Gamestop = Epic Fail
I know that both Gamestop and Best Buy get a horrible rap but fact is, they typically set themselves up for their own failures.
I typically don’t pre-order anything but I decided on pre-ordering Metroid Prime Trilogy from Gamestop so that I could get the bonus T-Shirt and poster. I pre-ordered long ago and at that time both were still available and showing on the Gamestop site as available. Well I got a text message yesterday saying that I could pick it up the following afternoon. I decided I would use my lunch hour to pick it up. Well I tried calling first to see if it was there but of course none of the employees found it necessary to answer the phone. I decided on heading there anyway since I did receive the text message the night before. I stopped in and the guy at the counter didn’t know what I was talking about then proceeded to tell me that he hadn’t checked all the boxes yet. He went to the back and after a few minutes came out and said that it must still be on some truck somewhere… Ok, I guess I’ll deal since I headed there without knowing if the product was in yet. Well I went back to work and did my time. I headed back to the store immediately after work and go figure that they were already out of posters. Not only that but they told me they were only shipped 2. Now I dunno about you but if there is a pre-order item to be shipped with product, then they sure as hell better have more than just 2. That’s a load of shit if you ask me. I call that a cheap bait tactic to get customers to buy there as opposed to anywhere else. Totally uncool in my opinion. Ok the clerk said that it was while supplies last (which is true) but you better have more than 2 if you plan to promote the damn thing. Oh and to top it all off, the guy that was there when I stopped in for lunch to pick it up was still there. He “went back” to look if there were any more posters. The F*&^&$^* bastard should have saved one for me in the first place.. the prick.
Ok ok, you may be wondering why I’m so worked up about a poster… It’s not about the poster at this point. If a product is being promoted as a bonus gift for doing something you don’t need to (pre-ordering) then you should get the product or at least have enough made to be handed out to a reasonable amount of people (not 2 per store). Doing that is a crooked (possibly illegal?) store tactic.
Oh… and the T-Shirt was an XL by the way. About 2 of me could fit in one of those. Nice right?