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Technology GameStop closes California stores despite earlier defiance

11:35  21 march  2020
11:35  21 march  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Apple is closing all mainland China stores due to coronavirus outbreak

  Apple is closing all mainland China stores due to coronavirus outbreak The coronavirus outbreak is having a tangible impact on the tech world, and Apple is serving as a textbook example of its effect. The company is closing all its retail stores and corporate offices in mainland China through February 9th out of an "abundance of caution" and in consultation from experts. Apple had initially closed three stores, but this shuts down a full 42 locations across the country. Key suppliers like Foxconn have said they don't expect problems meeting production goals for companies like Apple. Caution is still the order of the day, however.

Latest in Gear. GameStop closes California stores despite earlier defiance . Kotaku understands that GameStop is closing its stores in California "until further notice" while it waits for more information from California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Just got a call from my boss telling me there's a GSO message saying all California stores are shutting down effective immediately - direct order This is a subreddit to discuss GameStop related things, such as weekly deals, preorder bonuses, ect. Anonymity: NO posting pictures of customers

GameStop's insistence on staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic might not have accomplished much in at least one state. Kotakuunderstands that GameStop is closing its stores in California "until further notice" while it waits for more information from California Governor Gavin Newsom. The leader has issued a shelter-in-place order that forbids all non-essential travel, including for businesses that aren't considered crucial.

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We've asked GameStop for comment.

The retailer had maintained that it was an "essential business" as it improved the quality of life for people working from home. It reportedly went so far as to instruct stores on how to respond if police attempted to enforce closures. The company has effectively been setting up a confrontation with the law, not to mention employees who may refuse to put their health at risk just to sell consoles and games.

It's not certain just why GameStop would insist on remaining open when companies selling more vital products have remained open. However, it's well-known that GameStop is already in deep financial trouble. Mandatory closures could exacerbate those problems and leave the store chain with poorer chances of recovery.

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Best Buy, GameStop limit stores to curbside pickup .
Two of the better-known tech retailers in the US have temporarily dropped in-store shopping in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 22nd, Best Buy and GameStop have limited shoppers to delivery and curbside pickup. At Best Buy, you'll get "enhanced curbside service" where you can not only pick up online orders, but ask store staff to fetch and sell products if you couldn't order them online. Delivery is still an option, although Best Buy has paused in-home installation and repair and will only drop off products at your door. You can still get in-home consultations during this scaled-back period, but you'll be limited to virtual help for now.

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