Gamestop Complaint - Gamestop Manager Dislikes The Return Policy
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- My teenage son bought a VGA cable for his Xbox 360, using a gift card he received for Xmas. The cable did not work on his monitor, so he decided to return it. I dropped him off at out local Gamestop, and when he came back to the car, he still had the cable. He told me the manager said he could not return the item because it was opened. The receipt states that Opened accessories may be returned or exchanged within 7 days of purchase.
I went into the Gamestop, and told the clerk to refund the purchase price onto a gift card. The clerk said the item could not be returned because it had been opened. I asked if he knew how to read, and showed him what the receipt states. He said his manager already said the item could not be returned. I asked him to get the manager, and another clerk went to look for him. The clerk came back and said that the manager said to allow the return. I asked that they bring the manager out so I could find out the actual return policy. The manager came out, and (paraphrasing) said, "What's the problem? We're taking the return?" I asked him why he decided to arbitrarily decided to not allow the return, and he said, "The item is opened, I can't put it back on the shelf like that." I tried to explain to him that it doesn't matter that the item was opened, that the return policy allows the return regardless.
He kept asking me what the problem was, since the were accepting the return. I told him that the problem was that he was not honoring the return policy that is printed directly on the receipt, and I didn't like that they were trying to deny the return to a kid. I told him I would be writing to Gamestop corporate headquarters, and he said fine, but he still didn't understand what the problem was. This is a great example of a manager trying to deny a return by a teenager, figuring it would be simple to do so, and thereby keep his sales up and his returns low. Despicable, very despicable.