Loot Ninja finds it interesting that some retailers were pushing for consumers to pre-order Halo 3 and actually told people that they couldn't sell the game opening day without pre-orders, this is ridiculous.
It is insane to force people to pre-order games that there will be a ton of and then after the pre-order still screw them over. insane!
Gamestop say this of all major titles. Talk to them about GTA4 and they will tell you the same thing...."dude, you better pre-order if you want a copy"...most of the time one is not needed, but there is no harm in securing a copy with a pre-order (which is fully refundable). Titles like Halo 3, GTA4 and Mass Effect are must have titles for me, so I will make sure I have my copy on Day 1.
I agree, this isnt a Halo only problem. My issue isnt about the pre-orders it is with the fact that if i walk up on launch day to get a title they look at me like i am retarded and odnt want ot sell me the game, even though they have tons on hand. if it is limited then i would understand, like pre-ordering hardware, but software for the most part, especially with AAA titles are never limited in supply.
When I picked up Halo 3 from Gamestop today, the clerk asked me if I had it preordered. I surely did but the way he asked made me feel like he wouldn't have sold me a copy if it wasn't preordered. In the end I guess all that matters is that I have a copy.
really pushed me to preorder games. I did with the ratchet and clank one and fortunetly i got the demo with it. They pushed halo wars like crazy on me and i said no, and other games as well. However i preordered COD4 and didn't get an email for the beta wich i was supposed to get. But fortunetly i wasn't really waiting to get into the beta though i will definetly be buying it. I got halo 3 and warhawk to keep me company. hit me up xbl: CraftierLeader psn: snoop_dizzle
That is a poor business practice by those retailers which is why I don't really shop at Gamestop.
$194 million within 24 hours! That's friggin' amazing!
This is exactly why I don't buy games from Gamestop anymore. They push pre-orders tremendously and there is absolutely no reason to pre-order. There is no reason for me to put my $5 in their pockets months in advance when there is ALWAYS a plentiful supply of new games at Wal-Marts and Best Buys around the country. I haven't pre-ordered a game in years but I put the deposit down on the limited edition of Halo 3 just in case, as I assumed it would be the highest selling game in history. I walked into Gamestop at 6PM on the 25th to get my game and a friend of mine who did not pre-order was told they had regular editions but no more LE's. What did we do? Drove down the street to Best Buy where the shelves were still stocked with all 3 versions of Halo 3. I'd much rather buy games at Best Buy or Wal-Mart anyway, as they are so much easier to return if something is wrong. For some reason I always have to deal with some sort of crap at Gamestop. I really wish people wouldn't buy games at Gamestop anymore so they would cut these BS practices out. Whatever, it's just a money-making thing and I guess as long as they're not getting my money I'm happy.
but got it at a local store 5 mins away on the 26th. Sucks to be gamestop losing a customer. I wonder if Halo 3 would have sold more if their was no pre order crap gamestop is pulling.
I paid in full a week prior to the release. I was told that it would make it easy to pick it up at the midnight launch. This was not true. Gamestop was open prior to midnight and everyone was treated the same. Everyone was given a number on a first-come-first-serve basis. So, if you didn't pre-order, you just paid on the spot for your number. So, instead of walking in and picking up at 12:00, I was number 76.
yeah lets not say some retailers, it is gamestop. i can't stand those people. they did that to me with saints row, so after they wouldn't sell me the game i told them what i thought of their system, went across the street to a super wal-mart and bought the game (after they told me i wouldn't be able to get it anywhere). halo 3, i walked in 30min to midnight at a super wal-mart and got a copy at midnight just fine. i hate the way gamestop does business.
i love it when they try to convince you it will be sold out and you wont find it anywhere, lying sacks of S. AAA titles will always be in stock, oyu think bungie would let there be a shortage of discs, no way!
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