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Reenie

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Well, here it is:

http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/games/game-over-retaile...

I know Australia tends to be the arse end of the world, but I still feel it is newsworthy...

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Apologies if this should be dealt with in another thread, but the story just broke today (although, frankly, I was waiting for the news for some time). I felt that this is news, and I didn't find a thread about the Australian GAME issues; only the UK ones...

Feel free to direct me to a more appropriate thread...

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Not too surprising if you ask me.
I've never seen too many GAME stores around here in Melbourne (only one or two).
I went into one once and didn't really like what they had to offer, so I'm not going to miss them.

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I used to go to one in Knox City; even had a membership. I found that most games were more expensive (with the exception of Little Big Planet 2- score!) so I hardly shopped there.
I did not see a news article under the News section of the site, but I assume it will be dealt with. It was inevitable anyway, but still interesting. Of course, things could turn around; only time will tell.

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BenAV wrote:

I'm not going to miss them.

I'm sure the thousands of families affected by the loss of jobs may miss them.

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BenAV wrote:

I'm not going to miss them.

I'm sure the thousands of families affected by the loss of jobs may miss them.

The economist in me is tempted to let them fail, without guilt...I don't feel comfortable supporting unprofitable enterprises. But another side of me feels sorry for the employees; hopefully they find work elsewhere. Although, again, this was kinda inevitable...I would have been looking for employment ages ago if I was an employee...

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Reenie wrote:

Aviator wrote:

BenAV wrote:

I'm not going to miss them.

I'm sure the thousands of families affected by the loss of jobs may miss them.

I don't feel comfortable supporting unprofitable enterprises.

I bet you would feel otherwise if you were the owner/employee of an unprofitable enterprise.

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off the top of my head I can name quite a few GAME stores that I visit every now and then if I get bored, although I've never found their selection to be superior to what EB has. That being said though, I don't want to see this chain go, even if I have never bought from them yet. Maybe they'll find a supporter like the UK GAME did?

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@Aviator: No, not really. I have lost work due to unprofitability, and so I do understand it. Granted, I do not have a mortgage or children; but all the same, the employees HAD to have known this was coming. And really, this is not a large industry employing 1000s of people. If I remember correctly, it was about 500; many would be part timers/casuals, many would be students. These people would find it relatively easy to move into other jobs....we are not talking about 45 + yr old employees who worked full time in a specialised industry and would have difficulty retraining...

But as I said, I do feel sorry for them. I just do not want to support a business that will continually run at a loss; that loss will filter somewhere, such as suppliers, landlords, employee wages/super and etc. This is not a government enterprise. We have no duty to prop it up for the good of the people. The economist in me says that some things should be allowed to fail. I am generally wary of corporations anyway; they already have so many advantages, and we should not be giving them more protections.

@oiiopo: It could go the way of Borders (LIKELY). Having said that, the auto industry has been propped up for yonks, so it could be bailed (HIGHLY unlikely). But we will have to wait and see.

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I guess an anonymous source says that all Game stores in Australia will be closed down by the end of the week.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/all-australian-game-stores-to-cl...

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