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#1 Sep 19 2010 at 12:28 PM Rating: Decent
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After being told, several times, by my local GameStop, that they were going to have a midnight launch, I find out today that they are not. Not only that, but after calling around for half an hour, no GameStop I can find in 20ish miles of me (Baltimore, MD) is having a midnight release.

Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.

If you have it reserved at GameStop, you should consider calling your store and verifying that they're having a midnight release.
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#2 Sep 19 2010 at 12:30 PM Rating: Good
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After being told, several times, by my local GameStop, that they were going to have a midnight launch, I find out today that they are not. Not only that, but after calling around for half an hour, no GameStop I can find in 20ish miles of me (Baltimore, MD) is having a midnight release.

Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.

If you have it reserved at GameStop, you should consider calling your store and verifying that they're having a midnight release.


Right, because I was really expecting them to pay staff to hang around until the wee hours to hand out the 7 copies of the XIV CE they had on pre-order...
#3 Sep 19 2010 at 12:31 PM Rating: Good
Well, I have to work that day so I'll be getting it at lunch or after work anyway. Smiley: mad
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#4 Sep 19 2010 at 12:32 PM Rating: Decent
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The One and Only Aurelius wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
After being told, several times, by my local GameStop, that they were going to have a midnight launch, I find out today that they are not. Not only that, but after calling around for half an hour, no GameStop I can find in 20ish miles of me (Baltimore, MD) is having a midnight release.

Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.

If you have it reserved at GameStop, you should consider calling your store and verifying that they're having a midnight release.


Right, because I was really expecting them to pay staff to hang around until the wee hours to hand out the 7 copies of the XIV CE they had on pre-order...


Well, I'm getting my two copies somewhere else now, so unless that staff was getting paid more than $150, they cost themselves money.
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#5 Sep 19 2010 at 12:37 PM Rating: Decent
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
The One and Only Aurelius wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
After being told, several times, by my local GameStop, that they were going to have a midnight launch, I find out today that they are not. Not only that, but after calling around for half an hour, no GameStop I can find in 20ish miles of me (Baltimore, MD) is having a midnight release.

Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.

If you have it reserved at GameStop, you should consider calling your store and verifying that they're having a midnight release.


Right, because I was really expecting them to pay staff to hang around until the wee hours to hand out the 7 copies of the XIV CE they had on pre-order...


Well, I'm getting my two copies somewhere else now, so unless that staff was getting paid more than $150, they cost themselves money.


And there cut of that is what? More like, "unless that staff was getting paid more than $50, they cost themselves money." Not sure about your part of the world, but around here it's considered irresponsible for managers to staff a business past 9pm with only one staff member (for safety reasons). So two staff for 3 hours...I know those hard working folks at Gamestop get paid in beans and pocket lint, but still...
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I figured a midnight release in my area was a long shot so when I call to check today or tomorrow I won't be shocked if there isn't one. I would be ****** had they told me there would be one though...

Edited, Sep 19th 2010 2:38pm by TwistedOwl
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
After being told, several times, by my local GameStop, that they were going to have a midnight launch, I find out today that they are not. Not only that, but after calling around for half an hour, no GameStop I can find in 20ish miles of me (Baltimore, MD) is having a midnight release.

Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.

If you have it reserved at GameStop, you should consider calling your store and verifying that they're having a midnight release.


Didn't you post this same exact thing a few days ago? Or was that some other gamestop hater.

Edited, Sep 19th 2010 2:41pm by Jeraziah
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I didn't think about Walmart, since there are 24 hour Walmarts it seems like you may be able to get the game at midnight. I'm not sure if Walmart would bother stocking the game at exactly midnight though...


Edited, Sep 19th 2010 11:40am by Cyiode
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.


So does Walmart normally purchase pre-orders without customers asking for them?
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Well, I'm getting my two copies somewhere else now, so unless that staff was getting paid more than $150, they cost themselves money.


Not really. Its not like they are getting 100% of what you're paying to them as profit since they have to buy their copies from SE in order to sell it to you. Gamestop may be getting only a few dollars ($5-$10? I dunno) profit per copy sold. Assume that they would have two people working late for the midnight sale, making maybe $10/hr each. If they usually closed at say, 9pm, then that would be $60 right there just to keep them until midnight. Then tack on more for any extra time to keep them working there to actually sell the CEs to people after midnight.

It isn't like this game's CE will have traffic comparable to the launch of Halo: Reach, Call of Duty, Starcraft II, or the upcoming Cataclysm expansion for WoW. It just isn't worth the trouble to have a midnight launch for this (since it isn't even the standard edition) for most stores unless they were in an urban area and had a *lot* of pre-orders.
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rubina wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.


So does Walmart normally purchase pre-orders without customers asking for them?


Their website says "Not sold in stores"...seems odd...though the small text next to the preorder button on the CE page isn't reassuring either..."Preorder this item today and it should ship on 09/30/2010"....

Edited, Sep 19th 2010 2:51pm by TwistedOwl
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Yea.. didnt think walmart is getting their issue in exactly on the 22nd either.. i dont mind waiting til 10am for gamestop to open
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#14 Sep 19 2010 at 1:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Asked the MGR at the Gamestop I have my reserve for CE and he said he was waiting to see when the servers would open. He said he didn't want to have a Midnight release if the servers were not gonna be open and since they are opening I'm sure my Gamestop will.. And they have more than 7 copies reserved.
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I live in kind of a small town and when I asked if they were having a midnight release at our game stop they said there was not enough intrest.
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I live in kind of a small town and when I asked if they were having a midnight release at our game stop they said there was not enough intrest.


I live in a large city and when I inquired about how many preorders they had for the game, they said they had more cancellations than preorders remaining :/
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I find your lack of faith disturbing

Well I called the GameStop where I pre-ordered my CE copy just to see what they had to say. No they're not having a mid-night release. Also they informed me that the game won't be release until 9/30. WTF? I then asked him to check their records again. The pre-orderd should get their copies on the 9/22. The guy then said that wasn't correct and that they were still taking pre-orders for the game all the way up to 9/30. WTFx2?

I got off the phone and called another GameStop. They pretty much said that the pre-orders should be available on 9/22. Sheesh what size school bus did the other worker ride in to get to work today?

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The One and Only Aurelius wrote:
UncleRuckusForLife wrote:
I live in kind of a small town and when I asked if they were having a midnight release at our game stop they said there was not enough intrest.


I live in a large city and when I inquired about how many preorders they had for the game, they said they had more cancellations than preorders remaining :/



So they have negative preorders? I'm going to try that the next time a game I don't like comes out, just walk into stores and cancel a preorder I never made.
#19 Sep 19 2010 at 1:58 PM Rating: Excellent
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The One and Only Aurelius wrote:
UncleRuckusForLife wrote:
I live in kind of a small town and when I asked if they were having a midnight release at our game stop they said there was not enough intrest.


I live in a large city and when I inquired about how many preorders they had for the game, they said they had more cancellations than preorders remaining :/



So they have negative preorders? I'm going to try that the next time a game I don't like comes out, just walk into stores and cancel a preorder I never made.


If they had 100 preorders and 60 of them were then canceled, they would have more cancellations than preorders remaining, yes?
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Yeah this game really isnt main stream enough for a midnight deal as much as we might like it to be. Halo and madden have like 200-500 preorders in any 1 store my guess is MAYBE the top store for this release would be maybe 25? Also the CE and the reg version arent comming out at the same time so that further devides the numbers. Of those interested in the game how many of them had an extra 15 dollars to drop on it?

I guess what im tryin to get at is to warrant a midnight release theres got to be HUGE demand for said game and this just isnt all that popular.
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I wouldn't stress about midnight releases or even getting your copy the day of. Unless a small number of people ordered the CE you can almost guarantee that there's going to be service downtime caused by all the opening day congestion anyway. I would be surprised if everything went smoothly, not only because it's the official release of a brand new game, but it's also SE we're talking about. Murphy's Aerith's Law always prevails in these kinds of situations, in this case the metaphorical sword being planted squarely into the backs of the hopes of dreams of those wishing for a perfect launch.

I would say I'll happily sit back and wait for the 30th, but I know whatever happens the 22nd will be 1000x worse come then.





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I went into my neighborhood GameStop today to shoot the **** while waiting for someone to finish shopping. We talked about Mafia II and then FFXIV. The manager of the store I was talking to said that he would never play FFXIV. I asked why not, and his response totally made me /facepalm: "The same reason I tell anyone who comes in to preorder that game and the same thing I'll tell anyone that comes in to buy it. If you cancel your subscription, even just for a few days, you lose your entire character."

I was like.. what!? haha.. he said some of his friends that played FFXI had told him that, and he was simply spreading the warning. I quickly corrected him, saying I had a character canceled for about 2 years, and when I came back for the "return to vana'diel" it was still right there waiting for me.
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I went into my neighborhood GameStop today to shoot the **** while waiting for someone to finish shopping. We talked about Mafia II and then FFXIV. The manager of the store I was talking to said that he would never play FFXIV. I asked why not, and his response totally made me /facepalm: "The same reason I tell anyone who comes in to preorder that game and the same thing I'll tell anyone that comes in to buy it. If you cancel your subscription, even just for a few days, you lose your entire character."

I was like.. what!? haha.. he said some of his friends that played FFXI had told him that, and he was simply spreading the warning. I quickly corrected him, saying I had a character canceled for about 2 years, and when I came back for the "return to vana'diel" it was still right there waiting for me.


What was his replay to that, out of curiosity?

Also, this is a perfect example of why SE's marketing strategy of "Don't say anything about the product, and tell anyone who does talk about it to shut up" is a bad thing >.>; They have great games, but horrible marketing outside of Japan.
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#24 Sep 19 2010 at 2:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
After being told, several times, by my local GameStop, that they were going to have a midnight launch, I find out today that they are not. Not only that, but after calling around for half an hour, no GameStop I can find in 20ish miles of me (Baltimore, MD) is having a midnight release.

Guess I'm buying it at Walmart.

If you have it reserved at GameStop, you should consider calling your store and verifying that they're having a midnight release.


Right, because I was really expecting them to pay staff to hang around until the wee hours to hand out the 7 copies of the XIV CE they had on pre-order...


My local GameStop had a midnight launch for GTA4, to sell a total of 3 pre-orders and 2 walk-ins. My all-time favorite line from Gamestop, however, is "The pre-order means you are guaranteed a copy. It doesn't mean you are guaranteed to get that copy the day it comes out."
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#25 Sep 19 2010 at 2:38 PM Rating: Excellent
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What was his replay to that, out of curiosity?

Also, this is a perfect example of why SE's marketing strategy of "Don't say anything about the product, and tell anyone who does talk about it to shut up" is a bad thing >.>; They have great games, but horrible marketing outside of Japan.


Well, yes and no. Yes, SE's tight lipped approach to general information about their products hurts them. But any businessperson who tells people not to buy a product they sell based on what they heard from people regarding a completely different product (regardless of who produces it) is a moron. If I'm going to turn away potential sales, I'm going to be **** sure I've got my facts straight first. There's a fine line between being helpful and informative with regards to your customer interactions and being an ignorant sheep.
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So they suck because they're not doing something they don't even have to do in the first place? Of all the things you could gripe about GS, this one seems quite selfish.
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This thread is retarded, 14 won't be a monster release like the huge name games.. how can anyone expect midnight releases for a CE of a game that will pretty low key anyway.

A) it's just an MMO
B) it's not wow related
C) it has a fairly bad reputation from beta, final might fix everything but it still has that stigma currently.
D) Square have no idea how to market their games to increase sales, at all.
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The One and Only Aurelius wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
What was his replay to that, out of curiosity?

Also, this is a perfect example of why SE's marketing strategy of "Don't say anything about the product, and tell anyone who does talk about it to shut up" is a bad thing >.>; They have great games, but horrible marketing outside of Japan.


Well, yes and no. Yes, SE's tight lipped approach to general information about their products hurts them. But any businessperson who tells people not to buy a product they sell based on what they heard from people regarding a completely different product (regardless of who produces it) is a moron. If I'm going to turn away potential sales, I'm going to be **** sure I've got my facts straight first. There's a fine line between being helpful and informative with regards to your customer interactions and being an ignorant sheep.


You're right, but it's not like retail jobs are known for their high intelligence requirements. That's not to say that they only employ idiots; many of us have had a retail job or two at some point in life before moving on to a better job. But expecting people who work at a retail location to hold themselves to an acceptable standard of logic and intelligence isn't exactly logical in its own right.

And some people -do- take suggestions from salesmen, albeit uninformed ones, seriously.

I'm pretty sure that misinformation, between the salesmen and the websites and just from peers, has lead to its fair share of people who might otherwise have played XIV changing their minds.

Like I said, I'm still buying XIV. Two copies of the game. My gripe at the moment is just that I was told when I put in my preorders, and paid them in full, that they WOULD be having a midnight launch. Not "we might", not "we don't know", I was told by an assistant manager that rung me up that "Yeah, we're going to have a midnight release". And now, two days before that midnight launch, I'm learning that not only are they not having one, but neither is any other GameStop in my area.

I -wanted- to buy from GameStop. I've said in several threads that the main reason I preordered my copies from a physical GameStop location instead of from Amazon was because I was looking forward to the midnight release that I was told would happen. And now my vitriol comes from learning that this will not happen.

You can understand my frustration, surely.
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#29 Sep 19 2010 at 4:01 PM Rating: Good
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You can understand my frustration, surely.


I absolutely can. I just think there's a fine line between disappointment/frustration and excessive ranting, and when you start a thread with a title decreeing that the entire company "sucks" because of one bad experience you had, you've been around long enough to know that some people are going to express an opposing point of view. I'm a business owner and on one hand I've got my own accountability and responsibility standards to live up to, and on the other hand having my entire business publicly blasted because of something a disinterested staff member had to say would be a bit troublesome.
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But expecting people who work at a retail location to hold themselves to an acceptable standard of logic and intelligence isn't exactly logical in its own right.

off topic, THANK YOU, i even thought that of the trash i was forced to work with at wal-mart (bad taste in my mouth)

On topic, my gamestop people are tards to the max. I had to downgrade mine because of finances and only got 16 bucks back. the full payed off version is around about 83 bucks, but there is about a 23 dollar difference between the CE with tax and the SE with tax, i was like um.... MATH PEOPLE computers do it for you these days... only 16 back? something that costs 49.99 does not accumulate 15+ bucks in tax. i was irritated.
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Sheesh what size school bus did the other worker ride in to get to work today?



HEY I RODE THE SHORT BUS TO SENIOR HIGH

I'm not joking... it was called the Sunshine Bus... just me and the kids with down syndrome... lol
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Sheesh what size school bus did the other worker ride in to get to work today?

HEY I RODE THE SHORT BUS TO SENIOR HIGH
I'm not joking... it was called the Sunshine Bus... just me and the kids with down syndrome... lol


I rode on the "Medical MiniBus" for a few weeks in Junior High when I broke my ankel. I remember one healthy looking girl who took this bus all year round. So I asked her why she was on the buss since everyone else had some sort of broken or fractured limb. She said she's forced to take the medical bus because her skin can't tolerate sunlight.

.... WTF?

She didn't look like she was a shutin. She wasn't wearing sunglasses or any special protective clothing. She didn't look like a Gothchick with milk white skin. Ah well. All the fellow travelers laughed at her.
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My gamestop guy told me I could pick it up on tuesday. I assume he didn't look at the date and assumed it was a tuesday. I'm off tuesday, work wednsday, off thursday. Gonna check in on tuesday anyway and see if I can get it. Supposedly some stores already have them in their back rooms. Or at least one or two. If the servers are going live on the 20th or 21st, I don't see why I can't try to get the game just a lil early if possible. XD
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My gamestop guy told me I could pick it up on tuesday. I assume he didn't look at the date and assumed it was a tuesday. I'm off tuesday, work wednsday, off thursday. Gonna check in on tuesday anyway and see if I can get it. Supposedly some stores already have them in their back rooms. Or at least one or two. If the servers are going live on the 20th or 21st, I don't see why I can't try to get the game just a lil early if possible. XD


Heard from local gamestop that they can get in trouble if they sell before the scheduled street date
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As most people know, I'm a GameStop Store Manager so I'll share my thoughts on this:

1. We WANT to do midnight launches for everything. Seriously, they're fun, and good for business. But most stores probably have 3-5 copies pre-ordered, and less than 50% of orders show up to a midnight launch on average, so justifying a launch for 1-4 people is hard when you have to get clearance from a district manager, ESPECIALLY on a non-standard release day (tuesday and fridays are big release days, not wednesdays).

2. Payroll is non-existent right now. Blame the economy, blame politics, blame your uncle Jim, bottom line is GameStop is being VERY conservative with payroll; the current theory is that it is being save for 4th quarter holiday sales.

3. Profitability on new games is slim. That 59.99 new game? Yeah, we make less than 5-10$ per copy. That's why there's a markup on used games, to make enough profitability to pay rent, electricity, trash, and payroll. GameStop would be out of business as a specialty retailer if it weren't for used games because of the low margin on new games and literally no margin on hardware.

So yes, justifying a midnight launch for this title is almost impossible. Believe me, there are 2 staff members (no one more than myself!) who want this game ASAP, plus 3-5 customers who have it ordered who want it bad. But from a business standpoint staying open 3 extra hours for 1-3 copies making a net profit of about 15-20$ barely pays payroll. It sucks, I don't like it, but its reality. Now, if this game takes off (which I'm hoping it will), expansion packs could easily have midnight launches. For example, The lich king launch had over 80 people there for the midnight release. Ideally, we want at least 20-30 orders to do a midnight launch, and that just didn't come close for this game.

Edit: One last note - most, if not all, GameStop's have their orders in. However, with CE's, we only get whats ordered. So yes, if you had it ordered, its there now. No, you can't get it early. In addition to fines and firings, there are prompts on the Registers that prevent us from accidentally selling a street dated title.

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Just as a note to anyone on Oahu, the Kahala Mall Gamestop is having a midnight release on TUESDAY night.

That being said, I feel like it was very neglectful of Square Enix to keep the release date of the 22nd for North America. I'm sure they know full well that if they release a game on the 22nd, that translates into the 21st in the USA, yet they did not inform retailers that their servers would be going online at 6:00 PM of the 21st.

While there will no doubt be so much congestion that people won't get to play, it does bother me that this is not really a simultaneous release. I mean, yeah, the servers are open to the whole world, but we can't get the game. The Gamestop I went to says that they will not be giving the game out before the 22nd because that is the noted release date. I told him that it was in Japan time, but he said that his computer said the 22nd, therefore there would not be any handing out of the game until 12:01 AM on the 22nd. I've seen on Twitter that Amazon will not be shipping the game until the 22nd.
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As most people know, I'm a GameStop Store Manager so I'll share my thoughts on this:

1. We WANT to do midnight launches for everything. Seriously, they're fun, and good for business. But most stores probably have 3-5 copies pre-ordered, and less than 50% of orders show up to a midnight launch on average, so justifying a launch for 1-4 people is hard when you have to get clearance from a district manager, ESPECIALLY on a non-standard release day (tuesday and fridays are big release days, not wednesdays).

2. Payroll is non-existent right now. Blame the economy, blame politics, blame your uncle Jim, bottom line is GameStop is being VERY conservative with payroll; the current theory is that it is being save for 4th quarter holiday sales.

3. Profitability on new games is slim. That 59.99 new game? Yeah, we make less than 5-10$ per copy. That's why there's a markup on used games, to make enough profitability to pay rent, electricity, trash, and payroll. GameStop would be out of business as a specialty retailer if it weren't for used games because of the low margin on new games and literally no margin on hardware.

So yes, justifying a midnight launch for this title is almost impossible. Believe me, there are 2 staff members (no one more than myself!) who want this game ASAP, plus 3-5 customers who have it ordered who want it bad. But from a business standpoint staying open 3 extra hours for 1-3 copies making a net profit of about 15-20$ barely pays payroll. It sucks, I don't like it, but its reality. Now, if this game takes off (which I'm hoping it will), expansion packs could easily have midnight launches. For example, The lich king launch had over 80 people there for the midnight release. Ideally, we want at least 20-30 orders to do a midnight launch, and that just didn't come close for this game.

Edit: One last note - most, if not all, GameStop's have their orders in. However, with CE's, we only get whats ordered. So yes, if you had it ordered, its there now. No, you can't get it early. In addition to fines and firings, there are prompts on the Registers that prevent us from accidentally selling a street dated title.

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Our local Gamestop manager is a FF fan. I don't think he's planning on playing FFXIV at release himself, still he's going to do a midnight release. He doesn't keep the store open 3 hours though. He just closes and then opens later from 12:00~12:30. Him and one other guy will get 1 extra hour. He says about 5 people are expected to show.

#38 Sep 19 2010 at 5:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, the manager at the store I went to said the same thing. They'll be closing at 9 and re-opening at midnight.
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As most people know, I'm a GameStop Store Manager so I'll share my thoughts on this:

I thought you worked for the Bernardelli insurance society.
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For what it's worth, we just got a call from our GameStop saying that their midnight release is going to be TOMORROW night (MONDAY), and that if we didn't want to come, we'd be able to come in first thing on Tuesday for our copies. We asked the guy twice if he was saying what we were hearing, and he confirmed that they'd be doing it tomorrow night. *shrugs*
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Boo! I should call again and insist I should be allowed to based on the fact that the game is launching on the 21st!
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I would go in there and have a little chat with the manager and see if you can get your copy at or before the time the game servers start. Most people are reasonable and will just give you your copy(Provided they are in stock). I have done this in the past when there wasn't enough interest in a midnight release and it has worked well for me at more than 1 store. Some people will just try to be buttholes about it but I would think at least most of you would get hooked up.
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yea, I still don't know why SE is sticking with a Wednesday release. It's not hard to change the release date to the 21st.
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That being said, I feel like it was very neglectful of Square Enix to keep the release date of the 22nd for North America. I'm sure they know full well that if they release a game on the 22nd, that translates into the 21st in the USA, yet they did not inform retailers that their servers would be going online at 6:00 PM of the 21st.


The official US release date is the 22nd, no store should be selling it to you before midnight (for your time zone), doesn't matter when the servers are live. Online orders, which tend to ship early to allow for release day shipping often end up delivered when they're supposed though.

Things get sold early though, especially with 14's unusual wednesday release date. I'm guessing most of your gamestops saying they can sell it on tuesday will not be doing so when you show up to that store, others might not care. I worked in a bookstore as a teenager, and we accidentally put 'Foley is God' on sale 4 days early, and nothing really came of it.
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It wont matter when you get it anyways. You can't play till they crank up the servers and go "live" Should be able to do some wheelin and dealin.
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It wont matter when you get it anyways. You can't play till they crank up the servers and go "live" Should be able to do some wheelin and dealin.


The servers go live at 7 PM PDT on the 21st.
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The servers go live at 7 PM PDT on the 21st.


that's only 2 hours before east coast "release hour" anyways.
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
zoltanrs wrote:
It wont matter when you get it anyways. You can't play till they crank up the servers and go "live" Should be able to do some wheelin and dealin.


The servers go live at 7 PM PDT on the 21st.


dang... what are the odds amazon can get it delivered on Tuesday you reckon?? None of this makes sense
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Greatly appreciate your two cents on the issue :)
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#50ThiefX, Posted: Sep 19 2010 at 7:51 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) I'm gonna ignore the fact that you feel proud about this and apparently have no shame in it.........
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While disappointing it could be an oversight by someone at SE not thinking about the time difference. I mean how many people here think about what the actual day is in Japan.

Or...

SE planned it this way to lower the congestion on then servers at launch time by staggering release by time zones. This could be their dress rehearsal to see how much congestion to expect on the 30th.

Either way there are alot of unhappy fans.
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