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11 hours ago, Shimmyhill said:

I haven’t bought anything in a Game store for ages but sporadically use them online and it’s always been easy - on time and no issues. I have my series X preorder with them on all access and no delivery fee....

 

Shopto are just awful these days, amazon are obv pretty evil but get a pass - Game almost feel like plucky underdogs :lol: 

 


 

 

To be fair, I risked ShopTo for Watch Dogs and got it safely a day early.

 

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I traded my boxed pristine Pro in last week and was offered the lower price as the assistant had used his behind the counter electron microscope to find dirt /aka dust in the embossed silver logo. Jokers.
“did you order your PS5 at Game?” He asked in vain.

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On 29/10/2020 at 20:14, dumpster said:

 

I wonder if the implications for the marketplace would see Sony and Microsoft delay their launch until out of lockdown.  But I bet the CEO and head office teams at Game are shitting themselves right now.

 

There is no way this is happening. GAME need them more than they need GAME.

 

On 29/10/2020 at 20:19, tnman said:

Not to tread on the COVID-19 threads' toes, but I find another lockdown with all non-essential shops closed as a condition very unlikely. The current government have made it clear they want the economy open.

 

 

 

It's looking like this is exactly what's happening next week.

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25 minutes ago, Dudley said:

Sony and Microsoft aren't going to delay a worldwide console launch in order to slightly help out Mike fucking Ashley.

 

They would be perfectly happy if GAME died.

I agree with you, but from the point of view of Game, if they manage to sell their entire allocation of preorders by shipping them to customers houses instead of delivering to a store (because the store is closed) then surely they have to be questioning why they even bother having stores at all?  It's another example of Covid forcing a situation you'd not have seen otherwise, teaching a lesson to the businesses affected and possibly changing the way they do business forever. See also how call centres are working well by having all their staff working from home, movie companies putting films out to rent on the day of cinema release and so on. Once you find a better way of working  you don't go back, and I see this is the final blow to the high street, proof that we won't go back to the old way of life.

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3 hours ago, Dudley said:

Sony and Microsoft aren't going to delay a worldwide console launch in order to slightly help out Mike fucking Ashley.

 

They would be perfectly happy if GAME died.

Interestingly, Microsoft have done a deal with Gamestop in the USA. If you buy your Xbox from Gamestop and subsequently buy digital games for it, Microsoft will give Gamestop a commission on that sale. I don't know the finer details but that would seem to be a bit of a lifeline to a bricks and mortar business being edged out by the move to digital purchasing.  So perhaps Microsoft see value in these traditional retailers.

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19 minutes ago, Wahwah* said:

Interestingly, Microsoft have done a deal with Gamestop in the USA. If you buy your Xbox from Gamestop and subsequently buy digital games for it, Microsoft will give Gamestop a commission on that sale. I don't know the finer details but that would seem to be a bit of a lifeline to a bricks and mortar business being edged out by the move to digital purchasing.  So perhaps Microsoft see value in these traditional retailers.

That sounds more like a way of encouraging GameStop to sell and also actively promote an all-digital console.

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1 hour ago, Wahwah* said:

Interestingly, Microsoft have done a deal with Gamestop in the USA. If you buy your Xbox from Gamestop and subsequently buy digital games for it, Microsoft will give Gamestop a commission on that sale. I don't know the finer details but that would seem to be a bit of a lifeline to a bricks and mortar business being edged out by the move to digital purchasing.  So perhaps Microsoft see value in these traditional retailers.

 

Yeah, although it seems to be for less than 1% so it's not going to be a major earner, it's probably just a sweetener for that ancillaries deal.

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If the sources are true per Sky News, lockdown will include non essential shops. GAME said they would contact customers directly in the event of store closures regarding instore console pre orders so I will sit tight and see what happens re my Series X. At least they have some time to hopefully sort out a plan. I’m very relaxed about it, there is a pandemic going on so it is what it is, keep safe all. 

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They said in the briefing that click and collect services could still run so that might be how GAME have to do it. Working between now and Wednesday to contact your store’s preorder customers to discuss this is surely how they’ll have to do it, right?

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2 hours ago, dumpster said:

Our local indie has mailed to say that he's honouring all preorders with local delivery. You can go in today through to wednesday and trade in your old stuff, pay for your new stuff and he will deliver it on launch, or do a form of click and collect where his store will be available to those people who have paid in advance.

 

That's some quality service right there.

 

Should the thread title be changed to "General Videogame Retailing" to encompass discussion of ShopTo, Smyth's, Indies etc.?

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37 minutes ago, teddymeow said:

 

That's some quality service right there.

 

Should the thread title be changed to "General Videogame Retailing" to encompass discussion of ShopTo, Smyth's, Indies etc.?

Yeah that’s a great idea. This ‘Is GAME finished’ is rather tiresome now!  9 years later they are still going! 

 

Will be keeping an eye on the GAME help twitter page today to see what the outcome is on instore pre orders. Keeping my fingers crossed that they can open under the click and collect rule.

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Well if we’re going to discuss other retailers...

 

What’s the deal with ShopTo these days? I used to use them a lot and they were excellent. Then they changed their website and I couldn’t put up with it so stopped buying from them about 7/8 years ago. Trust Pilot reviews of the site now are terrifying. Are they as bad as people make out?

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The click and collect rule is interesting. Non essential stores have to close but they can stay open for click and collect. I wonder if the high street will be busy with shops open but only having queues outside and no customers inside.  

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Like Wicks (tbf, "essential") did last time, "Open All Hours" it to a queue in the car park.

 

Worked for them since they were the only thing open on a trading estate, likely to be chaos in a town centre.  And presumably the ones inside a shopping centre might not even be able to click and collect without having people wait "Properly outside".

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FYI for those like me with an instore console pre order. 

 

GAME have announced that an official statement will be made asap and that customers will be contacted over the next few days. It’s a similar message from Smyths Toys. So sit tight folks.

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