for amiibos, so if we ever need to get our amiibo fix, Toys R Us is the place.
Who doesn’t love Amazon? With the quick shipping and the mostly-painless clicking method of purchasing, Amazon is great when it comes to buying our new games. The boxes get delivered right to your door and it’s like coming home to a present after a long day of work!

Most people tend to have a love-hate relationship with GameStop, as far as I hear. I know they tend to make the most profit off of selling used games and can be a bit loud when it comes to their rewards program, but the couple of GameStop stores around me tend to be pretty good. They’ve got great selections, and Rachel and I feel comfortable talking with the sales associates whenever we have questions about anything. Most of the associates at the stores we frequent are very knowledgeable and, when you have an expensive hobby like gaming, it’s fantastic!

Do you have any favorite places to shop for games?

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Readers Comments (8)

  1. I’d say we use Amazon for about 80% of our game purchases. Then 10% is Target and the other 10% is Toys R Us. Best Buy never has what we want and we basically avoid Game Stop like the plague. After they gave me the wrong game and laughed at my game choice (Katamari Damacy), we kinda stopped going unless absolutely necessary.

    • That was awful of the GameStop employees! How dare they? You’re all there for a love of video games — it’s a shame that they didn’t respect that! Amazon’s always good, though, especially if you have the free shipping through Prime. Our local Target’s not too bad, but ours isn’t as close to us as some of the other stores are.

  2. I don’t mind GameStop either. I know about their practices, but the employees at my local store are nice and aren’t as pushy as workers there are sometimes accused of being. Other than that, probably Best Buy and other electronics stores near me. I used to live near a chain of retro game stores, where each location had nearly a thousand used games from Atari to NES to current games. I bought a bundle of retro games while I was there, although I sadly am no longer near a location. I need to find one of those near me.

    • Our local Best Buy is just okay. The workers there aren’t bad, but you can tell the job is just to make a living (which, being retail, I can understand personally). A retro game store sounds fantastic, though! Do you remember what it was called? I wish we had something like that around us!

  3. GameStop is alright, although most of their used games are only available online. I rarely buy new games, and if I do, I’ll get them from Amazon for the 20% off prime discount!

    • Saving money is a great way to go, either by prime or used games. I’ll have to explore Gamestop’s site more — we have a couple of locations nearby with a decent selection, so I rarely used their online shop. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  4. I seem to grab some good deals on eBay. My son always wants the latest game, Target was selling Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Siege for $49.99 the other day + tax. I saved $23 on eBay with no tax. Yeah..

    • Saving money is always a plus, especially with such an expensive hobby like video games! We haven’t really checked out eBay much, but perhaps we should… Thanks for the tip! 🙂

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