Disclosure: GameStop invited me to a lovely lunch in NYC at Sarabeth’s. We were treated to lots of information about GameStop, and kids & technology. GameStop also allowed us to visit a store, and gave us a few items in a goodie bag. All of the opinions in this article are 100 percent mine, and only mine.
We’re all familiar with my lack of knowledge of the “gaming” world. It’s a totally new arena for me, and I’ve been slowly learning more, and more about game consoles, games, and all that goes with it. When brands reach out to me to offer up assistance, I gladly take the help! It’s hard to figure all of this out so I can become a fantastic shopper for my kids’ games. It’s kind of why I navigate the holidays with GameStop. The staff is always so knowledgeable when it comes to age-appropriate games, and which consoles are the best for different age groups. And the games……
My first experience with GameStop
I live on Long Island, and I hadn’t really been inside of a GameStop. Honestly, the kids were so new to having technology, and electronics in their lives, the games they had were working out for the time being. However, kids get gifts…..and sometimes they get gifts that aren’t compatible with the game consoles, or handheld systems, the kids have in the home. Without a receipt, I was kind of lost as to where to bring the said games, so I could exchange the games for the correct gaming platforms my kids have.
First, I called the local store. The girl on the phone couldn’t have been nicer. I felt totally stupid, she re-assured me I wasn’t. Customer Service is a huge bonus with GameStop. I told her I’d be down with the games the same day, and she said “great, we’ll see you later.” Later in the day, I walked into the store.
The local one for me is tiny. However, it is FILLED with games, and systems, and all kinds of re-furbished items like tablets, iPhones, and game systems. I had no clue all of this was in this store. It says GameStop, I thought it just had games! The staff was great. They took the unopened games, exchanged them for the right ones, and even gave me a credit for one because the different game console games are worth different amounts. I had no clue. It was a nice surprise!
Knowledge is key at GameStop
I don’t know if it’s because the people that staff the stores are from the video game generation of Wii, XBox, and PlayStation, but they are full of knowledge. I asked a ton of questions about specific games, and how they would be for my kids’ ages. The staff had answers. True, legit answers. They knew their stuff. They referred me to the ESRB rating search app, and I was thrilled.
Spending money at GameStop
GameStop has great prices on new games, and they are amazing when it comes to pre-owned games that have all been refurbished. It’s not just games, either. GameStop has refurbished tablets, smartphones, iPods, game consoles and they even sell the top brands in all of these areas. When people bring their used items to GameStop, it is sent to a special facility that GameStop owns, and the items are refurbished. They stand behind their pre-owned, and refurbished products so much, they offer the same guarantees on their used stuff, as they do their new stuff.
My kids may not have “brand new” game systems, but with GameStop I don’t need a brand new one out of the box for the kids. Anything we buy at GameStop I’m confident will be top notch, and if it isn’t, GameStop will do the right thing for my family.
Plus, there’s the POWERUP Rewards Pro membership card. It’s going to cost money, but in the end, it benefits everyone who gets it with 10% off pre-owned games, and accessories. It also offers a 10% trade bonus for pre-owned games, and accessories. Plus, throughout the year, there’s chances for members only specials. If you just want the free version, no problem – you just won’t get a lot of the other benefits like the PRO members do.
I’ve been converted, I’m an official GameStop fan!