So, last night and many times before I was met with the circumstance of browsing through gamestop and I outright won't buy games that have the stupid cases with the gamestop inserts even if I find the game I'm looking for. Point in case last night I was looking for Marvel Ultimate Alliance ever since that TNT i've been itching for some more MUA action. I found a copy but it was in the gamestop box and I passed on it. I don't know WHY I do this as in the long run its nonsensical as I spend minimal time looking at my game cases anyways. But yet I continue to do this.
I've bought used without case before, but certainly not from Gamestop, and I'll only do it for a lower than normal price.
Been doing it for the last couple of PSP titles I bought because all I'm going to do is put them on a memory stick anyway (conserves battery, allows me to carry more than one).
@AlexW00d: I'm talking about the games people bring in that are JUST the discs. When gamestop gets just disc trade ins they put the discs in gamestop branded cases.
OH. Well in that case, if the guy who owned it before lost the fucking case then I wouldn't to see the state the motherfucker left the disc in.
@Demoskinos: I do the same thing. If theres no instruction booklet thats a no buy situation as well, despite the fact that I never read the manual and these days it's a 2 page copyright insert. I don't care that the game is used but I do want to get everything that came with it and nothing looks worse on your shelf than that one game with the dumb GameStop stock insert.
as an avid collector i wont.i flat out refuse to buy it.regardless of how badly i want it. i spent 50 dollars on dead rising 2 even though i could have gotten it for 20 but it didnt have a case. what pisses me off,is they dont lower the price if the game doesnt have a case.in fact,most places will give you less trade in for a game with no case.bullshit.
the only exception is left for dead 2. i bought it just to shut my girlfriend up and now it sits there.a blank white case.mocking me......MOCKING ME.
Yesterday I bought a copy of Lethal Weapon for the SNES with the box. Now I got Riggs and Murtaugh on my shelf.
I'll buy cartirdges without boxes, but not discs. I accidentally bought 23 bucks worth of disc games with no boxes on eBay. Waste of money. Might as well whip them into the fucking river.
Sometimes, but it's not usually a big deal. Really it depends on the game. Only game I regret not having that stuff for is Wind Waker, which I had to rebuy after a friend of mine lost my copy, which he was borrowing, during a move. I have on occasion bounced into a couple nearby gamestops looking for that stuff (when there are like 3 in the same mall complex or I'm driving to a place with a gamestop nearby) or bought a second used copy when I saw it had some stuff I was missing and then returned the bare bones copy later on.
I try not to buy used unless it's in mint condition. The few times I have bought used I have always regretted it because they plaster those fucking stickers on the case. I want to buy some new cases, but I can't justify spending $15-$20 for a few empty boxes.
For a while after I bought my Wii a few years ago, I would refuse to purchase Gamecube games with the little notch on the bottom. I always associated this with Blockbuster cases. I always wondered why almost all the games had this notch. I then realized that all the games were sold in the major retailers had this notch. All those games, and yet I refused to buy them if they had the notch.
I don't necessary always pass because the original packaging isn't available, but it will give me pause, and it will make me ask myself if its really worth getting used, especially if its a newer game.
For some reason I am more tolerant of crappy packaging if the game is old.
This makes no sense, but whatever.
I've only bought one game without a case before. It annoys me to have that blank case sitting there with all my other games so needless to say no, I don't buy games that don't have there original cases anymore. Chances are if it doesn't the game itself is in poor condition.
@Animasta: Can't lie more often then not Aesthetics trump functionality for me. This is one of those instances for me.
I mean at some point you can literally just get some nicer, thicker paper and print it out, surely? This guy saying he paid 30 dollars more because it had a cover is fucking crazy