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12-11-2009 @ 10:11PM
I used to work for GameStop, and while I agree that they have gone downhill in recent years (especially after the merge with EB), you aren't exactly getting nothing for your pre-order money. Even if there is no release date, you are guaranteed a copy of that game on the day it does come out.Either that or I'm still conditioned from having to sell at least 3 pre-orders per day. My record for a week is 145 (thank you Burning Crusade!).
12-11-2009 @ 11:10PM
"Even if there is no release date, you are guaranteed a copy of that game on the day it does come out." That isn't exactly true. My brother in law preordered Dragon Age but, surprise surprise, Gamestop took too many preorders and he wasn't able to get it for over a week, while my wife and I went to Best Buy and got our copy (that was waiting with dozens of other copies) with no problems.The entire preorder business model is a scam.
12-11-2009 @ 11:11PM
But I think that's what Sacco meant. You can keep your money until a definite date is set, then pay for the pre-order with a guaranteed day of when you'll get it. Why pay for a pre-order game that won't come out for another year? Of course...its what $5 to do the pre-order? Thats like...4 $.99 meals and some change. Wait, that might actually be worth saving...I don't have money :'(.
12-12-2009 @ 12:25AM
"The entire preorder business model is a scam."It has its uses. For example, when wrath was first announced, i was the second person to pre-order at my EB store. I asked them about collectors edition and they said that once its announced and they knew how many copies they would be getting, they would start at the top of the list and call customers, asking if they wanted a collectors edition, until they had sold them all.Without preordering, getting a collectors edition is extremely hard.
12-12-2009 @ 2:06AM
"Without preordering, getting a collectors edition is extremely hard."It depends on where you live. My son and I went into Best Buy the day of release to get WotLK. They had half a dozen Collector's Editions sitting up by the entrance, so I grabbed one.My mom pre-ordered Cataclysm from Amazon.com for me, because that's what I asked for for Christmas. It's on a credit card, so it doesn't cost her a cent till it ships, and I don't have to concern myself with whether or not I'll have the cash at release time.I'm sure I'll also get my annual underpants from Mom on Christmas day. ;-)
12-12-2009 @ 6:38AM
My friend pre-ordered Starcraft: Ghost which Gamestop had a date for. We all know what happened with that.He never got his money back, even with a receipt.
12-12-2009 @ 11:24AM
"Without preordering, getting a collectors edition is extremely hard."Not really. As someone said, depends on where you live. I preordered the Wrath CE from a local consumer electronics chain known for it's cheap prices - got mine for like 50 euros. ....Then I heard that it was being sold at the store, on the release day for about 30 euros and that there were literally nothing else at the PC games aisle that day. Well, I can't really complain since the game actually arrived a day early right at my doorstep, but of course I was a little annoyed of getting "scammed" out of 20 odd euros.
12-12-2009 @ 12:20PM
Here in ireland its free to preorder and in many cases you get rewards. I dont get how they can get away with charging. Here they see it as a boon, because they will have more of an idea how many copies they need to order and it will prevent being understocked or overstocked
12-13-2009 @ 7:00PM
I often pre-order from EB Games here in Aus, with WoW games i've had a lot of issues getting my hands on collectors editions, the next day after it comes out, i go around to stores but can't find any so, pre-ordering from EB this time round will hopefully help me out.The other thing I like about pre-ordering is, i can head down there at midnight and collect my copy, i know it's not a must, i can always go get it the next day, but it's fun to head down there with friends, que up with hundreds of other people that play the game, talk to them etc. I couldn't do that if i didn't pre-order the game.
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