Monday, December 13, 2010

GameStop Holiday Closings

GameStop is only closed 3 days a year: Easter, Thanksgiving day and Christmas Day.

It's open all the other days.

Holiday hours vary by store so call ahead! As a general rule stores start opening an hour early and close an hour later during holidays.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Crazy Holiday Hours

I've been working like crazy for the past couple of weeks which is why I haven't been posting as much. Though something happened and I feel like I need to let the world know: Please clean your games before you trade them in. I don't want your dusty, dirty, crusty used up playstation 2s as well. And if I ever find another dead bug in a game case again I will throw it in your face. That is all :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Black Friday

Next week is going to be insane. I'm working 40 hours a week including the early morning shift at 6 am on Black Friday. I never got the appeal of Black Friday. I hate shopping in general and the idea of having to park in our ridiculous small parking lot and standing in line for hours for what? Maybe save $20 on a Wii? I have no idea what our sales are going to be but I can almost guarantee you they will not be that great. We'll probably have one or two good deals that will be gone by 8 am. Anyway, I'll be crazy busy but I will try to post as much as I can.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood/Need 4 Speed: Hot Pursuit

I got stuck working the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood midnight yesterday. I had about 4 hours of sleep the night before and class all day so when I showed up to work at 5, I instantly wanted to go home. Throw in hunger and boredom and it was one of my worst days at work. My SM, Mac, was pretty much the same as me. Though he had a longer drive home AND he had to open this morning. We only had about five people pick up their game and two dudes who left their trades in the store after telling us they'd be right back. I hope they come back tomorrow or there's gonna be some POSITIVE SHRINK YAY. It was pretty sad. Both Mac and I were sitting on the floor, half passing out while the Ass Creed video kept replaying itself on the TV. I swear to god if I hear ASSASSINO! one more time...

And then of course it was raining and foggy on my drive home. You know, on those roads that are one lane wide, in the forest, filled with retarded deers that jump in front of your car? Fun times.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Everything I Need to Know About Working at GameStop

I get asked these questions ALL THE TIME

How old do you have to be to work at GameStop?
In my area it's 17, you sell M rated games, you gotta be 17. I know some store managers who don't hire minors though.

How much will I earn working at GameStop?
If you're going to be a GA, you're going to make minimum wage! Whatever that may be in your state/province. SGAs usually make about $2 more per hour in my area, ASMs make about $3 more than SGAs and SMs don't get paid hourly, they make an annual salary.

What discounts do you get working at GameStop?
You can get a 15% discount on everything EXCEPT new game consoles. Used are fine but not new. Add the 10% you get off on used games and accessories with the Edge/Power Up card that adds up to %25. Not very much I know. I used to get 40% off working at American Eagle :/

How many hours can I expect to get working at GameStop?

Again, this changes depending on what store you are at. I've worked at stores and only got 6 hours a week, other stores want to give me 30. Most GAs will not get more than 12 hours a week except for around Christmas time, that can go up slightly.

I applied at GameStop, why didn't I get hired??
Look guys, we get about 3 applications a day. Most likely the store isn't hiring at the moment.

How can I increase my chances of getting hired at GameStop?

When you fill out the application please write neatly, in pen, don't make spelling errors, take your time. I know this sounds really basic but I see so many applications that are impossible to read, that have weird food stains on them and I've even seen someone misspell their high school's name. Also, when it says expected salary, don't write $9.00 an hour or something like that if you're applying to be a GA (Unless that's what minimum wage is where you live). Starting off, ALL GAs MAKE MINIMUM WAGE. If you want to make the big bucks, don't apply at GameStop. Also, where it says availability, don't put that you can only work 3-6 during the week. Most GAs will work from 5 to 9:30 on weekdays (depending on when the store actually closes, some close at 10 so then you stay until 10:30) and on weekends you will either get a 4-5 hour opening shift, midday shift or closing shift. Also, don't bring drugs to work. I can't believe I have to say that.

What can I expect working at GameStop?
As a GA, you will most likely start off by organizing the walls (MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR ALPHABET GUYS SRSLY). Then when you get the hang of where everything is they might show you how to gut new and used games, how to print stickers and how to look up inventory. Eventually you'll start learning how the registers work, how to do trades, returns etc. You'll answer the phone occasionally. That's about all GAs do. SGAs will have to learn how to open and close the store, all the different counts that have to be done, how to do shipment, how to do marketing etc. ASMs do all that and work even more hours and they have a weekly conference call. SMs do all that as well and work even more hours than the ASMs. They also have to do inventory counts at different stores in the region.

What's the overtime pay look like?

Nonexistent since no one is allowed to go into overtime. SMs are salary so they can work as many hours as they want/are forced to. I've seen my SM work 70 hour weeks before.

What's the commission look like?
Again, nonexistent. We don't get paid commission though I wish we would, I know I'd try way harder to sell stuff.

Are there any health benefits stuff like that?

There's basic health, dental insurance and the like. I don't know too much about it since I'm still under my dad's excellent health care plan. GameStop's is very bare-bones I would avoid it. Also once you turn 21 they will hound you to get life insurance. HINT GAMESTOP STOP CALLING MY HOUSE

Wow, working at GameStop doesn't sound like very much fun, why should I work there?
If you can put up with the dumb customers and pushy corporate people, working here isn't too bad. I've met some of my best friends working at GameStop. You get to check out used games for four days. Small as it is, you do get a discount. You can also join retail loyalty websites: SONY, MICROSOFT, NINTENDO. I've only joined Sony's but I'm really happy with it. You take quizzes on upcoming titles to earn points which you can spend on games and accessories. I've gotten LittleBigPlanet GOTY, Uncharted and a new controller from them so far and I still have 30,000 points saved up. I've also gotten a bunch of freebies like the LittleBigPlanet Pirate pack and the water pack, all the extra Uncharted 2 GOTY content, extra God Of War: Ghost of Sparta content, Modnation Racers stuff etc. They also have insane quarterly giveaways: one time they gave away a PS3, a 46 inch Bravia TV and a mini fridge filled with Red Bull. Another time they gave away a PS3, a Move bundle pack, extra move and navigation controllers, a charging station and all the Move launch games. The best one was a PS3 and about 30 exclusive PS3 games, I can't remember all of them but I'm pretty sure it was every single exclusive that was out at the time, insane.

Any other questions? Let me know in the comments and I will answer them!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Random Customer Comment

Me: "Hi what can I do for you today?"
Customer: "I need to get Call of Duty: Black Ops."
Me: "Ok, did you reserve it?"
Customer: *Laughs* "...oh no."
Me: "What system did you want it for?"
Customer: "360, WHAT OTHER SYSTEMS ARE THERE?!" *laughs at his own fanboy comment*
Me: "Actually Black Ops is out for the PS3, PC, Wii and DS as well. The Xbox is not the center of the universe. That'll be $62.99."
Customer: *pays, grabs game and runs off*