GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%

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by Mogster » Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:19 pm

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Ecno wrote:Please stop buying shares in the worst companies in the worst performing sector. Long term it's going to be all digital distribution anyway so it's not like it's buying penny shares in companies which could be the best new thing in robotics, oil and gas exploration or mining exploration.

If you're wanting to buy shares look at large companies which pay substantial dividends.

I really don't understand people who by digital games. You do realise you're basically only paying for a license? If that company goes out of business or can't host the game for legal reasons. Say goodbye to your game.

I will ALWAYS buy physical copies of £40 games

Valve have said in the past that they'd ensure there was some way to get to your games should the company go bust or something. Even so, you can back up your entire collection of downloaded Steam games by simply copying one folder onto a different drive.

Legally you're only buying a license no matter what format you buy your games on. The only difference is that if you lose, or break a physical copy, you say goodbye to your game. Games bought on Steam can just be downloaded again if you manage to lose your old install and any backups you may have made.

GOG.com is even better in that regard. Not only can you redownload your stuff as much as you like, but the downloads are completely DRM free and don't require a launcher to run. There's literally no drawback unless you really like having an official box sitting on your shelf.

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by Peter Crisp » Fri May 19, 2017 11:28 am

4% off on consoles may almost be worth it if you're planning to buy a Switch and Scorpio this year but that's not exactly going to be a lot of people.
Let's assume the Scorpio is £400 and the Switch £280 that's a £27.20 saving so nope, it's still a pile of shite.

jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by Moggy » Fri May 19, 2017 11:36 am



Do they think they are Amazon or something? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by Poser » Fri May 19, 2017 11:37 am



I honestly wonder if they know something we don't: ie that the business is strawberry floated, and this is one last desperate attempt to get some non-refundable cash from people before the inevitable happens.

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by OrangeRakoon » Fri May 19, 2017 11:39 am

My loyalty card for Game already says "Elite" on it, does that mean I get these benefits for free?

(It's a gamestation elite card that got transferred over to game in the buyout :lol: )

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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by Preezy » Fri May 19, 2017 11:43 am

Death throes.

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by Miguel007 » Fri May 19, 2017 11:50 am

The best part of all of this on the poster is the Our Promise to You - 'You can't Lose' :fp: :D

I feel as if I've already lost by reading this...

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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by Peter Crisp » Fri May 19, 2017 11:56 am

I know this may sound crazy but I do think Game could be saved if they changed and became more like a book store and just cut out pandering to scruffy teens. If they had a nice area where you could have a coffee a try a game before you buy and just made the atmosphere more professional overall it would see more customers as more gamers are now older and the current store layout just doesn't attract them.
If I won the lottery I'd see if I could try it at one store and see if my theory works or not as I think a game store with a bit of class could work.

jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by Fade » Fri May 19, 2017 12:07 pm

To make things worse they've​ stopped price matching cex as well.

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by more heat than light » Fri May 19, 2017 12:21 pm

Fade wrote:To make things worse they've​ stopped price matching cex as well.


This is what made me stop using them. Always used to trade my stuff in at Game, whack the credit on a gift card and then save it for when they had something on sale that I fancied.

Their trade-in prices are beyond laughable now. Checked the price for Gears 4 the other day. CEX were offering a tenner, Game offered £2. :lol:

jawafour wrote:You definitely have the biggest one, mhtl - it's strawberry-floatin' massive!
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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by jiggles » Fri May 19, 2017 12:28 pm

As a value proposition, this isn't really that bad.

The net result is that you get 10% off everything after your first £360 at a cost of £0 (whether you spend that much or not).

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by Preezy » Fri May 19, 2017 12:38 pm

Miguel007 wrote:The best part of all of this on the poster is the Our Promise to You - 'You can't Lose' :fp: :D

What does it even mean? Can't lose at what? They blatantly wanted to have an even number of selling points for this but had to come up with some marketing guff for the last one :lol:

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by jiggles » Fri May 19, 2017 12:44 pm

Preezy wrote:
Miguel007 wrote:The best part of all of this on the poster is the Our Promise to You - 'You can't Lose' :fp: :D

What does it even mean? Can't lose at what? They blatantly wanted to have an even number of selling points for this but had to come up with some marketing guff for the last one :lol:


They mean you will always end up with your fee back in points, no matter what.

If you pay £36 and spend £0, you get £36 in points to spend.
If you pay £36 and spend £360, you get £36 in points to spend.
If you pay £36 and spend £500, you get £50 in points to spend.
If you pay £36 and spend £1000, you get £100 in points to spend.

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by OrangeRakoon » Fri May 19, 2017 12:52 pm

I see what you mean now jiggles

"If you have been a member for 12 full consecutive months, and you receive less points back from purchases than the fee you have paid for your membership for those 12 months, we will give you the difference back in points."

This wasn't mentioned in the eurogamer article but changes it a lot imo.

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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by KK » Fri May 19, 2017 12:53 pm

So they expect me to effectively loan them £33/£36 for a year, praying they don't go bust in the meantime, all while paying more for things to begin with. How about strawberry float NO.

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by jiggles » Fri May 19, 2017 12:59 pm

KK wrote:So they expect me to effectively loan them £33/£36 for a year, praying they don't go bust in the meantime, all while paying more for things to begin with. How about strawberry float NO.


I don't think they really expect anyone who doesn't usually shop in Game to do anything, tbh.

Anyway, yeah, although I don't think it's that bad a deal, I can't see it taking off.

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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by KK » Fri May 19, 2017 1:02 pm

If you go to the Hot UK Deals website this has currently been downvoted so much it's at -380 degrees.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/game-el ... me-2694672

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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by jawafour » Fri May 19, 2017 1:02 pm

You're right, jiggles, in that you can save money if you spend a lot. It's not really that attractive, though, unless you're planning to buy a Scorpio and number of full-priced games. It's fair to say that the guarantee (i.e. you get points back to make up the £36 cost if you haven't spent that much) is reasonable... but still not that attractive.

When delving further into the small print, GAME plan to charge a 2% monthly interest penalty if you take out the direct debit pay monthly option but make a "late payment". It just feels like the scheme is setup to benefit GAME rather than be something that is tempting enough to draw customers in.

Like many folk here I have bought quite a lot of games over the past ten years and very few of them have been from GAME. It's not just the high pricing in-store but the fact that the shops have a pretty limited range of new titles and they seem to be more focussed on expensive (and, often, poor condition) second-hand games and mobile phones. I want GAME to be better... it feels like they're never the first choice when looking for games.

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PostRe: Game Shares "Collapse"
by KK » Fri May 19, 2017 1:10 pm

The games are usually £10 more expensive. So if you buy 1 game a month, you've already spent £120 more than if you'd just gone somewhere else.

You're better off using Nectar card and shopping at Sainsbury's, eBay and Argos. Or Tesco, where £10 in Clubcard points become £30 or whatever during Christmas/Special events.

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