That's probably why I like my Gamestop.
It's a lot more personable. They never try to push pre-orders (or do so sarcastically, like "I know you don't want to, but I'm obligated to ask if you'd like to pre-order (insert game name here). I honestly don't care if you do or not, I just want to get home to play some more Skyrim" or something like that.
Plus they know me pretty well now.
That is why I miss my local GameCrazy. The employees were all friendly, got to know me, and would give me free stuff all the time. (pre-order bonuses for games I didn't even pre-order.)
They never pushed me to pre-order / buy anything, because they knew I always said "No" and would pre-order something when I wanted to. (and by you saying your GameStop still does that to you, tells me they are still trying to sell you, despite being "friendly.")
I remember when I was waiting at the midnight release of GTAIV, one of the employees (that knew me and my friends pretty well) came up to us around 10pm and said "You guys don't need to wait. Give me your cash and I'll come outside and give you your copies." So we paid him, waited outside, and a couple of minutes later he came out with a bag of our GTAIV copies.
He said he would just ring them up at midnight, and we could come by the next day to get our receipts.
The next day I went in and he gave me my receipt and change. That is customer service.
Sadly, that GameCrazy died along with the rest of the franchise.
There are no GameStops like that around here. All the employees are robots with programmed personalities.
They are my buddy until I tell them "No" too many times and they finish my transaction, then they zone in on the sucker behind me.
Retail shopping is preferable when it comes to the advantage of items like resale value and the opportunity to purchase the physical item cheaper than its digital counterpart. That's not to say that there aren't digital steals out there. In the last few weeks, for example, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time was available for $20 through PlayStation Plus while at retail copies still retained their $40 value. If you can manage to comparison shop and find the right prices for the items you want, wherever they may be sold, then that's all for the better.
i agree that it can happen, i bought the Borderlands bundle for 20 bucks last year when the GOTE disc was still selling for around $30-$35 retail as well as online shops. that said i do find way more bargains with hard copies of games as opposed to digital versions.