Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another Bookstore Getting Into Gaming

Books-A-Million, mostly based in the midwest and the third largest book chain in the country, is getting into the gaming business at some of their retail locations. But not just any games. Used video games, a market dominated by GameStop, which BestBuy, 7-Eleven, and other retailers are attempting to jump in to get a piece of the pot.

As with GameStop stores, the selection of games at a store is completely dependent upon what their corporate office sends them, or what customers trade in at that location. So don't expect to see the same game at multiple shops. This news comes after the retailer had a slump in their sales recently, as with a number of book businesses. Books-A-Million also announced an expansion of their toy, movie, and electronics department (visa-vie a reader alla Kindle). Games are unavailable online at this time.

Having never been to, or seen a Books-A-Million, I don't know if this is a good move for them or not. But hell. 7-Eleven is selling games. Let's have everyone else do the same.


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