GameStop stores are closing, and walking into one on its last legs can be a lot to take in. While folks could benefit from the sales, there's a human aspect to consider too.
I would be sad if my gamestops close. However, there are 3 within 5 miles of each other and 2 within a half mile.
There's only 2 in my whole county in Ireland lol
Just one near me. I’d have to drive 50+ miles to get to the next one. I never go there any ways since I use steam and any console game I get online.
There's about 8 in the city I live in and two are literally parallel to each other 😂
This is the problem with digital media, yeah its more convenient but it comes at the cost of physical media and the infrastructure that supports it.
No the problem is gamestop overstepped long enough. Good riddance I say.
Gamestop is just too expensive. Best Buy and Amazon offer better deals on physical disks.
I absolutely agree. Amazon offered new games for $48. Pre-orders, Day 1, free delivery, with no taxes! I took total advantage of that offer for years! BB gives $5 credit for new games, free day one delivery. Gamestop never even tried to compete with Amazon or Best Buy. They deserve to fail.
Retail at its basic level.... Bricks and Mortar... lease payments and people with a wage.. Why do you think Jeff Bezos is one of the richest men on the planet? One Warehouse to rule them all !
Consoles too which is the only thing that keeps Gamestop relevant in the bricks and mortar market place.
It's not solely the issue. GAME here in the UK is in the same mess as GS and that's down to nothing more than greed. They ain't competitive with pricing at all when you can go to your local supermarket or online games retailer and buy it a a cheaper price than what GAME will sell it but quite a bit. They admit most of their sales come from pre-owned so why compete with other retailers on the new games so people will buy them there? Yes they may lose £5-£10 on each game sold but you would have had a sale instead of pushing people to go elsewhere for cheaper which lost them more money overall.
Yep uk myself buddy, GAME went after the clueless passing mum and dad customers and forgot who was actually important to them. Nothing but used although I take a peak every bf and they've always done a great launch console bundle (ps4 mega bundle) plus I take it they'll do good launch bundles and a midnight launch for ps5 so I'll probably go GAME again for the console but games and accessories is a no no. Off topic but the midnight launch nights for nxt gen consoles will probably be the last?
GameStop's new release prices are the same as everyone else's. Their older games prices vary, but for some they're better than others, for some not as good as others. Their trade in prices really aren't that much different than what you find at Amazon or Best Buy. Maybe the difference of a few dollars, but GameStop will take back any game, regardless of condition. You can maybe make a bit more off Ebay, but after Ebay fees it's not usually much, and prices there are a race to the bottom. If one isn't a constant seller, shipping is usually a factor too. Their used game prices are really only high on new releases, but they're priced for their PUR program, which when used for the additional discount makes them the same price as other major retailers selling new releases. GameStop often has more deals on used games throughout the year. People got on a hate train bandwagon because they think GameStop needs to give them more than they pay for new games, and apparently they are unable to say no to upsells or low trade in values. But, GS has only ever once been bad for me, and that was more because of a single employee than corporate policy. Might be because I can say no though. The digital marketplace made it so they lost enough sales that their operating structure wasn't profitable. They tend to open their shops in expensive malls or strip malls. Have a lot of them close together, and of course have too many within a small area. They're trimming the fat now, which is probably their last attempt at staying open in their current form. But through the years we've been hearing all these things they're doing which aren't helping them apparently, but they're still chugging along, if not limping through it, so who knows how this current restructuring will go.
More jobs lost to online sales
How is that a problem exactly?
As much as I don't like their business practices, more GameStop stores closing is not a good thing.
Where will I get my Gamerwear now? ..oh right..they are just some clicks away :-) bye bye Gamestop :)
As much as I complain about GameStop they have the biggest selection of games around here. Something I'm always saying Best Buy needs to up their game on. Lately I buy from there or Target and not GameStop but that's because I already have a huge backlog so don't want used games (which I tend to look at when I go)
I agree. I like Amazon, and Best Buy is good but a pain to get in and out of around where I work, but GameStop always has a much larger selection where I can just go in and look at games. Amazon has more availability, and generally their older game prices are in line with game stop, and will vary up or down depending on the game. But, GameStop is just nice to go in and look at boxes, maybe have something catch my eye, and perhaps purchase it. It's also good if I want something right away, instead of waiting a couple days to get it....which is rare, but does happen once in a while. I still prefer to buy hardware at a retail outlet, because if there are problems, it's less of a hassle and wait to replace it.
Best buy in my area has loads of games and game merchandise for all platforms so it's probably just the demographic in your area. I go anywhere except gamestop, always the worst prices there.
I don't know. I've been too many and they're pretty much the same. They have the newest games and that's about it. Many times the flyer shows a sale price for a game and my store don't even carry the game.
The internet has a larger selection then Gamestop. Gamestop is a dinosaur.
The internet will always have a larger selection. I don't feel that's a valid argument to give up big box stores
Amazon have signed the death warrant of many retail sectors including videogames......... Still, at least they pay their taxes I suppose, right?
Jeff Bezos has left the chat.
Amazon hardly pay Taxes in other countries
Good riddance, nothing to miss about this store. Just a used car dealership for games
There's only one near me downtown Seattle other's are 10 miles apart
They should have had better business practices. They will now suffer the same fate as blockbuster.
I like game stop but I like a family owned retro game store a lot more. Ever since play n trade closed a lot of stores mom n pop shops started popping up a lot more. Hopefully this has the same effect bc game stores are in demand and can flourish if they arent greedy. Mom n pop shops do well. Everyone loves retro gaming as well. I remember Funk-o-land back in the day would have several tvs set up and they would let you try any game b4 you bought it. That was hospitality...
We had a good indie game store around me for a while, but they seemed to have trouble keeping newer games in stock. Lots of older and retro games and systems though which was nice. They even carried PC-Engine imports and didn't gouge on the US release prices like you see on Ebay. Unfortunately they never seemed to have anyone in the store, and after a few years they shut down. That was probably more due to a walmart opening up across the street, which raised the rent of the strip mall they were in.
Ah nice. Where are you btw? Never got into pc engine imports the maybe in the future. Yeah those independent stores usually have only the popular newer titles otherwise you would have to request them. I try to support them as much as possible so they dont close. But then again there will always be a retro gaming section in a flea market or antique shop to buy from. As much as I'm sick of indie games on the switch, and in general, they are the best thing to happen for retro gaming and the younger generation. It opens the door to them imo.
I live in the Raleigh area of North Carolina.
Cool. Girls best friend just moved there. They like it. She wants to move there now. Idk bout that lol.
Sad. Not because of gamestop the company, but because of the memories of game stores, in general. The one near me in a strip mall is on its way out. A month ago a kid working there said its done for. I was like text me when the fire sale starts. :D
It may be true digital games sales is causing gamestop some trouble but the main issue that they dont address is that they a lot more expensive compared to their competitors. I dont know what they are like in the US but in Europe its €75 for a newly released game they try to talk you into paying an extra €3-5 for game insurance on top. Plus they always try to pawn off extra games and merchandise to you while you are shopping there. What they offer for trade-ins is insultingly bad compared to their competitors.
I also people feel burned by their trade in policy. Offering on pennies on the dollar for your game and selling the for sometimes 5+ times more. After dealing with that gen I went all digital this time around and for now on just like my PC.
Haha Good. Glad all these nerds are getting fired from their jobs. Every Gamestop employee I'd ever met was a massive tool trying to upset bullshit. This corporation is god awful.
The end of an era. It would be sad to see the shell of a GameStop in the mall but I would understand their downfall. They pissed off a lot of people. They also didn't move fast enough when the tide was shifting to digital media. One thing for sure, where are young going to go buy those inexpensive controllers, battery packs, power cords, hdmi cables
I do have fond memories of a few of the midnight launches. Particularly CoD MW2/BO/MW3, GTA 4/5, MK 2011, and Skyrim. With that said I haven't stepped foot in one since probably the launch of GTA 5. They are just never competitive with their prices. When there's constantly sales on PSN or Live and they won't price match it ultimately becomes their own undoing.
Go price games from even a couple years ago to online and see the difference. Hell can pick up a used copy of an older game and most of the time get it for 10-15 or less. On digital games that are 5-6 or older are still 19.99 or more. Prime example far cry 4 is still 29.99 on the Can PS store, game stop/EB games sell it for $5. Then fools talk about game stop ripping them off.
I went to an EB Games closing down sale and pretty much everything PS4 wise was still more expensive than ps store digital sale prices. There were a few decent 3DS games for sale though.
As much as I don't like some of their practices, I would be saddened to see physical game stores go. There's innate joy in going to a brick and mortar store to browse for games, providing you prefer physical copies. And I feel strongly about the point about GS/EB stores focusing too much on merchandise. At least here in Canada, they should be selling more games; ranging from C64 to current era, it should all be about games! It's irritating for me as a gamer, that if I go into EB, a "dedicated game store" that I would be hardpressed to find a game from an older generation of consoles.
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