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GameStop Interested in Digital Resales

GameSpot has an interesting quote from GameStop CEO Paul Raines, who describes their interest in getting into the (currently nonexistent) market for selling pre-owned digital content. "Its very interesting," he said. "There are some technologies out there in Europe, and weve looked at a couple that are involved. Were interested; its not a meaningful business yet. Right now were not seeing that as a huge market, but I think were on the leading edge. There are a few companies, a few start-ups, out there that weve talked to that are doing this."

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8. Re: GameStop Interested in Digital Resales Jul 26, 2012, 21:04 JohnBirshire
 
TheEmissary wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 20:58:
Only problem with this is that a digital product doesn't degrade like a physical product does. You can't treat it the same because of that very reason. There would be no difference between a new copy and used copy at that point.

Hmmm, don't know that I really buy that argument. I can buy something brand new, decide I don't want it, and sell it. Nothing was degraded.

TheEmissary wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 20:58:
I would rather see some one develop a rental system for PC games than reintroducing a used or second hand market.

That's what digital sales are right now. You rent it forever for a one time fee of $60. You don't own it, so you can't resell it.
 
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