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Yeah, we have 2 stores within 1 mile of each other. They could probably close one of them, and nobody would know any different.



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If this continues maybe I will afford to buy them in the future. lol



vivster said:
Cerebralbore101 said:

The business model works fine. GameStop is just getting beaten out by all the little Mom n' Pop shops. Gamestop will offer $18 trade in credit on a used game that just came out, and then try to sell that used copy for $55. That's only $5 off the price of a brand new copy. Meanwhile a good Mom n' Pop game store will offer you $24 for the same game, and try to sell that game for $45. Mom n' Pop shops also happen to sell and trade in every generation of video games. Gamestop has most of its locations in expensive malls, while Mom n' Pop shops will be in a strip mall on the edge of town. 

Almost everyone that collects physical games knows you don't go to a Gamestop. Their trade in offers are bad, and their prices are too high. You go to the Mom n' Pop place instead. 

So what you're saying is their business model doesn't work?

Well, if by business model you mean setting up shop in expensive malls with high rent, giving terrible trade-in offers, constantly nagging customers, and overcharging everybody then yeah. Their business model doesn't work. 



TranceformerFX said:
GameStop's trade-in program is about as good as anyone's else's. People just like to bitch about it because they aren't getting trade-in value that mirrors what they bought it for at retail - even when said game is a couple years old. Customers just flat out have unreasonable expectations regarding what their games' worth is while having a complete lack of understanding on how a trade-in business model must work to make a profit.

GameStop's trade-in program isn't a shitty business model - it's just that stupid, ignorant and disgruntled gamers have labeled it as such.

I use https://www.pricecharting.com/

Gamestop doesn't give you 40% of the listed prices for CIB. My local Mom n' Pop here in Iowa will. Same goes for all the shops in Arizona when I used to live there. I'm a stickler for getting a fair offer on any games I trade-in. 

People expecting 60% or 70% of their games value are delusional though. I agree with you there. 



Cerebralbore101 said:
TranceformerFX said:
GameStop's trade-in program is about as good as anyone's else's. People just like to bitch about it because they aren't getting trade-in value that mirrors what they bought it for at retail - even when said game is a couple years old. Customers just flat out have unreasonable expectations regarding what their games' worth is while having a complete lack of understanding on how a trade-in business model must work to make a profit.

GameStop's trade-in program isn't a shitty business model - it's just that stupid, ignorant and disgruntled gamers have labeled it as such.

I use https://www.pricecharting.com/

Gamestop doesn't give you 40% of the listed prices for CIB. My local Mom n' Pop here in Iowa will. Same goes for all the shops in Arizona when I used to live there. I'm a stickler for getting a fair offer on any games I trade-in. 

People expecting 60% or 70% of their games value are delusional though. I agree with you there. 

They can get 60% or more most of the time, if they'd just sell it themselves on Ebay or Amazon, or a place like GameTZ.



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Cerebralbore101 said:
vivster said:

Close down because the business model does not work anymore today. The only reason it still exists today is probably name recognition. Should've gone the way of Blockbuster years ago.

The business model works fine. GameStop is just getting beaten out by all the little Mom n' Pop shops. Gamestop will offer $18 trade in credit on a used game that just came out, and then try to sell that used copy for $55. That's only $5 off the price of a brand new copy. Meanwhile a good Mom n' Pop game store will offer you $24 for the same game, and try to sell that game for $45. Mom n' Pop shops also happen to sell and trade in every generation of video games. Gamestop has most of its locations in expensive malls, while Mom n' Pop shops will be in a strip mall on the edge of town. 

Almost everyone that collects physical games knows you don't go to a Gamestop. Their trade in offers are bad, and their prices are too high. You go to the Mom n' Pop place instead. 

I can't think of one mom n pop gaming store. 

Either way digital is the future and is here to stay.



Ayla said:
Cerebralbore101 said:

The business model works fine. GameStop is just getting beaten out by all the little Mom n' Pop shops. Gamestop will offer $18 trade in credit on a used game that just came out, and then try to sell that used copy for $55. That's only $5 off the price of a brand new copy. Meanwhile a good Mom n' Pop game store will offer you $24 for the same game, and try to sell that game for $45. Mom n' Pop shops also happen to sell and trade in every generation of video games. Gamestop has most of its locations in expensive malls, while Mom n' Pop shops will be in a strip mall on the edge of town. 

Almost everyone that collects physical games knows you don't go to a Gamestop. Their trade in offers are bad, and their prices are too high. You go to the Mom n' Pop place instead. 

I can't think of one mom n pop gaming store. 

Either way digital is the future and is here to stay.

Well I don't know where in the world you live, but here in the U.S. there's usually at least one in every decent sized metro area. 

Digital is fine so long as it is done by GoG standards. Anything less is little more than anti-consumerist DRM.