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GAME agrees £52m takeover by Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

Discussion in 'Console Games & Hardware' started by peahead, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. peahead

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  2. jrwagh333

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    Game went downhill when they started charging £15 more for new games compared to other stores. And £10 for pre owned games that you can buy new from online stores.
     
  3. Psycho Sonny

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    we don't need them any more. cex does trade ins. plus ebay / gumtree.

    plus online and supermarkets always cheaper.

    no need for specialist stores these days
     
  4. Bigpig

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    Might not need them but I do enjoy going to specialist stores like Game and HMV but you know something is fundamentally wrong when you go into game and the second hand games are priced higher than new version.

    Having worked in retail it's not specialist stores that's dieing it's the Highstreets.
     
  5. EssexBoy

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    I used to love going into game as a kid looking at all the amiga and dos games on the shelves. Shame they did not move with the times.
     
  6. peahead

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    I used to like it in the 90s when it was electronics boutique :)
     
  7. EssexBoy

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    That was a different shop altogether but i did go to that place too :)
     
  8. Terminal_Boy

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    Game was done for as far as PC gaming went the moment digital downloads become a thing.
     
  9. peahead

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    Yeah i know but it was so good and exciting back then i remember buying my Panasonic 3DO for £400 on release day :o
     
  10. justbeats

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    So Games Direct then? Not sure how he thinks he's going to resurrect the slumping market for bricks and mortar gaming but I guess time will tell.
     
  11. beachBOYken

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    Same, my local one closed down about 6 years ago I think, possibly more. I preferred it to Game stores, even if it was just for browsing.
     
  12. peahead

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    Yeah and they will start selling trainers and tracksuits too i guess lol
     
  13. StriderX

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    52 million? Lol. What a dead company.

    Now that Ashley's name is on it, i definitely will not be stepping in it again.
     
  14. bakes0310

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    Used to be a regular in the 90's used to buy one game then complete it in a week take it back and swap it for another thanks to trading laws. Must of had 30-40 new games off them before they caught on.
     
  15. rebel rebel

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    Whenever I've gone into my local one it is packed.
     
  16. malachi

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    He probably shut the stores which are not doing well, turn them into mini Sports Direct stores while keeping the staffs pay at a bare minimum.

    Filling up his back pockets with more money.
     
  17. Psycho Sonny

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    No he will shut every store he cannot buy the property of.

    He is smart as he realises rent as well as rates are the killer blow.

    If he owns the property there is no rent.

    If any store cannot be turned around he will close it.

    He isnt a magician he cannot stop the fact people aren't buying on the street any more.

    So he has to cut costs to stay alive.
     
  18. dragonslayer

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    That's a shame I always enjoyed going in game even if it was just to browse it had a certain atmosphere which I always liked hope they keep the shops open near me
     
  19. pingwing

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    Think I played about half the n64 and ps2 catalogue with that one! Helped there were two in mk so you would switch between them every so often to keep the trades going
     
  20. gord

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    If you had a decent amount of trade-in credit at Game, what would you buy to turn that back into cash efficiently? I wonder if they let you buy gift cards with trade-in credit? Then I could exchange them online.

    I was planning to wait for the next-gen consoles, but now I'm not so sure.