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#836170 - 09/17/12 05:18 PM The future of Interact!
Interact Offline
Shy Boomer

Registered: 12/23/07
Posts: 32
Loc: Pasadena, CA
Hello Boomers!

I thought I would come on and provide a personal update as to our situation. Thanks to Ana for keeping you all updated via proxy recently.

As some of you may or may not know, the past few years our brick and mortar retail business has been almost exclusively DVD driven. We buy, sell and rent Used DVDs and Blu-Rays. The in-store PC gaming business, which is what we opened with in 1994, has become nearly non-existent. I have continued to carry PC adventure games primarily for our online customers, most of whom come to us through Gameboomers.

Recently, as more and more of our in-store customers migrate to services such as Netflix and Redbox, our in-store DVD sales have begun to diminish as well. About 6 weeks ago I made a deal with our landlord. Cut our rent in half and you can put the space up for lease. Once you lease it, we'll leave in 30 days. Which is where we still are today. We have heard that there may be a lease ready to be signed, which would mean that our 30 days could start very soon. Once it does, we will close and go away forever within that 30 days.

To add a complication to all of this, our website died last week. Our website has been hosted, from what I understand, on the same server for about 10 years. We were the only site hosted on that server and it finally died. We haven't paid for hosting in at least 5 years. At this time it is unclear if it is even possible to access our site to move it or if there is a valid backup anywhere. And with 30+ days left, the motivation to find those things out is minimal.

What does this mean for Boomers interested in Sherlock Holmes? I am bringing in 20 copies of the game. They will be $39.95 each plus shipping. We should have them well before any 30 day period could elapse. If you want one held for you, you can e-mail me at interactstore@gmail.com (please don't use the old dave@interactcd.com or any other interactcd.com address) and I will hold one for you. Once I have the game, I can send you a PayPal invoice or you can call me (800-479-1323) to give me a credit card. Once those 20 copies are gone, I doubt I will order more, unless the current lease deal falls through and we're assured of staying here for more than a month or so.

(I should also mention that if you pre-paid for a copy of Bracken Tor, that's not looking so good right now! I will be sending out refunds at some point, but if you'd like to apply that toward Sherlock, that would work as well).

I'll come back and update this when I have a firm end date (or any other news), but I wanted to keep you appraised as I feel that I owe you all that much. You've been a wonderful group of customers and supporters for years and I appreciate it very much.

Sincerely,

Dave Sparks
Interact!

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#836172 - 09/17/12 05:30 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
MaG Offline
Administrator
Sonic Boomer

Registered: 12/28/99
Posts: 66165
Dave,

Thank you for the update. That is nice of you to let us know what is happening.
We are saddened by the turn of events.
If there is anything I or GameBoomers can do to help, please mail me.

MaG

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#836173 - 09/17/12 05:37 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
BrownEyedTigre Offline
The Sassy Global Moderator PR Liaison
Sonic Boomer

Registered: 01/04/04
Posts: 65557
Loc: In the Naughty Corner
sad Thanks for coming on and giving the update. I am saddened also. I wish you and your family the very best. hearts

Ana
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#836178 - 09/17/12 06:04 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
traveler Offline
Addicted Boomer

Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 3293
Loc: Rivellon
Dave,

I hate to see you go. You've been really good to us, there aren't many people out there who offer the kind of service you have, and I wish you all the best in whatever lies ahead for you.


Gil.
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#836181 - 09/17/12 06:17 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
Rushes Offline
The Three Pipe Moderator
True Blue Boomer

Registered: 07/10/05
Posts: 23826
Loc: UK
Thanks for the update, Dave. Interact was the one company I turned to when ordering games from the US, and your customer service has always been wonderful. I wish you the very best of luck for the future.
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#836182 - 09/17/12 06:20 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
MaG Offline
Administrator
Sonic Boomer

Registered: 12/28/99
Posts: 66165
You can now access the information by clicking on the Interact banner at top of the page or at homepage.

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#836185 - 09/17/12 06:24 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
BrownEyedTigre Offline
The Sassy Global Moderator PR Liaison
Sonic Boomer

Registered: 01/04/04
Posts: 65557
Loc: In the Naughty Corner
You rock MaG!

Ana wave
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#836188 - 09/17/12 06:46 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
Jenny100 Offline
GB Reviewer Glitches Moderator
Sonic Boomer

Registered: 10/24/00
Posts: 35570
Loc: southeast USA
Originally Posted By: Interact
At this time it is unclear if it is even possible to access our site to move it or if there is a valid backup anywhere.

You can find parts of it at the web archive.
The most recent date that I found archived is ***here***.

Quote:
I'll come back and update this when I have a firm end date (or any other news), but I wanted to keep you appraised as I feel that I owe you all that much. You've been a wonderful group of customers and supporters for years and I appreciate it very much.

Thanks for letting us know what's going on, Dave, though the news is very disappointing.

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#836189 - 09/17/12 06:47 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
GreyFuss Offline
Addicted Boomer

Registered: 06/01/06
Posts: 2923
Sorry to hear but completely understand. Dave has been a great friend to the adventure game community and especially to the members here at Game Boomers. Will certainly miss the Interact Banner we are so use to seeing at the top of this and many other sites.

Be well and prosper my friend.
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#836203 - 09/17/12 07:39 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: GreyFuss]
Darleen03 Offline
Adept Boomer

Registered: 12/13/03
Posts: 14813
Loc: Northeast NJ
Very sorry to read this news... frown

I will miss you ,and the Interact website "Dearly" I always trusted your company thoughout the years...

May God Bless you, and family always...

Love
Dar
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#836234 - 09/17/12 10:52 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Darleen03]
Mad Offline
True Blue Boomer

Registered: 11/21/00
Posts: 23617
Loc: United Kingdom
Hi Dave.

SO very sorry to know you will be closing up shop.
You have been "one of the best" in supplying top notch goods along with unsurpassed customer service all these years.

And I wish you all the best for whatever you do next.

Kindest regards.

Mad praise
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#836237 - 09/17/12 11:01 PM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
InlandAZ Online   content
Glitches Forum Moderator
BAAG Specialist

Registered: 08/14/02
Posts: 6853
Loc: Arizona
Sorry to hear the sad news Dave, a lot of folks are going to miss you.

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#836256 - 09/18/12 12:08 AM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
oldman Offline
Addicted Boomer

Registered: 04/15/00
Posts: 3464
Loc: Lost in the Arizona Desert
This news really saddens me. It's hard to find retailers in any business that are as customer oriented as you have been Dave.

I really wish you all the best and hope that you land on your feet and have continued success in whatever endeavor you pursue.

If you find another method to continue selling games you will definitely have a loyal customer right here.
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I laugh because you're all the same

Funny I don't remember being absent minded.

John

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#836263 - 09/18/12 01:31 AM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
oldmariner Offline
Addicted Boomer

Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 1441
I agree Oldman. So today I was able to get my order in for one of those new Sherlock games Dave will be getting. It might be my last change to buy an interact game. We can hope for good news, it is not over yet. I hope.

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#836265 - 09/18/12 01:47 AM Re: The future of Interact! [Re: Interact]
Butcher Offline
Addicted Boomer

Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 1283
Loc: Larnaca, Cyprus
Sad news indeed. Thank you for the update although i would certainly welcome better news. Good luck Dave.

Spyros
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R.I.P Cliff Burton

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