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Submitted by jokerman27 42d ago | opinion piece

Are Brick And Mortar Stores Crumbling Away

A search for a game on release day has made APixelatedView wonder if brick and mortar stores are going the way of the dodo. (Industry, The Last Of Us Remastered)

admiralvic  +   42d ago
No and I think you're jumping to way too many conclusions based off a single store and really poor evidence (something I am noticing more and more from A Pixelated View, anyone else noticing this?).

Anyway, Best Buy is going to be a combo of both store size and what sells at that location. For instance, one of my local BB's in Novi is combined with a furniture store and the gaming selection is a pathetic 2 aisles with maybe 300 total games across 6 platforms. However, you can go to the Southfield or NV one and the games from the PS3 or Xbox 360 section alone surpasses all the stock Novi has. Another thing to keep in mind is how Best Buy is progressing as a business. They don't typically make a lot of money off gaming (though they push it pretty hard) and have recently been adding more and more "experience" sections. Like you can go to the average BB and see the Samsung experience, the neat little Apple area and now there are apparently Microsoft devoted Surface areas too. This is where BB makes a lot of their money, though I don't want to stray too far off topic.

As far as the stocking goes, you can go to literally any* brick and mortar store and see it happen both ways. Sometimes things get put early, sometimes things get put out late (especially Nintendo titles) and it's simply unavoidable. While in a perfect world it would all happen at the right time, but we don't live in a perfect world and all it takes is the person doing it to get told to do something else and forget about it, the box being misplaced, wires being crossed or countless other understandable outcomes.

TL;DR I don't think it's fair to comment on the state of brick and mortar stores because 1 Best Buy didn't put out stock of a remaster on release and that one store had a small video game section. Especially since there has to be some A + B = C going on there. Like they don't sell many games, so the game section is smaller, which means they get a lower priority on stock and thus it didn't get stock when it should.
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jokerman27  +   42d ago
Maybe it's just the Best Buy's in my area then. I've begun frequenting them less and less due to their lack of games. My Wal-Mart's are pretty lean as well, and I've not been to Toys R Us in ages, maybe I'll have to stop in and check.

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