I went into Gameworks with some of my friends looking for an old NES game called snow brothers, expecting to pay no more than $20, which is probably the lowest amount you can spend there, I asked the sales associate if they had a copy of the game. I was shocked to find out that they did have a copy, the only thing was i was told it would be $2,000 for the game. Me and my friends literally stood in shock and almost fell on the floor laughing. We asked him why the game cost so much and he told us that "the chances of us getting another copy of this game in isn't very high"
So me and my friends left and only stop by to look at their ridiculously priced items.
One example is a copy of "the legend of Zelda Collectors edition" that says right on the box "NOT FOR RESALE" meaning that not only can they not resell the game, which technically gives it a value of $0.00 but they have it priced at $80.00!!!! that's a 800% mark-up.
Another story I can tell you is when I bought a Super Gameboy player for the Super Nintendo there. They had 4 of them priced at $20.00, which is pretty reasonably, 3 were sitting on a rack behind the counter, and one was sitting inside the display case, COVERED IN A THICK LAYER OF DUST!!!
So I ask the clerk for one and which one does he hand me, the one covered in dust!! I looked him straight in the face and told him I wanted another one and he asked what was wrong with the one he was giving me and I told him that dust ruins games and he looked at me like I was crazy. I told him I didn't want that one cause I didn't trust their return police, if they even have one, and he reluctantly handed me one of the clean cartridges.
Yet another story is when the Nintendo DS Lite came out in the new colours, the day before they were released I went into Gameworks to see if they might be selling any. The first thing I come across was a customer who brought in one of the Nintendo DS lite's, in the black colour, and he sold it to the sales associate for $120.
So I went home and came back the next day when the DS was released,
in stores with about $200 cash. I asked the same associate from the previous day to see the DS Lite and he took it down and showed me how it worked. I feigned ignorance and pretended like I didn't know anything about the system. After the demonstration I said I was going to pick it up thinking that since it was used I'd get it for cheaper than what every other store was selling it for. So he goes to ring it up on the cash register and tells me it's going to be $500!!!!
I cannot tell you the amount of disbelief on my face, my mouth literally dropped to the floor. So I asked him why it was so much when other stores we're selling it for $150 and he told me that he ordered it online from Europe and that it was a limited edition DS of which there were only a few of its kind. At this point I broke out laughing and told him I saw him buying it off a customer the previous day and how there is no way it was worth $500 because even if it was from Europe every Nintendo DS is region free, meaning you can play games from any region on it. He basically told me I was fibbing at which point I told him he was a joke and went over to the local Wal Mart and bought the very same exact Nintendo DS for $160.
After I bought the Nintendo DS I decided to go back to Gameworks and tell them off. So I went inside pulled out the Nintendo DS and told them what a joke their store was, I showed him the Nintendo DS that I purchased and showed him how it had the exact same features as the one he was trying to sell for $500, showed him the receipt and said "this money could have been yours" and told him I was going to never give them business again.
The fact of the matter is Gameworks is THE WORST STORE in Richmond Hill. Their associates constantly try to rip you off and everything in their store is way OVER PRICED! I would not recommend Gameworks to my worst enemy and my advice is to STAY AWAY from this store at all costs!
Addendum Nov 15/08:
Details, trust me my friend I'll never forget these details, but then again allow me to fill in those important details that you forgot to put in, you know those pesky little things that can sway an otherwise one sided argument.
As far as Snow Brothers goes I don't doubt its authenticity and I don't have a problem with the fact that your selling it for $2000. The truth is I have never seen this seal copy of Snow Brothers and the fact of the matter is it was never brought out or put on display along side your other "marvelous items"!
My problem is the fact you would recommended a $2000 item to a customer who was looking to spend around $20. Even if the game is worth $50, which is what I ended up getting it for, you don't jump from $20 to $2000. I don't know about you but most people, let alone kids, don't carry $2000 on them, but I'm sure your business would be thriving if they did.
But don't worry if its in such immaculate condition then someone surely has bought it by now, right??