So Circuit City lost to the competition and now Best Buy wants to take out the single biggest game competitor, GameStop. Sure GameStop isn't the most popular of places among readers here from what I've gathered in other articles but they have never treated me wrongly. And Best Buy's prices and crap and will continue to worse as the competition gets eaten up by the big fish.
[citation][nom]doomtomb[/nom]So Circuit City lost to the competition and now Best Buy wants to take out the single biggest game competitor, GameStop. Sure GameStop isn't the most popular of places among readers here from what I've gathered in other articles but they have never treated me wrongly. And Best Buy's prices and crap and will continue to worse as the competition gets eaten up by the big fish.Newegg forever.[/citation]
There is always Newegg, Amazon and Steam.
Well, I'm not sanguine about such a merger. However, as Pei-chen pointed out, there are alternatives. Newegg and Amazon for mail-order. Walmart for in-town purchase. Steam for online-download purchase.
My vote is Nay! Simply cause I would like the option of choosing who to do my business with. With all these companies out there merging or taking over it cuts into consumers options. Pretty soon, if this keeps up, I and others will not have an option. The worst thing I can think of in this world is not having a choice.
I think this is bad news... Best Buy screws up pre-orders and don't do crap about it. "Oh well, we don't have it"...I had all but written them off (for games) after the 3rd time. Gamestop has never disappointed me with anything. Hope its more of a merger and they are still an independent branch or something.
Welcome to World 2.0, everybody. Where physical business's new competition is Internet. There's no such thing as "BBY vs CCY" it's not, Big-Box retail vs. Convenient, bought-in-bulk online orders. I like it, personally. But, until shipping and product transportation increases it's sophistication, there will always be a place for big-box.
I hear a lot of bad stuff about GameStop, and I've seen it completely take over all the other video game shops in town (literally, bought them out then moved into their spaces). There would be little love lost if GS was bought out and ceased being an independent entity for me. On the other hand, BestBuy isn't really much better from a consumer standpoint, and reducing competition through buy-outs is one of the problems I had with GS in the first place.
Meh. Couldn't happen to a nicer company, but I still don't like it.
Gamestop is part of Barnes and Noble booksellers currently - theres been no news so far to stockholders about any sell-off of it. And honestly, owning Gamestop is a great thing for B&N - between GameStop and B&N stores, the have distribution outlets for all major types of media - print, music, film, and video games. B&N is in no kind of financial trouble - no store closings, no mass layoffs. I can't see any evidence that this is anything more than a colorful rumor. B&N is currently adding more integration in BN.com for Gamestop materials - an expense that would be unlikely in the face of an upcoming sell-off.
I've worked at both for years. They run VERY different. GS thinks that upper management is why it makes all its money. BB undrestands that its employee's that make the money. Either way, both suck ass at retaining employees and both are horrible and holdinig the right people responsible. The profit margin in used games will KILLLLLLLLLLLLL your new IP's FYI