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Submitted by GamerCheese 1098d ago | news

GameStop to Close Over 500 Stores in 2013

2012 annual sales figures were recently released, and according to Business Insider, the used game juggernaut is downsizing across the country. At least 500 GameStop stores are potentially closing their doors, and there aren’t too many gamers that are sad to hear it. (GameStop, Industry)

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LOGICWINS  +   1098d ago
A shame about all those people losing their jobs. Due to the economy, everyones getting smarter with their money and finding better deals in other stores.
GamerCheese  +   1098d ago
We definitely feel bad for the GameStop employees who have a passion for gaming, a dedication to customer service, and lead by example. Unfortunately, a lot of GameStop stores are void of these special kinds of employees. We're hoping that the good ones get to keep their jobs.
decrypt  +   1098d ago
Well its pretty darn sad given the state of the economy and the lack of jobs.

Unfortunately the western world suffers from structural problems. This recession isnt going to end despite what politicians might say. Recessions not going anywhere not for another 15-20 years.
MikeMyers  +   1098d ago
"Unfortunately the western world suffers from structural problems."

Actually it's across the globe. Japan has been in a recession for years, China is slowing down as well. The fact is the retail space has changed as more and more people look at alternative methods like E-Bay and buying games digitally.
dcbronco  +   1098d ago | Well said
The "recession" is permanent. As long as people continue to vote the same way politicians will continue to sell us out to people looking to have more money. The housing crisis never hit Canada. The reason was their government saw what the banks were doing and stopped them. Most politicians in other countries took their campaign contributions and looked the other way. And the people re-elected them because they pretended it was all a shock to them.

It ain't the economy. It's the politicians.

I have to say I won't shed a tear if Gamestop went under. I do feel bad for the good employees there though. Not so much for the many poor ones.
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SilentNegotiator  +   1097d ago
It's not surprising, though; there are personally about 3 Gamestops within a 5 mile radius of where I live. That's the definition of ineffectual redundancy. I don't even live in the city.
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lilbrat23  +   1097d ago
Nothing new seems many stores are downsizing, near me I have 4 Gamestop and they are less then 5 miles away. Closing a few won't kill me since I stopped shopping at Gamestop a long time ago.
Qrphe  +   1097d ago

Agreed, there are within two blocks where I live.
BattleAxe  +   1097d ago
Wow, that is a bombshell announcement. Not really a huge surprise though, especially since they have alienated their core customers with poor trade-in values on used games. I used to shop at EB Games all the time, but got tired of getting screwed on trade-ins. They also haven't done much with their stores to improve the retail store experience.

With the massive worldwide sales power that they had, they should have been able to come to some kind of agreement with Sony, Microsoft, EA, Activision and others to get their costs down for purchasing games. They then could have passed those cost savings on to the consumer, which would have actually given people a reason to go there instead of elsewhere when people were out to buy a brand new game.
clearelite  +   1097d ago
Yeah dcbronco, it is up to us to more carefully choose between puppet #2 and puppet #1.

I agree GamerCheese. There is a different/better game store here in CT that is packed every time I go there, so it's not only the economy. Like someone mentioned, there are often 2 or more gamestops within a 1 mile radius, sometimes right across the street from one another, so many are redundant. Here's to hoping they find jobs at other burgeoning game stores.
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rainslacker  +   1097d ago

They are closing 500 many are they going to be opening? I know one near my house is closing down this week, because two other stores opened up in better locations to service the area that that one store was servicing. Last year alone 3 stores opened up all within 20 miles of my house.

Stores close for a lot of reasons. High rent, bad locations(which may not have been bad originally), redundant locations, lack of sales, too much competition, etc.

The downturn in the gaming market though is a big reason though, and that is certainly not good for anyone who enjoys or makes games. If there are gamers who are happy at this news then it makes me sad that people could be so oblivious to the bigger issues this represents.

I know many people have issues with GS, even I did for a while due to some Xbox fanboy clerk literally calling me stupid for wanting a PS3 6 years ago (took me 5 years and having an amazing staff at a new one 2 minutes from my house to get over that), but they are about the only specialized gaming store of any scale here in the US. For them to be gone would be a huge blow to gaming unless there was someone else to pick up the slack. Best Buy, Target, and especially Wal-Mart leave me wanting more from a game store. Amazon is OK, but having only online doesn't lend to just going to the store and browsing and finding some cool deals at the spur of the moment. Seeing another company take up the helm would be doubtful given the current state of the gaming market, and the fact that GS couldn't manage it, so where does that leave us?
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subtenko  +   1097d ago
Companies do this from time to time, the question is what is Gamestop's future? Who knows...idk..

I just wanna say that I've been thinking Sony PlayStation is brewing up something with gaming sales and/or retail business. Maybe, maybe not, just a guess.
sobekflakmonkey  +   1097d ago
I'm just worried about where I'm supposed to get my PS4 now, in the mall near my house is an EB Games, which is Canada's GameStop and also run by GameStop; it would be lame if it closed, but there is also a London Drugs, and a Giant Wal-mart attached to the mall as well, which both sell video games and console's, and even have midnight releases, but still, EB Games is where it's at, I'd be sad to see it go personally...
aCasualGamer  +   1097d ago
Sad for the employees. Not sad for the company, couldn't care less for those who run this company. They seem to be made of the same material as the devils who run companies like EA and Activision. Nothing but greedy bastards.

Not only are they reselling your games at a profit but their standard game releases are always overpriced compared to almost every other game store.

A simple google search and you'll find, for example, AC3 for 34,99$ somewhere but at gamestop it's still 59,99$.
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slaton24  +   1097d ago
yeah the gamestop near me actually is very nice respectful and have helped me save alot of money...they have even let some people on special deals and extra discounts
insomnium2  +   1097d ago
I've been shopping online only for years. People still buy their games from stores?
yeahokchief  +   1098d ago
oh shut up. they're horrible jobs and i'm betting most of them will be happier wherever they land once they are freed from their minimum wage slave work.

screw this greedy company. i hope they close them all.

they were parasites on the industry. hopefully next gen wipes them out completely and this is just them trying to holdon to some of the money they pulled out of the pockets of developers and ignorant consumers.
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Aceman18  +   1098d ago
my younger brother is a manager at one of the NYC stores here, and i sure as sh*t don't want to see him lose his job.
Godchild1020  +   1098d ago
I worked at Gamestop for a good amount of time and I liked working there. I like my current job more, but working at Gamestop is not bad once you reach a certain position and have great people that enjoy what they sale. Or during the holiday season where the hours kick in.

I still have friends that work for Gamestop and it will suck to see them lose their job.
vallencer  +   1098d ago
Well I hope you get the opportunity to lose your job one day too. I got lucky enough to be working in a store thy decided to close. An guess what I actually like working at GameStop. Luckily I found another store. Too bad we can't take away your last bubble for being an ass.
PFFT  +   1098d ago

Here is hoping he doesnt dude!
juandren  +   1097d ago
Am I the only one who wants something really bad to happen to yeahokchief? Like death? Loss of his family in a fire? You, sir, are a pathetic human being and you have NO idea what losing a job feels like. You're probably 15 years old and smoking crack right now. Just a fair warning for the future - don't look down on people, it will only set you back in life. I know it's ironic because I'm looking down on you, but after just that one comment I don't even consider you a person. People have souls. Also, I am going to PM you this exact message to make sure you get it.
Kevlar009  +   1097d ago
How's your rock? Is it cozy? Got fine moss bedding? Because the rock you've been living under for 4 years must be too good to leave since you have no idea how the world is now, many people would love to say they are working for any job, even if it's "minimum wage slave work" (which is an exaggeration)

Also why are you getting mad at the workforce? They don't make the financial decisions, and sure while there may be a few D-bag workers, most people with a job would love to keep it and do their best. Have some decency
SaiyanFury  +   1097d ago

I don't usually respond in comments as I am doing, but really? You wish death upon someone? You want his family to be burnt to death? As someone who has a family, a wife and daughter to be exact, I would be completely devastated if I lost my family. Your comment is not only rude and immature, it's completely inappropriate for this site. I just wished to express my personal disgust for your absolutely horrid comment. Good day, sir or madame.
gobluesamg  +   1097d ago
Definitely marking down Jaundren for personal attack. That was easily the worst comment I've seen on a video game forum. You have to be kidding me man. You probably don't have the balls to say something like that in person you internet tough guy.
juandren  +   1097d ago
Okay so my comment was harsh. Obviously I wouldn't really wish death upon anybody and I was definitely stooping down to his level. I apologise for that. As someone who recently lost my job because the company closed it is a sensitive matter for me and I did not mean to attack anybody. SayainFairy, just one thing, what would you have done if somebody wished for you to lose your job and you've been working there for years and it's the only thing you know? Having to face your wife and child every night, unable to provide for them? Wouldn't you say poverty to an extreme level is a fate just short of death? One of my friends is a manager at BTGames (Similar to Gamestop) and it is all he knows. He is an extremely hard-working person and with all the crap he gets from customers he still manages to treat them with respect. Now, being 45 years old his remaining working years are coming to an end. Having to save for retirement with that kind of salary cannot be easy and I have the utmost respect for him. He is a loving father and works his ass off for his family. I just think it's ignorant to call somebody like that a parasite. Why would you? Because he works at a game store? Not everybody can be accountants and doctors. A job like that is ALL some people know and can do really well. To want that taken away and force a family to live on the street (In South Africa, I might add, where lots of families lose their homes weekly) is even just as cold-hearted as what I said. Unfortunately I was filled with rage and I honestly feel guilty about my comment, but yeahokchief's comment just touched a nerve and hit a little too close to home. My apologies and I hope I can be forgiven
rainslacker  +   1097d ago
I know most of the ones at the one I frequent all seem to really enjoy their job. With so many opening in our area lately there's probably a lot of room for advancement. Most of them seem to be in the early to mid twenties, so it's not like they are just school kids with a part time job. 4 of them I would say have full time positions. The manager herself is one of the coolest GS people I've ever met. Probably early 30's, doesn't look like a gamer, but she sure knows her games and can talk about them at length, both old and new.

As far as retail environments go, GS is probably an OK place to work if you don't mind sales. The people that I see that complain about working there don't seem like they understand the retail environment, and act like it would be better anywhere else.
Aceman18  +   1097d ago

thx for that my brother happens to love his job because he loves gaming, and he acknowledges that it does piss him off sometimes but he still loves it.

what i find disturbing is the people who disagreed with me. i hope the ones who did lose their jobs to know what it feels like to have that happen to them.
bicfitness  +   1098d ago
More due to online shopping than anything else. Its so convenient and you can usually get better deals than you would find in a store. Only the big chains - Walmart, Costco - will really survive the shift in purchasing habits.
torchic  +   1098d ago
agreed, it's most definitely due to online shopping.

I just recently started looking for better deals online and haven't gone back to retail ever since (apart for Rayman Origins which I saw for about €20)
vallencer  +   1098d ago
It's partly that but it's also the fact that Sony and Microsoft have waited so long to release another system. People want something else but there isn't anything else yet so people aren't spending as much money.
Gamer1982  +   1098d ago
Online is the killer like in UK I get my games from shopto for £30-£35 and get them 1-2 days before release day. Why would I goto the shop at launch day and buy for £40-£50? Not to mention on top of that shop may not have enough stock etc.. if you didn't pre-order.
ABizzel1  +   1097d ago

BestBuy is destroying Gamestop as a retail games store, and online stores are wrapping up with the finishing blow.
CBaoth  +   1097d ago
It isn't Best Buy amigo
They're closing over 200 stores in 2013 themselves.

It's an inevitable situation caused by over saturation. I can hit up over 8 Gamestops within 10 miles of my house. That's far too many and it was bound to happen.

I agree about online sales impacting traditional brick & mortar stores though. Shame to see so many people unemployed soon but I fear it's gonna get worse before it gets better
ABizzel1  +   1097d ago
Best Buy has some of the best game deals out of any retailer. Best Buy's store closings has nothing to do with the fact they they have the best deals on games PERIOD.

They're currently offering $20 reward coupons (basically a $20 best buy gift card) on 12 of the most anticipated games of the first half of the year (although GTA5 has been pushed back to September).

On top of that they ALWAYS have a deal of the day, and EVERY SUNDAY they launch a new games promotion with some steep discounts like 12-months of XBL for $35, fairly new games getting price drops down to $39.99, older games dropping to $9.99, and more.

Their store closings have nothing to do with the fact that they have great deals, nor is Best Buy a games only retailer like Gamestop, which is the main reason it's struggling, because it sells all kinds of electronics and many of those divisions are suffering in market-wide sales thus Best Buy's going to suffer.
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juandren  +   1097d ago
You mean Best Buy whose CEO was voted the worst CEO of 2012 and lost the company I think $3 billion? That Best Buy?
rainslacker  +   1097d ago
I agree, Best Buy does have some amazing deals, particularly when it comes to pre-order and their weekly specials. I just wonder how long things like that would be really sustainable. There doesn't seem to be much profit in it. There simply isn't a $20 mark-up on games, and while I know they are giving you store credit which means it's not like giving away $20, it's just hard to see that they are making any profit at all.

I have a feeling that their current pre-order promotions are more to get people to start buying their games at Best Buy, thus it's going to be limited in time.

Same goes with their trade in prices. People seem to be OK with them, however GS was the same way back in the day. Prices were decent enough, but eventually they had to get into a position of being able to turn in a profit. If Best Buy starts doing what GS does on a much bigger scale (which they are getting to I believe), then they will eventually have to do the same things GS does to turn a profit. The advantage goes to BB however since they have other products to rely on to remain profitable. But if gaming profit doesn't become significant they would have to retool their practices.
Blasphemy  +   1097d ago
Makes you wonder what Sony and Microsoft have in store for PS4 and 720 if Gamestop is closing so many stores right before the new consoles hit the market.
cedaridge  +   1097d ago
AGREE! I would miss gamestop for the midnight launches that bring gamers together and everytime I go to a mall I have to stop in Gamestop. It's NEVER cool to hear about anyone losing their job. xbl: cedar4Thunder / psn: Mikee4Thunder
3-4-5  +   1097d ago
Luckily I have about 8 Gamestops within 5-10 minutes of me so I doubt they are closing most of those. They do good business.
akaakaaka  +   1097d ago
SALE SALE SALE i hope to get good deals..
rainslacker  +   1097d ago
THey just transfer the inventory to another store. The one closing down today near me, I overhead the clerks saying that their Regional supervisor was coming in Monday to pack everything up to ship it to a new store they were opening. If they were having a going out of business sale then they would have had some signage up about it. I only knew because I heard them calling their pre-order customers to see where they wanted them transferred to.
MEsoJD  +   1097d ago
While I feel bad for anyone who loses a job, I wouldn't lose sleep if GameStop as a whole closed.
BitbyDeath  +   1097d ago
Overpopulation will ruin us all and something seriously needs to be done about it.

Fun fact - In over a hundred years the worlds population increased from 1.5 billion to over 7 billion.
cyguration  +   1097d ago
So you want fewer poor people and more rich people?

BitbyDeath  +   1097d ago
Poor people don't bother me, just the crazy ones.
Gotta cut the fat somewhere.
Enemy  +   1097d ago
$60 is still too much for most people, I guess. Gamefly and the likes putting them out of business.
stuna1  +   1097d ago
Seem like Sony or Microsoft won't have to block used games after all!!!

It really is a shame so many will lose their jobs though. In this economy even huge corporations are suffering! I wish them all the best and timely re-employment.
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ThatGuy2  +   1097d ago
Im glad there closing....shitty store.Do feel sorry for Emplyees though,maybe a better gaming store will hire them.
showtimefolks  +   1097d ago
Every gamer should visit cheapassgamer on regular bases and never miss out on great deals, sometimes you can find newly released games with $20-25 gift card or off the price itself

It's a site run by gamers for gamers

Now down to this news. It's sad for those loosing their jobs and I hope they find better ones
Donnieboi  +   1097d ago
500 stores? To be fair, that's about 10 stores per state/major city in American (on average). Man that sucks. Hope they don't close the one near me.
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Ashunderfire86  +   1098d ago
So Microsoft and Sony could be possible doing anti-used games for their next gen consoles? This is going to be a big blow to the gaming community!!! No wonder why Gamestop is closing a lot of stores.
Moncole  +   1098d ago
They are closing a lot of stores because you can get cheaper games on Amazon and thats where people are buying.
azshorty2003  +   1098d ago
That's where I've bought from for the past 4 years. I've only set foot into GS to look around.
BLAKHOODe  +   1098d ago
And GameFly. I've taken advantage of quite a few of their used game sales.
bobtheimpaler  +   1098d ago
Apart from JB Hi-Fi in Australia, I've been buying games online. Online is cheaper and I don't have to wait in line waiting for ignorant consumers to get their stuff sorted.
azshorty2003  +   1098d ago
Oh yea! I love getting used games, Complete With case, for $15! You can't even get a complete game at GS half the time, let alone for under $20.
ShadowGhost  +   1097d ago
Well, Amazon does have great deals, but the reason whey I don't buy from them anymore is because they tax certain states now and Texas is one of them by which I live. I hate to see any Gamestops around my area close because there are some really cool people that work there and are not fanboys that like gaming all around.

Here's the story with Amazon and me: I wanted to pre-order Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on Amazon and the game costs $39.94 on Amazon. So I bought it and the shipping came to $43 and since they tax now, it came to $50. What a rip-off. The game costs $40 and I can go to Gamestop and get it for $44 which has tax included in that price.

I just wish they can generate more revenue to keep the stores from closing.
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wquach  +   1096d ago

You do realize that if you selected Free Super Saver Shipping on the last checkout page (it defaults to Standard Shipping, which costs money), because the order is over $25, the shipping is free?

Thus, you would've gotten it at the same price/cheaper than Gamestop, ie. the $39.94+tax price

And if you had Amazon Prime/signed up for it for say, Students, you could've gotten free 2-day shipping.

Either way, shipping should've been free.
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bicfitness  +   1098d ago
Technically PC games are one shot per use, and its been that way for years (serial code), so this isn't too big of a shock to multi-platform gamers (console+PC). IF they decide to go that way with next-gen consoles.
dlpg585  +   1097d ago
i've always been able to use my serial code on my games multiple times. am i just plain lucky or something?
DivineHand125  +   1097d ago
this is false because i have been able to install the same pc game on multiple PCs using the same serial code but depending on the license, i could not access multiplayer features if both are running at the same time.
Gamer1982  +   1098d ago
If non trading is adding to next gen it will be the final nail in the coffin for companys like gamestop and GAME
mcstorm  +   1098d ago
I don't know alto about game shop but games biggest mistake was buying game station. I worked back in game station back in 2003 and there was alto of price beating between the companys where once they bought gameatation they were both the same price and did not look at other places like hmv Argos ect on there prices and this is why they have had issues.
Steadyhndz  +   1098d ago
Gamestop grew too quickly, they should have made a more online approach rather than opening thousands of stores across the country.
azshorty2003  +   1098d ago
Agreed. Not only did they open so many stores on every corner, they also bought out or absorbed rival stores and mom and pop games shops.

Plus when they bought out EBGames, they kept them all open. So in malls, like the one I used to work at, they had 2 stores. And that was unnecessary. You'd go into one store looking for something and they didn't have it, they'd tell you to go try the other.
Gamer1982  +   1098d ago
GAME in UK did the exact same thing then wondered why they went bust.. We had 2 stores literally next door to each other!
Steadyhndz  +   1097d ago
They recovered by buying EBGames and keeping their stores opened, they recovered years ago from that. Where it all got messed up was they didn't act in the past 2 years...they kept pursuing more and more "stores" and that wasn't the right approach at all from 2009-2012.

They should have started opening some mid-size warehouses, 10-15 throughout the country, close the stores that weren't doing good, and just push for online sales while keeping the stores that were doing good open.

Mid size warehouses are easy to upkeep and cheap, it could honestly be half the price of some of the stores.
grailly  +   1098d ago
doesn't gamestop have a backup plan? they've been downsizing/losing money for a while now. they can't be just planning on continuing this route until they disappear?
Steadyhndz  +   1097d ago
They only downsized in a way that they closed stores that were costing them money instead of making money. There are several of these stores appearing more because the countries economic state for the low and middle class is not getting any's getting worse. Which makes sales for entertainment go down.

They need to act in 2013 if they want to last.
CrescentFang  +   1097d ago
I mainly buy online... even on GameStop's website. However not anymore because they banned me for no reason. I called up multiple times and was told nothing can be done...
BanBrother  +   1098d ago
They need to be more price competitive. Also, a lot of the stores have bad customer service. The other day I pre-ordered GOW Ascension (yeah, I caved in after watching some videos), and the guy asks; "for what console?". I'm sorry, but If you don't know what console GoW Ascension is on, you can't be a gamer.

That's like asking the customer if they want Halo 4 for Xbox, ps3 or wii. C'mon, smarten up.
neoMAXMLC  +   1098d ago
Lol yeah. One employee asked me if I wanted to pre order Killzone 3 for the Xbox 360. Yet he had no problem figuring out that Gears 3 was a 360 exclusive.
Oschino1907  +   1098d ago
I regret my last few purchases (and recent renewal of membership) there as I could have done digital download or ordered online on many of the titles I bought last year. Their customer service is their downfall, they rubbed me the wrong way more then once and botched mutliple midnight releases in my area.

Fanboy employees, incompentent managers, shady practices and arogant attitude towards complaints are their downfall. With digital downlaods becomming more common and online retailers providing better prices and service it is a no brainer to abandon these outdated money grabbing retailers.
Tetsujin  +   1098d ago
I remember when I found out Lost Planet was coming to PS3 and the guy argued with me about how it's "only on 360" until he looked it up in the computer; then he offered me a $10 off price for being an idiot. The same guy who also argued MGS 4 was already for pre-order for 360; I was glad when he left (got fired).

I hate the idea people are losing their jobs, but I don't hate the idea GameStop is finally losing ground and need to step it up to stay in business. To have games posted for $25-35 before initial release is not only stupid but shows how your open about ripping customers off. Don't even get me started on their prices for buying used consoles.
BanBrother  +   1098d ago

I hear ya. Typical experience for me nowadays. But we always end up going to them because they get the best 'exclusive' editions, at least in my country anyway. Gaming is not a cheap hobby, so I might have to start looking around more. Paid $128 for the Darksiders 2 collectors edition, and on there 'mad monday' sale, they were selling them for $60 a couple months later.

It is bad that they are going under, but I just wished they would cut their prices, as I'm sure they can afford to. Always loved the brick game-stores, it is like being a kid in a candy store.
Mookie  +   1098d ago
Speaking of gamestop I wanted to trade my bros 500gb Ps3 they said 87 dollars.... I said hell naww
Tetsujin  +   1098d ago
I remember they gave me a price of my 60 GB PS3 (I wanted the slim when it first came out); after the guy quoted me I walked out laughing so hard I couldn't breathe.
WeAreLegion  +   1097d ago
We give $150 cash or $225 in-store credit at Disc Replay. If you're in the midwest, I'd suggest going there, instead. ;)
vlonjati77  +   1097d ago
Personally I never trade,you lose in the long run moneywise and pchycologicaly.In life we want always new things maybe first times we say ok but later becomes a habit and trade when we shouldnt.I say we cause Im assuming so opinion ,before any1 jumpes and tells me that I should speak for myself.Anyway in generally people dont know how to save they are tricked into capitalism way of spending money.NOt only that I know when and where to spend money,but I also live in Canada which economy is fine.
Im a manager somewhere and few of people I manage they only work minimum hours weekly so they dont pay taxes at the end of the year.they think they r smart but its the opposite they just barely have money to survive.better full time no matter how much taxes they have to pay they will have more money at the end of the year.They have Mc Donalds pretty much every day($hitty food and any other fast food)Im european myself and eat healthy food.Doesnt mean that who is not european doesnt eat healthy but from what I see in generally North Americans eat junk food.Anyway who's smart should always eat healthy cause you will gain in the long run.Moeny comes and goes but health soon as you lose it you cant take it back.
ON the topic I only feel bad for the GS employees.
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Sniperwithacause  +   1097d ago
Almost same story, but with the GOW red PSP. $250 new when I bought it. Six months later I was wanting to know how much I could get for it. $50 with the charger, and $40 without. I just turned around and walked out.
tachy0n  +   1097d ago
they give $25 for mint PSVitas in my area, its pathetic.
Donnieboi  +   1097d ago
"They" who?
tachy0n  +   1097d ago

willy wonka and his friends at the chocolate factory.

BLAKHOODe  +   1098d ago
I don't shop at GameStop nowhere near as much as I use to. I use to know everybody that worked at my GameStop on a first name basis, but they left and I stopped gaming so much and when I did, I almost always found a better deal on the games I wanted somewhere else.

I think the main reason I stopped shopping there, though, was because I smartened up on trading my games in. Before, the ability to trade games and put the money toward new games greatly appealed to me, but then I realized I could make more off my old games getting rid of them other ways. That kinda defeat the purpose of buying from GameStop when it's way more convenient to just buy the game next door at Walmart while I do other shopping. Walmart, which is open 24 hours, which means every release is a midnight launch.
zeeshan  +   1098d ago
Dude care to share some trade in tips?
WeAreLegion  +   1097d ago
You pretty much just need ;)
Summons75  +   1098d ago
Stinks got employees but I hate GameStop and their shady business practices. Good riddence
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abzdine  +   1098d ago
i personnaly gave up dealing with Gamestop the games cost much more than any other place. Plus they removed all attrative offers and used games cost too much as well. This is what happens when people become too greedy.
T3MPL3TON  +   1098d ago
Huh... Well that's funny.. one just got built near me and a 2nd one is on the way. Recession you say? Not around here we don't.
InTheZoneAC  +   1098d ago
I know I felt better when I left, these employees will get over it as they weren't making more than any other job.

Gamestop has only themselves to blame.
DarthJay  +   1098d ago
Every once in a while, Gamestop will have a really good deal and I'll try to order something online, or a pre-order will be announced and I try to snag it online before it sells out, and I get to the payments screen and I get a message that says "Oops, something is wrong."

Every time.

Any computer.

Multiple IP addresses.

Multiple accounts.

It makes no sense to me. I contacted their "tech support" and sent them a screen shot and explained that I tried doing this on my home computer, my laptop, my tablet, my grandfathers computer and my work computer and basically got an email back saying "well shit ain't broke on our end, so it sucks to be you."

That is why they are failing.
Dogswithguns  +   1098d ago
About time.. GameStop has been screwing their customers for too long.
jb1276  +   1098d ago
while I feel for their employees its been written on the walls for a while now... To gamestop I say:
Jek_Porkins  +   1098d ago
I hate how people are so callous about so many people losing their jobs, jobs in an industry they supposedly care about. What you might not understand is that those brick and mortar stores help keep physical gaming media alive, they are specialty stores.

Where else can you buy used games? get deals like B2G1F? Or do a midnight launch? It isn't just Gamestops closing, it's part of the industry closing.
princejb134  +   1097d ago
Best buy have used games and buy 2 get 1 free
And GameStop usually do those deals when stores like best buy or Walmart host there B2G1F on new games
wquach  +   1097d ago
While I agree that the loss of jobs is something that shouldn't be commended, physical gaming is not kept alive by specialty stores - it's kept alive by sales, and trust me, online retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and even Best Buy still sell their games for the most part as physical. In fact, that's pretty much all they sell (their digital store for PSN and XBL is severely lacking).

Where can you buy used games? Plenty: eBay, Amazon, Best Buy, Goozex, Glyde, and especially GameFly (which makes Gamestop look like a joke with their prices and like-new condition).

As for deals like B2G1F, online retailers and reward programs like Best Buy's Gamer's Club crush those deals anyway. Just yesterday I bought Prototype 2 brand new with my Gamer's Club at Best Buy for $5. So no, Gamestop isn't leading anyone in deals, and if they did, they wouldn't be in this state of downsizing.

I'll give you one thing - the midnight launch. Only a few Best Buys do this occasionally for a game, but that's pretty much the only thing online retailers can't do. But the percentage of people that even show up for them, outside of major huge releases is miniscule. Also, that shouldn't be a reason to keep a whole company afloat.

Gamestop and other brick and mortar stores are closing down because they simply can't compete in terms of pricing, convenience, deals, and customer service.

Also, the general reaction on here seems to agree that losing jobs is bad, but frankly, too many people have been burned by Gamestop for their rude customer service and business practices that I can see why they'd want the company as a whole to go under.
Jek_Porkins  +   1097d ago
Competition is always the backbone of business, if you don't think a specialty gaming store closing affects those other stores, you are insane.

Some places price match because of gamestop. If you get "burned" by trading in games, stop trading in games. I've never traded a single game or piece of hardware to Gamestop or any other store. I still have all of my games, why waste money by trading it in? I don't consider that Gamestop ripping people off, they are up front about what they offer, and from time to time offer good deals on trade ins.

What customer service does Amazon or online shops offer? I much prefer to talk with someone, but that's just me.

What happens to one, has an affect on all.
wquach  +   1097d ago
I'm not questioning competition - competition is what drives sales, price matching, and lower prices. And I didn't say that the end of Gamestop would have *no* effect on other retailers.

But Gamestop has been losing ground as a competitor very much like the Dreamcast was a decade ago. And what happened after it went away? Competition moved on with different players.

I'll even use a recent brick-and-mortar example: Circuit City and CompUSA.

Both stores went under and were taken in by the online retailer, Tiger Direct.

Pricing and competition for electronics has still been as competitive as it was when they were around. It's just that the scene has simply moved into the virtual space.

As for the price matching of Gamestop, I follow game sales very closely and I'll be honest, minus the few competitive sales they've had on select titles during the holiday/Black Friday season (which other retailers also had as well), their games are consistently higher priced than online retailers.

And if you ever used Amazon or another online retailer like Newegg, you'd think the "customer service" at Gamestop is a joke. Both of them have instant online chatting with a very capable representative. They handle price matching, returns, information, you name it.

If you do miss "talking" to someone, they also have excellent phone support. If you really wanted to see the person, then by all means, travel to Gamestop and talk to their employees in person.

But what I can achieve in terms of retrieving game information, pricing, purchases, returns, you name it, can be done with a fraction of the time and effort it takes to walk to a Gamestop and deal with oftentimes, an incompetent baffoon.
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WeAreLegion  +   1097d ago
Meanwhile, Disc Replay opens ten more stores. ^_^
trikster40  +   1097d ago
This is a little misleading. I worked for Gamestop, and they close a lot of stores EVERY year. They also OPEN a bunch of stores every year. After the merger with EB, Gamestop had a lot of stores literally across the street from each other. As these leases expire, they will close one of the stores. It's just a common business practice.
LostDjinn  +   1097d ago
Good luck to everybody at Gamestop or EB that'll lose their jobs. You guys deserve better than to answer for the mistakes of incompetent management.
Saryk  +   1097d ago
Digital downloads and negative Gamestop publicity, didn't help their plight. I always feel sorry for the ones who are in the trenches.
gamer7804  +   1097d ago
Wow "and not too many gamers are sad to hear it".

Like it or not, mainstream and brick and mortal retailers are vital to sales for the industry. If you are not at least a little sad about this, there is something wrong on multiple levels.

This will result in a loss of sales for developers whether you like gamestop or not.

I would hope we all could appreciate what brick and mortar stores do for not only the gaming industry but across the board as well as creating local jobs.
ACEMANWISE  +   1097d ago
On average that's about 10 stores per state in the U.S. I didn't know they had that many stores scattered around.
DivineAssault  +   1097d ago
good.. Theyre a rip off sometimes.. If they did price matching, gave a little bit more for the trades while selling for a little less, it would be a better store... i know its a business & not a charity house but a used game shouldnt be $5 cheaper than new.. @ least $10 & they should buy games for @ least 50% of its value
DeadPixel  +   1097d ago
Game Uk are in exactly the same position, too many stores and not enough time and money invested in what customers actually want.
kenshiro100  +   1097d ago
I feel bad for the people losing their jobs but Gamestop is a ripoff. You can't even sell games back to them without them ripping you off.
Soldierone  +   1097d ago
Hate Gamestop all you want, its the only store in my state I can walk into, find games that were released over a year ago, and be able to talk about a video game.

Try doing any of that in Wal-Mart.

Me: "You have Metal Gear Solid 3? I want a new copy"
Walmart Employee: "Huh? Did you check the auto department?"
Me " no the game"
Walmart "Oh, I don't think so. if its not up front we dont."

It sucks.
GamerCheese  +   1097d ago
GameStop made that happen by creating a monopoly that cripples other smaller retail chains.
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Soldierone  +   1097d ago
And thanks to Walmart and poor government relations, you won't get "mom and pop" shops anymore. So it doesn't matter, its too late to change it.
SnakeCQC  +   1097d ago
Soldierone  +   1096d ago
They have a bigger selection and better customer service, but its still a "retail store" and not a game store. Therefore if its not "new" it will be harder to find. They can't keep everything in their warehouses.
mastershredder  +   1097d ago
Well considering that in some cities they have 2 stores in one mall, plus one or two across the street from the mall, it makes business sense not to have the cost of running multiple stores in such close proximity to one another.
MilkMan  +   1097d ago
I haven't bought a game in Gamestop going on 8 years now (maybe 10). Heck even my kids know where to buy games (and my friends ONLINE BABY!
Amazon has amazing deals and there return policy is spot on.
Hell I bought X-com and Borderlands 2 for $20 bucks each, brand new, during their lightning deals.

Gamestop is a blemish on the whole gaming industry and this is the best news I've heard this year (will be hard to top) and all of last year.
Let them keep promoting garbage like COD.
amandalaybay  +   1097d ago
Yeah, it's sad to know they have to close their doors. People losing their jobs is tough. Also, it's sad to know there's going to be less gaming stores out there. Their prices aren't that great though. Isn't it true that new games will also require a new copy to access the game? Idk, just throwing it out there....
tweet75  +   1097d ago
alot of brick and mortar game stores will be going away soon. The next generation of consoles will have at least 50 percent of games bought will be digital versions from the consoles online stores.
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