GameStop to Close Over 500 Stores in 2013

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 5 years ago '04        #1
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dagrest84 108 heat pts108
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GameStop to Close Over 500 Stores in 2013
 

 
http://gamercheeese.com/2013/02/03/gamestop-to-close-500-stores-in-2013/

2012 annual sales figures were recently released, and according to Business Insider, the used game juggernaut is downsizing across the country. At least 500 GameStop stores are potentially closing their doors, and there aren’t too many gamers that are sad to hear it.

In the wake of subpar sales, smear campaigns by rental companies like GameFly, and a general loss of respect by frequent customers, GameStop has been slowly losing business for a while. Many major retailers like Best Buy and Target are already carrying previously owned games. Meanwhile, digital gaming is taking control, and despite the efforts to start selling prepaid Steam gift cards, most gamers are staying away from GameStop.

GameStop’s future becomes bleaker when considering the next Microsoft and Sony consoles may or may not support used games. On top of that uncertainty, Game Stop also has to compete with the rise of online phone games, indie games, and a potential wave of microconsoles set to release over the next year.

This would leave GameStop to the hardcore gamer wolves. The only product they would be able to move would be the Wii U, new games, and outdated titles. When is the last time anyone walked into a GameStop and they made a retro gamer feel welcome? Odds are pretty decent that 500 closed doors will mark the beginning of the death of a long line of absorbed game store outlets (including the once great EB Games).

GameStop isn’t evaporating overnight, but this is definitely a huge ‘I told you so’ in the eyes of many gamers who have become increasingly fed up with poor customer service, overpriced titles, and the general lack of industry knowledge by many GameStop employees.

I have come across a handful of knowledgeable, polite, and even helpful GameStop employees. I hope the stores these employees work at are some of the many stores to remain open.

How do you feel about GameStop closing doors?

83 comments for "GameStop to Close Over 500 Stores in 2013"

 5 years ago '07        #2
I bleed GREEN 34 heat pts34
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sh*t theres 3 of them within a half mile of me they can afford to close them.
 5 years ago '04        #3
dagrest84 108 heat pts108 OP
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 Flawless Image said:
sh*t theres 3 of them within a half mile of me they can afford to close them.
lol I have 4 within 10 minutes of each other. Ain't nobody shopping at Gamestop like that around my crib.
 02-04-2013, 02:37 PM         #4
esneffoelgnairt 
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 Flawless Image said:
sh*t theres 3 of them within a half mile of me they can afford to close them.
 dagrest84 said:
lol I have 4 within 10 minutes of each other. Ain't nobody shopping at Gamestop like that around my crib.
I have 3 in one mall here in NH and 2 are literally on top of each other
 5 years ago '11        #5
Jesszman 2209 heat pts2209
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Dang, I only have two in my town an they're far away from eachother. We did have one close at my home town though. it was sad. I've been going there since the early ps2 days.
 5 years ago '04        #6
Ra-da-god 23 heat pts23
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I have 5 of them in my city and 4 of them are within a 15 minute drive of eachother, good riddance
 5 years ago '04        #7
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There two in the same mall where I'm at.
 5 years ago '12        #8
PseuDEEnym 4 heat pts
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Getting ready for the next gen
 5 years ago '05        #9
Based_One 79 heat pts79
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They should just have them in malls and that's it they the idiots opening up 5 in a 2 sq mile radius
 5 years ago '06        #10
Trap$tar 8 heat pts
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Bestbuy has better deals than Gamestop. So does Amazon.
 5 years ago '04        #11
EGO 55 heat pts55
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In a one block radius on the busiest street of the south side, there are two gamestops inside a mall, one in one strip mall, and one in the other strip mall across the street. Simply don't need that many GameStops.

Most of these are just ebgames, funcolands, etc locations that were never shut down, but there's no reason to have that many smaller stores when you could make one bigger store for the entire area.

The traffic to the two stores in the strip malls is ALWAYS light because people just go to the mall stores anyway, so it's just a waste of money for them to be open. I wouldn't be surprised if these two stores are included in this round of closings, but I would have to check.

PS: it's like this in a lot of places around the countries so this doesn't necessarily mean GameStop is struggling, just that they're oversaturated right now. They'll actually be doing a lot better and saving a lot of money by doing this.


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 5 years ago '09        #12
McmasterlockPt2 41 heat pts41
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One of my GameStop in a ten mile radius closed up last month
 5 years ago '05        #13
Krazie 134 heat pts134
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Yeah I have 3 GameStops within no more of a mile or so from each other. It's crazy.
 5 years ago '10        #14
Cabillanaire oO 6 heat pts
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I wish the GameStop by my place burns down
 5 years ago '08        #15
YoungRay20 290 heat pts290
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You mean the place that steals from children?
 02-04-2013, 04:39 PM         #16
DarkSidesHero 
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Zero fu*ks given

Steam ftw
 5 years ago '11        #17
dom 30 heat pts30
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I know developers are loving this and IF Sony or M$ do away used games it will be anarchy. If M$ or Sony do this it will be console suicide

I really dont give a sh*t about GS they're a business and they found away to hustle not only the people who purchase there products but also the people who makes the very products they sell. Plus lets not forget more people are playing video games nowadays then ever before so that could be the reason for so many stores.
 5 years ago '12        #18
OldBusiness 163 heat pts163
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fu*k em I'm glad. Shady a.ss business practices and annoying employees (who are forced to push useless sh*t and preorders on you). Anywhere else ftw. I ain't lining up for sh*t, like this is communist China.
 5 years ago '04        #20
GoSensGo 13 heat pts13
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 gametime187 said:
fu*k em I'm glad. Shady a.ss business practices and annoying employees (who are forced to push useless sh*t and preorders on you). Anywhere else ftw. I ain't lining up for sh*t, like this is communist China.
Yep!

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