GameStop Suspends Manager Who Won't Sell Games To Kids With Bad Grades

from the can't-support-that-type-of-policy dept

Last week the news spread about a manager of a GameStop video game store in Dallas who, without corporate approval, had instituted a policy to encourage good grades. The policy was that he wouldn't sell video games to kids unless an adult confirms that the kid got good grades... and if the kid had straight As, the manager would buy him or her a free game. However, as the Raw Feed points out, it appears that GameStop wasn't too happy with this policy and has suspended the guy. This really isn't a huge surprise (going against corporate policy doesn't often end well), but the community reaction to the whole thing certainly suggests that there's a market for this kind of "good grades policy," and if GameStop won't allow it, then perhaps other video game stores might test it out to try to attract more business. It sounds like a lot of parents would support it. Of course, there's really nothing stopping parents from instituting the identical policy on their own... Also, you could just as easily argue the opposite position as well. If one retailer offers that policy and others don't, all the kids with bad grades are about to head over to the other store. Which do you think is the larger market?

Filed Under: good grades, students, video games
Companies: gamestop


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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Sep 2007 @ 10:03am

    i remember going to chuck-e-cheese after getting my reportcard. yey for fun childhood rewards...

    they would give away tokens for certain grades.. like 3 for an a 2-b, 1-c..or something like that... not 50 bucks or w/e.

    i could see this happening, but the only problem is the other store that doesn't do it. as it would turn out, all the "good" kids would get their free (should be discounted) games from said store, while everyone else buys from competitor.

    so it's actually bad (businesswise) because you'd be out the money of the "bad" kids, while losing more money to "good" kids because they'll take your discount.

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