Rumor: EB Games/GameStop merging "used" and "new" game sections [UPDATE]

Posted on November 23, 2011 - 3:16pm by Animan1


Kotaku has received an interesting tip from an employee at EB Games Canada. According to the anonymous tipster, EB Games/GameStop stores (the Canadian ones, at least) will soon be merging their "new" and "used" game sections.  The employee also supplied internal documentation that describes these changes.

To make matters even worse, the employee claims that while games will still have "new" and "used" stickers placed on them,  used copies will be placed in front of the new copies. This, however, wasn't mentioned in the internal documentation the employee sent. 

After the article was posted on Kotaku, another tip was received from someone who claimed to be an EB Games Canada employee who stated that these changes were 100% true. He also mentioned his concern for the changes:

HUGE problems with this will of course be with the online code games. Generic_Customer_01 will grab the top copy of NHL 12, go home, and not be able to play online. There are also MANY games where the new copy is as cheap as $19.99 but the used copies stacked on top of it are $34.99. It is also a nightmare to find anything anymore and the
opinion of what games fall in what categories was different even across staff members in the same store.

Finally, a third tip was received from someone who claimed to work for EB Games (he did not state whether he worked at EB Games Canada or not) stating that these changes were not true. 

Remember, this is just a rumor, and even if it were true, there's a chance it could only apply to EB Games/GameStop stores in Canada. Kotaku has contacted the company for confirmation. 

Let's hope it isn't true. 

UPDATE: Kotaku is now stating that they've received emails from dozens of Canadian EB Games employees, with all of them claiming that these changes are real, and that some stores have already been doing this for a week. Still no word from GameStop/EB Games.

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