that offer low prices and downloadable products have siphoned customers and sales from these once-powerful retailers
One thing I hate is when they play the blame game. Fact is, they over charged in the first place and didn't move with the times quick enough. Its thair own fault for having higher prices then online services. They both get the goods from the same sources, sure they might have a slighly more over head for local store staffing and rent but thats mittagated by the online stores warehouse, staff etc.
The fact that they even say downloadable products are an issue is a joke in itself, and I rate it up there with the same that blame piracy.
Fact is, these shops are buying used games and re-selling them for pure profit. Zero of that goes back to the publishers or developer and they wonder why they don't get bigger discounts from them...
not only that, but they down right rip customers off with the prices as well for physical online sales of the same product in store so its not just downloadable products. Its an excuse, a lame excuse.
As much as I hate shopping, I do actually prefer to visit instore, talk to staff about the products I'm about to buy, see them and if I can hold, and have a hands on experiance. Instead we get stores that pretty much lie to us with stupid gimmicks and bad wording to favour a certain product, ie expensive TVs. Staff are not being properly trained and talk bull**** about something they clearly have no clue about. Its a real shame they've not embraced what a brick store has over online stores.