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Top 4 Partnerships GAMESTOP should consider...

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January 09, 2010 – Comments (7) | RELATED TICKERS: GME , HOTT , SBUX

Can't compete with Amazon and Walmart??  Gamestop is done?  Put a fork in them it is over?
NAH.... Not after you see my List of Partnerships Gamestop should Consider:

4)  GME + BBI               If Gamestop partners with Blockbuster then they can have Video Game ordering on Television or through your Computer. I.E. compete with "STEAM" and "Cable DVR."

3)  GME + MICROSOFT         Speaking of On-Demand service... What about a monthly subscription fee that works exactly like ZUNE but now allows you to order video games for any of your CONOLE or PC/MAC systems? Also includes used games...

2)  GME + HOTT    Set it up by having GAMESTOP include HOT TOPIC merchandise, accessories, T-Shirts  and sell them while HOT TOPIC sells GAMESTOP video games, used games...Toy Action Figures of Final Fantasy 13 or Starcraft 2 characters?

1)  GME + STARBUCKS    $1.00 off Coupons for a Cup of Starbucks Coffee you pick the flavor when you purchase a Used Video Game from Gamestop and get $1.00 off coupons for Used Video Games at Gamestop when you buy a Cup of Coffee you pick the flavor at Starbucks?   Then create joint Starbucks stores with Gamestop Stores.  Why not?

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#1) On January 09, 2010 at 10:56 AM, Varchild2008 (84.64) wrote:

One more thing to add:

I would love to buy a used video game at Gamestop... then walk just a few feet over to Starbucks (as the 2 stores are joined at the hip now) and get my coffee.... Then I could sit down, drink coffee, while fighting with the plastic wrap on my video game I just bought....

And... ultimately.... do all that getting $1.00 off my Coffee purchase and $1.00 off my Video Game purchase.

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#2) On January 09, 2010 at 11:59 AM, galtline (31.28) wrote:

Out of the options that you've listed, I like the Gamestop + Microsoft option...but it begs the question - why would Microsoft need to buy Gamestop to do something like that?  

I keep thinking that Gamestop can't be that far away from irrelevance (by irrelevance, I'm thinking of how Blockbuster has been marginalized by Netflix).

This is what it would take:  The console companies (such as Microsoft) would create a system for online distribution and ownership (they already do this with the arcade games).  This system would also allow you to TRADE games as well (with a middleman fee for Microsoft).

Speaking of Netflix though, I'm surprised you haven't put a GME+NFLX option... 

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#3) On January 09, 2010 at 5:26 PM, Varchild2008 (84.64) wrote:

Not referring to Microsoft BUYING anything...

This was about Partnership deals...

For example:   (GAME) + Kingsoft = Partnership Deal
                      (DPS)   + Electronic Arts = Partnership deal

Partnership Deals usually revolve around some kind of promotional deal...  Where if you buy a Dr. Pepper 20oz. and unscrew the cap you get a code to use for purchasing Gear for your SIMS3 characters.

Things of that nature....

So I am saying that Gamestop.. when you walk in the store.... They do not get into selling Action Figures.. T-Shirts... or anything of that sort..... They could though and it would diversify themselves beyond selling just GAMES + CONSOLES + Strategy Guides.

Gamestop has to diversify somehow...  I think the merchandising industry is a key area to do it... and stores like HOT TOPIC..... could be the right atmosphere to do it with.

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#4) On January 09, 2010 at 5:30 PM, Varchild2008 (84.64) wrote:

"Speaking of Netflix though, I'm surprised you haven't put a GME+NFLX option"

I didn't in part because I feel sorry for Blockbuster and I am still ANTI-IMPERSONAL shopping.

I really do not want to see America transform into "Couch Potato" Malls.   I want real MALLS.... You know where I can actually talk to a real human being when I go shopping....

Gamestop has 1 big advantage over AMAZON, NETFLIX, ZUNE, STEAM, APPLE APP STORE......  And that is that you can speak to, ask question with, and chat up a Store Clerk to get smarter about a purchase before you make the purchase.

Gamestop makes sure their workers have a solid knowledge of video games so they can intelligently discuss which products are better to buy for their customers.... Customers in turn appreciate that... I know I do....

I really abhore impersonal shopping and the trend towards it is starting to jeopardize any reason for me to exit my place of living anymore.  *Sigh*

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#5) On January 09, 2010 at 5:50 PM, UKIAHED (45.40) wrote:

I know it's not a partnership more than an outright buyout - but I would prefer GME+BBY.  Put some Gamestop employees into Best Buy stores - maybe setup a kiosk for the used games...  Just a thought

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#6) On January 09, 2010 at 6:02 PM, Varchild2008 (84.64) wrote:

@ukiahed

At first glance of your idea I was thinking "ugh" now I am forced to ALWAYS go the BIG BOX store route to buy my games. 

However....  I do like the idea of some kind of Gamestop booth at a Best Buy where you can stop by and get all sorts of intelligent information on video games...

I remember a long long time ago when Zelda: A Link to the Past was a brand new.   At my local shopping mall there was a special event where Nintendo Power magazine employees I think they were...wearing T-Shirts... held several booths to tell people how to beat tricky parts in Zelda and other Nintendo Games. 

It was one of my most memorable GEEK moments of my NERDY life.

Now imagine Best Buy having a Gamestop Booth where not only can you learn about how to Beat a Certain Game or to get a list of Cheat Codes....But also advice on which games are better..with better ratings....and it could have a Video Game DEMO System where you can litterally DEMO any video game you want in the store before deciding to buy it.

At Best Buy... You can only DEMO whatever Best Buy has on the floor....  

A Gamestop Booth at a Best Buy could be really kewl...and basically take over the www.gamefaqs.com  market share.

Maybe GAMESTOP needs to partner up with GAMESPOT?

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#7) On January 11, 2010 at 1:59 PM, Melaschasm (65.13) wrote:

The Gamestop/Starbucks idea would be the easiest to do, with the least risk involved.  Offering coupons between the two stores, would be a nice cross promotional opportunity, which would offer cost savings to penny pinching customers.

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