GameStop vs GameFly
The sheer number of options available for video games these days can be a bit intimidating. Here’s a comparison of two of the more major video game suppliers out there these days to help you sort through he noise a bit.
GameStop can be a great place to find rare retro games from titles consoles such as PlayStation, or the original Nintendo. These games used to take a lot of effort and money to find on places like EBay. You can buy everything from recent consoles and console games such as Xbox One or PS4, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, PC and even related electronics and collectibles.
- Retro Classics-You can get retro games at GameStop these days from systems like the original NES, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Dreamcast and Nintendo 64. These games are generally all pre-owned, but the prices are a lot more reasonable than what they used to be like on EBay.
- McAfee Secure-You can click on the McAfee seal at the bottom of the site to verify that the SSL certificate, malware, and other scam protections are active for the day you visit
- App Available-The GameStop app is available for Android and iOS. You can use it to look through pre-owned and soon to be release products. You can even check the inventory from a local store. The app allows you to access DLC content and GameStop rewards too.
- GameStop PowerUp- You get points for every dollar you spend if you sign up for a PowerUp membership for free. You even get points when you sell games to them or play games on the online site Kongregate. You get a bunch of extras if you spend the $15 for membership. This includes a buy 2 get one free deal on pre-owned games, a subscription to the “Game Informer” mag, extra points and even a 250 point bonus for going pro.
- Frequent Sweepstakes-The site has sweepstakes frequently, even monthly or more often. Examples in the past have included their “May the 4th Be With You” sweepstakes that gave out a Darth Vader replica prop costume.
GameStop can be a great place to find rare retro games from titles consoles such as PlayStation, or the original Nintendo. These games used to take a lot of effort and money to find on places like EBay. You can buy everything from recent consoles and console games such as Xbox One or PS4, too Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, PC and even related electronics and collectibles.
- Free Shipping-Rentals ship to you for free if you have a subscription.
- 8000 Games Available-There’s an ever-shifting number of games on the site, likely in order to keep the most recent titles available for those who want to rent them.
- Free Trial Deal-If you click on the orange “free trial;” option at the top of the site, you can get a 30-day free trial where you can take 1 game or movie out at once. You can also extend this by paying $9 per month for 3 months instead of the free trial for a 40% savings on the initial subscription. Deals like this one come and go.
- FastReturn-This feature is available for some titles, and it basically means that the title has an automated option on it for the post office automatically confirming that the title you returned is on its way back. Once this is the case, you can get the next game in your queue right away. Normally you’d have to wait until the game you return is physically at the GameFly building. This means that you can get more games faster, so your subscription will be worth more games, essentially.
Head to Head
Retro games like the original NES Batman cartridge might go for $15 pre-owned on Gamestop, for example. In fact, most retro games from old-school consoles like PlayStation or Super Nintendo go for between $5 or so and $20 for more popular games like Mega Man 8 for PS. An example of a recent game is the game Destiny for Xbox One which goes for $40 on the site. You have the option to pick up the game from a local store as well.
You can also buy Destiny for Xbox One for $40 new, so it’s exactly the same price as at GameStop. The cost for a monthly subscription is $16 per month for one game out at a time. If you want 2 games out at a time, this is $23 or so. You can also get movies this way under the same system.
Overall, the price of games seems to be fairly similar between GameStop and GameFly.
Contact features for GameStop include their phone which is 800-883-8895 and available until 9 PM CST on every day except Sunday, and email. You can get to the email form through the “contact us” link in the center bottom of the main page, and then by hitting the email link on that page. GameStop focuses more on physical copies of games than they do on the digital stuff.
The support page for GameFly is easier to find than on GameStop, it’s obviously a site that’s more designed for online perusal. There’s an email link which goes to a simple email form, or you can call the listed number during weekday business hours.
Overall, GameStop actually has far more hours available on their phone line that GameFly does. The support through email on GameFly may be more active though, since it’s listed as “24/7” on the site, every day. GameFly has the new FastReturn feature too so the number of games you can play per month goes up if you get rentals that have this feature. Largely it all comes down to whether you want to own your games or not. There’s no doubt you will play more games for the same amount of money with GameFly. But GameStop will have more of a selection of difficult to find titles.