Gamestop vs. Amazon: The Pricing Debate
You get nothing extra for pre-ordering ELDER SCROLLS Skyrim Collector's Edition at Amazon.
You get a physical map included (Gamestop Exclusive) by pre-ordering ELDER SCROLLS Skyrim Collector's Edition.
Both offers at exactly the same price. So which one has the better offer? Gamestop of course!
So how do those Red Thumbing Gamestop boasting that Amazon sells games for less than Gamestop sleep at night?
Granted Amazon can sell and does sell games for less but you have to consider that it will take 5-8 business days before you get the game....unless you pile on Shipping Charges on top of the game price.
So while that is the case.... The other hand is Gamestop Exclusive Deals have allowed the company to bundle special deals.
LA NOIRE for example came with an envelope containing exclusive photograph - film strips as part of one of the DLC missions you get bundled with Gamestop's Pre-Order of LA NOIRE that you do not get with AMAZON.
So let me get this straight.... You buy LA NOIRE at AMAZON.... You pay $$$ dnloading the DLCs you missed out on..... And how do you dnload the physical property? how?
There-in lies the problem.... I personally value the Physical Map for Elder Scrolls very very very highly as I feel it is important.... I own every ELDER SCROLLS game ever made, original copies, limited or collector's edition if they existed for the title....whatever..
I own the physical maps for all of them. So, I value that feature pretty highly.... Versus getting NOTHING ordering from Amazon.
Amazon can undercut competitors on pricing but Competitors like Gamestop can compete on the very fact you can get the game in-store right away.....and they can produce offerings of physical property you can't get ordering from Amazon.
Also, Gamestop sells special bundles of games and other items when you buy a Refurbished Gaming System from them.
Gamestop can compete with Amazon on pricing as they sometimes do undercut Amazon on pricing.
PORTAL 2 after it was released was maked down more on Gamestop than it was on AMAZON.
Where the pricing stands today might be different but about 1 month after release Gamestop sold the game NEW and USED for less that what was available at Amazon.
So, yeah... I take passionate issue with people chosing to red thumb or green thumb stocks like
GAMESTOP simply just because its Bricks and Mortor and I am sick and tired of this
of (AMZN) right now. Sick of it.... S&P has AMZN as a HOLD right now.... Gamestop has a BUY.
Why? Cause come on..... Neither business is going under.....they are both growing.
But the difference maker is Gamestop is heading into AMAZON's turf right now through Digital offerings and to ignore that based on panicked worries over MARGIN decline on Preowned or increased Competition from Best Buy is silly.
Let's just ignore Quantity of sale..... Ignore that Gamestop sells games AMAZON does not.....
Ignore this and ignore that and issue our RED THUMB and boast about how we spoke to oodles and oodles of Executives from 10000000 different retailers.
What do Executives know anyhow? The person with all the facts is the CFO. Chief Financial Officer is in charge of financial planning 5 years out based on the Executive Team's marketing strategy + cost containment + expansion + overall retail sales model.
Executives can give you a lot of info... But, they are not the only source.
Power Up Rewards Program from Gamestop is not something AMAZON offers.
About the only equivalent to it is Amazon offering Gift Cards around $15 for preordering certain games from them. They do not always offer these and not always at $15.00 either.
But the Rewards Program going on at Gamestop is indefinite right now. You can get some money off or even certficates for Buy 2 get 1 Free through the program along with other merchandise for free.
You can get DLCs for free.... It all depends on how quickly you can earn Rewards Points.
The program is still relatively new but as of today's date they offer a total of 158 prizes you can redeem.
Up to $50 off any 1 item sold at Gamestop if you earn enough points for that is probably their biggest rewards prize offer. But the $5 certificates are priced at only 4000 points (which I have well over 6000). 8000 points for $10 off any single item.
I have yet to see ANYONE red thuming Gamestop because of Amazon that ever bothers to really analyze the 2 companies....thoroughly....
Instead we get:
AMAZON sells X game for X price.
And no one cares that GAMESTOP may sell it for a little bit more than that, but bundles the game with free DLCs, and through rewards program you can knock the pricing down quite a bit
and you get the game immediately rather than 5-8 business days.
Nope... No one wants to do the math! Too much like work for Motley Fool Caps Pickers.