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RPG Deals 11/17 – 11/23

By Russ | November 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Week two of new console adoption month.

The last two weeks of the month don’t count.

Toys R Us is offering a ‘buy one get one 40% off’ sale all 3DS and Wii U games this week. And that’s it, because the Xbox One is released this week and early adoption bromances should be in full effect. Dudes will be bonding over Call of Duty: Ghosts and the potential majesty of a new Halo¬†title as they wait in line to pick up their shiny new consoles.¬†And that’s cool, because for the next piece of holiday shopping advice everyone’s going to take a page from the bromance playbook.

In my opinion, the worst part of Christmas is other people. Well, the worst part of life is other people, but during Christmas the general populace tends to turn the buying of gifts into an excuse to be as careless as they want. They’re doing something good after all, so the world should see that and treat them as martyrs, right? Yeah, that’s not the way it works. Obviously, running around and buying gifts for other people is terribly frustrating. It must be because none of the shoppers I have seen look happy. Oh, that’s right – blowing all your money on other people means you get nothing at that precise moment.

Rants aside, Christmas initially has a negligible value to people shopping for others and that wears on their mood. Factor in potentially hundreds of people within your vicinity doing the same – followed by thousands on the road – and the whole act results in a shitty experience which dampens your mood.

Well, tough. You elect to do this every year. So go out there and use the spirit of togetherness to get through this holiday and treat everyone nicely. As stated in previous years, employees will react better if you are nicer. Getting angry will result in a quick check and a “Nope, X item is not in stock. please try back again at a later time.” But being nice – that’s the difference between someone remembering there’s some boxes in the back that have not been scanned into inventory yet or something along those lines. More importantly, being nice will prevent emotional flare-ups between customers.

On the employee end; well, this is what is expected of you. You are going to have to be nice even when the customer doesn’t deserve it, and to be honest the customer rarely will be nice. Tolerable would be a good word. Be sure to blow off steam in the break room by telling other co-workers your “funny story” and laughing about it later. It will look better to your employers to see you take things in stride after acclimating the guest’s wish, which may turn into long-term employment if that’s what you’re looking for.

So yeah – everyone bromance up this Christmas for great justice. Happy Hunting.

Disclaimer: Deals may not be available in all stores. Deals may stop at any time. Prices in each store may differ depending on location. You can try different stores to mitigate price differences, and always ask if a store has the item before leaving the store. You might be able to get a raincheck. Many deals are both in-store and online. This column brought to you by dire unemployment.

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