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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by darksideby182 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:53 pm

Maybe I should try haggling in Tesco for my weekly shop and see what they say, always find it odd that people think they can haggle with electronics but you never hear of haggling with anything else on the high street.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by Gemini73 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:53 pm

Their loss then. If competitive pricing and flexibility isn't something they can provide in today's market then it's no wonder they're heading for extinction.

Seriously though, it was a £15 game that's no doubt been sat on their shelve since it arrived in store. Pathetic they couldn't offer anything at all.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by Hexx » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:56 pm

Gemini sounds like a candidate on the Apprentice

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by IAmTheSaladMan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:59 pm

I successfully haggled down the price of the insurance on my phone with O2. When I renewed my contract in April and upgraded from an iPhone 6 to and iPhone 7 the new monthly bill was going to be too expensive so I said I wanted to drop the insurance from my contract the salesman just said words to the effect of "Well how about we just keep the bill as it was but still include the insurance".

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by Gemini73 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:04 pm

Trelliz wrote:
Gemini73 wrote:Forza


What's your tag? I could always do with more drivatars.


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by Mafro » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:27 pm

Gemini73 wrote:This is a beauty.

So, after becoming completely frustrated with the clusterfuck that is Windows Store I went into town this morning with the intent of buying a 500gb X1S.

After shopping around and discovering everywhere had sold out of that model I bit the bullet and went into Game who themselves only had the 1tb model with FH3 for £269.

I said I also wanted FM7 and an additional control pad and would bite if they threw in a £15 copy of Recore.

They refused to budge saying they couldn't authorise it. The manager stepped in and said the same, so I said why not call the area manager and get him to authorise the sale. "We can't do that" was the response.

"So your going just let over £300 walk out of the store over fifteen quid?" I asked, utterly bewildered.

"We can't authorise the discount" was the repeated response.

Chuckling in absolute amazement I left the store empty handed, and them a lost £300+ sale.

A quick phone call to Smyths Toys (a 20 minute walk) they had the 500gb FH3 bundle with Hotwheels DLC and put it to one side. On arriving at the store I discovered that the actual deal was the following:

500gb X1S with FH3
FIFA 18
An extra, official White S controller

£229!

I also bought FM7 for £41, taking the total sale to £272.

Traded in FIFA at CEX for £41 and picked up The Master Chief Collection, Recore and AC Syndicate.

Game are strawberry floating mugs. :lol:

You tried to haggle in a high street store and think they’re the mugs?

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by KK » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:28 pm

I've haggled with Curry's, Carphone Warehouse, Comet, John Lewis, Euronics, DFS, Furniture Village, Cash Converters, Sky, every single insurance company, and even Sainsbury's (damaged goods, near sell-by dates, though as I found out they're not allowed to on damaged/wilting flowers, which seems like a bit of a strange directive from head office "Any movement on the price of this flower?", "No", "But it's dead!").

Last year John Lewis/the Sony rep knocked the price of my TV/Soundbar bundle down in price with zero resistance whatsoever. It was officially reduced a few days or weeks later. It's quite common to see reps from manufacturers in-store these days, and I don't know how much leeway they have, but clearly he knew the price was going to be lowered so had no issues giving it to me there and then.

There is one major difference between Curry's and John Lewis though. Staff in the later tend to leave you alone. Curry's and places like Furniture Village absolutely do not. Use that to your advantage. They're desperate for me to buy something, and I'm desperate for a price cut.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by Preezy » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:32 pm

Furniture Village? KK I'm so sorry your life must terrible :dread:

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by KK » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:36 pm

The quality of their MDF merchandise is not the point!

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by KK » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:44 pm

Out of curiosity I googled this subject and surprise, surprise Martin Lewis has an article on the subject (and the best high-street shops to do it in):

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shoppi ... ccessfully

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by Mafro » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:46 pm

Furniture Village sounds like a fake store from a 90s American sitcom.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by KK » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:51 pm

They're very expensive. John Lewis prices without the John Lewis products. Staff were nice enough though, if a little over eager. This one woman just would not leave me alone. In hindsight I should have grabbed her arse hard to show her I wasn't going to be taken advantage of & treated like a mark.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by Preezy » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:55 pm

KK wrote:They're very expensive. John Lewis prices without the John Lewis products. Staff were nice enough though, if a little over eager. This one woman just would not leave me alone. In hindsight I should have grabbed her arse hard to show her I wasn't going to be taken advantage of & treated like a mark.

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by Ste » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:13 pm

Years ago when buying Majora's Mask, Mario Tennis and Mario Party 2 all at once from Game before I purchased them I asked "If I buy all 3 will you knock some money off" (they were all quite new out so £40 a pop) straight away the manager said no problem and gave me the student discount which I think was 5%. (I wasn't a student at the time)

Now obviously it wasn't a lot, and I'd have bought them anyway, but it was good customer service.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by hamm sandwich » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:36 pm

Can't believe the suggestion to contact the area manager wasn't successful :lol:

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by grog monster 64 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:50 pm

Yeah, as someone who worked at GAME, the margins are so tight that 'throwing in' something to secure a sale is not possible. As daft as it seems, discounting a game would probably make the profit on the sale more or less non-existent, so in a way it would actually make better business sense to let you walk.
That obviously disregards the possibility of future sales, but if you were holding the sale to ransom over a mediocre £15 game, the chances are not great that you'd be returning to pay high street prices for games.
Years ago deals were possible. I remember going in to buy a PlayStation and I had a list of titles I wanted, none of which were in a bundle. So the manager made me a custom package with copies of Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4, RR Revolution, Gran Turismo, Tekken 2... That was a good day.

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PostRe: GAME Shares
by Gemini73 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:56 pm

Mafro wrote:
Gemini73 wrote:This is a beauty.

So, after becoming completely frustrated with the clusterfuck that is Windows Store I went into town this morning with the intent of buying a 500gb X1S.

After shopping around and discovering everywhere had sold out of that model I bit the bullet and went into Game who themselves only had the 1tb model with FH3 for £269.

I said I also wanted FM7 and an additional control pad and would bite if they threw in a £15 copy of Recore.

They refused to budge saying they couldn't authorise it. The manager stepped in and said the same, so I said why not call the area manager and get him to authorise the sale. "We can't do that" was the response.

"So your going just let over £300 walk out of the store over fifteen quid?" I asked, utterly bewildered.

"We can't authorise the discount" was the repeated response.

Chuckling in absolute amazement I left the store empty handed, and them a lost £300+ sale.

A quick phone call to Smyths Toys (a 20 minute walk) they had the 500gb FH3 bundle with Hotwheels DLC and put it to one side. On arriving at the store I discovered that the actual deal was the following:

500gb X1S with FH3
FIFA 18
An extra, official White S controller

£229!

I also bought FM7 for £41, taking the total sale to £272.

Traded in FIFA at CEX for £41 and picked up The Master Chief Collection, Recore and AC Syndicate.

Game are strawberry floating mugs. :lol:

You tried to haggle in a high street store and think they’re the mugs?


For letting a £300+ sale walk out of the door and wind up in the pocket of a major competitor? Absolutely.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by Preezy » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:38 pm

In this story, nobody won.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by Gemini73 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:58 pm

Preezy wrote:In this story, nobody won.


Not entirely true. I went elsewhere and saved a small fortune. Game did me a favour.

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PostRe: GAME Shares "Collapse"; Sports Direct owner purchases 26%
by Preezy » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:03 pm

And yet you've carried this negative story with you all these years (many, many years), retelling it to every stranger you meet on the internet, you can't seem to let go of your hatred. I feel your pain, I really do, but you need to let it go.

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