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to give a second hand console game as a present?

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Whatisitthistime Wed 31-Aug-11 16:49:11

A friend's child wants a wii game for their birthday. They haven't demanded it or anything it's just what they have requested.

Now normally for birthday presents I spend £10.

This game is available in game in their preowned section at £14.99, or in their new section at £32.99.

Now AIBU to purchase the preowned one for £14.99 or would it be better to give a £10 voucher towards the £32.99 as noway can I afford the full price one.

I am not sure that the parents will get the child to buy the used one anyway or not.

So what do I do?!?

BooBooGlass Wed 31-Aug-11 16:50:35

Preowned is fine. I never buy my dd new games for her ds, it's just not worth it when it's the same exact thing but for much less money.

MrsPresley Wed 31-Aug-11 16:51:57

I think any of them would be fine. I certainly wouldn't have a problem with anyone giving my child a pre owned game, in fact that's mostly what I buy.

A gift card is also ok, they might see another game they would like better.

tralalala Wed 31-Aug-11 17:01:45

cheeky child.

LindsayWagner Wed 31-Aug-11 17:01:57

Did the friend know what her child was asking you for? shock

LineRunner Wed 31-Aug-11 17:05:02

Do parents not know that new console games can cost up to £45 new?

They should specify that 2nd hand is fine. And it IS fine. Just check that you get the instruction booklet with it!

Otherwise, just put a tenner in a card and say, 'Put it towards something you would like.'

Whatisitthistime Wed 31-Aug-11 20:35:15

In fairness to both parties - it's a 6 year old child even if they are aware of the cost of the game, I don't expect them to realise the "true" cost of what they are asking.

And the parents weren't around, so possibly no idea that is the gift list.

I did ask the question as: what would you like for your birthday? Not what would you like from us. Although I know what the parents are getting so not doubling up.

Glad to see preowned is acceptable I do prefer to give a gift rather than cash/voucher.

Talker2010 Wed 31-Aug-11 20:37:32

I would prefer the gift voucher

Returns policy on Pre-Owned is an issue at Game isn't it?

AuntiePickleBottom Wed 31-Aug-11 20:38:00

i have never bought a new game, i see it as a waste of money when you can get the game at a fraction of the price.

DH has only ever got 1 game new ( black ops and he was out at midnight to get it the freak)

Whatisitthistime Wed 31-Aug-11 20:50:20

No returns policy on pre-owned is the same as new from game. And all pre-owned has the same length warranty as new.

I will buy new from Game when there is £1/£2 in it, but when it's over half price I go for the pre-owned for ourselves.

ScarletLady01 Wed 31-Aug-11 20:54:11

Returns policy on pre-owned is fine. I've never had any problems taking games back on the odd occasion they haven't worked.

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