February 6, 2008

Game Shopping

by Susan Rozmiarek

I'm usually thrilled when my son's soccer practice gets canceled because it means I get an unexpected free night at home. However, I'm not too pleased with tonight's cancellation. Our FLGS called and our copies of Through the Ages and Rails of Europe are in. Yes, the "price floor" (or whatever it's called) scheme is working with us. Without the online discount, we decided to give our local store the business. With all the talk about TtA being sold out, I was wondering if they had managed to secure us a copy. The store is right by the soccer fields but a 25 minute drive from our house. Rats. Maybe tomorrow. People are sure in an uproar about some component goofs over on BGG, though. I was almost hoping we'd have to wait until the next, and hopefully fixed, printing to get a copy. I also hope that I survive the shock of handing over that much cash for a card game.

Speaking of buying games, Boulder Games is Pure Evil. They keep throwing up daily "lost leaders" on their front page. We usually buy online from our friends at Game Surplus but Kingsburg for less than $30 was too hard to resist. Plus, they had just gotten in some more Runebound crack, The Island of Dread expansion. We also got Race for the Galaxy and Felix: The Cat in the Sack. That last one is pure speculation as neither of us has tried it. It looks kinda cute.

And finally, we built up some credit at another FLGS by being frequent shoppers if you call being frequent making ten purchases over a four year period. They average every ten purchases and give you that in store credit. It's very nice that they do this but the store is pretty far away so we don't get down there often. I used the credit to buy Last Night on Earth which happens to be sold out everywhere online. So, I was very happy to get it and continue my descent into the dark side of Ameritrash. This game will be fun to play with the family.

Good grief. As you can see from every one of these purchases, our shopping habits are way too easily manipulated!

Posted by Susan Rozmiarek at February 6, 2008 6:11 PM


Hi, how does GreatHalls give credit? i have purchase more than a couple of $$ there and they never asked for my name or anything like that in order to keep track of my purchases. I was just curious about their system.
I do not plan to go there anymore, since a couple of weeks ago i encountered a very rude sales clerk.

Taking my business elsewhere

Posted by: Teri Z. on February 10, 2008 7:39 PM

Hi Teri,

I'm surprised you were treated rudely. They've always been very helpful and polite to me. Then again, since I don't go there very often, I may not have met all of their staff.

I'm not sure what they call it, but they'll put your name and number on an index card. When you make a purchase, tell them you have a card and they'll pull it from the file and record your purchase. After ten, they'll average them and record the credit which you can use on a future visit.

Posted by: Susan on February 10, 2008 10:49 PM

Thanks Susan!!
Well, maybe they are not running that type of deal anymore. Everytime i purchased a game, they just wrote the name of the game on a notepad, i thought that would be for inventory purposes only.

I am upset about what happened to my husband over there, he was looking at a game piece for Tannhauser and the sales guy just took it off his hands and put it up, we were so surprise we did not react. He did not even say a word about it. My husband felt very insulted about the situation and like i mentioned before we have been buying $$$ there since we became board game addicts

I will miss that place since that is where we started to go to learn games on friday nites.

Posted by: Teri Z. on February 12, 2008 5:13 PM
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