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Post by manicdave66 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:18 am

rossi46 wrote:
mohicankid wrote:

retro gamer should interview a game/gamestation m.d to find out how they can justify this mass slaughter of innocent games!


The man may be onto something there.

Can't the powers that be at the mag do anything? Find out the reasons at least?

A feature like that would have far more relevance to the retro community than some pointless pinball piece, tbh. Not to mention bringing the importance of the issue to the attention of the people intending to perform the cull.



darren's being quiet on this one!
Too true, come on guys what’s your thoughts on this. If you put this in the mag (retro gamer) it could hopefully get people to maybe start a potion to stop this. The store where I work has about 150 games if not more that are ready to be sent off to be destroyed.
If every store (there are over 250 nationwide) is destroying there stock of retro games and each store has say 150 games each (some may have less many will have much more!)
That works out as 37500 games!! (250 stores * 150 games) that will be destroyed and am sure the actual figure is much larger.

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Post by Dudley » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:24 pm

Sureshot wrote:I don't get why they don't chuck them on eBay for at least one round of listing and then do the dirty on them later if really necessary? They could at least make a bit of cash that way instead of paying someone to melt them down.
If they cared remotely about actually being a specialist, this is what they would do.

However, they can pull a giant tax fiddle to make money by destroying them and in the days of GAME ownership, that's all that matters.

They, like their parent company, are now only a specialist in games the way Tesco is a food specialist. Pile em high, sell em off, not give a toss.
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Post by FatTrucker » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:32 pm

That added to the fact the you can virtually guarantee that anything remotely rare, unique or desirable will have been saved, aquired, raided or purchased by the staff or their friends.

I would imagine the vast majority of stuff thats going into skips are piles and piles....and piles of things like Fifa for the Megadrive. Stuff with very little monetary or gaming value that won't sell anyway and will just sit on a shelf in a storeroom. Gamestations were full of mass produced, generic crap with the odd curiosity or decent title (usually so optimistically priced that that wouldn't sell either).

I still don't really see how GS made any money from Retro TBH, certainly not enough to justify shelf space that could be given over to things that sell. There just doesn't seem to be enough of a market for Retro on the high street to make it financially viable.

One upside to this is it does make it easier for any independent Retro retailer to sell on the high street or online because there is no longer a game shop on every high street selling them.
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Post by manicdave66 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:56 pm

I would imagine the vast majority of stuff thats going into skips are piles and piles....and piles of things like Fifa for the Megadrive
That’s not the case it is all games but a handful of titles probably around 5% of a consoles back catalogue.

I think there were around 80 ps1 titles that are being kept. When you consider the Ps1 has over 4000 games produced for it that’s not many. All other consoles have a lot less that are being kept.

The store where I work has about 150 games if not more that are ready to be sent off to be destroyed.
I was taking to a friend earlier that also works at Gamestation and he told be he helped the manager go though the retro games. He recons that there where more like 300 games that were ready to be scrapped and that’s only boxed games. ALL unboxed games doesn’t matter what format they are, there all being destroyed and there are easily another 300 unboxed games. So the number of games gamestation is destroying is more likely to be around 150,000!!

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Post by bolda » Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:21 pm

manicdave66 wrote:...If you put this in the mag (retro gamer) it could hopefully get people to maybe start a potion to stop this...
You've been playing WAY too many fantasy rpgs! :lol:
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Post by manicdave66 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:39 am

manicdave66 wrote:
...If you put this in the mag (retro gamer) it could hopefully get people to maybe start a potion to stop this...

You've been playing WAY too many fantasy rpgs!
lol I should realy read Though what I have written before I send it :oops: .
I think a petition of some sort is a good idea though.

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Post by mohicankid » Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:09 pm

got a reply to my letter to gamestation hq (my letter underneathe)

Hi Simon

Thank you for your email, Gamestation is not stopping selling retro
titles however theses titles are only going to be sold through selected
stores due to space restrictions, there is also a section on our
website where you can purchase retro titles.

Kind Regards

Fiona Skipper - Operations Support Manager
0845 365 1275 (ext 263)

gamestation | 10 - 12 Stirling Park | Amy Johnson Way | Clifton Moor |
York | YO30 4WU



-----Original Message-----
From: simon
Sent: 16 March 2008 15:46
To: Web Enquiries
Subject: General Enquiry

A user has made an enquiry :

Name: simon Email:
Enquiry: hi i have recently learned that you are currently
writing off 'retro' stock with the intention of recycling it! i am an
avid collector of all games and consoles past and present and when i was
recently at my local store (rhyl n/wales) i was told that although they
had a large no of retro games in store they were not able to sell them
as they had been removed from the system!!(previouse to this staff were
having to go up to the store room to look for indevidual items for me as
there was no room allocated in store for them!)
i would like to know if you would consider selling these unwanted items
as a job lot rather than recycling them and basicaly wiping a little of
gamings history off the face of the planet!
i am sending this request to you as the store manager has told me that
this kind of decision is not his to make!

thank you
simon
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note they avoided the point on recycling!
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Post by mohicankid » Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:11 pm

Fiona Skipper - Operations Support Manager
0845 365 1275 (ext 263)
there is youre point of contact...who has free weekend calls?
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...

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Post by Dudley » Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:45 pm

No-one to 0845 numbers I suspect.
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Post by The Master » Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:47 pm

And I doubt Ms Skipper works weekends...

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Post by mohicankid » Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:54 pm

no but she might have an answering machine :twisted:
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Post by sscott » Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:34 pm

A good (if probably futile) effort all the same.
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Post by rossi46 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:48 pm

Probably get more sense out of Muddy Mud Skipper, TBH

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Post by yamiiguy » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:40 am

My local Gamestation has got no retro now unfortunately, but Blockbuster Games which used to be a Gamestation before the GAME takeover is still selling and accepting trade-ins of retro products! Thank god!

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Post by woody.cool » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:29 am

Fiona Skipper wrote:Thank you for your email, Gamestation is not stopping selling retro
titles however theses titles are only going to be sold through selected
stores due to space restrictions, there is also a section on our
website where you can purchase retro titles.
Does anyone know which selected stores?

I'm quite sure Blackpool is one of them, because whenever I go up to Blackpool (I still have family up there), they still seem to have retro stuff in the window.

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