Submitted by Emilio_Estevez 728d ago | article

What Happens to Your Used Games?


Belching, huffing and heaving, an 18-wheel UPS truck pulls up at the rear-end of a gray concrete, out-of-town warehouse. The driver steps into dizzying 100 degree heat as, noisily, the warehouse’s corrugated door rolls open. Forklifts glide into action, unloading pallet upon pallet, stacking them inside a massive loading area in the shade of the warehouse’s docking bay. (GameStop, Industry, iPhone, Paul Raines, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360)

NastyLeftHook0  +   728d ago
What happens when you sell you're used games to gamestop? They put back up on the shelf and self it for 10 bucks more then you sold it to them for.
In other words they completely f**k over two people with one game.

Quick, someone get me a miniature violin.
Ducky  +   728d ago
More than two.
They screw the person who traded in the game, the person who buys the used game, and the people who developed/published the game in question.
ginsunuva  +   728d ago
10 bucks? More like 30
Cosmit  +   728d ago
Apparently you don't know how to make money. You know they gotta factor in bills, employee pay etc?
slaton24  +   728d ago
no they dont i live in georgia and i got naruto ninja storm 2 for ps3. I got home and opened it up and took instructions out to read it some and behind the booklet was a receipt...sure its still a gamestop but that receipt showed that the game was originally purchased in new jersey...so your game does not go straight to shelf unless they dont have enough in stock...i actually asked the manager out of curiousity.
Hicken  +   728d ago
Because people from Jersey or IN Jersey never trade in or return games anywhere BUT Jersey.

For all you know, it was somebody who visited New Jersey, bought the game, and then returned it/traded it in when they got back.

Ninja Storm 2 isn't so rare here in GA on PS3 that they'd need to ship it in from thousands of miles away. There are a good 20-30 stores (if not more) in GA, and who knows how many in the surrounding states. The odds of them having to call all the way up to New Jersey to have that game shipped in are far less likely than the odds of somebody traveling in Jersey buying the game and returning it here.

That aside, if there ARE too many used copies at a store, they may be shipped to a warehouse, where they'll wait until another store elsewhere needs them. But that depends on the game, the store, the game's popularity in that area, and other such things.

Something like that, however, takes months to occur, if not longer. So the first thing that would have happened is that it would have sat on the shelf(or in backstock) waiting to be bought, while the store accrued more copies of the game, until there were so many that they had to be shipped off in what's called distro. Distro usually goes to another store(the receiving store calls it an RSB), unless there are enough copies in the surrounding districts(in GA, a district is about 10-15 stores here in the metro area). THEN the games would be sent back to the warehouse.

Dunno what manager you asked, but if he didn't tell you all of that, he hardly told you anything.
LOGICWINS  +   728d ago
"They put back up on the shelf and self it for 10 bucks more then you sold it to them for."

Of course...how else do they make a profit?
Derpy  +   728d ago
Being a collector, I almost never sell my games. Usely the only time I sell a game is if it offends me in some way or it's so bad that I can't stand it, but few few games ever reach that level. Once they're sold, I imagine that they get pawned off on some other poor sucker.
Hufandpuf  +   728d ago
how many games do you have?
Derpy  +   722d ago
I'm not really sure, but I do have quite a few. I havent been keeping track. Lol
Skate-AK  +   728d ago
I'm interested to know what games offend you? Just out of cureosty.
Derpy  +   722d ago
Being a Christian, I tend to be turned off by games that have a lot of using the Lord's name in vain and I don't like it when games start dropping f-bombs all over the place. It seems like it's taboo to pick on any other religion except Christianity. Furtunatly most of the time it's pretty easy to tell what games are going to be doing this before purchase, so I don't end up with games that offend me very often.
Moncole  +   728d ago
Being a PC gamer I dont sell games, I never spent more than 10$ on any game I have on Steam.
smoothdude  +   728d ago
Steam is awesome!!
310dodo  +   728d ago
Id like to think they are bought and traded by other "gamers" at a reasonable price

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