I recently discovered this website via the shit stories, I was looking for tales of daring poo out of boredom. I decided to share a true story from my past.
You can call me Steve G, I am not a hard core gamer, I do not rush out and purchase the latest console, I have only pre-ordered one game in my life. And I purchase mostly used games and systems.
Now this story will require a space time rewind to, about 2003.
I bought a brand new Sorny Polystation 1 From Brick Mart, I was young and I had 50 bucks from Christmas so I bought a older system due to never having one.
Here comes the problem, I bought all the games for it used from a newly opened game store near me in New Jersey, lets call it…. Caveat Emptor Games, or C.E. Games for short.
I purchased a 4 disc game from them for the PS1, and I beat the first 3 discs, and when I got to the 4th disc, no go…..at all. It was so badly damaged the system could not read it. This normaly would not be a problem since we all inspect used games when we purchase them, but at the time all used games had a orange circular sticker on the jewel case to prevent opening in the store, and unless you keep that sticker on, no returns…once the sticker is off, you cannot return that game, oh and at the time it was 15 days to return it, so even if the store would accept my return, it was too late due to it being more than 15 days later, due to me not being able to blast through it in less than 15 days, took a month or so of pecking away at it.
Return Hell/Credit Card Hell: Military Store Edition
I used to be in the military, and I shopped at the BX rarely, overpriced store with no selection but I did shop a few things in there. A few complaints about how the stores are operated
1: To make a return, use a check, etc you need your social security number on the check.
2: If you bounce a check, they look up your # and block you from using your store credit card and returning any item
3: If you miss a payment your commander/first sgt (higher up people than you) are notified and will come down upon you, despite them claiming no late fees…they will make you pay some how, even if it requires you to take home 5 bucks instead of 500.
4: Open box items are not discounted unless they were plugged in, I bought a Blu Ray player that was open box, and at any other store ( Pears,Brick Mark, J-mart,etc) would be given a 5-10% discount….but not there due to it not being plugged in.
5: Even with the no sales tax rule, it was not cheaper than shopping off base.
Hopefully these stories will help you inform people about how some stores operate.