a) I think you don't understand the point of them if you're saying purchase-less serial codes are better than getting something from the parking lot when there is absolutely no difference between them.a) You're missing the point of events.
b) It didn't just happen at Gamestop. It was a common thing happening wherever there was a distribution outside of Japan. It was getting ridiculous. It was not a Gamestop only thing. Now they have an alternative, and that's how things will stay. Accept it
b) GameStop was more notorious for it though. Are you a victim of Stockholm Syndrome or something? "Just accept" being punished for being a fan? Why? If they can change policies to benefit bad stores like GameStop and only them, why not change it so fans can actually appreciate it?
Except it'll keep happening. Again. And again. And again. And ad nauseum.complain to corporate if someone is still doing it when theyre not supposed to. seriously. as someone who worked retail and who had a few coworkers who worked at gs before working at my store, if corporate catches wind of you doing something youre not supposed to you learn veryyyyyy quickly not to do it again.
Oh, did one bad worker get fired? Who cares? His/her replacement won't be any better.
You also have to deal with the fact that a lot of GameStops (reportedly, I say reportedly because we only have statements from lolGamestop to go by) never even got serial codes for many events. What happens in that case? SOL because of a bad event system?
Unless you have a shopping addiction... no not at all. I'm not compelled to shop and spend money just because I visited a store to get something for free.because forcing people to go into the store greatly increases the chance that you will see something you like and buy something... seriously this is retail 101 here. it may not work on you specifically but it works on a lot of people.
Besides, why or how does that make the event "special"? Nothing says "eventful" like promoting irrelevant (to the game you're holding an event for) companies?
On the other hand they're probably not going to pull as much baloney as GameStop always will and always does.toys r us is not nearly as widespread. ive lived in two different cities and neither one had a TRU, both had two gamestops. where i live right now there is one TRU within about a 50 mile radius and theres at least six gamestops in that same radius. it might not be a big issue for someone with a car but for a kid or someone without a car it's a huge hassle.
Unless you live in some unusual city you're probably a significant distance from any actual shopping district that would even have GameStops or TRU to begin with so mentioning the need for a car in some cases is a moot point - most (if not all) probably will need a car anyway because they'll need their parents or friends to drive them there or something.