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#2 Posted by aquamarin (555 posts) -

Well, there are like three Gamestops in every town. There's even two by me where there is one in each strip mall that are caddy-corner to each other.

#3 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1631 posts) -

I got about 3 in a 2 mile radius of each other in my town. Not too surprised they're closing some down.

#4 Posted by chrismafuchris (1088 posts) -

I would have thought it'd be at least 1000 or more. 500 is only 10 per state, and I can think of a lot more than 10 within just this city alone.

#5 Posted by Demoskinos (14562 posts) -

Well that sucks for the people who work at those stores. Although I'm sure some of them will get transferred to other stores.

#6 Posted by DrIntrovert (81 posts) -

I am perfectly fine with buying my games on-line. Frankly, Gamestop has been going downhill ever since they stopped carrying retro games.

#7 Posted by Wampa1 (626 posts) -

Isn't this essentially the same issue GAME had here in the UK? Insane over saturation always leads to this happening.

#8 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -

There are probably too many, but that's sad to think about for the people who get let go.

Also, over two regions of living, three of my five local GameStops are pretty all right, and one is absolutely goddamned awesome. So it's worked out okay for me so far.

#9 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7050 posts) -
@kishinfoulux

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/eight-retailers-that-will-close-the-most-stores-173320796.html?page=2

Fuck Gamestop IMHO.

That would be a proper response except the only people this affects is the employees who are now jobless so...no.
#10 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6386 posts) -

Given the fact they have become as ubiquitous as Starbucks at this point, I'm not surprised.

#11 Posted by StarvingGamer (7995 posts) -

Sucks, but when you have 2 GameStops in the same mall you're really asking for it.

#12 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

One of the local ones closed. They where great guys. The manager was a great guy. Never hassles me about pre orders and that stuff.

#13 Posted by Andorski (5190 posts) -

I have four within a 5 mile radius. One in particular is stranded on a corner with a restaurant and a dry cleaner that gets zero foot traffic.

#14 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3748 posts) -

Damn yeah if there are that many where you guys are I guess this makes sense. I guess there was a boom but not sure why that kind of expansion was necessary.

In Massachusetts and it's not remotely that extreme. They are basically in malls, one to a mall, and there are a few solo ones around in your strip mall here or there.

@The_Laughing_Man said:

One of the local ones closed. They where great guys. The manager was a great guy. Never hassles me about pre orders and that stuff.

That's unheard of. I try to never go to a Gamestop but getting hassled is like clockwork. Hence why I try to never go.

If I'm buying full retail I try to support my local independent shop. No nonsense there.

#15 Posted by _Chad (963 posts) -

They recently closed one of the two in my town's mall. I hope they don't close the one near my house though, it feels the least greasy, and the employee's are pretty cool.

#16 Posted by Redbullet685 (6025 posts) -

Same with a lot of people in here, I have many Gamestops within a few mile radius. This makes a ton of sense.

#17 Posted by PulledaBrad (612 posts) -

Haha! My boycott worked!

#18 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

well that sucks for them. sucks for the people that might lose their jobs. there's three in town next to me. one in their own store and then two at the mall. i think one isn't called gamestop though.

#19 Posted by SmilingPig (1337 posts) -

If it’s true than it’s a shame for all those employees.

#20 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

Sucks for the employees, but I hear a lot of them a scumbags too so.

#21 Posted by MB (11971 posts) -

I always wondered how certain areas could support so many Gamestop stores. There are currently at least five just in San Francisco that I know of, and probably another 30 Gamestop stores within 20 minutes of here in different directions. Hell, I know of a mall south of here that has two stores inside the mall, one on the upper level and another on the ground floor. That is just insane for a company that owns all of their own stores, these aren't franchises.

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#22 Edited by Branthog (7342 posts) -

There are 14 Gamestops within 10 miles of me, right now. They're as prevalent as McDonalds' -- well, not really, but there are almost 7,000 of them which is more than 140 per state in the lower 48. Since there's also Amazon.com, I don't really care. In fact, the fewer the better. The only time I stop at Gamestop is when I'm too impatient to wait 24-48hrs for delivery from Amazon . . . which hasn't happened in almost eight years.

@SmilingPig said:

If it’s true than it’s a shame for all those employees.

Probably not that much of a shame. It's a low-skill and high-turnover job and there are plenty of those to go around. All they have to do is step outside of their store and look up and down the mall they're in to find two hundred other shops they could apply at. I don't think losing your job at Gamestop is one of those "now I'm going to be unemployed for six months while I field other options and negotiate a contract somewhere" kind of things.

#23 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2462 posts) -

That's still only about 10% of their stores.

#24 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1354 posts) -

Fuck, I hope the one in my town doesn't close because its the only decent place to pick up any game within a half hour. Also not everyone who works for GameStop is a total douchebag, the store in my town actually has good employees who are pretty knowledgeable.

#25 Posted by EpicSteve (6471 posts) -

There are literally 3 GameStops within a 3 mile stretch in my area.

#26 Posted by Branthog (7342 posts) -

@MAN_FLANNEL said:

That's still only about 10% of their stores.

Not even that.It's about 7% of them. Closing a few of them isn't going to affect sales much as people will just drive an extra mile to get to one, if they absolutely can't use the internet like everyone else. There are at least 14 of them within ten miles of me. That is absolutely ridiculous for something like a game store.

#27 Posted by Jrinswand (1695 posts) -

I haven't been to a GameStop since I quit working for them a couple of years ago. LOL.

#28 Posted by thegreatpaulio (9 posts) -

The article states that this is only a forecast.

"[They] analyzed the retailers’ store counts, recent financial data, online presences, prospects against direct competitors and precedents set by other large retailers that have downsized by shuttering locations. We then forecast how many stores each retailer will have to close this year to sharply increase its prospects financially, even if some of those location closings do not occur for several years. These forecasts were based on drops in same-store sales, drops in revenue, a review of direct competitors, Internet sales and the size of cuts at retailers in the same sector, if those were available."

I'm sure some will be closing this year. Hell they closed one in the mall near my house, but it's too soon to tell about other stores. If I were them I'd start looking for other work now though.

#29 Posted by Jazzycola (662 posts) -

Well, there is a gamestop in my town's mall and another one right outside the mall about 5 minute walk away. But, also it's a prediction not fact.

#30 Posted by tunaburn (1885 posts) -

i like gamestop. i shop there for 99% of my games. the one by me is doing well so thats good.

#31 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3016 posts) -

Oh snaps! If Gamestop is closing stores are we possibly seeing a return of Funcoland???

#32 Posted by C2C (855 posts) -

@I_Stay_Puft said:

Oh snaps! If Gamestop is closing stores are we possibly seeing a return of Funcoland???

Hate to burst your bubble but the Funcoland brand is owned by Gamestop, they are probably not coming back.

#33 Posted by cmblasko (1122 posts) -

I hate to hear about so many people potentially losing jobs, but I have not been a fan of Gamestop for a long time now so I can't say that I am too dismayed.

#34 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4330 posts) -

@big_jon said:

Sucks for the employees, but I hear a lot of them a scumbags too so.

True but most of the time they come across as scummy because of Gamestop's policies. I know some people who work there and they wish they could find jobs elsewhere so they don't have to be forced to sell preorders and bullshit game guides. They have to ask all that shit for a reason.

#35 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3748 posts) -

@big_jon said:

Sucks for the employees, but I hear a lot of them a scumbags too so.

I'm sure there are some. I definitely don't like dealing with them.

I view them in a similar way to how I view cops: I feel like they have to be dicks sometimes because they're forced to by those above them, they have to meet certain quoatas and do certain things (DO YOU WANT TO PREORDER THE NEW CALL OF DUTY!?!?!) to keep their jobs.

But many go beyond that and are just assholes.

@Branthog said:

@SmilingPig said:

If it’s true than it’s a shame for all those employees.

Probably not that much of a shame. It's a low-skill and high-turnover job and there are plenty of those to go around. All they have to do is step outside of their store and look up and down the mall they're in to find two hundred other shops they could apply at. I don't think losing your job at Gamestop is one of those "now I'm going to be unemployed for six months while I field other options and negotiate a contract somewhere" kind of things.

Tough enough times some places that there aren't just plenty of those jobs to go around.

#36 Posted by Zuldim (288 posts) -

A mall nearby me had, at one point, 3 Gamestops in it at once. It wasn't even a very big mall.

So yeah, maybe they could stand to close some redundant locations.

#37 Posted by brownsfantb (389 posts) -

The mall by me actually has two GameStops in it, which never made any sense to me. There's also at least 7 or 8 of them within a 15 minute drive from my house.

#38 Posted by Coombs (3449 posts) -

Everyone is saying sucks for the employees, but Gamestop pays like shit anyway so after pounding the pavement for a couple days most of them are going to be better off. And as far as Gamestop itself goes I only ever go there when I'm buying something with a pre-order that I want to make sure I have release day otherwise I just buy online.

#39 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6087 posts) -

I know this is terrible generalizing, but I don't feel terrible about this at all. I've never had a decent salesperson at Gamestop. I just want to get in, get my games, and get out. I don't want to have a conversation about how Call of Duty is so much worse than Halo if I'm buying either of them. I don't want you to recommend five or six other obscure Japanese RPGs. I don't want to hear you treat some mom like she's an idiot for buying her son X or Y game. Just keep your head down, sell your games, and be quiet and polite. That's it.

Ugh. Rant over. I am genuinely sorry for those Gamestop employees who are decent, hard working folks.

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#40 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1170 posts) -

My town doesn't have any of those mythical Gamestops that doesn't hassle you about trade-in deals and preorders. I am not surprised that they're declining though. Amazon has been doing a great job of giving competitive, if not better prices on used games. Also the majority of people who want a console probably have the ones they want now. It'll be interesting to see if their stock picks up when the next generation of consoles hits.

#41 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

As a former employee of gamestop, death to GameStop. This company does not give a single fuck about its employees. Most get minimum wage and an extremely limited number of hours per week, depending on how many subscriptions and pre-orders they sell. I wouldn't wish GameStop employment on my worst enemies.

#42 Posted by algertman (852 posts) -

They are closing one near. That's means there 4 close to me now rather 5.

#43 Posted by John1912 (1829 posts) -

I dont get why ppl hate GS. Who gives a shit if they ask you a few annoying questions. I got one a mile from my house. I love GS.

#44 Posted by Yanngc33 (4496 posts) -

Game Informer is going to take a hit

#45 Posted by Stonyman65 (2591 posts) -

I get everything from Amazon now anyway so I really don't care that much.

The one thing that would suck is that my friend Joe is a manager at one of our stores here, so I guess he would be out of a job if any of the stores here closed down.

#46 Posted by big_jon (5709 posts) -

It depresses me, because I feel like these places should be the type of place where people who love games enjoy going to, instead they are just the opposite.

#47 Posted by pakattak (194 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man: Sadly, that's probably one of the reasons why they were closed. I used to work at Gamestop, they obsess over preorders and magazine subscriptions. Used to be they'd give commission. Then they just said "Do it or you're fired".

#48 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@pakattak said:

@The_Laughing_Man: Sadly, that's probably one of the reasons why they were closed. I used to work at Gamestop, they obsess over preorders and magazine subscriptions. Used to be they'd give commission. Then they just said "Do it or you're fired".

I meant as in he would say" Anything else you wanna pre order" And I would say nah. He would suggest something and I would say no an that would be the end ofi t. 
#49 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@Sparky_Buzzsaw said:

I know this is terrible generalizing, but I don't feel terrible about this at all. I've never had a decent salesperson at Gamestop. I just want to get in, get my games, and get out. I don't want to have a conversation about how Call of Duty is so much worse than Halo if I'm buying either of them. I don't want you to recommend five or six other obscure Japanese RPGs. I don't want to hear you treat some mom like she's an idiot for buying her son X or Y game. Just keep your head down, sell your games, and be quiet and polite. That's it.

Ugh. Rant over. I am genuinely sorry for those Gamestop employees who are decent, hard working folks.

These sound like made up scenarios, as far as I know they are generally happy if you buy any game. Like I can't even imagine a scenario where a sales person would try to talk down a game you are buying or why they would start talking about their favourite obscure RPG if you were no in a conversation with them that would naturally lead to that being brought up.

The worst I have seen or heard is lying to people to make a sale, trying to appease to your taste to try and make a sale, trying to get you to preorder stuff without you asking about it, trying to push the new Call of Duty onto you.

Just saying.

#50 Posted by mrfluke (5090 posts) -

@big_jon said:

It depresses me, because I feel like these places should be the type of place where people who love games enjoy going to, instead they are just the opposite.

play n trade sort of fits your description, i have no idea if they are still around though