From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
note; I had originally scheduled this for the week-end, but things are moving so quickly I decided to post it now; for many of you it may already be too late to be of use.
It’s no secret that we’re in uncertain times right now. I hope all those reading this, wherever you may be, are doing okay.
In dark times the first priority is to look after ourselves and those around us.
This pandemic will pass, and I have been wondering how many game stores will be around to greet us when it does.
It’s no secret that retail has been hit hard – except supermarkets of course (calm down, people!). Game stores are now exception to this. I have heard storied of anything from 30% to 80% drops in sales over the past few weeks.
Not every store is going to be able to weather this storm.
I can’t tell you what do; I don’t know your individual situation. I can tell you what I’m doing.
Every day I go into work (which is not every day), I stop by one of the game stores i like to patronise, and buy… something.
Not necessarily something big, just something simple like a pack of Magic cards, or a single miniature. Less than I might spend on lunch, basically. I’m not kidding myself that this alone will keep a store open, but I know this – it doesn’t hurt.
As individuals, we might not have the ability to single-handedly keep stores open over this time, but every little purchase helps, no matter how trivial it may seem. This doesn’t just apply to brick and mortar – your favourite webstore or independent company will be struggling too. If you are able to, see what you can do to support them.
So that’s what I recommend – if you can, buy something. Hopefully we will still have local games stores around when COVID-19 is just a memory.
March 26 update: ICv2 have a series from games and comic stores about the COVID-19 impact on them, including one from my LGS.