Hey all, Duke here again… Today I wanted to go over the social contract that exists in our specific world between the game store and the gamers.
For those of you who have had the pleasure/pain of sitting through Philosophy 101 you remember that the idea of a social contract implies that a specific group of people give up their sovereignty to a specific authority in order to receive or maintain social order through the rule of law. It can also be thought of as an agreement by the people on a set of rules by which they are governed. i.e. by the people, of the people and for the people. (Stop yawning! It is only the first paragraph!)
|Ignoring the social contract will do this.|
– Buy X get Y for free or at a discount.
|Stocking the Sun: Not required, but awesome!|
When you go into any store, be it a large corporation or a small mom-and-pop, you expect to have the items you order arrive in a timely manner. Our local game stores are not without this responsibility. However, we know that gamers can order goods and never pick them up (Aghast!). I think it is entirely reasonable to have a store charge for the purchase at the time of order. But if they do charge for the order at the time of purchase they have an even higher level of responsibility to order the item in a reasonable manner. For example, if a store makes its orders every Thursday and received every Tuesday and I ordered something on Friday I would expect that it would take about a week and a half for me to get my goods. But, if I ordered the item on Wednesday I would expect the item to be in store in less than a week.
5. Duty to maintain stock to a reasonable standard:
Though we gamers sometimes assume a store simply carries whatever they want to the truth is far from that. Games Workshop sets stores at different levels, with their different levels comes the ability (and requirement) to carry more product. Gamers should be able to expect that a store carries the required amount that gw dictates… For example, “partner,” stores have to carry more in stock. But on top of that I don’t think it beyond reasonable to hope that a store would carry the standard products that it’s player base use, I.e if your player base all play marines, the for goodness sake have some marine stuff.
|Stocking actual tanks is also cool.
That is essentially that for the duties of the store. Now lets look at what duties we as players owe to the store….
|LL CoolJ recruits, you should too|