GAME Manager Accidentally Orders Complete Stock of Gift Cards

In the retail sector, having to deal with customer complaints and product launches can be extremely tiresome. As a result, it’s quite easy for staff members to make blunders under stress but these are usually on a small scale. Unbelievably, the manager of a Scottish GAME branch managed to order the company’s entire stock of gift cards. Initially, this created a panic regarding GAME’s financial status as some people believe they were about to re-enter administration. Eurogamer spoke to GAME employees who mentioned the reward card shortages but GAME has denied these claims. A spokersperson said:

 “This is simply untrue and there has not been a Gift Card ordering error,” 

“As always, customers can purchase Gift Cards across all of our stores and online.”

GAME has begun to replenish the stock levels and customers should be able to purchase gift cards at the time of writing. Whether GAME is trying to cover up this embarrassing move is up for discussion, but it’s not outside the realms of possibility. The Christmas season is vital for GAME and provides a great deal of their yearly profit totals. I highly doubt the employees in question would lie about such a silly error, meaning GAME’s official response is quite peculiar.

When was the last time you shopped in GAME?

Gift Cards At Discounts? Maybe Not For Star Citizen

Star Citizen is a game we’ve reported on many times. The game started as an idea and took to the crowdfunding platform to support its big dreams of being a Space Fighter, First Person Shooter and Role Playing game all while allowing thousands of players to interact with one another. It can claim the title, and will be able to for a while I suspect, the title of most crowd funded game in history, with a total of $89,612,253 raised so far. This is set to continue to rise as players join the game through early entry bundles and purchase their ships ready for the big release in the future. One player has spent over $22,000 on the game, raising the question about how much are you willing to pay for those early bonuses to your games?

With the release of their latest ship (pictured above), the Endeavour is designed as a modular research vessel. From a research station to a portal hospital the Endeavour is set to be the first of a series of ships that can be customised and designed based on the user’s preference. Coming in at $420 though, some people may not feel comfortable shelling that out for an in-game item. So why not try to save some money by buying those gift cards that people can always get you for a tiny discount?

Sadly this isn’t the case of Star Citizen who are charging more than their value for the digital gift cards. The prices are listed below:

$10 gift card – $12
$25 gift card – $30
$50 gift card – $60
$100 gift card – $120

This works out at you only getting 80% of what you pay sent in the gift card, meaning that $420 Endeavour will set your friend back $504 in gift cards.

I am personally not a huge of buy before play DLC and being able to play Star Citizen (even in its incomplete form) means you can see the benefits of what you buy, but when you are spending hundreds of pounds, dollars or euros on something or want to gift your friend with something, gift cards are normally a good way to find a discount in exchange for the hassle of handling them.

Do you play Star Citizen? Have you brought a ship using real money? Are you as confused as to why the gift cards cost more than they are worth as we are?

Thank you PCGamesN for the information and the image.

Starbucks Selling Stupidly Overpriced Gift Card for Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching for our US readers and if you’re like me; you still haven’t bought a thing. Well good news, Starbucks have us covered.

For the amazing price of just $200, you get a special edition metal and ceramic Starbucks Card….with just $50 pre-loaded. “For Mother’s Day, give her beautiful flowers—the ones etched into this elegant and exclusive Starbucks Card.” Why yes, my mother sure would like some flowers, hey she also likes coffee; two birds one stone…

The card does actually look quite nice and the thought of a metal/ceramic card sounds ideal; up until the point where it bends and you can no longer swipe it. The purchase is limited to 1 per customer; so I can see some complaints coming in if you have same-sex parents; the world is changing Starbucks, you better catch up.

So, for $200 you get a piece of metal and $50 pre-loaded cash to spend at Starbucks; please tell me the rest of the money is stuffed into the padding. I can’t quite tell if this is an extremely late April fools, or if Starbucks has lost its mind; either way, I’ve had a bit of a giggle.

If you’ve had a bump on the head and are interested in buying this, visit the Starbucks item page.

Android Trade-in Program Launches Today at Apple Retail Stores

Today Apple is launching a trade-in program for select non-iPhone smartphones at its Apple Retail Store locations. The program will allow credit towards an immediate purchase of a new iPhone model for users who trade in their select Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry phones.

Apple is aiming to drive more business from people who will trade in their current working devices to get something better. The standard Apple iPhone trade-in program was first started in 2013 and last year opened up to include iPads. Now the program is accepting select Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry devices for in-store credit to users immediately buying an iPhone. The program is so far only available in the US, France, Italy, and the UK.  You can check if your store has the program on its individual store page. The online Apple Reuse and Recycling Program is now open for users to trade in a Windows notebook or desktop for an Apple Store gift card.

Source: 9to5 Mac