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Game Retailer Guide
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Lester F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/21/2014 12:15:53

A great source for the budding game retailer out there. It provides a wealth of information ranging from startup, inventory control and managing the business in a variety of settings. Combined with personal experience and careful research, this may be an invaluable tool to the entrepreneur.



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Game Retailer Guide
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Tom W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/24/2014 16:57:35

I feel like Ghost Dog after finding the Hagakura!

(Side Note: GHOST DOG is one of the best Mafia/Samaurai cross over movies out there... We'll the only one that I know of...)

Having been working in the background for the past few years on what it takes to open a specialty retail shop, and Lloyd's work on RPG.net is outstanding. A year ago I even compiled all of his articles into my own reference print out book.

I felt that I owe way more than $15 for all the guidence and industry knowledge. What was even better is that this book is not just a rehash of the articles (though they do cross over on a lot of information and subjects) and it goes into the detail that I hoped to get from Lloyd if we were sitting down having a coffee and discussing the industry.

Thank you Lloyd! I will keep spreading the word on how great this gaming codex is!



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Game Retailer Guide
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Andrew B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/23/2013 12:40:20

Having been following his blog for many months on my own quest to open a game store, it made total sense to purchase his book. I haven't been disappointed. The broad range of topics discussed give me a great idea of what I need to tackle, which is a lot. Each topic is broken down and explained at length. There are a multitude of things to think about and plan for when opening up a store, far more than I even thought of. For anyone planning on taking the plunge, or even if you're a little more than casually interested, this book is a must read.



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Game Retailer Guide
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Muzaffer B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/24/2013 00:54:24

If you're thinking about running your own gaming store, then you need to read this book. Period.



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Game Retailer Guide
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/23/2013 12:57:37

If you have ever thought that you'd like to make your living selling the games you love, this book gives the low-down on how to set up a bricks-and-mortar game store and run it effectively. It's no guarantee of success, of course, but it is full of considered and thoughtful advice from initial thoughts to opening your doors and conducting business.

It is quite biased towards someone opening a game store in the United States, if you live elsewhere ensure that you understand - in particular - the relevant laws in your country and especially the laws of contract for things like leasing or purchasing your premises. Even if you are in the USA, get professional advice. There's no substitute... but this book will equip you with the basic knowledge and enable you to ask the right questions of any advisors you retain.

Just about everything is covered. Store location. Layout. To have a gaming area or not. Internal and external signage. And the things you might not know you need to consider, like competitive analysis, and strategies for making your store stand out from the competition. Precisely what to stock and how to promote it. The 'other stuff' that you might also sell - fiction, replica weapons, food and drink, artwork.

And then there's the website, and do you want to offer an online option? Now here I speak with some knowledge, I teach an undergraduate course on business skills for e-commerce. It's only a short section - this book is about running a games store, not a website - but the material here is sound.

Next comes marketing and advertising. No use having a wonderful store if nobody knows about it. Then the all-important pricing strategy. Do you discount, and if so by how much and on what product? Worked examples give you the information you need to decide... and there are no right or wrong answers, here or anywhere else. The whole book is about the options available and empowering you to make choices that will work for the sort of business you have in mind.

With any business venture, success cannot be guaranteed, and however much good advice you receive, it's ultimately up to you to make a go of it. However, being primed with solid no-nonsense information about the specific enterprise you want to embark in will stand you in good stead: and that's what prospective game store owners will find in these pages.



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