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Op Ed

HotHardware - If You Resell Your Used Games, The Terrorists Win. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
Both Browne and Braben conflate hating GameStop (a thoroughly reasonable life choice) with the supposed evils of the used games market. Braben goes so far as to claim that used games are actually responsible for high game prices and that "prices would have come down long ago if the industry was getting a share of the resells." Amazingly, no game publishers have stepped forward to publicly pledge themselves to lower game prices in exchange for a cut of used game sales.

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33. Re: Op Ed Apr 23, 2012, 04:54 Jerykk
 
You can dislike used sales if you want, but you can't deny that people are allowed to transfer ownership of the product (first sale doctrine), and the person who takes possession of the product gains all the rights the original owner had.

Except now you're arguing semantics. Yes, used sales are legal and piracy is not. Nobody ever disputed that. However, if you look at the actual results of used sales, you see that they are pretty much the same as the results of piracy. You get to play the game without compensating the publisher or developer. People often use legality to justify otherwise dubious acts but I don't. I only care about the acts themselves and their end results.

But Jerykk was advancing the idea that a single game sale fuels multiple used copy sales, which looking at the numbers, falls apart.

You're forgetting that used sales don't just consist of GameStop selling copies to customers. Think of it like this:

Transaction 1: Customer buys new copy from GameStop.
Transaction 2: Customer sells used copy to GameStop.
Transaction 3: Customer buys used copy from GameStop.

That's three transactions for the same game, only one of which compensated the publisher and developer. And that's assuming that each used copy only sells once, after which the customer keeps it forever and never resells it on Amazon, Goozex, GameFly, Best Buy, GameStop, Ebay, etc.

This comment was edited on Apr 23, 2012, 05:07.
 
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