Thursday, January 17, 2008

GameStop's Pre-Order Racket.

Is GameStop running a retail "protection" racket?

Let's look at how protection works in organized crime.

A criminal warns you of possible harm, and then explains that for a fee, they will protect you from it.

When a customer goes to GameStop, they are warned that if they fail to pre-order a game, it will not be available to them.

If you leave a deposit with GameStop you will be "protected" in the event that not enough copies are available.

GameStop has a motivation to get as many pre-orders as possible, as this money (in the interim) can be invested elsewhere.

When a customer doesn't pre-order a title, GameStop employees will refuse to sell them a copy of the game to create the illusion that paying protection is necessary. (See previous post)

If GameStop freely sold in-stock games to customers, then there would be no reason for anyone to pay them "protection".

Can you spot the difference between GameStop's retail policies and a protection racket?

Yeah, me neither.

1 comment:

Eoghan said...

Not really because a protection racket you pay the money and never see it again with gamesfop it's basically paying for the game early if you make a deposit of X amount when you come in to buy the game X amount will be deduced from the cost.Your just buying the game before it comes out,everyone could do it if they wanted