Saturday, March 1, 2014
Gamestop Experience #1: Batting 1.000
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I have been going to Gamestop since... I was 13. I am now 24 and I visit there much less frequently. I dislike how they push used games on you when you ask for a new copy. Also how much you get for trade ins is ridiculous. You bring in Assassins Creed 4 a week after it came out and you are offered $22 so that they can inventory it, slap a sticker on it, and sell it for $55. In the past few years I have been selling all of my games online where both parties win. One day Gamestop will go the way of Blockbuster and die. For the time being I will do an opinion/editorial piece whenever I visit and I get the usual and sometimes unusual garbage from their employees.
For my first, recorded experience, I went to Gamestop to buy Thief on PS4, brand new, 3 days after it was released. Here is the dialogue as it occurred. (I have clarified the tones people were using. If it was anything but a regular tone then it will be noted such as sarcastic, angry, annoyed etc etc. I have not embellished the story at all as that would be lying and I am living for God and not myself.)
Gamestop Employee (GSE) – How can I help you man?
Me – Do you guys have any copies of Thief on PS4 new?
GSE – Yeah we sure do.
Me – Ok cool that's what I want.
GSE – Did you preorder it?
Me – No.
GSE – Do you have a Gamestop card?
Me – Nope.
GSE – Well you are batting a thousand today (sarcastically).
Me – I am paying with debit.
(I pay for the game)
GSE – I have heard nothing but good things about this game.
Me – I have heard the opposite.
GSE – Well if it's PC gamers then they are just mad that it isn't like the old Thiefs.
Me – Ok, cool.
(At this point he puts the game in the bag with the receipt and I leave).
I am not sure why it would matter if I pre order a game that had no incentives to pre order. Also does a Gamestop card even matter when buying a new game? (I wouldn't know since I haven't had an employee tell me anything about it in 3 years). I personally like to wait for reviews to come out before making a purchasing decision. Maybe someone can explain to me why the employee felt the need to say I was batting 1.000 in a sarcastic tone.
There is a simple solution to all of this. Stop going there. However, things like this happen all of the time when you are not the typical giddy customer or uninformed customer that Gamestop loves to prey on.
What do you think? Is Gamestop going to die like Blockbuster? Was I batting 1.000? Is it really just PC gamers bashing on Thief? Let me know in the comments!