IATCG- Josh was referring to spedmunki when he said, "you will never understand how P&L works at a major corporation" but he might as well be talking to you.
All you ever think about is how something affects *you*. You (and all the other whiners about the death of clearance sales) somehow can't seem to grasp that there are all sorts of extraneous factors out there. As counterintuitive as it sounds, a dollar received is not just a dollar received.
When you start thinking about the chain of events that a sale of a $50 game at $5 causes, then maybe you'll get it. You think in terms of a mom and pop shop who can balance their books on a ledger. And you think in terms of your own wallet and your narrow worldview.
If you or any of your ilk paid attention, you'd understand why the clearance cycle for games was a nonstarter.
But feel free to luxuriate in your ignorance and continue to decry the death of clearance.
I think you guys are blind. Kmart's clearance is NOT dead.. I mean 15 months later and Halo: Reach (Legendary Edition) dropped from $149.99 to $89.99!
Sarcasm aside something should have been done (and was on occasion with the spend x get y coupons or spend x get a free game that costs less then y) to get rid of old games.
Unlike others i don't think it was necessary to reduce game to $1.98 like you still find at sears but an agressive clearance drop to $4.98, $9.98, $14.98, $19.98 etc should have been implemented.
I'm not sure what your Kmart's look like but the shelves at mine are consumed by shitty DS and Wii shovelware and old NCAA games for PS2. Most of these games are $14.99 or more.
It's just been my experience that for most games that have been out ofr more then six months the price doesn't drop unless the MSRP does.
To strengthen my point just take a look at the pricing for some of the older CE's at Kmart.
Until literally this month Halo: Reach Legendary was still $149.99 and I've seen many places where KZ3 Helghast edition was still marked at $129.99
But at the end of the day who cares; it's not my job to do Josh's for him and to his credit I got the best possible deal on every new release in 2011 for the best possible price at KMart. Also if I decided to pass at launch I knew a month or two later I could still get the best possible deal on a title at Kmart.
It is my hope that Josh can find an opportunity with a company that will truly support his talents. Other companies were forced into becoming more competitive with launch prices and promotions because of what he was doing at Kmart. That was evident with many of the deals at Amazon Walmart and elsewhere.
Also if Josh leaves Kmart and the deals go with him I think that upper managment will be shocked at how poorly that department will do in the upcoming months.