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A number of people don't know this so I figured I'd help.

Before I joined the military, I worked in a number of Gamestops/EB Games (Before they merged) around my town. They'd always get some free stuff to hand out to the people that bought certain games. EX: Tshirts, tags etc. Sometimes it happened, sometimes it didn't. What a lot of people don't know is that those big cardboard standups that you see in stores are also up for grabs.

When stores get a new title they sometimes get commercial items to hang up for a period of time. When they can't use them anymore they can't sell them so they normally throw them away or give them out to their employees. Most stores, however, will also give them out to their customers if their customers ask about it. So the next time you know there's going to be a big release, start prowsing your local EB/Gamestop looking for the cardboard standups or posters of your favorite game, walk in and asked to speak to the current manager and see if you can put your name on it to take it home.

Some other tidbits is that stores normally have a "swag" box underneath the counter or in back full of bits and pieces of gamer gear that they haven't passed out. Normally this sits and rots or becomes tennisballs for the bored store employees. (Or they become shrink wrapped and glued to someone's badge.) This should also be up for free grabs for anyone that asks for some free swag.

Occasionally they also might have some games they need to get rid of. They can't give these to you but they'll normally tell you their throwing them away. (I still haev about 90 copies of City of Heros and City of Villians lying around back home.)

I know I personally have the World of Wacraft: Burning Crusade cardboard stand up. I got my friend the Zelda: Twilight Princess stand up and about 6 posters that we had hanging in the windows.

When it all boils down, don't be afraid to ask. The worst their going to tell you is "no sorry." Go in and ask. You'd be amazed at what you get nab for free.

My current Swag (in addition to whats listed above)
Half life 2 t-shirts
Spongebob bobbleheads
Super monkey ball t shirts
Unreal Tournament 2004 t shirts
Xbox (original) Wirless Kit (they couldn't sell it or RMA it so I grabbed it)

All I had to do was ask.
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The cardboard cut outs are also available from movie rental stores like Blockbuster as well....
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I never thought about that O_O
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Is this really worth a "How To:" title? Couldn't you have just said, "I got some free stuff from a game store" tell us what you got, and told us that we should prolly try it out too? I really think this should have just been a normal thread.

Not trying to flame...just a thought.
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Awesome tips, gunna try that next time I go there!
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what seperates this from a normal thread? It's not in any FAQ section of the forums.
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I used to do this... Got about 10 various card board displays laying in my closet.

Some of them are even powered by a motor or light up, haha.
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Originally Posted by BiG O View Post
Is this really worth a "How To:" title? Couldn't you have just said, "I got some free stuff from a game store" tell us what you got, and told us that we should prolly try it out too? I really think this should have just been a normal thread.

Not trying to flame...just a thought.
Uh... no, he said what he did and explained how to do it, which is exactly what a how to is. Most people wouldn't have thought of doing this.
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Is this really worth a "How To:" title? Couldn't you have just said, "I got some free stuff from a game store" tell us what you got, and told us that we should prolly try it out too? I really think this should have just been a normal thread.

Not trying to flame...just a thought.
Nah i think it rightly deserves it's How To title. But then it is all opinions

I personally don't have the balls to ask stuff like this.
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