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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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51. Re: Op Ed Apr 25, 2012, 03:27 Jerykk
When you trade a game in at GameStop people pretty much always take store credit for it because of the reduced cash value for trade ins, and proably more importantly, because promos only apply to trade ins for credit. That's why I talk about the money remaining in circulation within the industry, because it has to go towards additional game purchases.

It would be more accurate to say that money remains in circulation at GameStop, since used sales are 100% profit for them and reduces the amount of new copies they need to order from publishers.

Saying that used games are only $5-10 less than new really isn't true. Most used games are sold pretty aggressively, GameStop is consistsnly offering promos on used games, as do most used game dealers. I bought my sisters family an Xbox 360 for Christmas and found most older titles to be anywhere from 50% to 75% off used vs new. I ended up being able to start them off with a much larger library of games by choosing to buy some titles used.

It's true that used copies of older games tend to have greater discounts, but the same applies to new copies as well. Newer and more popular games typically have a $5-10 discount.

You should really drop this line of argument. The copy you post on the Internet is not the copy they received compensation for, it is a duplicate, as is every other copy downloaded. Your argument only makes sense If GameStop was manufacturing additional copies of the used games they sell.

For all intents and purposes, that's exactly what GameStop is doing. If GameStop just keeps reselling used games, they don't need to order as many new copies from publishers. Piracy has the same effect. If you buy a game and then copy it 1000 times, that's 1000 less new copies that will need to be replenished. The difference is that piracy requires no investment, so a pirated copy does not necessarily equate to a lost sale. Conversely, used sales prove that people were willing to actually pay for the game and that they just wanted to save a little money.
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