TSL - Cease and Desist
Started by Ravager, August 26, 2011, 08:17:09 AM
Quote from: wilco64256 on August 28, 2011, 09:43:00 AMAfter finally having some time to actually read through the article and look into what happened here I actually agree with what Gamestop did. What happened would be similar to the company that manufactures Big Mac boxes sending a big shipment of them to McDonald's with coupons for free Whoppers inside without telling McDonald's they were doing so. If a company I do business with tried to get me to give away coupons for a competitor I wouldn't do it either.Now maybe Gamestop could have handled things a little bit differently, but they certainly do have the right to sell the game they've contracted to sell and they're under no obligation to do free advertising for a competitor at the same time.
Quote from: wilco64256 on August 28, 2011, 10:34:18 AMYeah, like I said they probably could have found a better way to deal with the situation. Like just returning the games to Square-Enix until they got copies that didn't include a competitor's coupon.Though I would disagree that removing the coupon altered the "new" state of the game itself. The boxes don't indicate in any way that the coupon is included, and Gamestop doesn't buy or sell used PC games anyway.Gamestop has an obligation to their customers to deliver a good product, but they also have an obligation to themselves to stay in business. Doing free advertising for a competitor is never good for business.
Quote from: Fierce Deity on August 28, 2011, 10:49:37 AMIf Square-Enix guarantees a coupon for OnLive in every copy of Deus Ex, who is GameStop to decide that I am not entitled to that coupon?
Quote from: wilco64256 on August 28, 2011, 03:00:27 PMI'd actually be willing to bet that more people are hitting up OnLive's site as a result of this fiasco just to figure out what it is. They're probably getting more publicity than if GameStop would have just left things alone.