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My local GameStop is closing down

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  • 02-10-2019 7:05pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,015 ✭✭✭


    Holy **** it's actually happened. I knew my local store was in a bad way as nobody ever goes into it with they're mental prices and Smyths and Argos down the road but yeah they're gone.

    Saw a sign in the window. I'll try post a photo if I can.
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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Music Moderators, Politics Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 22,360 CMod ✭✭✭✭Dravokivich


    1 branch in particular or all over?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 418 ✭✭Duane Dibbley


    SMC92Ian wrote: »
    Holy **** it's actually happened. I knew my local store was in a bad way as nobody ever goes into it with they're mental prices and Smyths and Argos down the road but yeah they're gone.

    Saw a sign in the window. I'll try post a photo if I can.

    Naas?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,009 ✭✭✭Tangatagamadda Chaddabinga Bonga Bungo


    CEX took most of their trade in business. And they were never the cheapest for buying new games.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,396 ✭✭✭Damien360


    Naas?

    The Naas GameStop is in a weird place. It probably had footfall when the old Tesco was beside it but once Tesco moved to their big store, there is little reason to go there for a younger generation. I went there only by chance a few times and it was always empty of people.

    Newbridge on the other hand is in a shopping complex beside the Whitewater and will still get footfall. I’m surprised they are still there with CEX just a few yards away.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 418 ✭✭Duane Dibbley


    The Naas one is closing on the 20th Oct


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,015 ✭✭✭SMC92Ian


    Naas atm, but a few more to follow. I had to go in to cancel all my pre-orders. My hole I'm going over to Newbridge, I hate that store and the manager is a twat.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,671 ✭✭✭GarIT


    Just for people to be aware, within the last few years they were on the verge of closing all stores but found a buyer at the last minute. That buyer planned on turning things around by focusing on high profit merchandise instead of games. If the merchandise doesn't start turning a profit soon they will be closing all stores and you will loose and preorders.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,739 ✭✭✭scamalert


    when theres likes of Steam offering almost any pc game, or dozens other sites. Then you have regular stores tesco supervalu getting most console games, which work out usually at same price, there becomes little need for likes of gamestop, ps,xbox stores eliminate the need.


    Id say will go down like extra vision and many similar stores in close future.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,216 ✭✭✭DaveyDave


    I think they're closing around 20% of stores worldwide and restructuring to have a new store design.

    Maybe if their games weren't €75 when Smyth's and Argos are €65 or less for all new releases they would have more sales. They get a lot of sales with their merch sections nowadays.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,725 ✭✭✭SureYWouldntYa


    I might be getting ahead of myself, but anyone know what happens with pre orders with Gamestop should your own store close? Or the country as a whole


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,671 ✭✭✭GarIT


    I might be getting ahead of myself, but anyone know what happens with pre orders with Gamestop should your own store close? Or the country as a whole


    If one store closes they will have to honour it. If all of the stores close you're out of luck.

    They announced losses of $673 million in 2018. If they doesn't change then they will all be gone.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,918 ✭✭✭✭TitianGerm


    I might be getting ahead of myself, but anyone know what happens with pre orders with Gamestop should your own store close? Or the country as a whole

    You'll be an unsecured creditor if the whole Irish company closes. Most likely you wouldn't get anything from them if that did happen. I'd go move your pre-order to something already available if it looks likely they will all close.

    If your store closes I'd imagine the pre-order would be honored in another store.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,725 ✭✭✭SureYWouldntYa


    GarIT wrote: »
    If one store closes they will have to honour it. If all of the stores close you're out of luck.

    Again getting ahead of myself but anyway you or someone might be able to help

    I remember seeing something about being able to change my trade in voucher to €70 GS credit? Or am I rambling. If there's trouble I'd consider using my 3 pre orders and a bit of cash to buy a Switch instead


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,839 ✭✭✭✭ShaneU


    DaveyDave wrote: »
    I think they're closing around 20% of stores worldwide and restructuring to have a new store design.

    Maybe if their games weren't €75 when Smyth's and Argos are €65 or less for all new releases they would have more sales. They get a lot of sales with their merch sections nowadays.
    The €75 charge only happened fairly recently when things got bad for them (the max was €70 before)

    They obviously decided to screw over the people not bothered to shop around and turn everyone else away

    I have a lot of sympathy for the staff but none whatsoever for the higher management who treat their staff like dirt, especially some of the stories I've heard from U.S. workers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,671 ✭✭✭GarIT


    ShaneU wrote: »
    The €75 charge only happened fairly recently when things got bad for them (the max was €70 before)

    They obviously decided to screw over the people not bothered to shop around and turn everyone else away

    I have a lot of sympathy for the staff but none whatsoever for the higher management who treat their staff like dirt, especially some of the stories I've heard from U.S. workers.


    They tried selling Gears and Halo for €80 around the 360 launch. I think they tried similar around this gen, they try it when they can.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,918 ✭✭✭✭TitianGerm


    GarIT wrote: »
    They tried selling Gears and Halo for €80 around the 360 launch. I think they tried similar around this gen, they try it when they can.

    I think I paid €80 for Ninety Nine Nights in Xtravision for 360.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,405 ✭✭✭✭Beechwoodspark


    Awww man I love GameStop I hope they stay open

    Myself my missus and our kids often spend time browsing the one in naas for example


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,596 ✭✭✭✭Ol' Donie


    They should expand the merch section to do band tshirts and that. Do all the gaming tat that we all buy from time to time, only do it for bands too.

    I'd hate it if they closed. It'd be a big loss.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 568 ✭✭✭NewMan1982


    Awww man I love GameStop I hope they stay open

    Myself my missus and our kids often spend time browsing the one in naas for example

    That’s the problem. Do more buying :D


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 10,517 Mod ✭✭✭✭5uspect


    I upgraded my Switch to the new more energy efficient model for €30 there the other day. No idea how they plan on making money on the secondhand stock. I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually bought a game there.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,347 ✭✭✭✭Skerries


    aww where am I going to go now to look at stuff that I can then buy online after?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,790 ✭✭✭2Mad2BeMad


    Skerries wrote: »
    aww where am I going to go now to look at stuff that I can then buy online after?

    if I walk into smyths to buy a present for my kid or any of my friends kids, I always go to the game section.
    If I walk into argos to buy anything I always look at the games section in the book.

    Whenever I see a gamestop I don't recognize it. I don't see it as a gamestore, its mearly a shop I have no interest in going in so I don't notice it. Its like arnotts to me. I just walk on by.

    I hope they don't close down due to the fact competition could raise their prices but how bad does a games shop have to be to make me think this way. I mean I literally play games every day (well most days when I can) its my favourite hobby(addiction) and that shop is just a blank to me.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 14,526 Mod ✭✭✭✭Darkglasses


    They recently gutted and remodeled the one in Wexford Town, and it now sells more knick-knacks like tshirts and toys than anything else. Fairly few games in stock really. A modest selection of peripherals, only things that don't take up much space.

    Kinda ****ty really, not much reason to go there compared to CEX for anything tech/gaming related.


  • Registered Users Posts: 81 ✭✭Ned Led Zeppo


    Gamestop in Dundrum Town Centre: God Of War new 70 Euro,second-hand 60 Euro.The sooner
    they close down the better.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,015 ✭✭✭SMC92Ian


    I might be getting ahead of myself, but anyone know what happens with pre orders with Gamestop should your own store close? Or the country as a whole

    Yup the girl told me I could go to another county to get my pre-orders, I laughed them out the shop with all my refunds.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,015 ✭✭✭SMC92Ian


    Awww man I love GameStop I hope they stay open

    Myself my missus and our kids often spend time browsing the one in naas for example

    Really? I guess you don't drive? Just go to Smyths and Argos. Much cheaper and better selection.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,014 ✭✭✭✭Corholio


    Still would miss browsing around there even if their prices are high. Never get why people would want a specific store to.close when they aren't shopping there anyway. New games out tend to be still pretty expensive in CEX when traded in too it has to be said, just comes down more over time than Gamestop does.

    I think thread title is a bit misleading too. There's no word at all that all Irish Gamestops are closing down.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,541 ✭✭✭✭Exclamation Marc


    Gamestop in Dundrum Town Centre: God Of War new 70 Euro,second-hand 60 Euro.The sooner
    they close down the better.

    Ugh this attitude really irritates me. If you don't like it, don't shop there but wishing it shuts down is so shïtty.

    I traded in PES2019 a month or two ago (a game a year old with its sequel nearly out) and got a preorder on Luigis Mansion 3 for €10. Earlier this year I bought Little Dragon Cafe for 20 in Argos, traded it into GS for 60 credit and got Days Gone for free. I think I upgraded my PS4 to a PS4 Pro for about €100 last year. Some unbelievably good deals. They are so good for some trade in deals if you're clever with your trades.

    Less competition is always a bad thing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,216 ✭✭✭DaveyDave


    Is less competition really a bad thing when the cheaper, better rivals are the ones left over? They only have themselves to blame, they're expensive and they haven't done much to change things except push overpriced hoodies, Pop figures or clog the stores with Game of Thrones Monopoly.

    Sales are down 14% this year, they're closing 200 lower performing stores worldwide which is 3.5%.

    They still have a website you can buy everything on. It just means there's a few less of their generic stores and now you can't talk to the girl with blue hair while buying Yu-Gi-Oh cards.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,857 ✭✭✭Atlas_IRL


    People should probably know better than to put up closing down threads for companies that close one store out of 52 :rolleyes:


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