Tip your friendly neighborhood game store owner
Tip your friendly neighborhood game store owner

Ned’s a good guy, but also a certified grump 🙂

News: Posted January 21st, 2020 by Alina

^ 19 Comments to “Tip your friendly neighborhood game store owner”

  1. ~J Says:

    They’re giving you free advertising, Ned. C’mon!

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 5:42 pm
  2. _Pax_ Says:

    My local FLGS has comfy chairs. Even a couple _sofas_.

    Of course, it’s $10 per day, or $50 per month, to be able to play games there. (I think he even said it’s $500 for the year, “if you’re insane enough to spend that much all at once”, ha!)

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 7:16 pm
  3. Ferret Says:

    Support your friendly local game store, folks.

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 7:55 pm
  4. wandering-dreamer Says:

    Toss a coin to your merchant~ O valley of plenty, o valley of plenty wohooh~

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 8:31 pm
  5. Benjamin D Hughes Says:

    “You kniow, I might have an armchair in the back for a rental fee of $20 per night.”

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 10:14 pm
  6. Ozzi Says:

    Guys please buy things from your flgs. Even if it is just a couple of new dice once a month. On top of paying to play you are helping to keep them open. You can’t play at Walmart/Asda.

    Posted January 21st, 2020 at 11:56 pm
  7. Netty Says:

    Yeah, I can see where Ned is coming from. Ideally, you would hope that the people coming to use the space would purchase games, snacks, etc from the store they’re using to help support it as it becomes a beloved hangout. We have a place in the Washington Square mall in Indianapolis called ‘Gamer’s Loot’ that has a commander Night every Wednesday and they charge $5.00 a person for participation, but you also get a can of soda and a pack of Magic cards in the deal, and the person that wins the pod for the night or persons depending on how many people come wins a pack of cards as well. They have computer grade chairs and sofas and lots of long tables and I’ve seen people playing D&D and Yugioh (sp?) as well as a few miniature games at times. I don’t know if they charge for those events or not, but $5.00 is more than reasonable when you’re also getting merch along with it. It’s great that gaming stores provide those spaces, but I am sure it would get frustrating for the game store owners if their regulars never actually bought anything.

    Posted January 22nd, 2020 at 12:59 am
  8. Shinjischneider Says:

    Don’t know about the legality.

    But i’m sure Ned could make quite some profit if he only allowed food and drinks (including snacks) that people bought in his store.

    Posted January 22nd, 2020 at 4:22 am
  9. Wanderer Says:

    Yep. As good old Phineas Taylor Barnum found out the hard way, you need to keep people moving through, or you’ll reach capacity and not be able to ass any more. Alas, his old “This Way to the Egress” trick is out of date these days…

    Posted January 22nd, 2020 at 8:25 am
  10. Joe Says:

    I make a point by buying in the stores I play in, even when it would be cheaper online.

    Posted January 22nd, 2020 at 12:32 pm
  11. Leon Stauffer Says:

    Our local boardgame group got booted from the FLGS a few years back because not enough members were buying stuff. Hard not to see his point when he had to pay employees for the extra hours he stayed open those nights. In the long run, it seems to have worked out best for all involved, we rent a larger space in a local community center (and got a great deal to boot) and his business seems to be doing just fine. A few members won’t shop there any more, but I strongly suspect most of them were buying most of their games online anyhow.

    Posted January 22nd, 2020 at 1:00 pm
  12. TB Says:

    Ned’s not a grump. Ned’s trying to keep a business going that is always on the edge of not making it. See also: my local comic stores and independent bookstores.

    Patronize them! No, that doesn’t mean make fun of how they dress.

    Posted January 22nd, 2020 at 1:48 pm
  13. Urikanu Says:

    If you play at the game store, you buy stuff there regularly. Books, dice, etc. or you gtfo. I’m entirely with Ned.

    Posted January 23rd, 2020 at 12:35 am
  14. Steve Says:

    What do you MEAN, “you can’t pay bills with exposure?” That’s apparently how the art community works!

    Posted January 23rd, 2020 at 10:46 am
  15. Lee Says:

    Hahaha, this is why I have a self-imposed rule to buy a drink or food item every time I’m at a gaming store for a game. :p Gotta support your local businesses!

    Posted January 23rd, 2020 at 3:27 pm
  16. Sani2341 Says:

    Ah yes the woes of a FLGS owner.
    Been going to the same one for about a decade by now, and they are still going strong so far.
    Though they did enact a ‘only drinks + Snacks bought in the Shop’ policy a few years back.
    Still no fees for just using table space.
    Always check their manga and Comic section for something interesting to read before we meet up to play though.

    Posted January 26th, 2020 at 3:01 pm
  17. Jason Says:

    This is a thing (As an ex store owner), it seems like I slapped people in the face by asking them to purchase something. Like I was being rude. To the point that someone mentioned a gaming club had members that quit buying at that store. And then rented space at a community center. Geeze if your going to spend $20 at a community center and then buy your own sodas and everything else. Should have just supported your store.
    So lets say my store costs $3000 a month (What I was paying). My game space was 1/3 of my store. So the game space cost me $1000 a month to keep open. 30 days a month each day I would need at least 14 people buying $5 each, each and every day. That is not including events with prizes or anything else. That is with standard markup which a lot of geek stuff has really tight margins.
    So please. This is to drive home a point. I would have been better getting a smaller store space and selling just merch, than to provide you space. And Buying on Amazon is a product of what ever hell you believe in. So if you buy online then go into your store to play. STOP. Just play your games where you get them. If you buy them at home, only play them at home.

    Posted January 27th, 2020 at 12:49 am
  18. @Shinjischneider In my country it’s a pretty common business tactic. I don’t where they live and what the rules are there, but there’re certainly places where that’s a completly valid business tactic

    Posted January 27th, 2020 at 9:21 am
  19. @Benjamin D Hughes The right reaction.

    Posted January 27th, 2020 at 9:23 am