EB Games to rip off loyal WoW fans

Just thought I'd repost this from the General chat board at www.worldofwarcraft.com, for those interested:

"eb games reports they "found" an extra shipments worth of WoW CE, they are now selling them online only for 150.00.
1st off, you dont "find" an entire extra shipment, there is no such thing as an "extra" shipment, every single copy was accounted for im sure.
2nd, you dont charge nearly double the MSRP for a game, let alone intentionally withold said game from retail sale only to charge double later. "

http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/product/2...

Something like an 89% markup.

Wow...can they legally do that?

"Ozzie" wrote:

Wow...can they legally do that?

Yup, they can charge whatever they feel like. You also aren''t required to do business with them.

/shrug... it''s cheaper than the going rate on ebay...

While I''m glad I got the CE for all the Extra''s theres no way on earth its worth that much....

I read the other day Blizzard has sold 600,000 copies...

So figure they''ve now probably got over 400,000 unique accounts...

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Also I''m kicking myself for returning my unopened extra CE edition to the store..

I should have ebay''d it.

doh!

WoW, EB can kiss my ass. That''s ridiculous. Sure they LEGALLY can do that if they want, it''s a supply & demand economy after all, but the likelihood that they purposely withheld the CE''s for the sole purpose of jacking up the price later is unethical. Possibly price gouging (which is illegal).

With gogamer.com having pissed me off recently, EB pulling stunts like this, and Best Buy being evil, I''m running out of game stores I can feel happy giving my business to. Geez.

""Due to the size and weight of this item, an additional $10 shipping and handling fee will be added to your order.""

Outrageous. This is so wrong.

Ok, so it''s legal.

However, it''s morally soooo far wrong. Amazing.

""Hey boss look! It fell off a truck...""

For some reason this does not bother me.

The idea of holding onto the shipment in the hopes that it becomes so popular that the manufactuar stops shipping the game because demand is so high so that you can charge a premium for it seems far fetched.

Even then if that is what they did it is then a calculated risk and a big one at that in possible lost sales in the hopes of high prices later.

Seems like normal business practice to me.

being employed by this company as job #2, I believe it.

probably to make up for the 24+ PS2 slims and XBox bundles, plus the odd number Nintendo DS that have been ""confiscated"" from shipments to the store I work for ALONE by loyal FedEx inmates- er, I mean, ""employees.""

that does NOT, however, give the suits in the office in Pennsylvania (hahahaweeahhaa!) -or wherever the hell it is- to gouge the customers whom I, personally, try to be informative, friendly, etc, etc, to. they make it very difficult, like the holidays ""you MUST sell an XBox as a $200-250 holiday ''value bundle'' to a customer, if they don''t want it, the next person will.""

now that''s what I call alienating customers, and being a member here, I see that you guys can''t fekkin stand that sh*t.

I shouldn''t have to, but I apologise for the suits and there dim-wittedness and unawareness of the consumers. by the way, the EB I work for is off of Exit 17 on the NY Thruway, so feel free to stop in and tell my company to eat sh*t, and to hear our honest commentary on games.

EDIT: oh yeah, and don''t forget, if you have pre-ordered the PSP in the past few weeks, try to pay it off IN FULL. if you cannot put down more than $20, cancel it and re-order it if you want it paid off. there is a glitch in the system that will not allow you to pay in-full- if you want to- for the PSP system. it will still be held for you, but save your cash or some space on your credit card if you plan to pay it off on the release day.

-- just a little GSA (no, not girl scouts, a ''gamer''s service announcement'')

At the risk of derailing this into the P&C forum, I''d like to say that according to the principles of capitalism and free markets, i.e. ""you can do whatever you want to make money so long as you aren''t hurting someone"", this is completely moral and fair under our economic system.

Just one reason why I don''t think a completely free market capitalist system is the best there can be.

I say boycott EB. I''ve been doing it for years since they started really poor business practices. I started boycotting Gamestop a few months ago for much the same reason. I only shop at my small locally owned game shop. Sure, they don''t get stuff right away, and prices are often slightly higher since they don''t get a volume discount like Best Buy et al, but at least I know my money''s being spent at a place where it''s locally owned by people who genuinely treat their customers as their most valuable asset.

Hey if they''re loyal WoW fans don''t they already have the game?

"richyrambo" wrote:

Hey if they''re loyal WoW fans don''t they already have the game? :wink:

I was about to ask if people complain when the price for crack goes up.

Seems like a risky move on their part that paid off. I''d like the CE but I''m not paying that, I''ll just find a normal copy at the local Walmart (the Berea, KY walmart manages to have very hard to find items in abundant supply, in case any paranormal investigators would like to come check it out).

At the risk of derailing this into the P&C forum, I''d like to say that according to the principles of capitalism and free markets, i.e. ""you can do whatever you want to make money so long as you aren''t hurting someone"", this is completely moral and fair under our economic system.

Precisely why I don''t have a problem with it. Is it sh*tty? yeah. Do I like it, personally? Hell, no. But we''re not talking about a necessity they''re holding out on here. People aren''t dying as a result. If some idiot is willing to pay 150 bucks for the WoW CE, then more power to EB. If not, they''ll eventually lower the price out of necessity.