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  1. @cubik- It's south London (Streatham). In terms of walk-up trade, it's by a huge common/park, between a couple of major supermarkets and a short walk from 2 overground stations, a bus terminus and a leisure centre. In terms of a nightlife, there is a big, established but grotty-looking pub a stone's throw away and a newly renovated, pricey, gastropub a very short walk in the other direction. Both are open late (23:00-00:00) and occasionally have later events going on (02:00 onwards). There is a late-night jazz venue that has been doing great business but, aside from that, everything else is a little further away. Streatham has regular events - ice hockey team, Food Festival, Culture Festival, Kite Day... - that attract visitors from further afield. As a shop, it's a daytime crowd that has made it a success in the past - if it became more of a social venue, I'd be thinking about either daytime corporate events or evening social events.
  2. If the shop became a venue for people to come and play games rather than buy them, do you think there's any interest in that? I'm thinking 90s tunes, big screen setups and sofas so it feels comfy and relaxed (not clinical like an Apple Store or fusty like an old boys club but clean, fresh and stylish). (WARNING: Business Hat Firmly On) I'm waiting to see the financials as what it did in 2013-2014, before they turned their attention to their other business, is going to be a good indicator of the potential. However, my hunch is that the only real profit that can be made is through a) consumables such as food & drink and b) rental of games rather than sales to avoid long-term issues with supply. As has been mentioned, older games will wear out, Ebay and Amazon can offer outright purchases for widely available games more cheaply and new products like the Retron 5 can increase the risk to the venture. That rental could take place on the premises or off - they both have pros and cons of course.
  3. I think it makes sense to expand on what else I had in mind... 1. The business has a successful retail premises which has been profitable in the past 2-3 years but has been break even over the past 12 months as the owners have turned their focus to another venue. They offer repairs as well as consoles, games and peripherals for sale. If the numbers stack up, I'm interested in taking it over and seeing if there's potential to grow the business. 2. They sell a range of items both in-store (80% of sales) and online via their own website (20%), which is plugged into a sophisticated EPOS system. They have used eBay / Amazon in the past but both sites have increased their fees so it's not quite so attractive any more. 3. @SMD- My vision is to redecorate the store and make it more of a member's club; a shop by day but then a small bar at night where members would be able to play on consoles hooked up to wall-mounted flat screen TVs - 3 screens with 3 portable trolleys beneath so that the consoles can be changed regularly, meaning that customers can come in, try before they buy, play something different, etc, or just hang out, grab a coffee and enjoy themselves. In terms of coffees & teas, the shop is right by a busy bus stop that numerous commuters use and there isn't a coffee shop nearby. There are a couple of bars for evening events nearby but they're just pubs. 4. Initially, any subscribers to the rental service would be able to visit during members' nights exclusively - there's currently a customer database of 10,000. Following the feedback, perhaps there's a different approach to a subscription rental service so members could simply ask to join. 5. I have given some thought to both renting out the venue for private parties and renting out console and game packages but both options don't necessarily have predictable, regular income so forecasting is pretty difficult. 6. Stock-wise, I'd be starting with roughly 2,500-5,000 games with 150-200 for GBA, Spectrum ZX, PS1, PS2, Mega Drive, Xbox, NES, N64, Game Cube and Dreamcast and then roughly 50-100 for SNES, Master System, Atari, GB Original, Dreamcast and a few others. My concern was that is that if you have a subscription model, you don't really want to send people games that came bundled at launch as it would be a bit disappointing to get a game you've had since you owned the console. 7. @Droo - I like the idea of console, upscaler / cabling, couple of controllers and a handful of games - I don't want the cost to be prohibitive and I agree with the insurance question. @Camel has a point re: postage and I think my concern would be that the recipient gets a sub-quality cartridge / hardware because of Royal Mail and then you'd need to offer a refund and it would take a while to get compensation from the Post Office, who probably wouldn't understand the intrinsic value of the item! 8. @cubikWhat about if you were to get 2 games (N64 - Donkey Kong Country & Ogre Battle 64)? There could be different packages for AAA games - i.e. Bronze, Silver and Gold, different prices, different volume/quality of games sent out. If Ts & Cs weren't a problem, would that be more interesting? 9. @Riven- I like that idea but I'm conscious of needing a car/van to transport the kit around, which comes with an extra consideration and cost. 10. @cubik/ @Fry Crayola- I think emulators / Internet, yes, but then the retro gaming market is apparently still worth £126m per year (I read it on a Sky News report so it must be true...) For me, the appeal is still the original devices and playing it 'properly' but I may be in a minority. It was suggested that a Raspberry Pi might be a more appealing option but a) most people can't be bothered to 'build' their own console and b) only 8m Pi have been sold globally - compare that to 30m+ Mega Drives. Thanks again everybody for your comments - please keep them coming!
  4. They do seem like they're supposed to be very similar - DMs who can tackle, put it about a bit and just get the ball moving forward. 1 is enough with Alli, Erikson, Lamela or another creative midfielder next to them.
  5. Great drinking game down at 'The Dukes Head' in Putney (or anywhere else along the course) is to have 3+ people with a beer each and take it in turns to shout out the most ludicrous, typically upper class name. If nobody turns around, everyone drinks. If more than 1 person turns around, the caller drinks. If only 1 person turns round, everyone except the caller drinks. i.e. Player #1 - "Tarquin!" - 3 people turn around, player #1 drinks Player #2 - "Charlie!" - nobody turns around, all 3 players drink Player #3 - "Sebastian!" - 1 person turns around, players #1 & #2 down their pint
  6. So, beat Palace, drew with both Scousers, smashed Stoke, signed another striker (turns out we already had Son) and cover for Dembele / Dier... 3rd place...?
  7. Hi everyone - I'm hoping to garner some opinions on a retro gaming idea, if you would be able to help... I've got a business opportunity focused on gaming (arcade & consoles only at the moment) and one idea I've had to make it a bit more interesting to current and potential gamers is to provide a service a bit like Graze, Pact Coffee, Abel & Cole, etc. The idea is that you can go online, select which consoles you own and subscribe to a service that posts you a different game every month. You can play it and then send it back or you can keep it for an extra fee. So, if you said you had an N64, you might get Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo Kazooie or Super Smash Brothers for your first 3 months. You could send a couple back and keep one, if you felt so inclined. We would never send out the same game twice and you could cancel with 30 days notice. My questions I'd like to get some opinions on are; - Would you like to get one or more games sent to you every month? - If so, would a cost of £7.99 per month, including return postage, put you off? - Have you heard of anyone else providing this service? If so, what's good and what's bad about what they do? - What would really put you off from signing up? - What would make you sign to the membership package immediately? - If there were other benefits to the subscription, such as small loyalty rewards or exclusive social events, would that be of interest? Thanks for taking the time to respond - I genuinely appreciate all the feedback, good or bad, and will respond to everyone! Mark
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