Teflon Billy wrote:
I've never understood a store's offer to order something in for me. I can order things myself.
I'm buying convenience from you, not product.
I don't buy convenience (that would be subscribing directly from Goodman Games and having everything shipped to my door, and early too), nor product from an FLGS - I buy community.
Because I go down there and get my DCC goods they keep some DCC goods on their shelves which means more chance that some other person sees the product on the shelf and becomes interested, and I may just swell the number of available gamers in the area willing to play the game with me... especially if I ever get around to setting up a time to run some DCC in-store, which I am sure the FLGS would be glad to reserve me a table and time to do because they have gotten to know me since they opened their shop and I buy stuff their constantly.
This is related to another theory of mine: I've always encountered a majority opinion among the gamers I have met (whether in Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Florida) of "There is no one in my area to game with." I have also constantly refused to believe that to be true and have never had trouble filling all the seats at my table (and having people waiting to fill openings).
The appearance that no one in the area plays the games one wants to tends, in my experience, to be an illusion created by so many people ordering their gaming materials online and only playing games with people they have always played games with (especially in the case of all those poor folks that still think saying "I play table-top RPGs" is embarrassing) - so the FLGS in the area wither and fade and no one has a place to go and find people that share their like of a particular game.
So many times I've seen entire groups form to play face-to-face while every member was saying "seems like no one in my area likes this game, so I guess I am looking for an online game," with a response of where are you from? Oh, me too we should play! Hey, you guys got room for two more 'cause I have a buddy and we need a game.
Gamers are everywhere, and Amazon (and other scarily cheap online outlets) is making gamers blind to each others existence and proximity.