Oaktech (22nd March 2012)
Never been into games since the mid eighties (I personally detest consoles and games), so the only thing I will comment on is that the lowly sales people and store managers will be put on the scap heap with the other 2.5 to 3 million and the CEO and directors with the teflon shoulders will be operating another business within 6 months again.
Oaktech (22nd March 2012)
Dammit... I wanted you to say it. Then I would have screen-capped for future lols and a t-shirt for things like BETT.
As for confusing... On another forum/site I'm the trappiest of traps. [Due to a misunderstanding.] And get grief regardless of whether I go along with it or try to sort it out.
[Hello Liege if you're reading this.]
But, that's a thread for another day.
Last edited by X-13; 22nd March 2012 at 10:02 AM.
Having said that, don't expect much from the fire sale - considering how Game has not been allowed to order stock from certain game manufacturers, it is likely that chart and new stock will be withdrawn by the distributor and resold elsewhere because if they operate anything like the company I used to rep for, the game manufacturer distributes to a third party such as EUK who then sell to stores - excess stock is returned to the distributor and the store is 'refunded', what the distributer then does with the stock is between them and the game manufacturer. The sale will likely consist largely of the massive catalogue of pre-owned games as well as non-returnable titles and backstock. Even then, the administrators will need to wring every penny out of what stock is left to pay creditors so I doubt we will see much in the way of fabulous reductions - especially on consoles etc as the supplier will simply recall the stock. Anything that is left was sold outright to Game and will not be eligable for return which is usually older models sold off at a discount before new releases.
I bet actual monies that you will see some REALLY old XBox consoles and PS2s coming out of the Game store rooms before the end...
Hoping for a Woolworth's style fire sale, which was a real SELL EVERYTHING effort. As @AMLightfoot says though, probably unlikely - and given what their range has been like whilst solvent, there probably won't be anything I'd want in a sale anyway...
Last edited by sonofsanta; 22nd March 2012 at 10:28 AM. Reason: repetition repetition
If I remember correctly, my "limited edition" version with the Wiimote+ and CD was about £30. Before the "aaaahhh don't let us dieeeee" sale.
Although, the Slim 320GB PS3 [silver with AC:R] for £99 was decent.
Which I totally missed. Not sure if it was even a legit offer. It isn't on the site anymore.
as mentioned the range is awful just before christmas i wanted the halo 1 remake for the 360 not a new game granted but not that old few game stores diddnt have it and what games they did have were expensive. The asda living over from it had a much better range of titles and they were cheaper. So if a "specialist" retailer dont do range and cant compete on price whats the point?
The range thing is more to go with current gamers, though. They don't want old games. They want the newest, shiniest games with the best graphics.
So, old[er] games don't interest them. As they spend the most [CoD and the like], places like GAME focus on them to maximise profits.
Which is why I see multiple high end headphones [Turtle beach] and MW3 branded accessories and nothing I'm interested in. Like the Portal: Still Alive XBLA card...
Thing is, they didn't maximise profits - they drove those who are looking for other things out of the store. So, it was a bad plan plain and simple.
I buy from Play.com and may shop around, not a fan of Game their prices do seem high although their PC game offers have been the only thing I ever buy from them. You know the 3 PC games for £15 kind of offers. With Internet sales going up and up and their prices much better then shops why buy from them? Unless they actually do nice offers.
I didn't say they did it well... I was just saying what I think they were trying to do.
Shop gets hot >> parents get confused/annoyed/tired >> more likely to submit to children demanding games.
I've actually seen it work.
"FINE! You can have the game..." Then once outside, that look decends on their face. The look of "Why did I do that?"
Last edited by X-13; 22nd March 2012 at 11:06 AM.
A record store wouldn't stock only the top 40 singles and albums, the whole point of them is the range they offer, the back catalogue, the obscurities you can find in them. And as a specialist retailer, GAME should have done the same thing for video games. If their perception was that people only bought MW and FIFA, then it was their responsibility as the main games retailer to push a wider range and get people interested in games two or three years old. It's in their interest! If people only bought those headline games, they're only coming into store twice a year, and those are the games most likely to be sold as loss-leaders by supermarkets anyway. You can't compete with them on price and quantity, so you damn well better compete on service and range. God knows their stores had enough floor space, they just left it empty. Their layouts had more in common with a trendy clothes or furniture shop than a record store.
Gamestation were much better in this regard, but I fear have now been dragged down by the sins of the father.
And as @localzuk says, clearly it didn't work anyway...
EDIT: and as you said above while I was typing this, not saying you're stupid for believing it... saying they were stupid for ever believing it. It's purely and simply strategic mismanagement that has brought them down. For the biggest retailer of a growing entertainment sector to collapse is appalling.
Last edited by sonofsanta; 22nd March 2012 at 11:14 AM.
The amount of times I went into game and actually argued with staff when they tryed to sell me a game I knew I didn't like often completely unrelated to my purchase. Up-sale ahoy in their eyes, the last time being COD:MW3 with the clerk trying to sell me the special edition sets and Xbox live points to purchase COD ELITE! He goes on to tell me what elite was... I explained I knew I've worked for a competitive computer game retailer before and play my fair share of games along with keeping up to date with new games and deals, this package is not something that interested me, I then explained how my expectations were low for MW3 but I was only getting it to play multilayer with my mates. The clerk did not like this, being either a huge fanboy of the series or receiving commission he began to get rather annoyed saying nothing beats it its the best game out there. Last purchase from there!
Last edited by bondbill2k2; 22nd March 2012 at 11:20 AM.
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