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All these rants about local GW do my head in.
The ones I used to go to in the UK the staff were well friendly and nice people to chat to. Enthusiastic about the hobby etc. Sure they tried to sell you stuff but that's their job for crying out loud. All you have to do is politely decline.
So let's hear it for the good GW stores out there!
My local is Preston, The store rocks above all overs I've found. Nuff said
Amen to that. Its been ticking me off a bit too that no-one seems to have a nice word to say about the company. There will always be the odd bad apple in the barrel, but most GWs I've been to are far from awful.
I normally go to my closest GW which is massive, it has about 10 tables 6x4 or bigger to play on and all the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. Recently I went to a different one that's in the next town over as I had a job interview there. It was the first time I'd been to that store and the guy in there was excellent. He spent 15 mins chatting to me about the hobby, and I had a good long chat with him and another regular about the merits of DE in apocalypse games. And not once did he try to shove anything down my throat once he'd found out I knew my stuff (when I mentioned IG he did point out the Valkyrie but that was only to be expected).
So yeah, my local stores are awesome. Big rep to them!
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There is a difference between people having a problem with GW (the business) and having a problem with the people who work in the stores.
As for stores I have always found the staff at Derby and at Warhammer World to be fine.
The gw store around me are great. The only time they ever try to get me to buy stuff is when I say that I am looking for a way to improve my army or am thinking about starting a new one. Most of the time I am not a very social person in fact sometimes I am very shy but whenever I am in a gw store I actually open up because the gamers and the people who work there are very friendly.
I get great service in my local GW (Bedford), but that's partly because the guy in charge there used to be one of the kids that came into the store when I worked there so he knows I won't take any crap MK, Luton and Warhammer World were also full of lovely people the last time I was in those stores.
The only stores I've ever had a problem with are Norwich (absolutely STANK of B.O. every time I've been in there, and I visit Norwich a lot) and Brighton (I got banned for using the word piss within about 30 seconds of entering the store by the most socially inept manager I've ever met - so I took my big wodge of birthday money and spent it on clothes instead)
My local GW has lots of friendly and helpful staff (2 of them run the gaming club I go to), the only problem I have with my store is that it is a bit small.
Tyranids W/L/D - 13/4/3
Vampire Counts - 1/2/0
Space Marines - 2/0/1
Well a shout out to the Liverpool store and their staff who have all been fantastic in the 7 or so years I've gone there.
Best moment was when I was bunking off uni the week before summer (hadn't done course work ) and spent all week in the store painting and chatting. The mager was sorting out a load of old models they didnt need (ages ago, like before the last Lizerdman release) and I got a seer council out of just being cheeky and saying "well if its just going to be thrown away....."
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I have absolutely nothing to say about my local GW! D<
...mostly because the nearest GW is, oh, an hour and a half drive away, followed by 2 hours by ferry, and then another hour drive.
(Planning on moving within the month though. Really should get my tau painted up.)