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(MCV (UK))   GameStop plans to increase the money they pay for used video games from 'next to nothing' to 'that's it?'   (mcvuk.com ) divider line
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2014-08-05 10:54:18 AM  
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2014-08-05 01:07:43 PM  
sell your games online
 
2014-08-05 01:12:06 PM  
last time i went to gamestop, it was selling mobile devices and cell phone plans, kind of reminded me of a radio shack, or a blockbuster music
 
2014-08-05 01:22:07 PM  
Ah, the "Half-Price books model".  I come in with 3 boxes full of books and they offer me about 10 cents a book, which is about 4% of what they would sell it for.
 
2014-08-05 01:47:07 PM  
It seems like whenever I go in there to trade in a game or two, I get hit with "Your membership is expiring" and end up putting any credit into that for some stupid reason.
 
2014-08-05 01:57:58 PM  
So they'll give you 20% more of the tip?  That's venturing dangerous into shaft territory.
 
2014-08-05 02:01:01 PM  

kkinnison: Ah, the "Half-Price books model".  I come in with 3 boxes full of books and they offer me about 10 cents a book, which is about 4% of what they would sell it for.


And they are buying most, if not all, of the books that come through their doors. Try and sell those books individually online or at a yard sale and see how many you actually sell.

For games, on the other hand, there should be a better market for used games, but GameStop seems to have that market cornered. I don't think I'd have the patience to sell my games online. Usually when I take my old games in, it's because I have beat the game and don't have time for it. But, if I look at the cover art nostalgically, I can usually reason myself into keeping it on the shelf. It's why I still have a copy of Sacred 2. Someday I'll go back and play through with different character sets. (Probably not, since Sacred 3 dropped 8/1)
 
2014-08-05 02:02:01 PM  
"With this program, we will not have complex multi-tiered trade promotions for the associates to remember and less math for the customer to understand what they are getting for their games."

lol

We are simply finished as a society aren't we?


The increase in digital games has to be hurting the used game market. Jokes on you consumer, not only is it cheaper for us to make/distribute, but now you don't actually own that game, you own a non-transferable license. Best scam in a long time. Meanwhile people wring their hands about pirates stealing some music here and there.
 
2014-08-05 02:12:30 PM  

kkinnison: Ah, the "Half-Price books model".  I come in with 3 boxes full of books and they offer me about 10 cents a book, which is about 4% of what they would sell it for.


They are offering you wholesale prices.
 
2014-08-05 02:37:56 PM  

kkinnison: Ah, the "Half-Price books model".  I come in with 3 boxes full of books and they offer me about 10 cents a book, which is about 4% of what they would sell it for.


A used-stuff store I sometimes goes to, buy DVDs at 30 cents a pop, and sells them for at least 5 bucks, and up to 15, unless it's in the ultra-cheap-bargain-bin, that's filled with nothing but American Ninja knock-offs.
 
2014-08-05 08:49:01 PM  
I still have my original copy of Halo for my original XBox. I just don't really sell games that I like. I probably have 80-90 Xbox/Wii/Playstation/PC games sitting around. I still have my original copy of Red Baron from the 90's.
 
2014-08-06 12:09:04 AM  
The smart move is to only BUY used games. And only if they are $20 or less.

The GENIUS move is to stay one "generation" behind.  PS3 and 360 games are getting pretty cheap now, and by next year, they'll be REALLY cheap. Wii games are already at firesale prices, and have been for a couple of years.

I didn't own a Playstation 2 until 2010. I think the most I ever payed for a game was $10.

/turns out the PS2 had possibly the widest-ranging and overall best game library of any console ever, if you knew how to find the hidden gems
 
2014-08-06 07:34:43 AM  
Today's Gamestop ripoff: I bought a used 2DS for my kid yesterday. $10 less than new, awesome.

And THEN the clerk says: "It doesn't come with a SIM card. You need that to be able to save. I have some here for $7".

I bought the 2DS, but bought a $5 8G SD card on Amazon, thanks. Still $5 ahead and 6G more than the 2G card that comes with a new 2DS... but had I known I wouldn't have wasted my time.
 
2014-08-06 08:57:31 AM  

nocturnal001: The increase in digital games has to be hurting the used game market. Jokes on you consumer, not only is it cheaper for us to make/distribute, but now you don't actually own that game, you own a non-transferable license.


it's great seeing posts like these

they have a lot of words that might be individually correct or applicable wrapped up into a nonsensical ball
 
2014-08-06 09:33:55 AM  

iheartscotch: I still have my original copy of Halo for my original XBox. I just don't really sell games that I like. I probably have 80-90 Xbox/Wii/Playstation/PC games sitting around. I still have my original copy of Red Baron from the 90's.


Hoarder
;)
 
2014-08-06 09:46:38 AM  

sprawl15: nocturnal001: The increase in digital games has to be hurting the used game market. Jokes on you consumer, not only is it cheaper for us to make/distribute, but now you don't actually own that game, you own a non-transferable license.

it's great seeing posts like these

they have a lot of words that might be individually correct or applicable wrapped up into a nonsensical ball


I love seeing posts like this. Somebody who thinks they are clever and knows what they are talking about, yet is still too lazy to actually make a real comment.
 
2014-08-06 11:23:48 AM  

realmolo: I didn't own a Playstation 2 until 2010. I think the most I ever payed for a game was $10.


Jeebus.  I saw the slims used for under $100 back in 2007.  I think by 2008 you could get the new tiny one, without the power brick brand new for $100.  How much did you save by waiting two years after that?


I'm trying to imagine going to a friends house in 2009 and having them break out the PS1.  Were you on a SuperNES in 2001, waiting for the price to come down on the N64?
 
2014-08-06 03:17:19 PM  
They're looking to get into becoming a game production studio, IIRC. Because THAT is what customers want. A game that requires constant online access even for single player so they can update the in-game advertising, micro-transactions, and force you to sign up for ridiculous "savings clubs".

That company is the physical incarnation of EA.
 
2014-08-06 03:47:48 PM  

nocturnal001: Somebody who thinks they are clever and knows what they are talking about, yet is still too lazy to actually make a real comment.


why do you think a post suggesting licensing started with the invention of digital distribution warrants anything but mockery?
 
2014-08-06 03:57:26 PM  

sprawl15: rrants anything but mockery?



Who the fark said anything about licensing beginning with digital distribution? Are you drunk? Since it's a day later I hope not.
 
2014-08-06 04:04:07 PM  

nocturnal001: Who the fark said anything about licensing beginning with digital distribution?


you, right here, in the part i quoted:

nocturnal001: The increase in digital games has to be hurting the used game market. Jokes on you consumer, not only is it cheaper for us to make/distribute, but now you don't actually own that game, you own a non-transferable license.


unless you meant 'digital games' in the sense of like chess. in which case i would agree - buying a chess set is quite a bit different than buying chessmaster 2015
 
2014-08-06 06:05:15 PM  
thankgod i shop @ EB Games...
 
2014-08-06 08:24:25 PM  

sprawl15: nocturnal001: Who the fark said anything about licensing beginning with digital distribution?

you, right here, in the part i quoted:

nocturnal001: The increase in digital games has to be hurting the used game market. Jokes on you consumer, not only is it cheaper for us to make/distribute, but now you don't actually own that game, you own a non-transferable license.

unless you meant 'digital games' in the sense of like chess. in which case i would agree - buying a chess set is quite a bit different than buying chessmaster 2015


Guy, this isn't a courtroom. I understand that a game on a Cd rom also has a license.

Last I checked the courts have ruled that digital media has different restrictions on transfer of ownership compared to physical copies of the same work.
 
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