The average Electronic Boutique employee takes a lot of crap from the gaming public these days. With return policies down the tubes, pre-order demands on the rise and the constant pressure to sell sell sell it's getting harder for real gamers to stomach working at specialty shops. Until now, one perk was that EB employees could "borrow" new games to try so when the time comes to sell them they'd know what they're talking about. Looks like that's on the way out according to one employee. Read on..
Effective immediately, all 10,000-ish employees of Electronics Boutique world-wide can no longer borrow product from stores for any reason. When I first saw the email about this I was like "It must just be for a couple stores" but nope, its everyone. And the cause of denying all these people the ability to better know the games they're selling? A single stupid woman somewhere in the US suing our company. Apparently she bought a game that had been borrowed by an employee. In the US supposedly they have some crazy law that if a game has been used at all it can't be legally sold as new or something (news to me). So everyone loses the ability to sign out games because of her. And of course its not just in the US (where the law applies) it's everywhere.
The downward spiral of game-oriented retail chains continues.
Thanks for the heads up anonymous EB employee, it's nice to see EB is continuing the fine tradition of slowly killing all of the joy surrounding the purchase of new games and selling them.
What do you think? Would you care if an employee handled a game before you did?