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Sorry, there really isn’t much of a joke here. This is more of a truncated version of what Gamestop has really done. Here is the sequence of events:

– Gamestop makes a deal with Nintendo to be the only retailer to sell Xenoblade Chronicles in North America.

– It gets released in small quantities and sells out fast.

– Over the next year, the secondhand value jumps up.

– Gamestop says they have “procured” an abundance of used copies that are in new condition.

– Gamestop sells these “used” copies at the inflated price of $99.99 because that’s current market value. The value they drove up by releasing so few.

So, make of that what you will.