Yes, another game/comic store rant from me. Isn’t the first, won’t be the last.
So I’m calling my local game store to see if they’ve got something in stock before I head over there. It’s 3:45 on a weekday, and he’s not answering his phone. Is he there? Who knows? Sometimes he just closes the shop for the hell of it. Sometimes he’s too busy painting miniatures to pick up the phone. I don’t think I need to point out that this is the only game store in this town.
So Mr. Game Store Owner, in a year, when your business is going under, please don’t scratch your pointy head and wonder why. It’s not because of the internet. It’s not because of the economy. It’s not because of evil pixies. It’s because you treat this alleged business like a hobby. Like so many other game store owners. You can’t be bothered to get stuff in, you don’t know how to take care of customers, you keep whatever hours you feel like, your store looks like a basement, it smells of geek reek, and you’ve no concept of a sale. That’s why you fail. That’s why so many game stores fail. You don’t take it seriously and yet you expect me to.
Game store owners will piss and moan about “Oh, everyone buys online and it’s killing us little guys! How can we compete?” You can compete by actually giving a fuck. Pretend like you want to make money doing this. Act like you care if I buy from you or not. I’m trying to give you some of my money, and you won’t pick up the damn phone.
“Support your local game store.” What if it doesn’t DESERVE support?