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I Hate Gamestop the Way I Hate Comic Book Shops

Posted by Fever Dogg, 23 October 2009 · 303 views

I dont know if anyone has recently been to a comic shop, or if anyone here reads comics, but I think Gamestop and Comic shops have one giant hiring pool. For those of you who dont know what I am talking about let me explain. If you are a hobbyist, or the now common term fanboy, their is probably a store you can go to fill your hobby needs. I think the problem with niche hobbies like comic books, or to some degree video games, the retail outlets they occupy are ran by fans of said hobby. This means when you walk into the store they already assume you don't know dick compared to them since they work at the store. Look I'm not a prude by any means, but how about a little customer service. Perhaps I dont fit the physical description of your average gamer, or comics reader so I get some looks when I walk into these places. I guess I look like a guy who only buys Madden, or a generic game, and doesnt know my shit about RPGS, RTS, or any other genre. Not that any of this really matters, but why is it that I dont get this treatment at Target or Bestbuy.
Im not saying all Gamestop employees are this way or all Comic shop employees are this way. Im sure someone here knows exactly what I'm talking about when comparing the two. Its a mentality of: "Oh you're buying Brutal Legend (in a condescending tone)", or "So you're a Marvel guy, huh?". Then they continue to tell me what I should or shouldn't be buying. I had a Gamestop employee tell me once that; "You shouldn't play Heavenly Sword because Sony is going under in 6 months", and that he had "inside information". I had never called an employee of any retail outlet a fucking idiot till that day. That was the last time I walked into a Gamestop, and I now buy all my comics and games at online retailers. What is my point in these ramblings? Gamestop is bad for the industry. Period. Places like Gamestop will halt growth in the video game industry. They already have by throwing a hissy fit when they learned the PSPgo would use digital distribution. If I were Sony or Microsoft I would put full retail copies of my games on my online stores, and take the money and run. Do they really need Gamestop? Gamestop already fucks both of them (Sony and Microsoft) by reselling their games again, and again, and again. Not that they don't have the right to do so, but why do they get to dictate the market for video games? I think the same way comic book stores are disappearing, so will Gamestop eventually. Best Buy is already setting up kiosks to drop your trades into so you can buy new games in their stores. Im not an numbers guru, but I would be willing to bet that BestBuy has more foot traffic than Gamestop.
Gamestop doesn't have to be this way. Gamestop has an opportunity to focus itself on gamers not their used games. Most CAGS on here would have to agree that the trade in values are nothing short of a joke. If I wanted to trade Uncharted 2 today I would get maybe $30.00. Again they have every right to do this, but to turn around and sell it for $56.99 is laughable. I haven't checked in a long time but console trades were even worse.
I truly believe that supporting developers is key to this industry keeping its momentum. The trade market helps one person and thats Gamestop. So like most people here on this site, I will keep avoiding Gamestop at all cost and shop elsewhere for my games. There are deals to be had everywhere, not just Gamestop's highway robbery trade system. Your thoughts?




I dont know if anyone has recently been to a comic shop, or if anyone here reads comics, but I think Gamestop and Comic shops have one giant hiring pool. For those of you who dont know what I am talking about let me explain. If you are a hobbyist, or the now common term fanboy, their is probably a store you can go to fill your hobby needs. I think the problem with niche hobbies like comic books, or to some degree video games, the retail outlets they occupy are ran by fans of said hobby. This means when you walk into the store they already assume you don't know dick compared to them since they work at the store. Look I'm not a prude by any means, but how about a little customer service. Perhaps I dont fit the physical description of your average gamer, or comics reader so I get some looks when I walk into these places. I guess I look like a guy who only buys Madden, or a generic game, and doesnt know my shit about RPGS, RTS, or any other genre. Not that any of this really matters, but why is it that I dont get this treatment at Target or Bestbuy.
Im not saying all Gamestop employees are this way or all Comic shop employees are this way. Im sure someone here knows exactly what I'm talking about when comparing the two. Its a mentality of: "Oh you're buying Brutal Legend (in a condescending tone)", or "So you're a Marvel guy, huh?". Then they continue to tell me what I should or shouldn't be buying. I had a Gamestop employee tell me once that; "You shouldn't play Heavenly Sword because Sony is going under in 6 months", and that he had "inside information". I had never called an employee of any retail outlet a fucking idiot till that day. That was the last time I walked into a Gamestop, and I now buy all my comics and games at online retailers. What is my point in these ramblings? Gamestop is bad for the industry. Period. Places like Gamestop will halt growth in the video game industry. They already have by throwing a hissy fit when they learned the PSPgo would use digital distribution. If I were Sony or Microsoft I would put full retail copies of my games on my online stores, and take the money and run. Do they really need Gamestop? Gamestop already fucks both of them (Sony and Microsoft) by reselling their games again, and again, and again. Not that they don't have the right to do so, but why do they get to dictate the market for video games? I think the same way comic book stores are disappearing, so will Gamestop eventually. Best Buy is already setting up kiosks to drop your trades into so you can buy new games in their stores. Im not an numbers guru, but I would be willing to bet that BestBuy has more foot traffic than Gamestop.
Gamestop doesn't have to be this way. Gamestop has an opportunity to focus itself on gamers not their used games. Most CAGS on here would have to agree that the trade in values are nothing short of a joke. If I wanted to trade Uncharted 2 today I would get maybe $30.00. Again they have every right to do this, but to turn around and sell it for $56.99 is laughable. I haven't checked in a long time but console trades were even worse.
I truly believe that supporting developers is key to this industry keeping its momentum. The trade market helps one person and thats Gamestop. So like most people here on this site, I will keep avoiding Gamestop at all cost and shop elsewhere for my games. There are deals to be had everywhere, not just Gamestop's highway robbery trade system. Your thoughts?
I must not be in good enough shape to warrant any dumb comments by Gamestop employees, as I have had good experiences while there.:)
LOL. I never said I was in good shape, maybe I should have wrote that I don't fit the sterotype. You know the nerd pushing his glasses up, having an orgasm about what level im at in WoW. Maybe it is just me!
While I certainly don't support Gamestop, I think your experiences with their employees are actually a bit of a rarity.

As of late, Gamestop has been hiring warm bodies to man registers and little else. They are known for being unkind to thier employees, and not paying them very well either. Most of the Gamestops in my area are populated by people who are just happy to have a job, and have little to no knowledge of games and gaming culture.

Also, I am a gaming snob myself, and am quite open to a lively discussion on the merits of various titles. The few employees who fit your description learn quickly not to push me on anything. I can out-argue even the most self-assured fanboys.
I agree Richard Kain, a job is nice right now for anyone. My point is that (in my case) when I have a Gamestop employee telling me they have inside info on Sony closing its doors in the video game department, I throw up in my mouth a little bit. Thats like saying since I work at a comic book shop (which I dont), I know every future story line coming out for the publishers. Im up for a lively debate also, but you cant argue with stupid.
You must have crappy comic book shops and gamestops. The comic book shops are rarity where I am so maybe that's why the few surviving shops are always really nice and helpful.

Even though I don't buy games alot, I've been going to the same gamestop for years, people there are nice, and are able to hold up a conversation without asking if I want to pre-order anything.

If a newly released game is available used for $5 less, I'm going used. Maybe someone traded it back in because the game was all hype. At least that way I can return it and get my money back if it was bad, and if it was good, I use that $5 saved on something else.
To zenprime: They arent passing 5 bucks of saving onto you though. They are Making a 25 dollar profit off someone they under cut by half. I like saving money too, but not at the expence of some poor fool who bought the game for 60 then traded two days later for 30.
Hmm, i dunno maybe its just the ebgames i go to or the fact that im up in canada but ive never had a problem with an ebgames employee pushing anything on me. I had one guy reccommend oblivion when i was looking at the two worlds CE, but he wasnt like you gotta buy it, he was like "not only is it cheaper but myself and a lot of people i know liked it better" he then asked me if i needed anything then went on with his work.
Capatilism ftw! I'd rather buy my games at gamestop than best buy any day. Unless there's a sale of course.
Uh they are passing a savings of $5 onto me. $60 for a new game or $55 for used. That's $5 I get to keep right there. And whomever traded it in, they knew what they were getting. Sure they could have sold it themselves on craigslist or somewhere else for $40 or even $50, but maybe it was worth the difference to eliminate hassle.

Hey you could always just give your old games to goodwill.
I have to agree with Fever Dogg. There is no defense for Gamestop's rape-tastic pricing policies. Everything related to their pricing structure is intentionally designed to squeeze as much cash out of the consumer as possible.

The $5 savings you get off of a new-release game heavily damages the profits made by the people who created the game. So a miniscule savings on your part results in the loss of a $60 sale for the original developer. Congratulations! People like you are killing small developers and perpetuating a destructive retail model for the games industry.

Purchasing a game for half off new at a regular retail outlet is better for the developer than buying a game used for $5 less than MSRP at Gamestop. Supporting Gamestop for "convenience" sake is just lazy, and more than a little ignorant. (not to mention wasteful)
For the love of all that is holy, why do so many CAG's who do blog posts not realize one giant block of text is too hard to freaking read.
This is why Amazon is super win. For a brand new game when you count the free super saver shipping and no tax (in most places) gamestop's used prices (again, on brand new games) is rarely ever lower than amazon. You may have to wait 4 or 5 days but patience is a virtue and don't we all have huge backlogs?

Anyways...I haven't been in a gamestop since their sale on new (gutted) games in 2008 and I don't plan on going back.
I agree with the op. When you walk into a store, you should be able to walk around and browse without someone hassling you for a pre-order or anything else. If you say, no thanks I'm just looking then the employee should get the hint. I've said it before to gamestop employees and they look @ me funny for being in the 360 section looking at various games and also they always throw in their recommendations as if I even asked for them. Do you job, charge me and help me when I ask for it. I don't want to hear the politics of a fanboy and am not taking sides. I don't buy at gamestop and haven't for months now. I don't believe in this nowadays pre-order crap either. Screw everyone for just trying to boost sales and get more customers in. What they should work on is friendlyness, being clean, great customer service, pricing, etc. If anything, I just buy online or wait for best buy or toys r us to have a deal whereas they throw in a gift card or do something better than just a midnight release. So you get to play the game a few hours earlier before me..wow, big deal! By the time you go to sleep i'll be awake able to play the game longer than you. Oh and be smart, use cag obviously if you're on here. All those so called pre-order bonuses can be found on cag, ebay, craigslist or another place so don't fall prey to that stuff.
CAG has some deals for sure.
i say let the free market decide. dont do what obama does to fox & try to force folks out. if u dont like it, go elsewhere. now if they have shady practices, or not (like selling used games as new), is another argument that STILL should let the consumer decide (unless laws are being broken).
The industry needs to die, the industry does not equal gaming. Gamestop sucks, but at least it serves its customers rather than exploit them (as the gaming industry does).
I'm almost embarrased to admit it because I was a big Gamestop hater for a while, but, I've recently been doing more shopping at Gamestop. I bought 5 games a week ago there and then traded a bunch of stuff on Sunday. I agree that Gamestop needs a lot of help, trade in values really stink and unless it is a game I absolutely know I will never play and can get more than or almost what I paid for it, I will never trade games and they do have other issues, like gutting. However, I've been somewhat lucky with Gamestop, I've only dealt with them 5 times or less in the past, but have done that easily in the past few weeks. I've never had a bad experience there, i.e. I wasn't offered an Edge membership until I traded my games Sunday, never pressured to buy games, etc. but in general, I've never had a good experience either. The main reason I've been shopping there recently is one of two reasons, 1. I'm looking to buy a GBA SP and have been checking to see what they have and I'm also working on buying some GBA games and 2. I've bought a couple of games that were cheaper than anywhere else that I didn't think would drop to that price anytime soon and/or they had something I couldn't find elsewhere. I know on a lot of the GBA games I could get them on eBay, most likely for a little less, but it is quick, easy and convienant just to buy them at Gamestop when I see them, not to mention its not as risky as buying on eBay can be sometimes.

From my recent shopping at Gamestop I've been able to find two stores that I really like. There are several around me, none too close, but several within the same distance, and I found two stores that seem to be good. Employees are okay, helpful when needed, not pushy, etc. they don't gut all their games, good selection, etc.

On that note, I would say I really like Play N Trade since I started shopping there. I would probably buy more games there if they ran more specials to get some of the used games prices down and offered more new games, but I really like it there. The people there know what they are talking about and are able to help, if needed (i.e. they helped a lady buy a game for her son the other day when she had no idea what to get) but they don't try to push and they are extremely friendly. I've bought a lot of GBA and Gameboy games there the past few weeks and got decent prices on all of them. They have some of them priced a little high, like a Mario GBA game for $25, I just can't bring myself to spend that much on an old game, at least not yet :D I like the fact that they have so many consoles to choose from for games and also sell older consoles. Its more like the way a game store should be, yes, there are still some issues, but it is 99% better than Gamestop.

Given a choice, I would always shop in Play N Trade over Gamestop, but by shopping at several different Gamestops I've found that if you look hard enough (and it could be really hard to find) there are usually a few Gamestops around.
Im with ya Fever Dogg, I haven't bought in gamestop for years, its just a big ripoff. I've only been to a comic store once or twice before though, I don't read comics.
I don't go to comic book shops, but I used to play MTG and I bought my cards from a 'hobby shop.' I also happen to shop at Game Stop every now and then. In neither stores (I think two different hobby shops and two different Game Stops), I've never been treated in a condescending manner. They've generally been quite friendly visits, so I've never personally experienced what you're talking about. Maybe it's just the location(s) that you shop at?