Shopping >Great Escape Collectibles
5400 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720936.151267 -86.853287
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm ; Sun 10am-7pm
Neighborhoods: Sylvan Park
Lots of fun. I wish that they still were into RPGs and board games, but it still has a lot to offer
One of my favorite places to shop! – The Charlotte Avenue location is my favorite! They have a huge selection, and very friendly employees. I've shopped there many times before, and recently brought in some stuff to sell. They were extremely reasonable with their offers. Although I wasn't planning to, I decided to get store credit instead of cash, because there's always something I want there.
The whole atmosphere has a great feel. Between the vintage toys, comics, records, video games, posters, etc... everyone is sure to find something they can't live without!
Slipping – At one time the store on Broadway (which recently closed to move to the new location) was a must-do for my weekend. It was my pop-culture getaway.
Lately the inventory don't seem to rotate as quickly as it used to.This is the main reason I've made two trips in the last six months to a store that was once a must-do.
Pricing is partly to blame for their stale inventory. A decade ago the pricing was far better than one could find elsewhere. These days with Wal-Mart and Target regularly selling new-release CD's for ten bucks or less and DVD sets for as little as 14.99, there's little incentive for me to purchase a used copy for maybe a buck less. In many cases I can actually buy a NEW copy CHEAPER than the Great Escape sells the item.
I've found the CD and vinyl selection greater at Phonoluxe. They have similar pricing and a much more knowledgeable sales staff. For DVDs I recommend one of the big box retailers or Amazon.
The Great Escape offers no volume discount for comic customers. This is why I took my $100 dollar-plus a month comic business to another store. This did not include the additional merchandise I purchased each month. Back issue comics are grossly over-priced for their condition.
Thankfully the new location provides much better parking than the old one. This is definitely a plus in their favor.
Customer service is hit or miss. Some days it will be excellent. Other times you have to ask for help.
In summary, the Great Escape is a great place to visit if you've never been there before. The inventory is truly impressive and will surely bring back some great memories. However, don't expect much in the way of customer service or a knowledgeable sales staff. Also keep in mind what you can purchase items for elsewhere. If you're looking for a regular comic retailer, avoid at all costs.
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