I have railed against Gamestop before, but it is so confounding to me. I know they bought up all of their competition but their stores are shitholes with stuff falling on the floor everyone and gunky carpet, their staff is always way overworked, they kill the industry by aggressively pushing customers from new product to pre-owned (and don’t even offer good deals). Is this the best we can do?
I went into one today, because I was buying shoes next door. There are three Gamestops within a half mile of each other (literally) in this area. It was completely miserable. I guess you can’t help who gamers are and your customer base is, but there were no women whatsoever and every dude in there looked like a mouth breather straight off of the sexual offenders watch list, wearing dirty clothes and appearing as if they hadn’t been outside in days. There was one really tall, really fat guy, who was breathing extremely heavily like he was about to keel over. He, I kid you not, let rip a massive wet fart around three or four children.
Anyway, it blows my mind that no competitor hasn’t risen up to offer a much better, much more inclusive and more fun customer experience. Aren’t games supposed to be fun? It’s like @Jim says about comic book stores too. It feels like there is a great business opportunity here for the right entrepreneurs.