As a student I worked for a big electrical retailer. The bottom shelf of the PS2 section was a constant rotation of 99p extra-super-hyper-budget games, which staff discount brought down to an even more student-friendly 75p. Most of these were standard european shovelware and UK-specific licenced quiz show games, but a few were localised Japanese titles that wouldn’t have otherwise seen a release, including some of the Simple 2000 Series games.
The best thing about working there though was getting the silver promo discs for big releases that we were supposed to play in our in-store demo kiosks. We had one kiosk, but received two copies of more or less every big PS1 and PS2 game, one of which I would take home. Much appreciated as a penniless student. I also got my original GBA there for £9 after a launch day pricing error that my idiot manager didn’t spot until lunchtime.