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Peter Paltridge

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Trade in a $60 new game, get $10 credit, get a $55 used game….sound like a value? To an increasing number of consumers, the answer is “no.” GameStop, the gamer pawn shop corporation millions love to hate, was experiencing sagging sales before the pandemic, and the events of 2020 have just made it worse.
GameStop has announced the impending closure of between 400 to 450 stores worldwide. That might sound serious, but they currently have 5100 stores active all over the world. It’ll take a lot more to do them in, but they’re working on making that happen.
The execs are aware enough of the impending digital future to make a stab at safeguarding themselves, but that effort has amounted to stocking less games (at a store with “game” in its name) and more Funko Pops and other collectibles. The store’s one big selling point was the fact that they stocked the more obscure and niche titles that your...
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