The owner of Imperial Outpost Games, the main gaming store on the West side of Phoenix, AZ recently started blogging and has several very impressive posts about the state of game retailing. The posts really get into some deep detail about the expenses and sales at a local game store. His comments on issues like pre-orders and the RPG market fracturing itself to death were something of a surprise to me.
If you are interested at all in retail game store realities, then this blog is for you.
Here are some of the posts I mentioned. There is a lot of great content on the blog, but I felt these worthy of special note.
This series is particularly interesting in regards to what is moving at this store and the market share of certain games.
That is enough to get you started, but keep for some insight into a modern retail game store.
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