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This thread is generally for stories of things you've witnessed (not happened to you, just standing by, not wanting to get involved). PLEASE dont say "the prices (lol)" as we all know that GW stuff is overpriced, don't whine about it.
Sorry if this has been done before, I didn't know how excaclty to go about researching this kind of stuff.
To kick this off, here are me few anecdotes
GW store in a mall, while looking for a big mek:
Kid (showing his mom the armies, as she showed intrest in the game)
-indistinct chatter about eldar-
Kid: well, there really arent many of them at all... (hoolding an eldar battleforce)
Mom: they must be good individually then.
Kid: no! *holds up the 'nid battleforce* these are way better! there are lots of them!!
Mom: But i like the eldars... (sic)
Kid: *spoiled whine*
At this point I moved away to make myself not punch that kid in the face for coercing his mom in army choices
Same store, looking at the showcased orks, orcs, and gobbos:
Random kid: do you have $8? (5.50 GBP)
Kid: 'cause I'll give you this $5 check for it. (3 GBP)
Me (thinking): Ugh. why would I do that? Even if the check DOESNT bounce, im still out $3! (2 GBP)
Me No, Go away.
Kid Well, my life sucks now... (an extremely pitiful attempt to guilt-trip me)
Me under my breath: I REALLY don't care.
Different store, part of a plaza:
I had just purchased a O&G warboss kit, eager to go home and convert the hell out of those two frames of awesome.
GW worker "mr. caffine": So, how are you going to do that?
Mr.Caffine: well, you can make a warboss and a BSB, or two warbosses.
Me: this is going to a 2000 point army.
Mr.Caffine: cool, come here *leads me to the showcase*
Me:*not caring* *leaves asap*
I estimated the GBP coversion =P
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I find the pushy-ness of some staff very annoying. Ive only recently come back to the hobby after a break, and have been in several different stores across england and theres always a member of staff trying to get you to tell them your life story. That or when you try to buy a small box set (say for example a box of plastic cadians) they try and push a battleforce or whatever on you as well (yes while this might be a bit of a saving but when you are a poor pennyless student justifying spending £50 on "polly pockets for boy" as she calls them in one go is quite hard...)
On a note about the kid asking for money (And I know this is the opposite of blood boiling but It reminded me of something I did about a year or so ago now.)
These two teens were in the Grimsby store, and they were spliting some money they had. I got talking to them and was giving out some helpful pointers about what they should do for their armies. They were going to buy some minis, but not the codex. But they didn't have enough to buy some starter troops and the codex. (By about 2 or 3 quid IIRC) So I told them, if they bought this and that, then I would give them the extra to buy the codex. Providing they gave the hobby a real good go.
I think they were quite surprised, but happy none the less.
Annnyway, as for blood boiling...
I don't think there is much more blood boiling for me, than rude staff members.
As for pushy'ness, there is a line, but I normally don't mind it as all it is, is a salesman trying to do his job. But I would agree that some of them don't know when to let it go. (Though this can be said about all salesmen.)
Last edited by Toastee; April 7th, 2008 at 13:04.
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Here in South Africa we don't have any GW stores - only Independent Stockists (generally other hobbies with a VERY small section of GW things).
What really gets my blood boiling is when you go into a shop and ask for XYZ thing, and they have no cooking clue what you're talking about.
For example, one birthday a few years ago, my wife had a list of "wants" that I had draw up. She took said list with, and asked the person at the counter about it. Now, my wife knows very little about the hobby, but enough to tell difference between Fantasy and 40K.
As relayed to me by my wife:
Wife: "Do you have a 40K Chaos Space Marine Predator in stock?"
Counter: "Is that for Empire?"
Wife: "No, for 40K"
Counter-person: "No, we don't stock that. Only Space Marines."
Wife: "Aren't they part of 40K?"
Counter-person: "No, they're Sci-Fi."
My lovely wife walked out at this point.
Surely if you're going to sell something, at least know the product you're trying to sell?
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While I'll admit to finding those pretty annoying, my blood boiling moments generally spring from GW Staff members or RTT Judges who make up rules as they go or clearly have no idea what they're talking about. Or, even worse, them coming up with random "house rule" that you were never told or asked about that you are expected to simply accept when they spring it on you.
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They seem to always be held behind the counter (like everything to do with smoking) and there is often more than one set on display. So you go up and its something like this:
Buyer: "Hi could I get some mirriden booster packs and a timespiral theme deck" - (state name of theme deck)
Seller: rather black stare for a moment - then "Ah yes - which ones are those?"
After a few moments telling them which is mirriden you then have to explain that there are different theme decks with thier own names! And all this time the line behind you is getting longer and longer and some one starts tapping --- a little understanding is not much to ask for (though this tends tobe a bookshop limited thing)
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I don't think anything in a GW shop could possibly make my blood boil, to be honest there are far more stressful things in life to get worked up over. GW is your hobby, the thing you do for fun and to relax. If going to their stores annoys you then take up knitting 8Y
The sales staff are great in there though, they have been brainwashed to a wonderful level. My last visit to a GW store went like this:
I walk in and look at something, GW guy appears and says:
GW: Can I help you Sir?
Me: Actually yes, I need a teradon, skink priest, some green stuff and black spray paint....oh and some super glue please
GW: No problem Sir (scurries around and assembles the stuff I wanted, I am thinking this is great I am getting what I want with no hassle)
GW guys continues with : its great when someone comes in and knows exactly what they want, makes my job easier.
We have a chat about what I need the models for and its all good until we get to the checkout.
GW: Have you seen the new vampire counts
GW: They are really good, we have the new army box sets in
Me: You just said you really like it when people know exactly what they want
GW: I do
Me: Did I ask for a vampire count army?
GW: well errrr ummmm not really
At this point I paid for my stuff and I think he went to lay in a darkened room. Didn't make my blood boil, just made me chuckle on the trip home.
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Doesnt make my blood boil but:
Saturday, GW Cheltenham
gone in to get step son a devilfish with his GW Voucher, in the mean time my Son is looking at the IG stuff trying to figure a way for his IG foot sloggers to cope with JSJ Tau suits, so I help him, diging around for setinels, A GW staffer trots up
GW Staffer (to child despite the adult present): can I help you?
me: do you have armegeddon pattern sentinels or are they direct only?
GW Staffer (clearly not familiar with GW lingo): no you have to order them on the internet, what do you want them for? (brandishing the cadian pattern)
me: he wants to deep strike them to take out Tau XV8s
GW Staffer: I like the cadian pattern ones, you could use them
Son (proving that 13 year olds have more intelligence than the GW staffer): yes but they are AP4 and strength 7
GW Staffer (at this point waving the cadian sentinel and doing his best puppy eyes): they have twice as many shots
Son: yes but I would rather ignore the armour save and instakill the suit
GW staffer (clearly still trying bless his cotton socks): but they only hit half the time
Son: not if I give them HKs
GW staffer: (mutters something about points cost
we didnt hear what he said at this point, the conversation was clearly beyond him and wills and I had moved on to the relative merrits of Kasrkin and veterans for the same role and stunningly were not convinced that this guy was the voice of tactical wisdom
Everything you have been told is a lie!
1. Rude staffers
2. 15 kids around the gaming table all screaming at the top of their longs. SHUT UP!
3. Smelly nerds, buy some deoderant, here, have some money to buy some deoderant
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