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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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12. Re: GameStop Interested in Digital Resales Jul 26, 2012, 22:30 NKD
 
Let me give an example of why digital resale doesn't work:

A game is released. People have to buy it new for a couple days because there are no "used" digital licenses for sale. But after a few days used volume from people who have beat or don't like the game becomes sufficient to sate demand and there is no reason to buy new. None. Absolutely none. The difference between Used and New is whether you press the "New" button or the "Used" button.

And the Used button is cheaper.

It's like having a button that says "Buy Cheap" or "Buy Expensive". Who the fuck is gonna choose expensive when there is zero incentive to do so?

Lets generously assume this would only cut developers sales in half as that half is endlessly recirculated in the digital resale market due to convenience. That's enough to sink many studios.

We love to complain about DLC and monthly fees and cash shops to no end around here, but if they could no longer make enough money off retail sales due to a massive and convenient second hand market, they will find their money elsewhere, and you won't like it.

Be careful what you wish for.

 
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If you don't like where gaming is heading, stop giving your money to the people who are taking it in that direction.
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