GameStop plans to be Open on Thanksgiving this Year

GameStop plans to be Open on Thanksgiving this Year

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GameStop has informed its employees that the chain will be opening its stores on Thanksgiving Day this year.

If you simply couldn't stand not being able to run out for a used game on Thanksgiving Day, GameStop will have you covered in 2017. The company informed employees yesterday on a conference call that it plans to have all its stores open on Thanksgiving Day this year.

The news comes via a report on Kotaku, which says it spoke to "two people who were on those calls." While there are no final announcements on just how long stores will be open, sources did say that they were told it would be a shorter day than usual.

Back in 2014, GameStop made the decision to close all of its stores on Thanksgiving, a decision that lasted through last year. But this year, amid an industry shifting to digital purchasing, the company has decided to change.

Of course, staff aren't going to be happy at this news. With the growing push among customers to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving, it remains to be seen how much, if any, this move will benefit the company. It may add some sales, but the effect of the negative PR must also be considered.

GameStop has seen its shares fall of late, with its stock having dropped from around $30 a share early this year to under $22 a share today.

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That is a lousy thing to do to their employees... I worked for GS about a decade ago and from what I hear now it has really gone downhill with the way it treats its staff.

ffronw:
But this year, amid an industry shifting to digital purchasing, the company has decided to change.

It's like saying, amid an industry shift towards armour-piercing ammunition, GameStop decided to move away from standard bullets and adopt NERF.

Loop Stricken:

ffronw:
But this year, amid an industry shifting to digital purchasing, the company has decided to change.

It's like saying, amid an industry shift towards armour-piercing ammunition, GameStop decided to move away from standard bullets and adopt NERF.

Right? I don't know if it's Gamestop or the writer trying to make a point with that statement but either way it makes no sense. This year to combat digital distribution we're gonna... spend more money keeping our doors open and paying employees to just keep on doing what we normally do!

Gamestop is dying a slow death and I don't think anyone will be shedding a tear for them along the way. It's unfortunate for the employees but their business model is fucked and outdated. Why would anyone want to go trade in their games for pennies and pay inflated prices for used product when you can get the same or better prices from any number of online retailers or key sites?

Gamestop won't be happy until everyone is thoroughly agitated, and I'll never forgive them for giving me a used Dead Space 2 when I specifically asked for a new one

Blazing Hero:
That is a lousy thing to do to their employees... I worked for GS about a decade ago and from what I hear now it has really gone downhill with the way it treats its staff.

I worked for the about two decades ago (They were called Funcoland) and I can't imagine it being worse now then it was back then.

Gotta love the stuff assholes from corporate come up with. Anyone willing to take bets with me on whether corporate staff are required to be working that day?

ima420r:

Blazing Hero:
That is a lousy thing to do to their employees... I worked for GS about a decade ago and from what I hear now it has really gone downhill with the way it treats its staff.

I worked for the about two decades ago (They were called Funcoland) and I can't imagine it being worse now then it was back then.

Wait... Gamestop used to be Funcoland? I thought Funcoland just went out of business at some point.

Side note, I just remembered Funcoland was a thing!

Avnger:
Gotta love the stuff assholes from corporate come up with. Anyone willing to take bets with me on whether corporate staff are required to be working that day?

Corporate won't be working. I worked at Best Buy for a decade and corporate always had the day off when they made us work on holidays. They are absolutely clueless about how that effects the morale of their employees when the people that make the decision to stay open go home to spend time with their families and make everyone else work.

Morifen:

Avnger:
Gotta love the stuff assholes from corporate come up with. Anyone willing to take bets with me on whether corporate staff are required to be working that day?

Corporate won't be working. I worked at Best Buy for a decade and corporate always had the day off when they made us work on holidays. They are absolutely clueless about how that effects the morale of their employees when the people that make the decision to stay open go home to spend time with their families and make everyone else work.

Yup. I spent 4 years in a row jetting from the family party and eating McDonalds for Thanksgiving dinner in order to start my 12 hour shift at 6pm at the Old Navy I used to work at. The combination of the timing, shift length, and the ever-be-damned Christmas tunes they put on the store radio was enough to drive those of us stuck there insane.

Noooo!
We were winning the war on Christmas!
With one more push, Black Friday would die, and we could start beating Christmas out of November and into December where it came from!
Then we could start pushing it back into a single week, then kill it for good.

And who exactly is going to go to a Gamestop on Thanksgiving?

Welp, I work at one so this could potentially happen to me

AMA a GameStop employee, I guess :^)

Well thats scummy as fuck. I don't say this lightly anyone that shops on Thanksgiving should go drink bleach.

PsychicTaco115:
Welp, I work at one so this could potentially happen to me

AMA a GameStop employee, I guess :^)

Why won't you give me 40 dollars for my 5 year old sports game?

Why does anyone even bother with GameStop anymore?

You can preorder from Walmart or BestBuy and get free 2-day shipping on damn near any game.

I fucking hate GameStop. I hate being asked twenty fucking questions about "Hey wanna get a PowerUp Rewards Card? Wanna preorder Knack 2: Knack To The Future? Wanna get a warranty on this game? Whats your phone number so I can look up your Power Up Rewards Card number?", etc", it's fucking obnoxious. I'd be a lot more likely to go to GameStop if I could just bring a game to the counter, pay, and leave.

The stores are all full of funko pops and thinkgeek shit these days anyway.

I worked in the food industry for nearly 20 years. Working holidays in that field is par for the course. When it comes to people whining about having to work a holiday, my go to response is "cry me a river."

Slightly less acrimonious talk, it sucks for the workers but that is how it is when you work for someone else. I didn't like missing all those stat holidays when I was slaving away in a restaurant. I liked even less working Christmas Day working in a call centre for 8 hours to take three freaking calls. It is however in no way wrong to choose to be open for business on those days. It is, however, good staff relations to offer some kind of incentive to do it. Too few do. Given the sack of smashed assholes who run Gamestop, I have a feeling there will be no perks. So that sucks.

They probably aren't going to pay them a damn penny more either.

My job had us work every holiday as well (I can't remember if Christmas was included in that...I think it was but I luckily had off every time).

However, we got anywhere between 1.5-2x's pay depending on the holiday. They also called it "volunteer", but that meant mandatory for any of the smaller stores (such as mine).

Also loved the people that came in like "Wow, I'm sorry you have to work on *insert holiday here*"

Yeah me too. And it's so I have to serve pricks like you that didn't have the consideration enough to buy stuff you likely didn't need before hand.

And OF COURSE there are sometimes instances where things are needed, like medical supplies or maybe some ingredient you forgot for the lovely Thanksgiving dinner your family is having (and that I have to hope doesn't dry out reheated in a microwave), but Gamestop? Seriously, go fuck yourself.

"Many of our store associates and guests have asked for this..." my entire ass.

RoxTheMeme:

You can preorder from Walmart-

Sure you can!

You can also fail to get your product, if it's Wal-Fart.

RoxTheMeme:
The stores are all full of funko pops and thinkgeek shit these days anyway.

Didn't know we had one in the city an hour away, walked in to check it out. Half of it was trash merch. What happened?

This right here is the true sin of the work martyr. Steve is a sad sack millennial with no family and will work without pay, so Carol doesn't need to see her 2 kids either and come in too. The problem here is the shortsightedness of it all, because the businesses that push to be open on the what two federally mandated holidays is what is creating the rift they are seeing with Millennials and not purchasing at retail anymore. Don't shit where you eat is a lesson Game Stop has never learned.

Elvis Starburst:

RoxTheMeme:
The stores are all full of funko pops and thinkgeek shit these days anyway.

Didn't know we had one in the city an hour away, walked in to check it out. Half of it was trash merch. What happened?

Short answer: You happened. Digital distribution has nearly killed new physical copies, and with people finding out some games are basically just a download installer on a disc anyways, have stopped worrying about purchasing through retail. The used game market has been declining, and they thought they could force bigger single purchases by not providing older, cheaper experiences from that warehouse of used games. So what do they have left that sells, branded novelty merch. You want to see the future of Game Stop, walk into a Spencers.

Elvis Starburst:

RoxTheMeme:
The stores are all full of funko pops and thinkgeek shit these days anyway.

Didn't know we had one in the city an hour away, walked in to check it out. Half of it was trash merch. What happened?

Mainly cause publishers take so much money compared to Funko.

Fappy:

ima420r:

Blazing Hero:
That is a lousy thing to do to their employees... I worked for GS about a decade ago and from what I hear now it has really gone downhill with the way it treats its staff.

I worked for the about two decades ago (They were called Funcoland) and I can't imagine it being worse now then it was back then.

Wait... Gamestop used to be Funcoland? I thought Funcoland just went out of business at some point.

Side note, I just remembered Funcoland was a thing!

Gamestop is a combination of the former Funcoland and Babbage's when they got bought up by Barnes & Noble back in the day and spun off as a new company.

Like jklinders above I've been in the food industry for 20 years, more in my case, and I can place a certain bet all the people complaining about Gamestop being open at Thanksgiving would throw a hissy fit if all the bars and restaurants were closed as well.

It's amazing how quickly opinions change when you can't get a drink or a meal cooked for you.

The real question is: Would you like a one year warranty on that?

While I partially sympathize for the unfortunate employees, the darker side of me is having a moment of schadenfreude. I'm no stranger to working holidays, having spent years in food service and convenience stores. It sucked every time, and I cursed the idiots who made my time on the clock necessary (out of bread? You should have thought of that shit before you decided to make the stuffing, dumbass!).

Even now I can't really celebrate Thanksgiving, as the retailer I work for insists on having us show up in the evening to prepare for Black Friday. I usually have to celebrate Thanksgiving some other day as a result. I'm not going to wolf down my Thanksgiving meal without enjoying it because I have work on the mind.

votemarvel:
Like jklinders above I've been in the food industry for 20 years, more in my case, and I can place a certain bet all the people complaining about Gamestop being open at Thanksgiving would throw a hissy fit if all the bars and restaurants were closed as well.

It's amazing how quickly opinions change when you can't get a drink or a meal cooked for you.

That's a sucker's bet and no one in their right mind would take it.

I have a true story here. A few years back there were some quaint laws on the books prohibiting stores larger than a certain size (with exceptions for drug stores) from being open on Sundays around here. After some serious pushback and a bit of creative bookkeeping, it was pushed through the courts that trying to enforce this law was impossible. When the day was approaching that Sunday opening would be permitted someone (I'll refer to him as asshole for the rest of this post) was hanging around the front entrance to the restaurant I worked at. He accosted one of my co-workers who was clearly an order of magnitude smarter than asshole and tried to solicit support for some petition opposing the openings. So my co-worker asked him what he and his family did on the all important family day of Sunday. Asshole said "oh we make a day of it, we go for a drive, then we see a show, then we go for lunch afterwards." So my co-worker asked asshole what he thought of the family needs of the people working at the gas stations, movie theatres and restaurants. the response was "oh that's different." It seems no matter how low the rung you are in the service industry, there is always a lower rung of wage slave. That story has stuck with me a long time because it just reeks of "got mine, fuck you."

Thanks for the story jklinders.

Honestly there is nothing more I can add because your posts nails most people's opinions spot on.

I very recently got out of the food industry. I wouldn't change much except how little I got paid but I'll be doing a little better on the paid time off front than before. Except the company I work for services US companies and I live in Canada. So while I will get holidays off with pay, they will be the wrong holidays. Won't see me crying about it though. I'll be getting overtime for holidays worked I previously didn't and there is still a little overlap.

jklinders:

votemarvel:
Like jklinders above I've been in the food industry for 20 years, more in my case, and I can place a certain bet all the people complaining about Gamestop being open at Thanksgiving would throw a hissy fit if all the bars and restaurants were closed as well.

It's amazing how quickly opinions change when you can't get a drink or a meal cooked for you.

That's a sucker's bet and no one in their right mind would take it.

I have a true story here. A few years back there were some quaint laws on the books prohibiting stores larger than a certain size (with exceptions for drug stores) from being open on Sundays around here. After some serious pushback and a bit of creative bookkeeping, it was pushed through the courts that trying to enforce this law was impossible. When the day was approaching that Sunday opening would be permitted someone (I'll refer to him as asshole for the rest of this post) was hanging around the front entrance to the restaurant I worked at. He accosted one of my co-workers who was clearly an order of magnitude smarter than asshole and tried to solicit support for some petition opposing the openings. So my co-worker asked him what he and his family did on the all important family day of Sunday. Asshole said "oh we make a day of it, we go for a drive, then we see a show, then we go for lunch afterwards." So my co-worker asked asshole what he thought of the family needs of the people working at the gas stations, movie theatres and restaurants. the response was "oh that's different." It seems no matter how low the rung you are in the service industry, there is always a lower rung of wage slave. That story has stuck with me a long time because it just reeks of "got mine, fuck you."

I actually would take that bet cause I personally plan ahead for holidays. But asshole was just that, an asshole.

RoxTheMeme:

You can preorder from Walmart or BestBuy and get free 2-day shipping on damn near any game.

It's like the word 'buy' has been completely replaced with 'pre-order'.

WeepingAngels:

RoxTheMeme:

You can preorder from Walmart or BestBuy and get free 2-day shipping on damn near any game.

It's like the word 'buy' has been completely replaced with 'pre-order'.

If you don't want to get the game at launch, there's even less of a need to use GameStop, because you can just buy it on Amazon a couple months later for like $35, since GameStop prices are usually fucking insane.

RoxTheMeme:

WeepingAngels:

RoxTheMeme:

You can preorder from Walmart or BestBuy and get free 2-day shipping on damn near any game.

It's like the word 'buy' has been completely replaced with 'pre-order'.

If you don't want to get the game at launch, there's even less of a need to use GameStop, because you can just buy it on Amazon a couple months later for like $35, since GameStop prices are usually fucking insane.

My post had nothing to do with Gamestop.

 

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