Aug 2nd, 2014

GameStop now wants your fingerprint when trading in games

How far is too far when stores require personal information? We’re pretty sure GameStop in Philadelphia has gone too far when requiring gamers to provide their fingerprints when trading in games.

According to a new policy at all GameStop stores in Philadelphia, customers who trade in video games for cash or store credit must provide their fingerprints. Customers are required to electronically scan their thumbs at the store when trading in games.

And what are they doing with this information? They collect it into a database, of course. For the police. Who will use the database to “track down stolen goods”. Right. Among other things.

What’s stunning about this isn’t that GameStop is requiring fingerprints from its customers (which is an insane policy no matter how you cut it), what’s stunning it’s that GameStop appears to be very nonchalant about this. They’ve actually been doing it for a while — they scan thumb prints in Georgia and some other locations as well.

If GameStop knows anything about law enforcement and the recovery of stolen goods, they know that a fingerprint means nothing. There are countless prints on any game case, and fingerprints are rarely used the sole evidence of theft, especially on small items that exchange hands many times.

And we’re sure that the forensics unit at the Philadelphia Police Department has nothing better to do than to sort through fingerprint databases to find the thief who stole an $2.50 copy of NBA 2K7.

What’s next, GameStop, you want a DNA sample when I trade in my copy of Pikmin 3?

If you’re ever in a GameStop store and they require you to submit your fingerprint, the polite thing to say to the GameStop clerk is “Go fuck yourself”.


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  • Ben Klein

    It really isn’t that big of a deal.

    • Stuart Thomas

      it really is.

      • Ben Klein

        Except that it isn’t.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Maybe not for you. That’s something I’d expect the police to do. Not a retail store.

          • Kevin

            How is a stolen fingerprint any different than stealing your state id or credit card info? Most stores that buy used merchandise require these things because if they get caught trying to resell a stolen object, they have just lost everything they paid for it with no way of getting it back without these things.

          • Entropyguy

            Well, except Gamestop is really only doing this in areas where it’s required by law that they do this. There’s tons of valid reasons to hate Gamestop, but “compliance with state and local law” really isn’t one of them.

          • matthew garcia

            So if u trade in a game at wal Mart or best buy would they do the same thing?

          • Entropyguy

            Yep! I know they do it at Best Buy in some locations.

        • Capt. Smoker

          You work in a game store, I don’t see the bias at all….

        • FutureFox

          Except I’m free to change my address. Not my fingerprints which can be used to falsely incriminate me.

  • therealruben1
    • Milky Bacons

      This sums up the situation.

  • Sdudyoy

    That’s just sad, is the possibility of someone stealing a 60$ dollar game really worth asking for a finger print, there are so many people who are paranoid of getting their identity stolen that this would scare away a lot of buyers, and even people who aren’t that paranoid like me, still wouldn’t want to shop like that, I don’t want some retail store having access to my finger print, there’s just something wrong feeling about that.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      That’s the big problem with it. Stolen identity. I can’t see other Gamestop stores following along this. Whoever made up that policy, had a lot to drink.

    • Rinslowe

      Well, for me personally, it’s not a big deal – would never trade in a game. And I live in HK anyway so…
      But on the topic, it would only get messed up for most gamers if some state laws included fingerprinting on “buying” used games as well..
      Hmm hmm

    • steveb944

      It is mainly for theft. Recall it’s not only our $60 games but also game consoles worth hundreds and I believe they take other mobile products such as phones and tablets.

      Extreme? Yes. But it’s best to try and thwart a few people than to keep funding an endless loop of crime.

      • Mr. Berzerk

        I would rather have a thief steal my games, then give my finger print to a corrupt corporation.

    • Dimitri Soto

      maybe its just a deterrent that they are trying out, a lot of people get paranoid when they are about to do something wrong and the whole fingerprint thing could deter thieves the way cameras do in stores. Of course if fingerprints is all they have too go by with small items that are handled by many people it won’t hold up in court.

      • Mr. Berzerk

        Except it completely backfires. A lot of people are uneasy about giving their fingerprints when they have done nothing wrong.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    A fingerprint? Lol. I suppose cavity searches are up next or perhaps mugshots.

    • matthew garcia

      I prefer cavity searches lol

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  • Jake

    Another reason not to trade-in at gamestop

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It’s just at one Gamestop. Not all. Though, I get why people don’t like them for other reasons.

      • steveb944

        The article states they’ve been doing it at several Gamestops throughout the country. It’s just 1 more state on the list now.

    • matthew garcia

      Game stop gives you pawn shop deals on games. They live off the low income people who don’t have a choice and will trade in a game for 3 bucks then turn around and resale it for 30. Those s.o.b’s

      • Low-income people with $500 consoles, buying $60 games…

        Yep. ‘Merica.

        • matthew garcia

          Lots of low income people buy those 500 dollar consoles and 60 dollar games when they get there tax return checks.

        • Michael DeVore

          Given that weekly Groceries for a family of 4 is about 150 to 300 per week 500 isn’t that much. Also, most low income people don’t get into the console market till it’s 300 and most wait till it’s sub 200. Which is easy with the last gen systems. Current gen not so much, but there isn’t that many games, or used games so it only appeals to the rich.

          I take it you’re ether a child, or a single man child who’s never actually had financial responsibilities to actually know what cost of living actually is.

      • Dimitri Soto

        you think if pawn stores could offer more to lure customers they would? Pawn stores aren’t a monopoly there are many of them they have to charge the way they do to make a profit. If I get 10 for a game and they sell it for 30 they didn’t make 30 they actually only made 10 take away 10 from what they paid you and then the cost of running a business.

        • matthew garcia

          I went to best buy and they gave me 40 for infamous ps4 so I could get the last of us. Now that’s a good deal to me

    • thedeciderU

      i’ve actively avoided doing business at gamestop for over a decade.

  • ConCity Soldier

    Lol… Smh

  • Dying_in_this_Crap_World

    Good policity in crime ridden cities.

  • Lusunup

    Nicely worded John I would say the same thing! “Go fuck yourself!”

  • The_fuzz_buzz

    “Go f**k yourself”? Really? Sure, it’s a ridiculous policy, but come on.

    • matthew garcia

      How about go bone yourself. Is that better

    • thedeciderU

      do you expect more from him?

  • thedeciderU

    interesting for sure, but why is this presented in such an unprofessional manner? take a writing course.

  • David

    They’ve been doing this where I live. Its because they are buying and selling used games they have to been under the same rules as pawn shops meaning people like to steal and sell shit.

  • JoshuaMariguez197

    A Nintendo site telling you to tell someone “go fuck yourself” as the polite thing to do this must be even more f**ked up than I can imagine.

    • Phoenix Maybe

      Well that’s Kinsley’s writing for you.

    • ExtremeFeminist293

      Especially since the clerk likely has very little to do with store policies. I work in retail and it’s tough as is, having people come in telling me to F myself because I’m just doing my job and following store policies isn’t going to help anyone.

      The right thing to do is not to trade at GameStop. They’ll react sooner or later once they see the new policy is scaring away customers.

      • Mr. Berzerk

        I would just like to say, that when I worked retail, and I was told to follow a retarded policy, I didn’t. I used my head. I didn’t get fired. I didn’t even get reprimanded. Know why? Because if that policy hit the news, it would be worse for them, then forcing me to enforce it. Blindly following policy doesn’t absolve you of responsibility. GS policy here is ethically wrong, and should not be observed by their employees. I stopped shopping there when my local one had the retarded policy of opening all PC games and inserting advertisements. GS is an unethical business, and I do not see why anyone shops there.

  • Kuromad

    With what they offer you for trade-ins, they should be the ones being treated as a criminal.

  • Henry Hotspur

    Why would you EVER trade in Pikmin 3? D:

    Anyway, I hope everyone here is smart enough to sell their copies online, it’s easier than ever these days.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      Maybe Pikmin 3 just wasn’t his “taste.” 😉

    • Ace J

      I traded in pikmin 3. I only played it twice and I couldn’t get into it.

      • Same, the clock just stopped me enjoying the game. I kept obsessing over replaying the same levels.

  • Jeff

    It should be pointed out that this is a standard procedure in pawn shops in most states so its not really that far fetched that a game resale store would want to take up this policy

    • Crocket

      But he needs something to be pissed about! This isn’t that big of a deal, and the way that this is written is completely ridiculous, if all articles begin to be written like this there are plenty of other Nintendo news sites that I can stick to.

  • Rinslowe

    This is…. (Ouch)

    Still recovering from the mother of all facepalms. Not sure whether caused by the articles topic or the article itself…
    Probably both.

  • Anthony Banos

    You shouldn’t be rude to clerks at GameStop, its their job to do what is asked of them. I say go and message the corporate offices and tell them to Fuck themselves. Its the suits doing the string pulling not the workers. I know what goes on at GameStop and the majority of workers and even managers roll their eyes at the asinine ideas the corporate offices tell them to do.

    • Rinslowe

      No point in shooting the messenger. Unless you’re that way inclined…
      John just has a few issues.

    • Virus6

      I agree. Most of the guys I see working at Gamestop try their best to help me out. I’ve even had them go against company policy if it meant doing the right thing for the customer.

      • Mr. Berzerk

        That is exactly what every clerk should do with that policy, go against it.

    • fireheartis1

      I’m pretty sure this is what John meant the whole time. He just worded it in the wrong way. I agree with you on not doing it to the clerk. I work for Walmart and it pisses me off when people treat me like garbage. It’s not my fault that it’s company policy, but idiots who shop there treat everyone like they made the damn policy. It’s bull crap. But for the corporate office of GameStop to do this crap is just stupid. Let’s all call their corporate number and tell them screw you. It’s a worthless policy and well do nothing to help the police. Heck I bet the police don’t even look at the freaking thumbprints. It’s just a way for the GameStop corporate office to feel like they matter to law enforcement, which they in no way do.

    • Mr. Berzerk

      A clerk enacting the policy is complicit in it, and does not absolve oneself from responsibility.

  • Niknique

    Trade in my copy of Pikmin 3!? Neveeeerr!!!!!!!
    Anyways scanning for fingerprints is ridiculous. Good thing they don’t do it where I live, not that I shop at gamestops anymore 😛

  • CaesarGood

    we goin to have to start wearin rubber gloves to play those games now…

    • James Howlett

      it’s not the prints on the games they are worried about. That would be as useless as fingerprinting money. They are only trying to catch criminals. Many of whom are dumb enough leave their prints at a crime scene.

      sorry if that offends any criminals

      • CaesarGood

        whatever the case this idea probably wont work out right anyways. All they have to do is wipe they fingerprints then what can they say??

  • ShortyStock

    And I live in Philly, this is fucking stupid…

  • anthony optimo

    GameStop sucks. Nonchalant my butt.

  • companyoflosers

    Wats providing fingerprints gonna do aside from id people who stole games? I dont get why its such a big deal. Just sounds like people getting caught up in this whole “omg companies wanna invade my privacy” craze. Ya theres a few who go too far but i dont think thats the case here.

    • Mr. Berzerk

      Lets just suppose you give your prints to game stop, and then the next week, you go to a party at a guys house. Don’t really know him, but hey it is a party. Some one gets assaulted/raped/murdered at said party. Your prints are at the party. You had nothing to do with it, and you wouldn’t have gotten investigated but, you prints were ‘on file’. Suddenly, because you know, profiling happens, you are under suspicion, because “This guys prints were in the DB, he ‘must’ have done something illegal.” We all know how thorough cops are in checking WHY your prints are on file. You spend $20k and 2yrs of your life defending the fact that you just went to the party to hang out.

      This scenario is not a huge stretch of the imagination.

      • companyoflosers

        The prints arent going to the police’s data base tho. Its a seperate one maintained by gamestop that requires a warrant to access. Also, lets say it DID go in the same database as all the criminals. Theres more information that would pop up beside it too. Wen a search is done on prints of a criminal, all their crimes pop up along side ot. So of your prints popped up but u arent a criminal, they would be able to see that. BUT its not in the same database so it doesnt matter either way. The printing is just to put an identity next to all the games you trade in regardless of location so its easier to spot similarities from the games people trade, to the games that are reported stolen.

  • 00EpicGamer00

    GameStop does this over here in Florida too. According to my cousin that is. It doesn’t happen in all of them, but apparently my cousin went to this one GameStop to trade in/”sell” his 3DS for a 3DS XL. The store clerk required a fingerprint from him. I think he said that they required a picture too…..

    Regarding the article, I agree with everyone here that the ending remark is pretty inappropriate and definitely unprofessional (I get that it’s probably a joke for “humor”, but come on)! Have you forgotten that there are probably kids on this site? You could have at least censored it. -.-

    • Joe


      • 00EpicGamer00

        First off, it’s not a lie. Second of all, why do you think it’s a lie?

  • Louisa Maetharanel

    Add me on Wii-U?
    Nintendo Network ID: GreninjaMaster50

  • Christian Schoff

    This is hella bulls***.

  • Korv13

    They are not asking for very much. Why asking only asking for my fingerprint when I can offer them my full middle-finger for free?

  • Andrew Clear

    Actually, they required that in Tennessee as well. It has to do with state or local laws, It isn’t something Gamestop just feels like doing.

    • Mr. Berzerk

      Not that I doubt you, but can you cite the law stating that the sale of used goods requires finger prints?

  • brian

    It’s almost as if none of you have heard of Philadelphia. I’m all for it. I say let them give fingerprints to the police. It will probably help them solve a murder later.

  • DC777

    Nothing new really. Gamestop,and the companies before it, have been treating kids who trade in a video game for 5 dollars like murderers, junkies, crackheads, felons, for years.

    Funny thing is ripping off kids by giving them 5 to 10 bucks for a 40 dollar game is the REAL crime.

    • 00EpicGamer00

      I always loved (not sure if you’ve ever seen them, but) the Gamefly commercials where it shows people at GameStop trading in $60 games and getting like $4 or something back.
      Here’s one:

      • iamserious

        I’ve never seen these commercials before but boy am I glad that I just did! This is so hilarious!

      • thedeciderU

        the trouble is, i’ve actually done this before at gamestop with brand new games and gotten like $5-10 bucks back. i hold on to everything – no matter how bad.

    • Dimitri Soto

      Seriously? They DON’T HAVE to buy your game if you don’t like it then sell it yourself to someone who will buy it.

  • PapaBrownBear

    I have avoided gamestop for a very long time anyways … this only perpetuates my decision.

  • Joe

    I hate GameStop it’s over priced and offers terrible value on trade ins (in ireland anyways)

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It’s the same here in the States.

    • Petri

      Its the same everywhere.
      I’d rather deal with the devil than with GameStop.
      Both will take your soul, but the devil wont humiliate you with pocket change instore credit.

  • SmashFinale

    Um.. i live in Georgia, i have NEVER seen this policy before. Not once. And i have been here since GameStop took over all the FunCoLands…

  • TheGamenerd5

    Do u guys live in caves GameStop has bin doing that for at least a year

  • Virus6

    This isn’t that crazy. When you cash a check, places can take your fingerprints too. It’s not really that weird for the company to cover its ass seeing as there are a LOT of people who pawn off systems that are stolen to Gamestop. I knew a few people in high school that were guilty of such a thing. I bet if Gamestop took fingerprints, even if they didn’t even do anything with them, that all of those criminals would think twice.

    • Rinslowe

      That’s true. But seeing as though they’re kept on their own servers as well as a police database, I’d say it scares off the non-criminals as well…
      It’s more like a napalm than fly spray, lol.

      • True, but everyday people really should get used to the idea of being identified. It’s very quickly becoming our near future. In many ways, it’s already here. We’re already tracked in our digital lives, such as shopping. Pretty soon, we’ll be identified just to get into a store. An unfriendly idea of an intrusive age, but a trend in our reality rapidly approaching, already in progress. Welcome to o-called “progress.”

        • Rinslowe

          It’s not the identification that I have a problem with. It’s like anything really. And yes I agree, it’s something we do need to get used to…
          It’s more so the cowboy backend approach a lot of these legislators are taking (deliberately or unwittingly) in regards to our “protection” of that information. Personally I’m ok, if I walk into a store one day and get personalised advertisement and recommendations based on my buying habits and of that chain or brand. But I don’t appreciate if to use one store means I’m automatically locked into an agreement whereby I am allowing said chain or brand instant access to my social networking messages, photos, contact lists and web browsing history etc..
          As our personally identifiable details become more aggregated so does it become easier for nefarious entities to profile us for their own means. And lets not gloss over that one. Cause it exists and it’s a growing field.
          So this is an area that needs more effort. As large companies and even employers share all of of personally identifiable information and that of our friends and family automatically through loose associations, who’s accountable?

  • Noah

    It’s always video games they required this stuff. How come this never happens in the knitting scene?

    • Virus6

      Maybe theft isn’t an issue as much with knitting. Last I checked, a ball of yarn wasn’t exactly on the list of things people like to steal.

  • Prizm

    If they do this, there’s obviously a reason. If you’re not guilty then you don’t have anything to worry about.

  • Star and Moon

    Yikes, I better trade in my copy of Sonic Lost World for the 3DS before this starts going on in my state.

  • bizzy gie

    It’s not for everybody. It’s only for the people who live on the projects. Suburban dwellers don’t have to scan their print.

  • companyoflosers

    I like how the author changed his title from something about gamestop screwing us over to something more neutral because they realized how stupid they were being. Pity they had to realize it after reading bunch of comments saying so rather than knowing themselves when they r going to far.

  • KurtRambis1980

    The ones here in Utah do it and have for years. Trading them in amounts to being labeled the same as selling it at a pawn shop, who also require your fingerprint, so I haven’t had a problem giving it up.

  • Capt. Smoker

    Plenty of Kinsley hate in the comments, what else can ya say in this situation, he’s a consumer just like you guys, this is a messed up move from a game store, game stores are supposed to leave a happy impression when you leave, what there not supposed to do is make customers feel like criminals, I second Mr Kinsley “go fuck ya self” would ya kindly ^^

    • Rinslowe

      Except saying that to the guy working in the store is a little redundant don’t ya think?
      If it’s done to abide by the law in that area, or because of corporate decisions then he’d just be making someone’s day worse. Someone that has no influence or say on the matter…

      • Capt. Smoker

        Yeah your right there, my bad, not fair on the guy behind the counter who has nothing to do with it, misread that part, I’d definitely say go ya fuck ya self to whoever makes up this stuff though, I really don’t think it sets a good example that people who are genuinely law abiding good people should be made to feel like criminals through giving out finger prints willy nilly, it’s not something I’d ever be comfortable with.

        • Rinslowe

          I agree. Although more and more we have these sorts things happening even on our own devices at home and certainly at work. I would argue that the invasive nature of it is no longer a fear factor. But when I think about all those different ways I give out information to the services and devices signed up to in the last 10 years, more and more I find it’s the private sector that requires it. This troubles me a little. As there are still loopholes in the regulation of our personal data. And we just need to look to companies like Google and MS recently to see how easy it is for them to circulate our personal data etc, to area’s totally without our knowledge or consent. In ways which are over and above what is outlined in their terms of service agreements.

          • Capt. Smoker

            You make some good points, at this point, it seems most people are happy to throw around their information, never really giving it any thought, I never really noticed it till I took a good long look at my phone and some of the apps I’d downloaded, I think Facebook is probably the most intrusive, mostly because I can’t even read messages anymore without people knowing I’d seen it, that and messenger keeps you constantly logged in, it’s a real hassle, how it even knew to suggest all my family/close friends when I first joined up a while back just creeped me out, since most are scattered across the UK, some in Italy even, at times I feel pretty anxiety riddled with it all and since these standards are just accepted now, it only means whoever sets this standard can raise the bar higher for more intrusive ways to invade our privacy, short of that, I’m lazy and I don’t wanna stand at a counter for long periods of time every time I trade a game to give out details and fingerprints and whatever they do down at the police station, but that’s society in 2014, everyone’s a suspect.

  • Ben Klein

    At my job we require the customers selling games and other items to have a valid state ID or driver’s license. We take all the information from that and keep it in our computer system and that gets uploaded to a police database. A fingerprint is really not that big of a deal.

  • c-s-a78

    seman and stool samples will be next!

  • Zanzama
  • Daniel

    Police state.

  • They should only apply this to people that look like thiefs!

    • steveb944

      By all means. Let’s have GameStop start profiling people… So we can complain about them some more. Smh.

      • You can tell a thief from a mile off; he has that evil glint in his eye.

        • Petri

          Are you five years old?

          • Of my 27 years, 9 were spent in the forces. I have mastered how to spot a robber through pure molten experience and I believe GameStop and there fine employees could do the same with my help.

  • Roaming Pear

    the heck?

  • TheGamenerd5

    Don’t whine like baby’s just don’t shop there. Idk if they have my thumb print. It has made no difference in my life

  • FutureFox

    So I take it this is an opinion piece? Rather childish ending to the article. Some of these authors really need to get handle on how pop culture is effecting their better judgement.

  • steveb944

    This is just to deter crime. If you prefer that GameStop doesn’t try to hinder a big loop of crime Kinsley, then let’s continue being lawless, as most of these are probably due to local laws.

    Keep in mind it’s not only games but consoles and other mobile devices such as phones and tablets that they take in.

    I really question the legitimacy of this site when it’s issues in the real world that tie into our gaming and you guys take it as face value. Do some research, and the article will show more professionalism. You’re audience is not only kids (which you failed already with expletive language) but also adults.

    • Mr. Berzerk

      It is not just to deter crime, it is to get you in there police/corporate db to profile you.

      • steveb944

        If you’re worried about a corporation profiling you, sorry to break it to you but they already have.

        Every time you pay with a credit card they can tie your name, especially if you gave em your zip it makes it even easier. When you sign up for any offer they have or provide any personal info, you’re done. They surely don’t need your fingerprint, because you already have something associated to you.

  • James Howlett

    It’s not the print on the games they are concerned about at all.
    My house was robbed. including my wii and all my games. If the thief stupidly sold my stuff at gamestop, they could have matched his/her prints and sent them the jail.
    it’s an ok policy, but as others have said, there are plenty of other places o sell games.

    • Alan Michael Hensley

      agreed, the finger print is probably just sent to the police in that situation and they run it through their system to find the person, any one can have a fake ID, i think its harder to have fake finger prints

  • Oh fucking really? Y’all act like gamestop should be giving you like, 60 bucks for used games. It’s not supposed to be for amazing trade values. It’s supposed to be quick and easy. Plus if you go in on bonus days, it’s really not that bad. They’re a business, not a charity. Stop your pissing and moaning.

    As for the fingerprints, whatever. I haven’t committed a crime, so why do I care if they have my prints?

    • thedeciderU

      even if they make 10 bucks on a (new release) used game, they’re making insane amounts of money. like you said, they’re a business, and businesses have to make money to stay afloat. the issue is they make about three or four times that, and since they’ve pretty much wiped out the small local mom and pop stores that i’d want to support, i don’t really have anything nice to say about them as a company.

      • Alan Michael Hensley

        most of the money made off of used sells goes to pay the employees, pay rent for each store(over 5000), pay for utilitie/supplies. GameStop doesn’t just roll around in bills. also, to note, the trade value of games is based off of several factors
        1)The cost of the game used(NOT NEW)
        2)How often we move used copies of said game
        3)If we have a lot of the same game(i.e. CoD and BF) they’re not going to keep their trade values.
        games usually trade for about 1/3 of the used cost, go in with bonuses and you can get more than half the money back, which means when GameStop sells that game, they don’t make as much of a profit on it.

        As for local mom and pop stores, if they want to stay in business and they’re around a GameStop and sell similar items, they should sell and trade items that GameStop doesn’t anymore, there are still plenty of people who want PS2 and older games. but i can see how Gamestop can be hated, just like any other business, they are there to make money.

        Sorry about my rant, but i just felt like saying my piece

        • thedeciderU

          haha no worries, i don’t take offense – no reason to. i guess i want there to be some competitor to gamestop in the mainstream. when one company dominates everything, it all kind of turns to shit for the consumer because no one company is trying to better take care of their consumer.

      • But if the mom and pop stores were giving better trade values, wouldn’t they have stayed in business longer?

        Gamestop trade-in values are pretty average for trade-ins. What people often miss is that trade in value does NOT equal market price

        • Dimitri Soto

          I liked game crazy they offered more for trades but sadly they went out with Hollywood video

          • I liked how they looked. Chain link fences and all that

        • thedeciderU

          you make a good point. i think my biggest problem with them is that they are one of the only game stores anywhere near me and i’d really just rather give my money to someone that cares about their business, not some guy/girl that is trying to rudely upsell me. trade values are not great anywhere, so i get it.

          • Alan Michael Hensley

            I only try to upsell a customer if actually benefits them. if someone is trading a bunch of games( lets just say they get $95, a mix of older games and a couple gems, with a 30% trade bonus) ok, they’re more than likely going to but some used games, if they bring me new, i will pitch pre-owned because it makes us money and it is $5 cheaper. the upsell come in either having the, upgrade their bacis power up card to pro, or just sign up for it. say they buy 2 games, CoD Ghosts($34.99) and Watch Dogs($54.99), if they upgrade or get the pro card, the cost of the card is free. let me break it down….
            Pro Card – $14.99
            10% bonus on the trade = $9.50 extra
            10% off used games = $9.00 off
            total savings with card = $18.50 which is more than the card costs.
            this situation is the only time i really push the card. plus you get the buy 2 get 1 free on used games coupon for signing up.
            the only other time i push the card a little more than normal is when it shows me that a customer has missed “X” amount of money by not having the pro card, which then turns me into an a-hole because i have to let them know that they’ve miss saving that amount, lol

          • yeah, I can understand that

        • Mr. Berzerk

          Mom and Pop stores don’t get the endorsements of Microsoft and the like. Mom and Pop stores don’t get grants from the local police to enact police state policies. You really think GS forked over the money for this on their own?

      • Dimitri Soto

        I don’t know what your talking about I traded in new games for about 30 dollars at my local gamestop and they sell it for 55, just under 60. so that is only a 25 dollar profit but also factor in the cost of running a business its even less AND also many games don’t get sold they just sit on the self cause they suck and no one wants to buy them.

        • thedeciderU

          that, unfortunately, has not been my experience with gamestop. also, if they’re buying all this crap stock and they know it then they deserve to sit on it.

    • fireheartis1

      Well at least I have my local game store Galaxy Entertainment to do my trade-ins. They give me a better deal than GameStop does anyways. I wanted to trade-in XenoBlade Chronicles at GameStop and they wanted to only give me $25.00 in store credit. I took it to Galaxy Entertainment and they gave me $40.00 dollars for it. Yeah I think I got a better deal there. I’ll just buy used games from GameStop from now one when they have something I want for very cheap.

    • Dimitri Soto

      ya I got 130.00 for games that were old and had no use because my 360 broke (ring of death) they had some crazy promotional deals that could be stacked up like trading in more than three games gives you 30 percent more and trading in games as a pro member gives you even more.

    • Mr. Berzerk

      I can not fathom the ignorance in the statement “As for the fingerprints, whatever. I haven’t committed a crime, so why do I care if they have my prints?”

  • Bob Charlie

    I’ve been pulled over and have had my blood taken by the police here in Colorado to check for THC. After thirty minutes of sitting around for a THC level of 0 I told the officers to have a good day, and I drove off. Not their fault that they have a job to do. Having to be fingerprinted in order to sell a game isn’t worth offending an employee who has no say in the policy.
    Welcome to 1984, John! If this offends you, then you’re going to have a tough time living in this world.

  • SleepySkullhead

    It’s been like that in Florida for years. This isn’t very new, and might be country wide soon.

    • Chase U

      in that case… GameStop will probably be going out of business! I sure would not be going to GameStop EVER again if they implemented this into all GameStops..

  • fireheartis1

    Wow am I reading this correctly? A worthwhile article from John Kinsley? Well I have to say it’s about time dude. I agree whole heartily with him on this one. If my GameStop ever started trying to do this I’m taking my business elsewhere. I have a local game store that sells games for the older systems so I’ll take my business there. All I’ve got to say is screw you GameStop. And Who the hell do they think they are the FBI?

    • Alan Michael Hensley

      It’s more than likely not a GameStop policy, more than likely a new law for pawn trades/sells in that particular area. and GameStop has to follow those laws. for instance, in Wake county in NC, they passed a law that states that any and all trades done in the county(either for cash or credit) a valid Driver’s license must be presented. thats not a GameStop policy, but the GameStops in this county have to follow it. so stop your bitching.

  • Larry Derocher IV

    I work at gamestop in michigan which also requires the fingerprint and telling the clerk to “Go fuck yourself” is not the polite thing to do. The company makes the policy not the minimum wage workers. You mentioned that people might steal an old copy of NBA and that has nothing to do with it. The whole reason for it is that gamestop buys not only used games but also phones, consoles, and accessories. If someone ripped off my wii u and sold it to gamestop then he/she has to give a fingerprint and the console is held for 30 days. In michigan and many other states gamestop is considered a pawn shop and the state requires a fingerprint. Don’t be rude to the low level clerk like me, write gamestop and your state government. By the way I’m not a fan of the fingerprint policy but I can understand how and why it is done.

  • Chase U

    omg this was HILARIOUS! wow… requiring fingerprints is beyond sketchy… especially for GameStop. i wont be going to GameStop anytime soon.

  • Places that buy used goods receive stolen stuff all the time. Especially in places like Philly. Philly is a major hotspot for stolen goods passing through to pawn shops and used product retailers. Folks will straight up rob your games and sell it in places like GameStop.

    By law, pawn shops are required to do this same sort of fingerprinting, though GameStop isn’t legally binding to this, since they fail to meet the qualification as a pawn shop. Though, again, in regions high in stolen goods like Philly, they do see much the same sort of “hot” goods passing through their stores, and they do have the freedom to employ similar measures as pawn shops.

    The stores don’t get reimbursed when the rightful owner shows up–that is, if the right owner ever shows up. They’re just keeping a layer of protection, in the event stolen goods passes through their doors. I doubt all GameStop stores in all regions will adopt this measure. Just probably the ones at most risk.

    As a former employee (and a former resident of the Philadelphia area), I’m not the biggest fan of GameStop, but I don’t think this news is as bad nearly as it sounds.

  • Petri

    Thief that would haul his loot to a GameStop for pocket change instore credit, should be featured in the dumbest criminals, if that show is still running.

  • Epicstuf

    Heh,heh. Finger.

  • Agent721

    Or just shop elsewhere! I worked at a bank in the late 90s that required this for non customers who cashed checks. Many did not like it either, but there was no way around it. For a cheap game trade in, it’s odd…something specific must’ve happened, as its a hassle for them to do this. They wouldn’t do it unless they had to.

    • Joseph Oliveira

      They did that because most people forges checks and your finger prints never change.

  • BL4CKSH33P

    All the gamestops in kalamazoo, MI. have been doing this for a while. nobody ever complains, its not an inconvenience so whats the problem?

  • Trozay

    Who cares if they want your finger print? I don’t. If any government department wanted to track me down I don’t think anything is stopping them, especially not a fingerprint from game stop. If you don’t want to give your fingerprint just don’t trade in games at that game stop. I KNOW ITS CRAZY THAT IF NO ONE ELSE BUYS THEM YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOUR OLD GAMES! The horror 🙁

  • james

    nothing new, gamestops in florida has been doingthos for a long time…

  • William Cole

    They did that to me a while ago. I was so comused.

  • Joseph Oliveira

    If I trade my finger in though, will I get a $5 trade-in value?