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Do what you love, the money will follow ... it might take the long way though.
Do what you love, the money will follow ... it might take the long way though.

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Wages (Tradecraft)
I was messing around in Excel, thinking about how many employees a store could reasonably expect to have at various sizes. My store is in the reasonable range of staffing, but I have mostly part time people I would love to transition into full time. They do...
Wages (Tradecraft)
Wages (Tradecraft)
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Hedonic Goods and Your UVP (Tradecraft)
I'm brainstorming for an upcoming presentation, so here are some thoughts about game stores and the UVP: Game retailers are in the business of selling "hedonic" goods. That's a fancy way of saying we sell crap you don't need. We're not in the need game, we'...
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What's a Game Store Worth - Follow-up (Tradecraft)
I wanted to write this follow up to document the discussions we had on social media about the  previous post . There were a variety of responses. Several store owners reported the example sale matched their experience pretty closely when selling their store...
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What's a Game Store Worth (Tradecraft)
I just got back from meeting with our business broker. We were curious how much the store was worth, considering we have people interested in buying shares from our investors. Our broker asked questions about our operation, making sure we had strong policie...
What's a Game Store Worth (Tradecraft)
What's a Game Store Worth (Tradecraft)
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The Mature Business Plan (Tradecraft)
"So if you don't have an updated business plan, do you just look at the previous year and try to do better?" "Well, ahh, yeah." I had a business plan when I first started and it saved my life. My mantra was stick to the plan . As the business continued to p...
The Mature Business Plan (Tradecraft)
The Mature Business Plan (Tradecraft)
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FLGS Distribution and Codes (Tradecraft)
Friendly Local Game Store is up for pre order by most game distributors as of today. I thought I would list all the distributors and their product codes and spend a few minutes telling you about product codes in the game trade. Here's the list, with their p...
FLGS Distribution and Codes (Tradecraft)
FLGS Distribution and Codes (Tradecraft)
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Three Factors of Risk Management (Tradecraft)
I'm meticulous about vehicle maintenance and that's because I believe most accidents and mishaps happen when three negative factors are involved. For example, a vehicle in poor mechanical shape could be one factor, such as the overburdened shocks I just rep...
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Subjective Decisions on Existential Matters (Tradecraft)
"Russians don't take a dump without a plan. And senior captains don't start something this dangerous without having thought the matter through." --Admiral Josh Painter, Hunt for Red October Policies and procedures is the heart of my business. It's what keep...
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The Magic Market
Imagine a stock market where companies regularly leaked financial information right before the announcement of quarterly results. Imagine individuals who sell questionable, unconfirmed rumors to investors in attempts to manipulate stock prices, while simult...
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Pathfinder: The Jeep of RPGs
Pathfinder just announced their playtest for version 2.0 of their role playing game. As a retailer, I can say it's about time. I was against it before I was for it, but eventually I became a big Pathfinder supporter after not only becoming disenchanted with...
Pathfinder: The Jeep of RPGs
Pathfinder: The Jeep of RPGs
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