The Worst Store Displays

Here at gameSniped, we often post about the different types of displays. Whether they’re store displays, or a factory display, we’ve seen it all and if not, we’ll get to it all.

But not very often (or not at all) that we would post a really bad display. When I mean bad, it’s probably one of those displays that you wish you never saw at a store before. I hated these displays and here’s why..

The Video Game Card Track Display System

There’s nothing good to like about this display at any stores i’ve seen this at. These were used by stores like KB-Toys, Funcoland, or a local mom and pop store. Even a video rental joint back in the 80’s upto the mid 90’s. Why are they bad you asked? Well not only they feature a card or photocopies of the display boxes for the games they’re selling, but they could also be the ACTUAL box crushed or cut-off leaving you with just a game and a manual to go home with. The only good thing about this is the fact that all the stores I mentioned that used these things seize to exist.

Spring Loaded Racks

I don’t know what these are called officially, but I absolutely hated these things. What this abomination does is that it holds game in place and so much that it actually chokes each and every single one of them often times crushing whatever is in between. If you pick the game in front, there’s absolutely no way for you to return it back to the display without doing any damage on the display box. That’s why alot of the times, the GBA or N64 games boxes are crushed. Who would want to pay $40-$50 for those? Unless they’re forgotten copies of Shantae, yeah, i’ll pay the $40-$50 🙂. Since their damages are either in the actual wrap or box, the game ends up getting stolen. Also, when you put 2 or more of these next to each other, you really can’t see what’s behind. According to one seller on eBay selling these, they’re actually an Official Nintendo product. I’m sure alot of other companies makes them now.

Some engineer probably designed this for the soda industry and decided that it’s probably good for the cd and dvd industry as well. Unfortunately, these things are still being used to this day. A lot of Walmart, Kmart even Target (a different variation – but still does the same damage) stores uses them. Some of the design variations lately actually have less tension in the spring so it’s easier for a consumer to put the games back in place.


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  1. So with that card track display they would crush the box and just give you a manual and game? That’s crazy!

    At first glance I thought it looked like the same thing they used to have at Toys R Us but it must not be. In the 1980s, The Toys R Us video game section just had a wall of pictures of the games they had for sale. Under each picture was a slip of paper that you would take up to a window at the front of the store where they would give you the corresponding game. If you ever go into a Toys R Us that’s been around for a while you can still see the room at the front where they kept the games; I assume they just use those for offices or storage now.

    • usually happened at mom and pop stores though where they cutout the boxes and leave the just the game and manual.. right now you just realize what a big shitty thing this thing really is but back then, you dont really think much of it since you were either a teen or just a child who just wanted a genesis game.

      the big chain stores would give you the game in full. then you wait in line for 15 minutes when you get to the register they tell you the game is OUT OF STOCK! some toys r us stores actually still have these displays.

  2. I have tons of those spring loaded racks and was hoping to eventually use them for collection display. It’s really easy to put a clear plastic bar at the bottom to keep the spring open, so there’s no force on the box. Seeing behind is the big problem as you mentioned.

    Any idea of when the red logo vs black logo ones were made?

    • the red logo ones are probably early 90’s to late 90’s. you can tell though by what games the unit holds. as to which color came first im not really quite sure.

      • Most of the ones I have are adjustable width, so I don’t know what they were originally designed for. Likely made to handle NES and SNES.

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