There was a time that Gamestop was the only place I would buy video games....period. Those days are now far behind me.
Yes. It's still an option that many people will continue to use
Exactly lol. I always use Amazon or Gamestop. Who ever has its cheaper as a used option is who gets my money. Plus, they have their buy 2 get 1 free sales. This article is as dumb as it gets. "Do consumers still need gamestop" OH YES, LESS options is waaaaaaaaay better /s
If it's an option, doesn't that then mean it's not a necessity?
I love Gamestop. Only store I can walk into and get physical copies new or for used for cheap prices. Other stores like best buy,target,wal-mart don't have a lot of older or more obscure niche games either. Gamestop also is great for pre-ordering a physical copy if you go into the store and do it. It's more reliable than ordering online and having another store cancel it. Yes digital is a thing so that eliminates some of their sales but they are still a decent to good option for most purchases.
No. GameStop is a dinosaur. Here's an idea, what if GameStop rented used games like gamefly does?
Then they would be called Blockbuster.
lol That made me laugh. Probably harder than it should have.
That actually wouldn't be a bad idea.
Ask Blockbuster if it is a bad idea.
That would be great if they rented games. Gamefly has saved me thousands of dollars over the years.
Blockbuster had a very different policy then Gamefly. Gamefly allows you to rent a game for as long as you pay your "membership" fee, Blockbuster charged you extra for late fees. I was thinking of something like a tiered service for their card members. Something similar to Gamefly. It would be competitively priced, and offer the convenience of instant acquirment through the availablity of local store locations.
and....what if they did? lol Who is to say they don't start some sorta of program like that?
You can rent from gamestop...its free and it's called a return policy. Good for 7 days, then return it and get your money back.
Yes? I mean, they're convenient and everywhere else has the same shitty prices so it's not like there's any point in going anywhere else.
I don't know if there's a Best Buy around where your located but you should look into Gamer's Club Unlocked. Its a really good deal and much better than Gamestop's way of selling.
I was going to say the same thing Averyashimself! Why go to a Gamestop where you pay full price for games or crap used game price amounts when you can just go grab a Gamers Club Unlocked and never pay over $48 ever again (unless you go for Special/Collector's Editions). You get 20% off new games (no matter the release or afterwards), $10 for free on top of that for just preordering certain titles, and tradein amounts get an extra 20%-40%. Then there's the Best Buy normal reward program you automatically get signed up for where you get $$ vouchers. Unless you are PC only (where the deals are much better but I digress), why wouldn't you buy your games from Best Buy, they are almost paying you to get their games from them.
I would still support physical over digital any day, and in this case it mean I still need Gamestop.
Amazon? Best Buy? Target? Walmart? With the first two having great deals. Need GameStop for what?
Because Gamestop many times might have deals better then Amazon, Best Buy, Target or Walmart. All are needed. I want the best deal regardless of where its coming from.
I like when there are stores that cater to a favorite hobby of mine. Whether it's game stop or not, there needs to be hobby stores.
I'm a physical media guy and there's a GS two minutes from my house. So for me, yup. I still need them.
I'm a physical guy too and there's a GameStop 5 minutes from my house also, but I think the last game I bought there was Arkham Knight. The last time I was in there was release day for the last guardian and I honestly could not find the game anywhere in the store. I could find mugs, t shirts, posters and cuddly toys from the last guardian, but not the game!! I ended up leaving and found the game online for €15 less anyway. I think GameStop are putting too much effort into the whole "loot" thing and are pushing the actual games to the side. That may just be my local GameStop, but it's kinda shitty when you go in on launch day for a pretty big release and can't find it anywhere and they're charging a substantial amount more than other retailers.
It isnt just your gamestop. Loot stuff is 50% or more of their profit. It makes them more money then video games honestly. A game makes them 5 bucks. A system new makes them nothing. Uses is their business but even then the profit margin is small. But the profit margin of loot is like 80%. So those pops sell for 12 but they bought them for like 4 or 5 bucks.
Last guardian was a big release? Couldn't find literally any of the items you spoke of. Last Guardian as great as it was was niche.
While I don't really need GameStop for anything, as there are plenty of places that sell games, I can't say that I don't like having them around. It's nice to go into an actual game store and just look around from time to time. They sometimes have good deals on new games after the launch period, and their used game prices are better than most after that whole initial launch phase where it is only marginally cheaper to buy used. I know a lot of people like to hate on them, which is fine at times, although sometimes unwarranted as some people act like GS raped their cat or something, but ultimately, there aren't a lot of choices when it comes to dedicated game stores. Indie stores aren't available everywhere, and big box stores while sometimes being good in prices, often have nowhere near the same selection. Best Buy is getting there, but it can be a chore to have to go to one since they tend to be in bigger shopping centers, and it's a big box store. Other than that, unless I need something quick, I haven't brought a new game from them since Amazon started their 20% off new releases. I would have signed up for BBGC, but now I live 45 minutes from a Best Buy, and at the time I wanted to get the membership through their website they were out. How you can be out of a membership is beyond me, but it is what it is. I do actually prefer buying hardware at GS or at least a retail outlet. If things don't work, it's much easier to replace, and there is often no price advantage to getting it elsewhere.
I would have to say yes.. Sometimes things sell out and gamestop will have it as a last resort. Just nowhere near as big as it is now..
YES!!!! competition is good for consumers boycott Amazon
Sorry, but how is boycotting Amazon good for consumers? You realize that Amazon keeps local stores in check. They drive prices down because they are the ultimate competition. It drives innovation in local stores to compete with them.
local stores in check... yeah right. If you were a store owner you would understand how detrimental Amazon is for businesses and economy overall. and then there are the tax loopholes all over the place that create disloyal competition. Enjoy it now, after Amazon is the one and only vendor (major one) we will get so screwed..
I didn't say it was good for small businesses. I said it is good for the consumer.
I love Amazon. So, uh.. no thanks.
It would suck to see them go. Their trade rates suck, but I do like them for their used older game selections. Their prices could be better.
I find myself buying/selling/trading in games through Amazon more than GameStop these days. Just more convenient. Trade in the game through the website, print out the prepaid shipping label, stick it in the mailbox. Get amazon credit right away and shop for another game. Pretty damn easy
I used to go there for every game I purchased because I had a buddy working at one and he would let me get them earlier than most people would. Well now that he's gone on to other things I've moved on to buying digital only and it's great.. I will never buy physical copies again. Gamestop was a good place and always had many games to choose from even when looking for used titles but their buy back prices were ridiculous.
Not really, but I guess there's no reason it shouldn't still exist for those still wanting that awful awkward ass experience when buying their video games. I just rather order from Amazon and save 20%. But that's just me.
Yes, consumers still need Gamestop. I don't visit their stores that often but I have bought retro stuff and hard to find games on their website. Other than that mostly all my current X1S PS4 Pro games are digital, but Gamestop provides an important service to many and I hope they continue, but many of their locations are have closed. I support giving consumers options.
I don't buy from Gamestop and I get all my games physical. They're just too expensive. I'll get something there on the off chance that it's reasonably priced but I'm just more sensible with my money than to go there continuously
Gamestop is a relic, digital is the only common sense method of progression.
haven't been in one for years now. don't miss it. i hope for them they already switched to digital distribution but who would want that if you got the psn to download them directly?
I'm strictly digital so me personally I don't need game stop for software. Now I will use game stop ti buy new consoles because I can get them the night before they release unlike say Amazon where they don't ship until the day they release. I think gamestop is needed still for things like hardware. If my controller breaks I can run to gamestop and buy a new one without waiting for it to be shipped. Amazon does same day shipping where I live so this is also becoming an option.
Between bestbuy gamer unlocked20% off new games and +10 preorder certificates and Amazon's 20% off new games; gamestop has nowhere to go if it doesn't take drastic action.
I'm surprised they are still around to be honest. I never shop there anymore. They love to rip everyone off.
I just recently preordered agents of mayhem from them for the johnny gat character but before that I haven't been to gamestop in years. I hate their business model. It's also the only place in my area that charges tax on the prepaid cards.
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