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VIDEO: Why is GameStop Fingerprinting People Who Trade-in Used Games?

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Should gamers be treated like criminals? That's what people are asking after Gamestop stores in Philadelphia started fingerprinting customers who brought in used games for trade. Done "at the request of the Philadelphia police department," it's a measure to stop thieves from using GameStop as a convenient way to fence stolen goods.

In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if getting fingerprinted is the worst thing to ever happen to gamers.

What about you, readers? Tell us what you think about being fingerprinted for a used game in the comments below.


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11 comments
TV-Tastic
There is no abuse by law enforcement. GameStop is a private company that CHOSE to cooperate with the police. You can CHOOSE not to shop or sell your games for 10 on the dollar to them if you don't like the policy.
arod96ss
Well well well!! Just another example of how f(&@ing law enforcement chooses to harass and intimidate!!! News flash not everyone is a criminal! However in the eyes of law enforcement we are ALL criminals as far as they are concerned. America WAKE UP and stop the abuses that our law enforcement officials commit on a daily basis!
dealnews-Lindsay
I think this would be less off-putting if they just asked for ID, as people have pointed out is the case when buying certain cold meds. If it's sufficient in THAT situation, surely it's sufficient here too? I'm accustomed to getting ID'd for many things, so while I might be surprised to need it for selling a used game, it's far less confusing than a fingerprint.
illkitty
I agree with logicslayer here. When people steal stuff, they are typically looking to pawn it for drugs. If you can deter people from wanting to sell games if it means they could be IDed, then all the better.

As a consumer, would you want to buy something that turned out to be stolen from some poor unfortunate person?

As for fingerprinting, as long as I'm not actually treated as a criminal by the employees of the store I'm at, I wouldn't mind.

I once had a nasty sinus infection, and a local pharmacy wouldn't sell me any cold medicine because I didn't have my ID on me (since I walked next door, and they ID because...think Breaking Bad). Anyway, I said didn't care what I was sold if it helped with the symptoms, and even though the actual pharmacist at CVS was helpful at finding me some natural cold remedies, the actual woman at the front desk was mean.

All they have to do is say nicely & sincere "Sorry, it's just corporate policy. They do this to everyone to deter actual criminals."
Al-in-SoCal
Try buying cold medicine in California ... they make copies of your ID. Until we stick up for ourselves we will always get punished for other's misdeeds.
Anthony S Jennings
People should just rent their games from the Redbox.
logicslayer
If it helps deter the the sales of stolen property, then by all means take prints. I don't necessarily have to worry about it as I no longer trade my game in there. But my brother had his apartment broken into, had his PS4 and multiple games stolen. I think since most pawn shops and/or financial institutions do this, it's not such a big deal.
kip3000
Gamestop has just missed an opportunity to stand up for the gamers in general. When the request came to them from law enforcement, Their answer should have been a resounding "ABSOLUTELY NOT"!
I have just decided that Gamestop has seen my face at their establishment for the last time. I will encourage others to do the same.
Crismodin
People still use GameStop to sell their games? I turned to a sketchier source called craigslist and never looked back. I'm not too concerned with GameStop fingerprinting people, it may even help someone recover their stolen video games. I don't think its that big of a deal honestly.
swagdoctor
Yeah it's not like gamestop gives you full price for your games! If you have a $50 they will give you like $20 (at most) and turn around and sell it for $45!
Aboyne
This is absolutely ridiculous! Game Stop is garbage anyway!
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