GAME staff and their trips to Tesco for cheap 3DS consoles
You might have noticed Tesco’s pretty special instore launch offer for the Nintendo 3DS a few days ago – get the console for only £175 when you buy it with a game for £34.90.
If you went along to get one but found that they’d sold out, it might have been the case that GAME staff had got there first and bought a few of them to sell in their own shops, at a profit.
A leaked memo shows that GAME’s head office authorised staff members to go to Tesco and buy up to five of the bundles per trip, which they would then re-sell as pre-owned consoles, at the same price as brand new ones (£219.99). With the huge demand across the country for the 3DS, these it’s fair to say that these ‘pre-owned’ consoles won’t have stayed on the GAME shelves for too long.
A GAME spokesperson told Eurogamer: "Some of our stores wanted to move quickly last weekend to build their pre-owned stocks of 3DS at the same time as their local competitors, so we gave them a process to do that. It was not mandatory, and happened in small volumes."
However, a GAME staff member told Eurogamer that the store he works at was reprimanded for not taking part.
So if you missed out on the Tesco offer, you could have gone round to your nearest GAME and got a 3DS there. Probably too late now though…