“ Address: Grainger Games, Unit 4, North Tyne Industrial Estate, Longbenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 9SZ http://www.graingergames.co.uk/ Type: Video game shop „
I wanted to buy an Xbox game. they stopped making the game for this platform a couple of years ago so I knew I would need to get a used one. I went on amazon and their website had loads of choice starting at £13 I think inc delivery. I went on grainger games their version was £15+ but in big letters it had price guarantee at the side. I wanted to order the game there and then but their guarantee said £1 cheaper and a thank you voucher. so I thought I would give it a whirl. grainger said it would take a couple of days to verify but I sent them the link anywAy. so I recieved their reply today. they were not going to price match the item either because they couldn't verify the link. this is amazon so that wouldn't be hard. or they have reached their limit ???? or that as their delivery was free it changed the deal in effect.
Grainger Games is a company that predominately sells video games, be it chart games for the PS3, Xbox, Wii and the PC or pre-owned games from PS2/3, Xbox, Wii and PC, along with some pre-owned DVD's too. The company started off in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and expanded across the North East. They are one of the main competitors for game sales, giving Game, Gamestation and HMV a run for its money. The company has now expanded further across more parts of northern England.
Their business model is similar to Gamestation, where they will sell chart games but also allow the opportunity to buy pre-owned games for a cheaper price and also come in and trade in games and DVD in exchange for cash or in part-exchange for another DVD/game. The prices of the games available are very competitive compared to other stores, as they are either in line with their rivals or sometimes cheaper. Unlike Gamestation, Grainger Games also buy and sell DVD's, which puts them in competition to Cex. The types of DVD's available in store are a mixture of films, TV comedies and boxsets. These are reasonably priced, for example, films may cost upto £5, while some boxsets may be under £10 (such as Simpsons season boxsets).
Sometimes, if you are lucky, some recently released products may be available as pre-owned, as people who buy as new come in and trade in early. Some chart games may be sold for £5-10 less, like FIFA 12, while sometimes chart DVD's may be in store too. One personal example is buying American Dad! season 6 DVD for £12 two days after being released in shops at a retail price of £18.99.
As the company is a growing business, their branches aren't as widely available as Game or HMV, although with some stores closing in town centres, Grainger Games are finding their way into more places and in some examples, plugging up the games left by companies like Game or HMV closing a store in a town centre or not having one in that location.
The size of the store is not big, although unlike Gamestation, you won't feel as cramped inside. The company also has a website for those looking to browse from the comfort of their own home. Like Game and Gamestation's websites, you do have the option of buying pre-owned items on their website as well in store, although sometimes a item might be available for less in store than it is on the website.