EB/Gamestop corporate overlords are tracking eBay PS3 and Wii sales, with the promise of termination if an employee-bought system is listed.
...and borderline illegal. What someone does with their $$ is their own business. I think as long as there are morons out there willing to pay 2-3x over retail for something, rather than wait a few months for supply to catch up, a person should be able to take advantage of that stupidity and profit from it....if they want to. :|
we were threatened with that at toysrus, but i doubt they are actively browsing ebay.
The whole point of this is because the employees get first shot at any consoles that come through before the public does. So, in my opinion that is fair enough that they be relieved from any position they might hold if they immediately ebay the unit. It is a far different thing if a consumer does it, but because the employees had first stab at preorders it makes it unfair to the consumer. Not anymore though, right? =) I don't see how this news is important to the public though, but whatever.
Gee, what would you expect from a glorified pawn shop. I've worked at one and they could care less about the customer, employee, and product. It was all about the almighty DOLLAR. Every penny, every customer, every time, was their moto. Too bad the PS3 won't play used games like rumor had it. It would have been nice to see EB and Gamestop gone. No more "where your trades dude!" or "How about buying this worthless add-on or this one or this one."
I don't think it's lame. If a store employee is purchasing a preorder to make money off of it, then that's wrong. What if the employees are the first ones on the list and they're the only ones who get systems on launch day? They're using their status as an employee to be first on the list and make personal profit. The systems should go to people who actally want to play PS3 and not put it up for auction.
Considering the weak launch lineup, there's not much reason to buy a PS3 at launch to "play PS3"....ESPECIALLY when you could sell it, make a paycheck's worth of profit, and still afford to buy one later when there are more games.
The point of my comment is the fact that employees shouldn't be using their employment status to make personal profit. I'm a security officer and even in my employee manual it basically says that we're not allowed to make personal profits due to situations which arise as a result of our employment.
what an employee does with their own product that they purchased with their own $$$$ is none of the companies business. jees, what is it with the ps3 that is turning companies into pricks? sony shutting down importers, going to court to prevent other companies from bringing it to europe, other companies not giving employees discounts on. people being fired for selling their own products...where does it end? "tha ps3 is the tool of the devil bobby" "but momma".. (waterboy refernce) :)
So these guys making minimum wage can't earn a little cash on the side? LAME!
Sure they can... I think the point is, if you want a system just to ebay, get in line like everyone else.
I think this is funny and its true i work at a GS, the funny part is that as soon as theres none available customers blame us first and claim we took them all and its not fair
If an employee gets fired for the above reason that is wrongfull termination, it is (or should be) Illegal, and there are reasons why we have Labour Boards worldwide.
The employee probably has to sign a contract that the system is for personal use and blah blah blah.
Just to clarify, If you work for microsoft, and get your hands on a Rare edition of Vista, whenit releases, "JUST BECAUSE YOU WORK FOR THEM", you are not given the right to Make a profit on the product they are paying you to make or Sell. Similarly, Its like working at Macy's and geting 30% off all store item, so you just buy as much as you can and sell them on ebay for 10% off the store price so you make 20% just because you work there. Once again its illegal sluts.
But then why do we have Pawn shops if it's Illegal? It is not Illegal to buy a game system and then sell it for how much you want! I could sell my N64 for $200 if I wanted and noone could do a damn thing about it.
It's not "illegal"...just against those retailers' policies. Hell, if it were illegal, they wouldn't NEED a policy.
Well, All they have to do is buy a few PS3 sell it on ebay, they would make more money then what they are getting pay anyways. Then they can find a better job. can be considered a retirement bonus. Before some priest of the gaming religion flame me, I'm just kidding.
also some stores are just not allowing employees to buy launch day systems (at least with the PS3, i hope they ease up on the Wii)
How many here think it's lame. Look at it this way; many gamers got to the store early to get one and they were turned around because some pimple face employees brought the majority of them. Just to put them on eBay and rip someone a new one. So not only do you have to deal with the smart ass D&D playing ass hole behind the EB counter (who self proclaims himself “the know it all master of gaming” and doesn’t know jack). But he also screwed someone who actually WANTED a PS3 out of there pre-order. And the screwing continues with him screwing someone on eBay (who knows it might even be the same person he took the pre-order from).
They could always get a friend to list it, DUH !!
where they smart enough to think about that?
It's not illegal or wrongful termination. SEE MY COMMENT 3.2. My company's employee manual (same for sercurity, VPs, regional VPs, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, and Administrative staff) specifically says we're not allowed to make profits from situations which arise as a result of our employment. Yes, I work for an international company with offices all over the US and Canada, but I'm sure they have similar rules for people in other jobs. It's wrong to make personal profits from inside job situations. So you can't say it's wrongful termination. Furthermore, your job doesn't guarentee you continued employment. When you sign your papers for a job, it's not a binding contract. You can be terminated at any time.
GameStop workers diserve to be fired! EB Games workers can keep their job! I just want those 360 fanatics from GameStop to be fired for trying to force people to buy X Box products and saying its better which is BS!
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