Here is a rundown of the 5 most annoying things gamers deal with every time they visit their local Gamestop.
Comment guy was a nice touch, i hate when people do that, as he said,
"let me buy my games in peace...bro"
Neat story i geuss, way to rage agaisnt the machine. :shifty eyes:
i also like the employees who are console specefic you always have one for nintendo, sony, or ms looking down on whoever doesnt like theyre company of choice for the week they need to sell for that company
sidenote: offspring is awesome i remember when i was a kid listening to them bubbles for that.
There's an unofficial boycott of Gamestop for their shifty game selling practices. All gamers everywhere are to stop buying games from them and start buying from regular stores that actually stock the games that they sell without having to preorder them like Target and Walmart and the other normal stores like that.
Power to the People! Gamers unite!
Worse thing about Gamestop (worse than selling used games as new) is that the employees are complete idiots.
I think the ONLY time that I went to a GameStop and didn't left there nauseous was when I was in Dallas and for the most bizarre of things I walk into a GameStop to find this cute girl working there and oh did Charlie flirted with that girl XD
...its probably the only time I didn't want to run out of GameStop >.>
there clerk ppl are retarded. big time here where i live they act like there on huge commission pay, almost begging u to buy stuff and crap i hate gamestop ill just buy games online . and screw wal-mart with there game delays
the anti ps3 quotes. anyone else sick of the fratboy/redneck/mom's basement 360 fella who's only ps3 experience is hiding the new releases so no one can find them?
i always try to be nice and have a conversation so that maybe some of the ignorant hate can die but its getting old man. last time i asked 5 of the dudes if any of them were ps3 fans. they looked dumbfounded and kept blurting old hat phrases of "no game library," "$600," "psn sucks," etc... one dude finally said "i want one but can't afford it"
i just want to buy and talk about games after a long day of work. cant wait for the pissing match to end...
they will always be there they are usually antisony but depending on what they need to sell their opinion changes pretty quickly.
also no offense but find other people to talk to, go to any other store or i hope you at least have some friends who are interested in games. it would drive me nuts if people around me talked crap about games and systems i have this site for that.
suck it gamestop
good point but yeah, not many ps3 folks around me in the midwest advertising scene you know?
guess i have this site for that though -- kinda inverted to what you said.
yea gamespot is bad.. and im sure its getting worse too
double post :-/
Craigslist is my antigamestop.
I dislike GS as much as the next guy, but some of those where just pushing it. Crappy employees, now whose fault is that? All of the crap they force them to do, from forcing the infamous "would you like to reserve" to pestering you to get some magazine, isn't the employees fault. I've met far worse service at fast places than I ever had at any game store.
And I'm not to sure why he has a problem with "sup." Granted its not exactly the standard hello, but the crowd you target usually use such words, so in that regard I see nothing wrong.
But there buy back and used game policies do indeed piss me off. But they could just as easily not sell or buy used games and no one really forces you to do either so...
All that said though, I still go to Wal-Mart instead. At least they are never out of stock, well almost never.
A G R E E ! ! ! ! ! !
these guys are just evil...... pure evil.
That Gamestop is the spawn of Satan
The bias employee.
Buy a 360 it's the best. Halo and XBL, need I say more?
The PS3 is the best hardware and has the brightest future.
Why are you wasting time with systems like the 360 and PS3 when everyone knows the best games are made by Nintendo. Get a Wii with it's innovative controller.
It's even funnier when the employees argue with one another over which is the best system or which has the best games.
hahaha one of the reason that I stop to pre-order on GameStop. Now, Amazon.com is my new best pal' ^__^
Too bad when pre-ordering on amazon on the day of release they send a notification that they can't send you the game because they didn't have enough in stock. This has happened for my friend on the last 3 games he tried to pre-order there. I love amazon, but not for buying newly released games.
OK, so I don't like GameStop any more than the next guy, but I work at a GameCrazy, and I'd like to think that we do things a whole hell of a lot better at our store. As for idiot employees, yes, we have one, but hopefully he'll be fired soon. As for me, I've been gaming since I was two and own just about every console since then. Heck, I'm a member of this darn site -- that alone should speak for itself! On a side note, I don't know if GameStop employees really get paid what this article says they do, but we get paid a heck of a lot more. As for the "mandatory 'sups'," yes, we have those, too, but since when has it been a bad thing to greet a customer? If we didn't do it, customers would complain about "bad customer service." Trust me on that one. As for the "Pokemon Kid..." well, we've got a few of them... not much more to say about that. Used games, on the other hand, have much better prices than GameStop. A recently released, used Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 game will only cost you $49.99, or $44.99 with our discount card. Now, given $45 dollars is still a lot of money in the grand scheme, it's a heck of a lot better that $55. We also have much better trade-in prices (usually over half for MVP members on a new game). Lastly, as for the "Comment Guys..." our Comment Guys are usually the fat, silent, stinky, stand-in-the-corner-and-talk-t o-himself, serial-killer types; they're not really that chatty. But you find these people everywhere, right? You can't tell me you haven't seen some pretty medieval lookin' people at Walmart or Target.
Is my first choice over Gamestop.
If I have to step foot in a gaming store it's gamecrazy. They still try to get me to preorder, which is like the stupidest thing in the world (well...besides war and famine and sh!t). If I can't find it at Walmart/Target, I'll go to gamecrazy. They always ask if I preordered and always tell them no...then they pull the game off the shelf and sell it to me anyways. Preorders are for suckers. If they dropped the price a few bucks or gave some other incentive they maybe I'd do it, but who is preordering a game they have no true idea about. How do you think those people who preordered Kane & Lynch feel like now?
well preordering isn't as dumb as you might think. For game like halo or madden is really dumb, for games I buys sometimes I have to. Games like king of fighters XI, la Pucelle, growlanser, maki kingdom, and soul nomad, if I want it new i have to preorder it. Places like target, walmart, and best buy don't have those games, I can always find it later used maybe, so for me I do, because gamestops and gamecrazy only get like two or three copies per store :(
On the note of pre-orders, here's how things really work at a small retail store like ours. Let us say we have a game, we'll call it "Game A," and our store gets two pre-orders for Game A. This signifies to our corporate office that this game probably isn't going to be that popular, so corporate only sends maybe six copies of the game total. Now, on the other hand, let us say that Game B gets 26 pre-orders, then we might get 40 copies of the game. Being a small retail outlet (with virtual no room for back stock), it's impossible to have 100 copies of every game on stock, though in an ideal setup, we'd love to. Now, for immensely popular games, such as Halo 3, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, or GTAIV, or unique games, like Scene It? or Rock Band, we may get so many pre-orders that we are "cut-off," meaning that corporate can only send of enough copies for our pre-order guests and can't spare any others, because other stores need their copies as well. Lastly, as for someone saying that pre-ordering is "stupid" because why would you pre-order a game you know nothing about, you do realize that pre-ordering a game does not force you to buy the game, right? If the game comes out and you don't want it, you don't have to get it, and you can get your five dollars right back. Plus, at Game Crazy, you get a Rent 1 Get 1 free coupon for our partners at Hollywood Video any time you pre-order a game, so there's an extra incentive.
Yeah we used to have some of the greatest employees at our Gamestop,I could talk to them for hours, but they couldn't take the retarded manditory store policies, and quit. They now work at Game Crazy that is not only a much better store, but at least in my town you can find more obscure games, plus the trade in and used system is at least better usually.
They forgot about the wannabe gamer chic that works at gamestop and doesnt know anything about game systems or games. You can ask her questions, but she doesn't have a clue of what your talking about.
I realize there's alot we dislike about GameStop, but
*employee's are paid based on experience. That's anywhere you go.
*Your right about some of the greeting of customers, depending on which location you shop at there are some people who are real.
* I reserved games that I know I want and its a better feeling of driving around to different places to find a title.
If you are in the Brooklyn area I shop at the one on 5th ave right across from RadioShack. Thats a good group of guys with knowledge that works there.
i agree with your 5 worst things about gamestop article but i just have to add this one.... most of them are xbots droid who try to jam an xbox 360 on every customers throat if they could...
this is true because i go there twice a week and all you hear from them say is that "ps3 is expensive and it has no library of good games or no games at all crap"...etc and xbox 360 is the holy grail of gaming... yeah right..
this is really a bad business strategy for them in the long run because now that the ps3 is showing how much better games can get, people will notice and those people who were forced to buy an xbox 360 would be mad and never trust gamestop anymore and that would result to a lot of loyal customers lost forever, just because they didn't tell the truth about the ps3....
With all due respect, you guys are being way too bias in this situation. I work at gamestop and I do none of these things this guy lists.
1-I dont say "sup bro" to a customer cause its not professional, usually I go with a "Hey guys, how you doing?" or a "How you during sir/ma'am." Just because some dope who doesn't know english says this to you does not make all of us illiterate no-knowledge employees.
2-Reserves and Game Informers. Of course they are a hassle, but in their defense are they not good deals? I hate trying to sell Game Informers and Reserves but thats Gamestop and I'm not going to pass up a job at a video game store to put me through college for that.
Listen, You own a 360, Wii, or PS3. If you buy 5 games a year at 54.99 (or 44.99 for the Wii) used you gain your money you spent back and then some. Whats the problem? Its a great deal! Same with reserves, you put 5$ down that goes towards your purchase and you have one waiting for you the day it comes out. No extra charge. Im not trying to sell you that Gamestop is right, I am just saying dont complain about something that helps you in the long run without a doubt. If you are going to buy the game anyways, whats the problem? Usually I dont get the "sell, sell, sell" mentality unless the person is adamant about the game when I am talking to him.
3- I am not the bias employee, but I can say I was. I know that right now the 360 is by far the better console, but I do tell every customer the PS3 is the future. As for the Wii, we cant keep it in stock so all I hear is "when are you going to get some?"
4-Dont get me started on comment guys lol. There are alot of you guys however I do like to have conversations with because alot of you know what you are talking about and just like to talk about games not comment about them.
5-Of course the trade-in prices suck! Its America, This is Capitalism! Why do you complain about it when you end up doing the trade anyways? When you buy the game you obviously think about trading it in when you are done, right? All the better reason to buy used even though its 54.99 you get an awesome warranty.
As for the Gamecrazy guy, Its only a matter of time before we own whatever company runs you. Im not bragging, and its sad that I say this, but its inevitable. Gamestop is pretty adamant about being the Monopoly of Specialty Game Retailers.
Im not trying to argue with you guys, because there IS alot of stuff I disagree with that Gamestop does, but at this point you guys are bashing me as an employee and I have to defend myself.
Anti-Sony. Period. One of the emplyess actually told me, "We're not carrying much PS3 stuff anymore..." Huh? I wrote their Dallas offices and got a lame response from the regional office that they will look into it and talk to their emplyess.
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I'll never go there again.
yup, thats my biggest beef with them. Can't tell you how many stores I have been into that the ps3 wasn't even turned on. I have asked them before, one guy even told me who cares its ps3 no one plays it. One guy tried to get me to buy call of duty 4 on the 360 instead of the ps3 trying to tell me the ps3 version sucked. I told him i don't have a 360 that didn't stop him from baggering me on and on. One time this like 8 year old kid came in with his mom, and asked the manager what system he should get, and I don't want him to play M rated games, he told him get a 360 hands down best system out there. Really? maybe you should have told them about a wii or a DS. At least thats how it is in texas.
every time i go in there to trade things they always ask me if im going to buy a 360 and i always tell them no im only a PLAYSTATION fan then they dont talk to me anymore
I agree we should all boy cott gamestop just like we all boycott EA.
its funny that soooo many people bash the place.. yet so many still go there. if its such a horrible place dont go. if you continue to go there and do nothing but complain about how horrible it is then your a hypocrite. if it was THAT bad i dont think it would be in business still. so you people who have to complain about everything go live in a country where you dont have a variety of places to go to. then you will be greatful for the sh** you have.
Most of these complaints aren't in the hands of the employees or employers.
* The comment guy (always there and always annoying - last time I went there was one that I couldn't even identify his/her sex - creepy!!!) and the pokeman kid (parent and child should be carried into the street and shot) are customers - out of the stores hands.
* Mandatory "sups", well that's company policy in any store to greet their customer, although "sup" and "dog" is very unprofessional and I have not experienced that. And trying to sell you pre-orders and mags
is also company policy. Every store you go to now wants you to sign up for their credit card or buy something else at the register.
* Selling your games to Gamestop is just foolish, but I'm glad people do it. I always check out the bargain bins and pick up great older games for $5-15. Don't like the price - don't buy it! Don't like the price they offer to buy your old games - don't sell them there! To complain that the discount on a used game is not big enough is kind of stupid.
* Have to completely agree with the idiot employees and system bias though. I actually prefer to deal with the complete idiot, rather than the semi-knowledgable idiot who tries to sway my opinion. In most cases, I've been gaming longer than they have been alive, so I don't need their opinion!
was hilarious and surprisingly true. Every time I go to gamestop there is some thirty-something-year-old who makes a comment to me, or at least someone in earshot, that nobody asked for. How funny is that?
Yeah gamestop sucks, but its at least better than going to Wal-mart
or something. I hate the fact though that I tried to buy a copy of game informer at a gamestop but they would not sell the damn thing to me because they wanted you to subscribe. Its so retarded, there were stacks of the mags and nobody would buy em.
maybe they do it to save you money because it only cost 5 bucks more to get 12 issues. so dont complain about stuff that they try to help you with
Tghose things aren't inventoried. When I ran one I would just give it to you for free if you seemed cool enough. That mag blows anyways.
you'd be lucky if you get greeted by the employees at the three gamestop stores closest to my house. They're straight up snubs! on top of that, I wanted to buy bioshock so this employee went and got the display case then pulled out a clear jewel case containing the actual game and try to sell it to me for full price. I told him I wasn't about to pay for a used game which is basically what it was, a used game. Who knows they probably take the games home and play it for the night. Now, I only buy games from big box stores! Stop supporting gamestop, that'll teach them a lesson.
The game probably was brand new. They have to display the games somewhow. Too many idiots love to use the five finger discount. Stick to Wal-mart or Target where you have to wait to find the idiot who works there to get it from behind the glass case then escort you to cash register. This is not even close to being in the worst 20 of Gamestop's practices. I used to have people complain to me about the same thing and my response was to tell them to get everyone in the world to stop stealing and we will gladly put every single piece of expensive software out on the floor for them to grab at will.
Do you get off on removing plastic or something?
Actually the same thing happened to me at gamestop and it turned out it wasn't a new game. I bought a copy of half life 2 there and they pulled the same crap on me, taking the display box and putting in a shrink wrapped copy of the game saying it was new.
Turns out the game had already been registered by another user on steam and couldn't be played on my comp. Of course i brought it back the same day for a full refund, but from then on I always make sure to get a sealed copy of the game and I suggest everyone else do the same. Just think of how easy it would be to pawn off used console games as new with that "display case" excuse.
Completely man. I am sure since it happened to you once and you were given a full refund it must happen all the time. I can tell you that from the 5 stores I worked at in 2+ years the thought of doing that never crossed anyone's mind that I know of and if it had and they voiced it they would have been quickly reprimanded. But keep thinking everyone is out to get you.
Whatever man, defend their practices all you want based on your experiences with 5 branches of a franchise with hundreds of stores all over the county and thousands of employees. Its not a question of "thinking everyone is out to get me", but not falling for the same scam twice. You can call me paranoid, but I'd say youre pretty naive if you think what happened to me doesn't happen at at least a few gamestop branches.
And on a side note, would you accept that same treatment with any other sort of media? If you were randomly handed an unsealed copy of a dvd or cd at a store that routinely took in used copies and you had nothing to go by other than the word of a store that had tried to pull one over on you before, wouldn't you be the least bit wary?
I worked at a Gamestop in various managerial positions for 2+ years. I am now out and happier than ever. After dealing with shady DMs, idiotic protocols, marketing people with heads shoved up their rear ends I will never give that company money again. I know it doesn't hurt them one bit but it makes me feel better. Of the five different companies I have worked for since I became of working age, Gamestop was easily the worst. The other companies (who will not be named) are not even in the same stratosphere as them.
DROP A CLUSTERBOMB!!!!
"would you like a warranty with that", it really gets annoying
employees don't even do their jobs, they're playing games everytime i go there
gamestop i go to has a girl who is a manager,and her knowledge of games and systems puts many guys to shame,she owns all 3 systems,and she makes sure her employees tell customers about all three systems,not just there favorite.i like to get my games with them because i can reserve it's the least expensive way for me to buy my games with all the awesome games for the PS3,360,and Wii it's an expensive time to be a gamer. imo!
and none of them had the PS3 units turned on demonstrating its games. NEVER!!. Since its release I havent seen the units playing games, the few and rarely times they were on they have only a few vids. To the contrary the 360 gets every recent releases like example CoD4 demoed on the units. What the hell is happening gamestop?...its not enough with the stupid a$$holes who doesnt know nothing about games recomending the 360 to stop the PS3? Is this practice on purpose?
Also in one of the Gamestop I visit the general maneger is a woman who doesnt know $hit about games, she is very unprofessional with their employees, consumer and just everybody...she is always in a bad mood and doenst like to help us the consummer. Jesus!! I didnt visit a Gamestop to steal I just want to bougth some games so a little more "friendly" aproach to consummers may help. She is divorced so I believes she needs a man. Gamestop...PR!! If u dont like it ...
I have experienced all of the kinds people mentioned in the article at Gamestop, but I still really like the store. I just ignore people that suck at life.
In my area there are your good Gamestops and your bad Gamestops.
I think this article is a little unfair because im sure not all Gamestops are like that... Ive seen the good and the horrifically bad.. Its just a matter of knowing which ones have the good employees.
theres no good game news.
People start crying about gamestop.
Dont like it dont shop there.
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