I dunno why I'm here. I just am.
Originally Posted by backtothis
Pretty much just because forums for consoles reach another level of stupidity/insanity. The people here are the biggest cheapskates in the gaming world, but when you take a look at the comments/posts on neoGAF, IGN, etc..bad things happen.
Nope. Biggest cheapskates are on Cheapassgamer. Seriously, so many people there try to figure out ways to cheat the system and get games for dirt cheap.
A few months ago, Target had a promotion where if you traded any 2 games in good condition with the case and manual (exceptions were made for cartridge based games, and there was no generation limit- you could trade in Atari games), they'd give you a $20 off 29.99+ game coupon.
It was discovered that you could literally trade in any game as long as it was in decent condition and met the requirements, and that the coupon worked for anything at any price ($20-29 games weren't excluded like they were supposed to be so people weren't paying anything except tax). GameStop happened to be having a (B2G2?) sale on old GameCube and PS2 games, so people that lacked crappy old games could pick up four from GameStop for $.50-$1 (there was a list in the thread of games that were $.25). It was so funny. The thread exploded and so many people got recent games for free or close to it, because the coupon stacked with Target's sales, and they happened to be having pretty good sales at the time.
Target has not had another promotion like that since, and all subsequent trade promotions have had limits on how old games could be. The trade in service is handled by an outside company that has a partnership with Target, and apparently they sell the stuff on eBay or something like that. They must have lost some money on that deal. Probably still have half the ancient games laying around and haven't managed to rid themselves of them yet. XD
This ^^^ isn't even the worst of it. People have returned things they got for free or cheap to Walmart to get money (return fraud which is illegal) because Walmart doesn't check IDs, and glitches in online systems often get exploited to get lower prices/more games than the deal actually allows (i.e. getting two games free rather than one during a B2G1 deal). Then there's flippers...