This is starting to get ridiculous. Today I took a half hour trip with the intention of buying Guilty Gear XX and preordering Xenosaga. First stop: Gamestop. On the plus side, they do actually have Guilty Gear in stock, and it isn't marked up over the retail price. They also had a nice looking copy of Puzzle Fighter 2 for $34.99, which I figured I'd ebay to pay for most of GGXX. I then go to preorder Xenosaga(I rarely preorder from these types of stores since I like to avoid paying retail, however I wanted the shirt and the lithograph). Of course, despite a sign next to the register saying "Preorder Xenosaga and get a limited edition T-shirt and lithograph", Gamestop ends up being "out of" the preorder items. I pass on the preorder. Then I ATTEMPT to buy Puzzle Fighter. Of course, despite the case and manual being out on the shelf, the game is nowhere to be found. Two strikes and they're out, I skip on buying Guilty Gear there. As I get about half a block down the shopping center with my fiance, I turn around to see a Gamestop employee in front of the store whistling and yelling that the three of them have accomplished the monumental task of --gasp-- finding the game(maybe the Kakuto Chojin game they were all playing got boring?). I didn't feel like blowing $30+ of ebay profit considering that I'm a not so rich college student, so I reluctantly bought it. This isn't the first problem I've had with Gamestop either. In fact, less than a month ago, I tried to buy Suikoden and the same thing happened: case on the shelf, no game disk. Phone support is horrendous. Trying to track down a copy of Suikoden 2, I had 3 consecutive stores put me on hold for 5-7 minutes to "go check", then hang up on me. The online game inventory they keep is terrible. I called a store showing "4+" copies of Suikoden 2 in stock, yet they supposedly had none. Anyways, I then head to a nearby mall to buy Guilty Gear and preorder Xenosaga for the art book. They actually tried to sell me an opened copy of GGXX with about 50 different stickers on the case for full, brand new retail price. Again, no preorder, no GGXX sale. I then walked down to an indy game store in the mall to see about getting GGXX. I figured they'd have it marked up above retail, and they did, so I didn't buy it there. Laughably, they wanted $54.99 for Kabuki Warriors. The pricing scheme for the vintage games there is even more laughable. It almost seems as if they take already high Ebay prices, and tack on another 20%. Is it this bad in everyone's area? I really don't think it's too much to ask to expect a new unopened game when paying high retail prices. I also think it's pretty lame to advertise preorder goodies that you don't even have, or have employees who can't even locate a friggin game. My fiance was pretty bummed too, as I think she's looking forward to Xenosaga more than I am, and really wanted the preorder stuff. It seems like the only decent places anymore are Walmart, Bestbuy, and Circuit City, and it's sad that they give better service than dedicated game stores. I mention Walmart mainly for the no-hassle returns you can get on new games without receipts, great when you get unwanted games as gifts. The BestBuy here is usually pretty good about price matching(plus those $5 coupons), and they also get games in pretty quickly. Circuit City is also good about getting games in by the advertised day, and they've let me bend the rules on a couple of their promotions so they get a thumbs up in my book too. Target on the other hand.....they NEVER have the games they advertise in their Sunday circular. Literally the last 10 times I've gone, they haven't had games on the advertised day, which is usually a few days after the normal street day. Thoughts? Maybe the stores in Texas just suck. We do have world class pawn shops though.