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I'm trying within reason to support my FLGS, but the economy has claimed more than I can help by myself...

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What's the first thing you think of when you hear of a game store closing?
Man, I should have supported them more. Sad to see another go.
I hope there's an awesome close-out sale.
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Glad I didn't pick that business and the internet is going to leave us all living in isolated spaces with no social skills at all.
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I start thinking about 2003, the last year I had one in my town.
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Rulesjd wrote:
Glad I didn't pick that business and the internet is going to leave us all living in isolated spaces with no social skills at all.

Not that the social skills at your average game shop are much better...
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Honestly--and with a minor amount of shame--I picked Option 2. whistle

However, there really is something to be said about the tactile experience of being able to physically pick up and examine a game box, which further bolsters point-of-purchase potential. How many times have people made an impulsive buy for this reason alone? You can't get that online, as a keyword search doesn't quite equate passing by an aisle end cap or new release display.
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bippi wrote:
I'm trying within reason to support my FLGS, but the economy has claimed more than I can help by myself...

Don't blame it on the economy. The board gaming industry and shops are doing very well.
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My thought is "The realities of the market (online stores, big box stores, small customer base) probably make it hard to run a FLGS and make a decent living." My best wishes to anyone doing it, but I think it's usually hard.

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Option 3: I don't even know that store.
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I use to love going to my FLGS and looking at all the AH titles and deciding if I should buy this one or this one. Great times. But, its hard to compete with online price, even with shipping factored in. Sad.
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Topper Harley wrote:
bippi wrote:
I'm trying within reason to support my FLGS, but the economy has claimed more than I can help by myself...

Don't blame it on the economy. The board gaming industry and shops are doing very well.


Maybe in Germany. Not so in the US.
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What could they have done differently? Are there any lessons that can be learned by any surviving stores to avoid a similar fate?
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Various degrees of that being a shame, depending on how F, L and good it was. Like everyone else, I've seen it happen (interpreting L as "local enough to at least occasionally visit in person").

I've just seen something that some would say even worse - lose the useful shop without the closing down sale, because it's just moved so far from having anything worthwhile in it that it's barely worth entering even if walking past. This is actually my most L shop as the crow flies (Games Workshop shops are not F or the G I'm interested in) though one I rarely visit. But maybe it will recover one day.
 
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Geosphere wrote:
Topper Harley wrote:
bippi wrote:
I'm trying within reason to support my FLGS, but the economy has claimed more than I can help by myself...

Don't blame it on the economy. The board gaming industry and shops are doing very well.


Maybe in Germany. Not so in the US.
No, the hobby industry has fared pretty decently. For those firmly entrenched in a hobby, you tend to retreat towards it in troubling times even more. For families, a few games are a one-time investment that provides a lot of activity; a more cost-efficient alternative than movies, sporting events, or other typical family outings.

Old ones close, new ones open. It isn't anything new, it's just now everyone assumes it's the economy.
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Topper Harley wrote:

Don't blame it on the economy. The board gaming industry and shops are doing very well.


Actually, the bookstore where they meet for Monday gaming here in town has announced its closing... so if it's anything it's an FlgS, because it's a chain bookstore, and it doesn't really have all that many games I'd purchase anyway.

So, it's not really even a hobby store.

The store close by my house though, I have my birthday present picked-out and all ready to purchase when that glorious day comes.

But I remember hearing the news, and having never gamed there... my honest-to-God first thought (and I say this with a lot of shame) was, "Hey, I bet bananagrams would be cheap..."

Because if it were the establishment *I* game at, I think my first thought would be, "Hey, on the upside, maybe we'll find a place that stays open until 10 with bigger tables..."
 
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The #1 reason why the FLGS closes...

Because someone decided they would try to make some money off of their hobby instead of running a business.
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What could they have done differently? Are there any lessons that can be learned by any surviving stores to avoid a similar fate?

I hate to say it, but some of the best game stores have great online stores. For example coolstuff has a real store in Florida and st.Louis Mo has miniature market for minis...adapt or die...why should this hobby be an exception to the forces of capitalism?
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Warpiglet wrote:
J.L.Robert wrote:
What could they have done differently? Are there any lessons that can be learned by any surviving stores to avoid a similar fate?

I hate to say it, but some of the best game stores have great online stores. For example coolstuff has a real store in Florida and st.Louis Mo has miniature market for minis...adapt or die...why should this hobby be an exception to the forces of capitalism?
Board games are a very narrow market. Every successful store I know branches out to broaden their scope.

Typically, it's not internet sales (you're better off not having the FLGS and just running that by itself). It's combining some number out of Boardgames, Comics, Sports, CCGs, Movies, Video Games, Tournaments... Just finding a way to broaden their line enough to be profitable.
 
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Rulesjd wrote:
Glad I didn't pick that business and the internet is going to leave us all living in isolated spaces with no social skills at all.


I get plenty of social skills on this geekdo thingy!
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bippi wrote:


Actually, the bookstore where they meet for Monday gaming here in town has announced its closing... so if it's anything it's an FlgS, because it's a chain bookstore, and it doesn't really have all that many games I'd purchase anyway.


Technically it's not an FLGS, at least in my mind, because it's one of a national chain of bookstores. And the one that we meet in in the south of Denver doesn't seem to be struggling, so I would think it's a demographic of the area issue (or the fact that the one we meet in is in a mall).

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I wish they were going to have a bunch of games on closeout, but since it's only a F but not a L or G (but still an S), it doesn't count.
 
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Lil Red Head wrote:

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I wish they were going to have a bunch of games on closeout, but since it's only a F but not a L or G (but still an S), it doesn't count.


Much more, the excess stock is most likely going to be reabsorbed by other stores here in town.

On the upside though, this also makes me feel slightly less bad for the employees of said store. Most often when a chain store bombs, the rank-and-file often find homes in new stores. Yeah, it isn't great, but it's much better than it could be.
 
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bippi wrote:
I'm trying within reason to support my FLGS, but the economy has claimed more than I can help by myself...

You see, option #1 in the poll has too many qualifications.

My first thought would be "Sad to see another go" without bothering about "Man, I should have supported them more." I have a good friend who has at times been involved in ownership/management of my FLGS store. I also try within reason to support this FLGS, but having done that, if it fails I wouldn't feel I should have done more.

My second thought would sometimes be to look for a closing sale, but not today, as I'm not in an acquisitive mood these days.
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Warpiglet wrote:
J.L.Robert wrote:
What could they have done differently? Are there any lessons that can be learned by any surviving stores to avoid a similar fate?

I hate to say it, but some of the best game stores have great online stores. For example coolstuff has a real store in Florida and st.Louis Mo has miniature market for minis...adapt or die...why should this hobby be an exception to the forces of capitalism?


Who was saying that stores shouldn't adapt to the environment? And who said that any that are closing up now did or didn't try to adapt?

Why drag this thread into the done-to-death online vs. brick and mortar debate? I posed a legitimate question stores can ask about ANY business closing, regardless of which medium they use.
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