GameStop will be closed Thanksgiving Day
If you've tried to get a Black Friday deal from GameStop in the last couple of years, you'll know that they open on Thanksgiving Day to allow customers who want their games and consoles on discount to have earlier access to them. As a result, employees and patrons had to leave their families and their holiday festivities to get to the store and partake in the mad rush of Black Friday.
Today, that changed. During a press release, GameStop announced that they will no longer be opening at the start of Black Friday. Instead, they will be opening their doors at 5 a.m. on Friday (November 27th) and will host a week-long event full of deals.
As a part of these deals, GameStop will feature new and pre-owned video game hardware, software and accessory exclusives, and GameStop exclusive collectibles - not to mention, this year's Black Friday deals are supposed to be bigger and better than deals in the past.
Mike Buskey, Executive Vice President and President of U.S. stores, clarified the reasoning behind the decision:
"We believe strongly that our customers and associates should have the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing with family and friends, and not worrying with the stress of where to find the best shopping deals. We know this is in stark contrast to what many other retailers are doing, but we are taking a stance to protect family time during this important holiday."
According to Buskey, if a customer does want to partake in some shopping on Thanksgiving Day, both GameStop and ThinkGeek will be open for orders.
The decision also applies to all of Gamestop's Technology Brands: Spring Mobile, Simply Mac, Cricket Wireless, and the ThinkGeek retail store.
What do you think of the decision? Are you going to miss shopping in-store on Thanksgiving Day or are you happy GameStop is trying to reinstate the family values associated with the holiday? Let us know in the comments below!
BossGalagaOctober 13, 2015, 5:15 pmThese box sales are pretty much only relevant to console gamers. And with consoles moving more towards digital distribution too, it's also becoming less relevant for console gamers.
Dustin FrischOctober 17, 2015, 10:47 pmCorrespondentAgreed big time right here.
Dustin FrischOctober 13, 2015, 3:19 pmCorrespondentI think this is for the better
kate.farrowOctober 13, 2015, 1:29 pmCommunity ManagerGood! I think most of us have had the unfortunate experience of being forced to work holidays in retail. It's not right to force an employee to work on major holidays when they should be spending time with their friends and family.