276: Confessions of a GameStop Employee - Part Four

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I used to work at EB games (Gamestop for Canadians) and these articles are spot on. well done sir.

theaceplaya:
So you know how the NES just saw it's 25th anniversary here in the US? How many of you still have your NES? Or SNES? N64? Sega Genesis? Dreamcast? How many of you play any of those consoles regularly? Or at least often enough? Personally, I'm playing through Chrono Trigger on the SNES right now (which is AWE. SOME.). Here it is, 25 years later, and if I can find the hardware that still works, I can enjoy those the same as I did decades ago.

Now how many of you love the modern classics? GTA4? Mass Effect 2? Assassins Creed 2? Fallout 3? Borderlands? If I still have a working 360/PS3 25 years from now, I can enjoy those too... at least the main story. If it weren't for the 'GOTY' and 'Ultimate/Complete' packages, I'd be out of luck if I wanted to play The Ballad of Gay Tony, or Broken Steel or Lair of the Shadow Broker.

This doesn't really apply to the PC guys though, you guys are in another league here. Still love y'all though.

Don't get it twisted, digital distribution and DLC is great for expanding the story/gameplay, fighting piracy/used games sales etc, but once the servers hosting the content go down, it more or less gone forever.

I guess my point here is if I want to play Earthbound today, I could take on the internet, buy it, and play it. If I want to play Sonic 4 15 years from now, I'm boned (as of now at least).

I was thinking this as I was reading other peoples' replies as well. I like having physical copies of games so they'll be mine for the foreseeable future. Although I doubt there will be any working 360's or PS3's in 25 years. Modern consoles aren't as sturdy as those old Nintendo brick houses (especially the SNES). I know a few people who have been through multiple 360's in just the past few years, while the SNES I've had for over a decade still works fine, even if the games themselves don't hold save data as reliably as they used to.

syndicated44:
I read them all and to be honest it just seems like another day in retail.

This. I have worked a lot of retail and honestly, his experiences are not exactly of exceptional calibre. This sort of thing happens at pretty much any and every major chain retailer; when there are franchises or multiple store involved, there are always lots of draconian policies, low wages, and high employee turnover, lest the employees take advantage of the system (and they will). Unfortunately, these retailers, when they grow to such large sizes, worry a lot about watertight profit margins and will maximise them as much as possible.

It's the same wherever you go; it's how business is done, unfortunately.

I'm sad that this is over.

Escapist, find enough ex Gamestop employees so when you are done with "Confessions of a GameStop Employee" you can make "Confessions of a GameStop employee who had to work with The Escapist" and so on.

i work at a gamestop, eb games here in canada, id guess tghat the company has 5 years left. they have declined a lot since i first started, they treat the employees like crap, they treat the customers like crap and the treat the developers/publishers like crap, everyone in the industry hates them, if they dont change soon, theyre done for. seriously people, 59.99 for a new game when the used one is 54.99, who is still buying the used game?? i wish eb games was still canadian owned, gamestop blows.

Old Trailmix:
I'm sad that this is over.

Escapist, find enough ex Gamestop employees so when you are done with "Confessions of a GameStop Employee" you can make "Confessions of a GameStop employee who had to work with The Escapist" and so on.

i'd do it, happily

snowman6251:
This is part one of I believe 6.

It too is the tale of a (former) gamestop employee. He is significantly less nice to gamestop than this man here.

Its like an hour long rant but its a great listen and I was shocked to hear about some of gamestops shadier business practices.

Give it a look.

worst i have ever seen working there: me and my manager (who was actually someone who did work) noticed that there were games, wolfenstein, fable 2 etc, trading in for 2$, we were selling them for 42.99.
another: need for speed shift (new copy) went on sale for 9.99 but the used copy was 14.99, we were told to take all the new copies off the shelf and put them in the back room until the price went up..... total bullshit

JeanLuc761:

lacktheknack:

They aren't stupid... they back up your purchase record.

And Steam has the nice little feature of allowing you to back up any game you purchase right onto DVD.

I did not know that. I may actually purchase more Steam games now that I know. :D

I could have sworn that this story would have gotten a very, very unfair conclusion.

Optimystic:
Aren't jokes supposed to be funny?

When you're busy trying to lie to yourself that it's okay to beat your kids, nothing mocking it is ever funny. Incidentally, I got bored after reading your post and looked it up in the dictionary. Jokes can be anything making light of something and don't have to be funny, in case your question was actually sincere.

Orekoya:

Optimystic:
Aren't jokes supposed to be funny?

When you're busy trying to lie to yourself that it's okay to beat your kids, nothing mocking it is ever funny. Incidentally, I got bored after reading your post and looked it up in the dictionary. Jokes can be anything making light of something and don't have to be funny, in case your question was actually sincere.

I, for one, enjoyed your clever piece of satire about the youth's likely LJ/FB status.

To be honest, I rarely read the "magazine" part of the "Escapist Magazine." I'm so glad I decided to read this. No more than an hour ago, I started reading part one and read all four articles in a row. I loved all of them and they were extremely interesting as well as informative. That soccer mom story even got me a bit steamed... either way, this was fantastic. I kind of wish that this wasn't the last one...

The funny thing is, I just picked up an application for GameStop. These articles didn't change my mind, however, because if I have a bad experience, that just means more interesting stories to tell. Thank you for this... I loved every last word.

JusticarPhaeton:

syndicated44:
I read them all and to be honest it just seems like another day in retail.

This. I have worked a lot of retail and honestly, his experiences are not exactly of exceptional calibre. This sort of thing happens at pretty much any and every major chain retailer; when there are franchises or multiple store involved, there are always lots of draconian policies, low wages, and high employee turnover, lest the employees take advantage of the system (and they will). Unfortunately, these retailers, when they grow to such large sizes, worry a lot about watertight profit margins and will maximise them as much as possible.

It's the same wherever you go; it's how business is done, unfortunately.

Not everyone has worked in retail; this article was meant to be precisely a "day in the life" for a retail employee, specifically - shockingly enough, considering the subject matter of this site - one working GameStop. It's nice that you already know this stuff, but your experiences don't make the article pointless.

Optimystic:

Orekoya:

BrunDeign:

Orekoya:
Meanwhile: "Today I just tried to steal store credit from a local retail, was tricked into giving my home phone number, and am on my way home to my abusive father. FML"

That's a bit rude of an assumption don't you think? Just because he's Hagrid-sized doesn't make him an abusive father.

I'd be livid if my kid stole something. A smack on the head (or two) wouldn't be out of the question. It's just reinforcing the simple fact that STEALING IS WRONG, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE PARTICULARLY STUPID ABOUT IT.

That was a joke. An informative one since statistics have shown that the leading cause of crime in youth is overly authoritative or abusive households, but a joke nonetheless. Sorry if it was too much for you to handle.

Aren't jokes supposed to be funny?

It was funny.

imburke:
worst i have ever seen working there: me and my manager (who was actually someone who did work) noticed that there were games, wolfenstein, fable 2 etc, trading in for 2$, we were selling them for 42.99.
another: need for speed shift (new copy) went on sale for 9.99 but the used copy was 14.99, we were told to take all the new copies off the shelf and put them in the back room until the price went up..... total bullshit

At an EB Games (Canada's Gamestop), I noticed that Oblivion GOTY is $29.99. Shivering Isles is $34.99. Oblivion GOTY includes Shivering Isles. Oblivion is pretty buggy, but it's worth more than $-5.

Apparently they have a policy for this sort of thing, and simply won't sell Shivering Isles for any less than $34.99. Even though they'll never move copies of SI that way, unless they actually fool someone into wasting their money on it.

good series...good read...that being said...i am not going into a Gamestop...ever

That kid is pretty frikkin dumb.

Simple question:

Is Gamestop the only or rather main video game retailer in the States? Seems like it from what I hear about it. In the UK id suppose the equivilant would be the store GAME. Yup subtle name. Followed by Gamestation.

As far as i know there isnt any other video game only retailers. Must be quite a hard business model as they are typically beaten by price by large supermarkets like Tesco/Asda. Thats a Walmart equivilant!

Great story bro.

XD

I can't say that I've even been in a Gamestop for....at least five years. The local pawn shop near my university sold used games at a cheaper price, with the same amount of wear, than I've seen at Gamestop (at least, that I remember).

As a former employee of Party City, I understand, as other formgoers do, the lovely experiences had at retail stores. I wouldn't, however, mind working at a place like that, again. Though frustrating, the stories are amazing!

FinalFreak16:
Simple question:

Is Gamestop the only or rather main video game retailer in the States? Seems like it from what I hear about it. In the UK id suppose the equivilant would be the store GAME. Yup subtle name. Followed by Gamestation.

As far as i know there isnt any other video game only retailers. Must be quite a hard business model as they are typically beaten by price by large supermarkets like Tesco/Asda. Thats a Walmart equivilant!

Yeah, Gamestop pretty much is the main chain that sells games in the states. Followed by big box retailers (Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, FYE etc.). Although (at least where I live) there's a chain of stores called the Exchange that sell new and used games/dvds/cds. Those stores will actually have old NES/SNES/PSOne/gameboy games that Gamestop doesn't sell any longer.

I'd actually care what GameStop employees had to say if they weren't all ugly greesy people who constantly bugged me about getting a membership WHEN I ALREADY HAVE ONE!!!

Only thing I learned working at a Gamestop was that I have great organization skills but zero salemanship skills. Keep me putting stickers on boxes, sorting, or arranging the shelves, I did great. Hell, I was very good at pointing out the good and bad of particular video games to curious customers.
But I could not bring myself to care about those damn cards or magazine sells. I was best on the floor and lacking behind the register.

Thank you and good night!

Idocreating:
Wait, Hey You Pikachu got released outside of Japan?

Evidently; Wikipedia says the North American release date was 6th of November 2000.

I love this Hagrid guy, he's one of the best dads I've ever heard of.

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