How to get a PSP game
for Half Price! (Legally.)
step-by-step tutorial on how to get $39.99 games for around $23 each.
(www.ebgames.com to find a store) is
trade in deal where you trade 3
PS2/GC/XBOX games and get one "free" PSP game (the
list is small, see below, only Sony published titles). You
can combine used games from different systems,
like one GC one
PS2 and one XBOX game is fine. All you pretty much have to
do is pay the taxes. Read on.
BE WARNED: The "exclusions"
list (games you CAN'T
trade in) is GINORMOUSLY HUGE (13 pages), here it is: http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/ads/shops/instoretradein/exclusions.asp
- A little side note: In
order to succeed in reading the damn list, you have to think smart.
Some games have different names printed on the list, and some are under
a completely different title! I got burned twice like this with "Star
Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi" for XBOX which was under just "OBI WAN" I needed
to double check the list (I was able to get out of this one,
thankfully! Don't ask.) And once with "Wolverine's Revenge" for
PS2. There is no Wolverines Revenge for PS2 on the Exclusions
list...but there IS an "X2 WOLVERINE'S REVENGE"...fucking tricky
bastards! The point is, read over the list a couple of times, and make
sure you know your alphabet. Check with GameStop, I think they have a return
policy on used games (GameCrazy does NOT).
This offer ends April 10, 2005. I have a pic of the AD and the games
you can get right here:
Click on the pic for a larger image!
At the THIS TIME
(as of 03/18/05),
GameStop and GameCrazy are running a deal where you can get 3 USED
games for $20+tax! So basically you get the third game FREE.
(GameCrazy if I recall only lets you buy $9.99 and up used games for
this deal). I could only find games in the $8-9.99 dollar
range that were going to work for the deal, so you won't be able to buy
like those $4 sports games that every store has a ton of. But still,
~$22 for 3 used games that get traded for a brand new $39.99 PSP game
is a GREAT deal!
Link to GameCrazy's
promotion deal ( DEAL ENDS MARCH 27th
website doesn't look
like it has anything about the promo (I did a quick scan), so check
with store again. I only found out about their deal
as I was walking up to the store and they had a big banner up there.
I find that GameStop stores have cheaper games that work for this
trick and they typically have a larger selection. Make these your first
* List of games that I successfully
traded in: (as of 03/18/05):
Resident Evil: Code Veronica X (GameCrazy, Value
game or not) - $9.99
Resident Evil: CVX (GameStop, yes again) - $9.99
Spiderman ONE The Movie (GameCrazy, 1, not 2, 1;
also value or not). - $9.99
Spiderman (GameStop, again, I did it twice, so can
you!) - $9.99
JamPack Volume 11 - $2.99 (Vol.11 only...and you'll
to see if they'll take it...they caught on to this demo disc thing
QUICK...just be persistent and tell them that since it's not on the
list they should try scanning it in to the computer).
Jak & Dexter (GameStop, the first Jak &
Dexter, all others will work too) - $9.99
Jak & Dexter (GameStop, yet again!) - $9.99
Cubix Robots for Everyone (GameStop) - $9.99
Half-Life (GameCrazy) - $9.99
Top Gun (GameCrazy) - $9.99
(GameCrazy) - $9.99
Zoo Cube (GameCrazy) - $9.99
Whirl Tour (GameCrazy) - $9.99
Big Mutha Truckers (GameCrazy, double check this one
yourselves, please) - $9.99
Ribbit King (GameStop, wtf is this?) - $8.99
Ribbit King (GameStop, yet again) - $8.99
Pulse Racer - $7.99 (GameStop)
Pulse Racer - $7.99 (GameStop again)
Silent Hill 2 - $9.99 (GameStop, they might ring you
up wrong on this; I was charged $12 and almost walked out when I
noticed the price.)
Metal Gear Solid 2 - $9.99 (GameCrazy, pretty rare I
found only one)
Metal Gear Solid 2 - $9.99 (Again.)
Got a game you want to add to
the list? Tell me in #psp @ EFnet (nickname: roto)
Traded in 21 used games (acquired from
GameCrazy/GameStop) at $20 for 3 used games. Total Spent = $140 ($80 cash and $60
PSP games (TM x 2, WP x 2, Gretzky, NBA). Valued at $240.
credit at EB for accessories.
* How to do it:
Go to GameCrazy/GameStop and buy
the games above or games that are NOT on the exclusions list. Take the
games in to EB and tell them (make sure you TELL them) that you want
the 3 games for one PSP game DEAL. And thats it. They'll ring you up
for a PSP game full-pay presell (their terms) and....YOU WILL HAVE TO
TAXES! (Usually like $2.90 or
something) You will need to fill
out a little info about yourself like name
and address, but thats obviously for marketing purposes (don't fake it
if you're paying with a card, duh!).
If they say they can only give you trade-in credit
for the game, it means the game is on the exclusions list...DON'T DO
IT! Its a huge ripoff. Also, I printed the entire 13-page exclusions
and not once did I get a question about it...just don't make it too
obvious that you're doing "this". And DO NOT FORGET to take off the GameCrazy/GameStop price
stickers off of the boxes!!! Don't make it so obvious,
PLEASE! Finally, try not to get 4 or 5 of the same PSP game,
thats really suspicous. 2-3 is ok if you say the're for a "friend" :)
Thats it! Good luck!
* What to do if you don't want
any of the games on this list or want another game? READ ON!
Do the steps above, get a game
that you don't want like the NBA one or something, then wait a couple
of days and return
(or go to a different store) and STRAIGHT UP EXCHANGE the game for
either a different game or store credit! It's THAT easy! Just make sure
you DON'T OPEN THE FREAKING GAME! (Duh) And tell them that you lost the
receipt. If they guy at the counter recognizes you...heh..tough shit!
Just say that you changed your mind and instill the "The game is still
sealed." point into his head.
EB has a policy of giving store credit to unopened games, so this works
out great! If they say no, go to another electronics store (Best
Buy/CompUSA/CircuitCity/Target/Wal-Mart) and exchange there.
* What to look out for:
I went around about 3 different GameCrazy's
and 2 GameStop's and finally 2 EB's in order to complete all of this
(In the end I got 1 Wipeout Pure, 3 Twisted Metal's, and a $20 credit
because I stupidly asked for Darkstalkers without seeing the ad and
they did as they were told [remember this offer doesn't work for
Darkstalkers]). I'm not done yet, as I might be doing this for some
If the people at EB start saying things like
"Weren't you at the XXX store yesterday?" Just be straight up with them
and say YES! They can't do anything, you're doing this legally and
legitemately. There is no law that says you can't buy from one source
and sell to another source. And the EB offer does not state "limited
quantities" or "limit X per person". If they start saying like "My boss
doesn't want me to take this game" or something to that effect tell
them that since it's not on the EXCLUSIONS LIST (mention that a couple
of times) there is no reason why they can't take it. Try not to
be rude about it, but be firm. Pretend you're at a car dealership. And,
again, remember to double check the exclusions list. Thats pretty much
all I can remember right now.
This is confirmed for USA residents only.
Your success in Canada may vary.
On a final note; I do not guarantee anything. Your success may vary. I
do not claim anything. Do not hold me accountable for anything.
Made by roto - 03.18.05
#PSP @ EFnet