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Mate I love the enthusiasm but those displays are terrible.

 

What strikes me is that in retail, you set up conditions absolutely ripe for corruption. You pay meagre wages, offer long hours, responsibility and you reward very particular stats that can be gamed.

 

I would be surprised if most people who didn’t stick around a long time in such an environment didn’t have some sideline going on. Whether getting games for under market value from unassuming punters, straight up stealing, some more complex methods involving game values etc. 

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1 minute ago, Rob Rule said:

I thought that A-board featured TLoU on an N-Gage screen for a moment there. 

Have you not played the N-Gage version?! It's amazing!!

 

:lol:

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18 minutes ago, sir stiff_one said:

Mate I love the enthusiasm but those displays are terrible.

Thanks, 31 year old me has just died a little inside.

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5 hours ago, teddymeow said:

How far back?

 

As an ASM for GS I was on £16,500 (2003ish) and as an SM I was on £21,500 (2008ish).

 

£17,000 as AM and £21,000 as SM in 2007. Surprisingly similar, respect to Muir! Apple do NOT have this level of pay consistency :lol:

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13 hours ago, Down by Law said:

I got paid £16.5K as an Assistant Manager in 2007 and £17.5K as a Store Manager in 2008 and 2009.

 

Was it worth the extra grand a year? lol fuck no the taxman had a 3rd of it and after petrol and parking I was worse off than as an Assistant Manager. :lol:

 

Since I didn't expect to make it a career forever (correct) I actually dropped from SM to AM deliberately at Blockbuster.

 

The pay cut was £500.

 

One of my better decisions that.

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1 hour ago, djbhammer said:

Amazing Black Friday deal - COD MW reduced by £2 to £47.99. 

 

Says it all really. 

 

They had a lot of good deals on Sega/Atlus releases.

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Standard Ashley behaviour, he'd be quite happy to move them into local Sports Direct.

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Lakeside store is on the list closing. I used to work there years ago, sold @sofasurfer a jaguar console when they got a bunch in from telly games and made a couple of friends with customers who also posted here. Some good times there. No doubt in my mind it must have a high rent and apparently there is a GAME inside sports direct at lakeside so makese sense. Shame as it used to be the highest grossing store in the country at one point but it's quite a big store when half the size would probably offer the same amount of stock so i wouldn't be surprised to see it return in another unit or i guess stay at sports direct.

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2 hours ago, Dudley said:

Standard Ashley behaviour, he'd be quite happy to move them into local Sports Direct.

 

This is what's happening with my local Game store. Moving into the recently relocated Sports Direct. 

 

Sorry if this is a shave/McBain situation. 

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1 hour ago, Ketchup said:

Lakeside store is on the list closing. I used to work there years ago, sold @sofasurfer a jaguar console when they got a bunch in from telly games and made a couple of friends with customers who also posted here. Some good times there. No doubt in my mind it must have a high rent and apparently there is a GAME inside sports direct at lakeside so makese sense. Shame as it used to be the highest grossing store in the country at one point but it's quite a big store when half the size would probably offer the same amount of stock so i wouldn't be surprised to see it return in another unit or i guess stay at sports direct.

 

The Sports Direct is out in the retail park, so a pretty rubbish location to go looking for games. Mind you, I was there the Friday before Christmas and it was dead, so not a massive surprise.

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Are any of them moving inside Sports Direct stores? Like Sainsburys have started doing with Argos?

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1 hour ago, Flub said:

Are any of them moving inside Sports Direct stores? Like Sainsburys have started doing with Argos?

 

Yes and/or House of Fraser

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9 hours ago, Gloomy Andy said:

 

This is what's happening with my local Game store. Moving into the recently relocated Sports Direct. 

 

Sorry if this is a shave/McBain situation. 

 

It was an entirely serious suggestion yes :)

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15 minutes ago, Mr Tony said:

 

Is there a list of the closing stores anywhere? 

The article says not all stores have even been informed yet, so I’d imagine not until at least after that. 

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Wonder if this is down to the stores themselves not being able to compete with digital, or the stores being too big (and too many since the EB merger left multiple stores next to each other (although that has been largely fixed since then) or is this just the way of all high street retail...  Or is it the fault of the landlords with their high rents? When I was at Game 20 years ago the rent for the Manchester Arndale store was a million quid a year. I can only imagine whaat it would be today had they not downsized it. 

 

Anyway, whatever the reason it is another sad day for Game and its employees.  

 

Can't help thinking it is the company at fault, after all, i haven't bought a game there in years and it is a store aimed at me.  If Argos keeps getting my business then surely Game could compete. But maybe everyone's doing games at cheap prices alongside all their other goods and a specialist can't balance it that way.... 

 

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It's no one thing. People seem to think one factor is at play in situations like this when it's really a conflux of fuckery.

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Yeah, high street rents are high, and game are shit, but this is also happening to a lot of other shops and that’s part of the reason some landlords are increasing rents. It’s pretty much all those things. If it was about the fact that game was consistently the worst place to buy games then it wouldn’t have ended up as the only surviving one.

 

Sad about the jobs, but I find it hard to care about games retail being gone. With just game left it feels like it already is.

 

12 hours ago, Dudley said:

Standard Ashley behaviour, he'd be quite happy to move them into local Sports Direct.

 

Yeah, Mike Ashley is evil buying that failing business which has been bankrupt multiple times, and after several years of keeping most stores open having to close some or move them into his shops that aren’t failing to save some jobs and make sure the business doesn’t fail completely, again, like it keeps doing with or without him around. 

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My sister in law works for HMV in a big shopping centre, they were saved last January, but the rent's just come back up for renewal and because the centre owners won't negotiate they are closing down again.

 

I don't understand the logic of having a huge empty unit paying no rent vs having an occupier paying a reduced rate so they can actually run a business, but that's why I'm not a landlord.

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21 minutes ago, Broker said:

Yeah, high street rents are high

 

Why is that still the case though? So many shops going out of business, esp. smaller indie ones.

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Retail landlords are desperately trying to not have a domino effect of others asking for reductions.

 

Most big shopping centres owners are hugely in debt after silly buyouts paying over the odds and teetering on the brink.

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