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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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14. Re: GameStop Interested in Digital Resales Jul 26, 2012, 23:01 Jerykk
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 20:53:
A gray digital market is almost as bad as piracy, as far as developers are concerned.

Just like car manufacturers would LOVE it if nobody could buy used cars. And furniture manufacturers would LOVE it if nobody could buy used furniture. I could go on forever, and that's why I think that this argument is simply ridiculous. I bought it, I own it, I should be able to resell it. What's next, manufacturers of EVERYTHING trying to make it impossible for anybody to ever sell anything used?

There's a pretty practical reason for allowing resales of cars and furniture. Aside from physical degradation over time, those things are large, heavy objects that are difficult to store and even harder to dispose of if you weren't allowed to resell them. It wouldn't be practical or cost-effective to force everyone to keep their cars/furniture or dump them at a disposal site.

Conversely, games don't have this issue. Physical discs are small and compact, making them easy to store and dispose of. Digital games bypass these concerns entirely.
 
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