Ben Kuchera at Opposable Thumbs is a little bit miffed about the pushy salespeople at his local GameStop and Best Buy. While annoying experiences at game stores are nothing new, having to turn down six separate over-the-counter offers when purchasing a memory card must be some sort of record.

We understand that pushing used games, strategy guides and other protection plans on customers can lead to bigger game store profits (and employee bonuses), but if the hard sell starts driving away customers it can offset this advantage. Between the rude salespeople, limited selection and endless offer-pushing at many game retailers, is it a wonder that some are looking to digital distribution as the wave of the future?

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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