So I had a bit of a video game shopping spree in the used Gamecube section of Gamestop when I stopped by to pick up a copy of Apollo Justice (DS). Typically I buy my games on Amazon but it was sold out at the time and I was worried it would go Out of Print. I bought Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles for $7.99, Puyo Pop Fever for $6.99, and Baten Kaitos for $9.99. All with the original box, booklet, and a disc in wonderful condition. I LOOOVE that the Wii is backwards compatible, now I can go back and play the few GC games I actually wanted to play around with. Not only that but GC games are sold at dirt cheap prices!
But all these positives are practically KILLED over how Gamestop puts their stickers on their used games! Not only are the stickers already incredibly annoying to take off in general but they actually bother to pull out the piece of paper with the cover art and put the bright yellow price sticker right onto the picture! *WAILS* In all honestly this is one of the MAIN reasons I don’t buy from Gamestop anymore. It takes so much effort to take off the sticker and I usually end up slightly damaging the cover a bit. I slowly pull off as much as I can and then rub it (carefully) with rubbing alcohol. This wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t put at least 3 stickes on each game! One on the front cover, one on the side, and one on the back cover. The Puyo Pop game even had 2 extra stickers on top of those 3 to promote something dumb. If only the stickers were on the plastic part I could easily rub off the sticker and all its residue without damaging anything.
I don’t really recommend the method I choose. After I looked up online other methods to remove the stickers with minimal damage, I’m not sure if these actually do work better then what I did.
-Blow Dryer (heat up glue on sticker and then peel)
So I saved a lot of money buying these games used…but I also wasted a lot of time trying to restore them to their condition before they were cruelly stickered. I get a little bothered when I see the spots where I accidentally scratched the cover art with my nail.
Do you have a sticker removing method?
Or do you not even care about the stickers and just leave them on?