Kinda like a whore. You kill her to get your money back.. and them gamers can socialize and talk about games ,.... and make friends game are great
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You kill her to get your money back

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Submitted: 05/03/2013
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User avatar #16 - stijnverheye (05/04/2013) [+] (16 replies)
and them gamers can socialize and talk about games ,.... and make friends
User avatar #17 to #16 - toughactintinactin (05/04/2013) [-]
What are these "Friends" you speak off? Can i kill them for the experience and take their gear?
#10 - platapus (05/04/2013) [-]
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#30 - zekeon ONLINE (05/04/2013) [+] (15 replies)
Back in joplin Missouri, many a year ago, my local game store was called GameXchange.

It was the epitome of service, not only try before you buy set up smartly (front of the store, they hand you a disc but keep the case,) but it also had a frequent customer card. If you spent $30 or more in a visit, the card would get stamped depending on how much you spent (so if you spent 60 it would get stamped twice.) After you stamped it 8 times, you got a game that was $20 or less for free. Besides that, they had excellent people working there, all people that you could tell they knew what they were talking about if x game had better mechanics than y game. Furthermore, the store was set up with tall shelves with the cases on them, shelves sorted by console sub-sorted alphabetically.

Sadly, not long before I left, GameXchange got under new management and became "Gamewire" or something. It was still the best place in town, but the "try before you buy" was gone and they changed the card to only be able to stamp once per visit and only if you spent $40 or more.

I haven't found anywhere that was nearly the same quality.
#1 - anonymous (05/03/2013) [+] (7 replies)
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User avatar #79 - rocksteady (05/04/2013) [+] (25 replies)
Ok so to all the people saying, "Why doesn't everyone do this?!" or "This is how all video game stores should be!"

I was a Store Manager for Gamecrazy, and a District Manager for Gamestop. This is the worst idea you can possibly have in a game store. Why?

1. People will play them, not buy them.
2. The store turns into "The spot to hang out at." Oppose to popular belief this makes companies lose money, no, it does not create loyal repeating customers, no, they do not spend more money over time because you made your store so fun to hang out in. In the retail world your perfect customer enters your store looks for 3 minutes you sell them something, they leave and come back soon.
3. You are ruining your merchandise. You may have to open a new copy of a game, or wear out an old copy.
4. The time it takes away from the employees other duties is huge, and that's not why we pay them. The customer will need you to put the game in for them half the time, does it end there? Oh no, it really never ends, "Um can you turn up the volume please, because I can't figure it out." "How do I get past this part." "Can I try another game." "Where do I save at." Sounds stupid? You have no idea, trust me.
5. It increases return rate. "Hey Joe, if you don't like the game just return it, hell they don't care they let you stroll right in and play them for free anyway."

I was around during the "Try Before You Buy" phase, and I was around after. The sad truth is that people often have a false sense of entitlement, so companies like Gamestop try to run a tight ship; however, they know that they are going to often brake their own rules for that fat stay-at-home mom who demands to "Try Before You Buy" or return a broken game even thought she refused to by the 1 dollar warranty, because she is screaming and yelling.

One day I visited one of my "Try Before You Buy" stores, and I found a young black kid alone there. His dad was using it as a free "Day Care."
#2 - zestyfiesta (05/03/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Does this store have a "Stick it up your ass, you buy it" policy?
#27 - knownoday (05/04/2013) [+] (1 reply)
And then they got robbed, and nobody got to have nice things anymore.
And then they got robbed, and nobody got to have nice things anymore.
#113 - cammyT (05/04/2013) [-]
the owner
#132 - getsheadfromdolan (05/04/2013) [+] (5 replies)
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theres a place in ym city called howie's game shack. one half of the building is 4 rows of xbox 360's (they have a lot of games you can play) and then the second half is just computers with WoW, starcraft, LoL adn others. ******* sweet

<--- just the computer half
#11 - ramerez (05/04/2013) [-]
god damn why cant my video game store be that cool D:
god damn why cant my video game store be that cool D:
User avatar #121 - katiexxlove (05/04/2013) [-]
Hey Gamestop..
hint
#153 - kernelstack (05/04/2013) [+] (5 replies)
I'm more interested in the story behind this human being...
#93 - Teeka (05/04/2013) [+] (2 replies)
This place is called Play'n'Trade, and the particular store in the picture is like 3 blocks from my house. Such an awesome place. You can pay to just come in and have LAN parties with your friends. They sell retro games too. Bought Joust for the Atari 2600 for like 4 bucks.
#42 - forgivens (05/04/2013) [-]
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#51 - demjimmies (05/04/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Where can I find this glorious store?
Where can I find this glorious store?
#171 - Nameloc (05/04/2013) [+] (4 replies)
There used to be a local store called "Gamepad" where you paid like $3 for half an hour or $7 for an hour of playing any game on any system.

It was awesome.
Exactly as pictured above.

Yet, all the employees would let their friends play for free.
It's such a small town it took little time until the place closed down because they weren't getting any money.
User avatar #169 - Temperance (05/04/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Here how you make this work with good business sense.

Potential buyers must pay an initial fee to try out a game (let's say $10 or $15), with this fee they get to play for up to an hour to get a general sense of the game. At the end of their trial period, they can pay the remaining amount to buy the game and take it home or just leave having only payed the initial fee. Rope in returning customers by offering monthly membership plans that allow them to play and/or try out "x" number of games per month and certain percentages off new or used titles. Frequently hold tournaments and community game nights to bring more business and get your name out.
User avatar #111 - nerb (05/04/2013) [-]
Why can't all stores do this? Like gamestop, who knows if the game even works before you buy it.
User avatar #28 - szymonf (05/04/2013) [-]
your local video game store will be out of business in a month
#24 - sirfisticuffs (05/04/2013) [-]
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