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Video game systems are expensive, costing $300 or more in manycases these days.

That why used game consoles are so popular. But before youbuy one, we have an important warning for parents.

Smart and Frugal

Alicia and Bill Elam of Springdale, Ohio thought they were doingthe smart, frugal thing, by going to Gamestop and buying a used Nintendo DSI system for their 6-year-old son.

Alicia said "he's 6-years-old and I can't see buying a newone for a 6-year-old. They drop things, things happen."

But Alicia soon regretted that decision, as soon as heryoung son powered up the handheld game system.

No Super Mario Game

"I was in shock, I mean it was beyond unbelievable," she said."My 6-year-old son saw it, my 8-year-old too, and neither shouldever see that."

What their child found wasn't an innocent Super Mario game.

Instead, Alicia says it was a pornographic photo, apparentlytaken by the DSI's previous owner, with the unit's built-in camera.

Alicia said "there were two pictures already on it. One wasa man's face, one was of his private parts. Yes, we all sawit!"

Gamestop Responds

Alicia says she ran back to the store, where Gamestop's managerwas very understanding, and swapped hers for a brand new unit, atno additional charge.

Gamestop would not publicly discuss the case, though aspokesman, Chris Olivera, told us the company spends" millions ofdollars a year" checking and cleaning out used equipment before itis resold, to ensure a "quality used product."  This oneapparently slipped through.

But it can happen anywhere: internet postings and newsreports tell of ebay sellers and even other stores selling usedgame systems up with porn hidden on them.

Alicia says it was a tough lesson, and says her family willbe very careful from now on. "We're going to check it out before wehand it to our children," she told me.

Inspect it First

Bottom line: If you are buying a used gaming system for a child,check it out first before you hand it to them.

If you are not familiar with how to work it, ask the storeclerk, or another adult who knows video games to go through it.

That way your family stays safe from unwanted content, andyour child doesn't get a premature lesson in subjects he or she isnot ready for.  And that way you don't waste your money.

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