Rant & Rave

Just trying to balance out the good & evil in the world while looking out for the little guy!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

GameStop to the rescue!!

Like almost every other American around the country these days, my family is experiencing a 'financial down-turn'. With that being said, we had to downsize our Christmas this year. No more frivolous stocking stuffers (just the chocolate please!) and the Christmas present budget was also dramatically cut. This left just $100 per child. Now, I know perfectly well that there are many wonderful gifts to be cherished with this amount of money...but this is my story.

We have three great (most of the time lol) children. Our daughter is 20 years old and our boys are 9 and 12. The oldest kid just got the cash as this seemed to be both to easiest and most logical thing to do. The youngest son was pretty simple to shop for and his presents proved to be a huge success by his usual jaw-drop expression. He was rendered speechless by unwrapping the newest thing in NERF weaponry. It was the 12 year old son that I was having problems finding that perfect gift. This is where GameStop comes into the story.

I have shopped at GameStop over the past few years and was in the store this day to buy a video game for my youngest. I was browsing trying to think of some ideas for my oldest son when I was approached by the most polite and sociable (I'm not joking) store associate named Stephen. He asked if he could help me with anything, and I found myself confessing to him that I was like a fish out of water alone in this video game store without my kids. (I never was one to play video games even as a kid.) I explained to Stephen that I was shopping for my oldest son and that I had a small budget. He asked me some questions and we discussed what I had in mind and could afford. In the end, I purchased a pre-owed Wii system and a Lego Harry Potter video game.

As I walked out of the store with my sons Christmas present in hand, I knew that I had scored a homerun with this gift and that he was gonna love it! Even though the store was packed with customers, this store associate took the time to really listen to me and helped me score the perfect gift. Kudos to GameStop and Stephen!!

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