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Livingstone: Used Games "No Benefit"

$40 For That Old Thing? How Used Games Are Priced on Kotaku.AU looks at how used games are priced, talking with several used game vendors, though industry leader GameStop was not willing to comment for their article. The simple economics of supply and demand are still in play, of course, and they examine how this is determined. On a related note, Retailers 'limit UK games market' on the BBC is a GamesCom conversation with a couple of publishers about games at retail and the secondary market (thanks Koch Media's Georg Larch tells them digital distribution will help publishers deal with used game sales, while Eidos' Ian Livingstone says they still want to work with retailers because: "These aren't just shops, they are a marketing tool, a window into our world where software houses can display their wares." Of course some gamers buy games at full price only because they know they can later recoup some of that cost by selling games, and many gamers use the proceeds from selling their old games to buy new ones, but apparently Livingstone sees no value in this, saying: "The pre-owned market is a serious problem, because there is no benefit to developers or publishers."

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64. Re: Used Games No Benefit Aug 20, 2009, 17:44 shponglefan
Sorry but he's right, you don't need any data to understand what's going on here.

Sorry, but he's wrong. Without data, all we have is speculation. That ain't good enough.

There's no way Gamestop would co-operate with something like this in the first place.

GameStop is irrelevant. What we need is to understand buyer behavior. A comprehensive survey of gamers and their spending habits should be enough to provide a basis for crunching the numbers.

This comment was edited on Aug 20, 2009, 17:45.
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