Lately it seems like everybody's down on GameStop. And with good reason. For the most part, the company seems to be pretty anti-consumer, and they're apparently not good at refurbishing consoles. I've never bought a used console from them so I don't have any experience. Anyway, they deal in retro stuff on their website. What I figured out is that if you wait for a decent promo code, you can get some really good prices if you have tempered expectations. I've spent around $45 total on games from there (free shipping). Picture of the games is attached to this post.
Streets of Rage 2
Rocket Knight Adventures
Sonic & Knuckes
Super Street Fighter 2
I know it's not good for someone who is into collecting and showing off their games. But I'm gonna be real, my carts get put into small totes that live in drawers. If a game is not CIB, it's for the best - I don't need the box because I don't want to dedicate a bunch of space to displaying games in boxes. All I expect from a game is that it works. I know there will probably be some label wear, and that I'll probably get bare carts, but that's all I want. Something that works. And they've delivered. Every one of them works fine. I did clean them with 90% isopropyl but that's standard practice for me.
Keep in mind I've spent all of on games spread across two orders, but that could actually be more like $60 because I do have a discount card with them and I found a members-only discount code for an additional 15% off, for a total of 25% off the games I bought. I feel like I got a good deal. The only game that was CIB was Sonic 1 (not-for-resale version, but it included two sweet posters as well as the manual), and the rest were carts only. Sonic 3 uses a battery for saves and it saves correctly - it even had S3&K saves still on it. I don't know if it's replacement battery or if GS did a good job replacing a dead one, or if it's an original. I do have replacements that I intend to install before I play it very much. I'd like to replace the batteries in my SNES carts, too, so I figure why not.
And I'm going to do it again. They still have several Genesis games I'd like to own, and the cart-only prices are pretty good, especially with the extra 15% off coupon. Anybody else have personal experiences?