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Memoirs of a Gamestop Employee

Original entry posted: Tue Feb 27 17:48:07 2007

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Tue Feb 27 12:37:40 2007"no-one asks me to pre-order movies, or books, or anything else that I buy off a shelf."

*cough* Harry Potter *cough*

Otherwise, yeah, I agree with you.

Thomas @ Tue Feb 27 12:48:07 2007 EST

I bought the last Harry Potter book as a gift for Belle on the day it came out at a small independent bookstore in the Outer Banks. We were on vacation thereat the time. They had a bunch in stock.

I don't know if that helps or hurts my point.

Corvus @ Tue Feb 27 13:24:40 2007 EST

True, but my point was that all the major retailers were pre-selling the upcoming one as of last month, so yes, other people are asking you to pre-buy things.

You know, I look at it like this -- as long as my local generic game retailer staff is friendly and respectful of me, I will return the favor and help their store out by reserving copies of things they might not be alloted enough of. At such time as the staff gets unbearable, I'll find some other means of buying my games.

I have long lamented the increasing size of retail outlets and the attending lack of service that goes with it. I prefer to shop at local bookstores when possible, but have found they don't usually carry the books I need regularly, particularly programming titles and such. Additionally, it seems to be more of a challenge for them to order things for me to review and send back if I don't care for them.

But as far as games go, I seem to be locked into buying from a big chain, or a bigger chain, or from an even bigger online chain. It's frustrating. Like the local toy store, the local game store seems to be a creature of days gone by.

Thomas @ Tue Feb 27 13:55:09 2007 EST

Ah, okay, I misunderstood.

I'd like to shop at a locally-owned game shop, but I think there's only one in the DC area, Starland, and it's way out in the backwoods of Fairfax County somewhere. It's just too much of a trek.

It's true that the only options remaining seem to be larger and larger conglomerates. But in the case of Starland, they do have a website, as do a lot of small businesses. Maybe that's the best way to support those guys.

But then we run into problems like when I bought my bass: buy from a small retailer, and then get burned by the return policy, similar to your example of technical books.

I'm as reflexively anti-business as the next guy. But sometimes the experience from a large company can genuinely be better than the little guys. It hurts, but it's true.

When in doubt, I try to at least support big firms that offer their workers good wages and benefits. I figure that's as good a metric as any, and they probably have better service to boot.

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