TechVat writes: "The other day I ran into an article on next-gen.biz titled: EDITOR'S VIEW: Used Games are Damaging. This article was also linked to via Kotaku with much commenting. The premise of the article is that a game store that sells used game is killing the industry by depriving the developer of sales. There are numerous problems with this premise and I will endeavor to point them out in the following article.
GameStop has been on a roll as of late. They were the only video game retailer to earn the right to sell Wii "rain checks" just before Christmas. Nintendo (rightly) believed that GameStop, with it's long history of dealing in pre-orders, was the only store able to handle such an offering. The GameStop stock price and profits have gone up 34.7% since last holiday season. Clearly GameStop is doing very well for itself but the question remains, are they doing well based on new sales or used sales?"