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Source says GameStop printed copies of Xenoblade, labeled them as pre-owned with $90 price tag

Posted on August 12, 2013 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii

Xenoblade has become increasingly tougher to find as of late. On eBay, you’ll see prices that extend into the $100 range.

So it’s rather fishy how, after mostly being out of stock on GameStop for a few months, the game reappeared. Not only has it been available online, but stores have seemingly acquired new stock as well.

Kotaku reports, via a source, that GameStop “printed a few thousand copies of the game with no shrink wrap in order to restock their inventory, then labeled them as pre-owned.” The retailer is now pricing Xenoblade at $90 for a “pre-owned” copy.

GameStop says it’s looking into the situation. Nintendo has been asked for a comment, too.

A pretty odd situation, no doubt.


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  • Nocturne

    shut down gamestops for counterfeiting

  • SecretX

    it’s really stupid that we only have gamestop for buying our games. can’t believe there isn’t another store that does the same thing but does a better job than gamestop.

    • Nocturne


      • SecretX

        amazon is a online store.

        • dark wing

          if you live in canada we have microplay which is usually cheaper for used games (but still pretty pricey for vintage games, but nowhere near $90)

  • ezquimacore

    son of bitches…..

  • dark wing

    while i dont like the fact that gamestop’s is using the games rarity as an excuse to charge a ridiculous amount of money for the game, at the same time, people were paying more than that on ebay so… im kinda on the fence about this. but i agree, thats a dirty tactic for taking advantage of your customer

  • Gaute Husebø Abrahamsen

    First time I see buying a game in Norway is cheaper then in the Usa. Thank you Spaceworld for having a copy for me for 85 dollars (which is a quite normal price in Norway). Spaceworld is one of the three stores here that still sells it, and only store that actually still have it in stock.

    But shame on you Gamestop.

  • Kaijumaster

    A) Xenoblade has been $90 at Gamestop for some time…. not recently
    B) At $90 it’s still the least expensive place to find the game
    C) Anyone who honestly think the cost of printing only a few thousand copies of new games would balance out with the $40 markup does not understand basic economics and manufacturing costs.
    D) You should have bought it when it was new
    E) These ‘Sources’ are Gamestop managers…. who have NO access to this information (I say as a former assistant manager at Gamestop)
    F) Despite it’s popularity it is still a niche title, the stock is most likely copies that were sent back to corporate when it (ironically enough) wasn’t selling)