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Bryan Dubien
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Could anyone please point me to some great threads, or lists.
Thanks so much

 
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/4453887#4453887
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There is some great information on RPG.NET

Here is the link:
http://www.rpg.net/columns/list-column.phtml?colname=busines...
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Eric Larson
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Why are you thinking of starting a gaming store?

Are there no gaming stores in the area?
If yes, then why do you think your store will make money?
If no, how do you think you can compete with them?

Where do you buy your games now?
How will you compete with on-line stores?


I only ask these questions because it seems like now is a really bad time to start an B&M gaming store.
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Paul Nowak
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Join the GAMA and read up on their retailer forum.
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Look into Gama, RPGnet, and look into The Game Store Resource Forums.
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Falcons wrote:
There is some great information on RPG.NET

Here is the link:
http://www.rpg.net/columns/list-column.phtml?colname=busines...
Excellent articles! Makes me wish I had a local game store!
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I don't think this story has been mentioned yet. A fascinating read no matter the audience, it's a horror story about the opening and closing of a FLGS.

http://www.gameshark.com/entertainment/features/437/Cracked-...

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hseya wrote:
I don't think this story has been mentioned yet. A fascinating read no matter the audience, it's a horror story about the opening and closing of a FLGS.

http://www.gameshark.com/entertainment/features/437/Cracked-...




Good reading there. Didn't change my mind about wanting to open up my own store, but definitely reinforces the idea that you need to tread carefully when thinking about going into retail.
 
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Socat82 wrote:
Good reading there. Didn't change my mind about wanting to open up my own store...

Nor should it! Granted, it's only from his viewpoint, but it sounds like Barnes had something good going and probably could have had a successful store.
 
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That was more of a horror story about partnerships than about opening a game store, but it did have some great lessons to glean about the early months of a new start-up. Partnerships RARELY work out well. Combine a 3-way partnership with the perils of retail, compounded with a market like board-games, and you have a movie in the making.!
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