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Submitted by Phegan 717d ago | opinion piece

Gamestop and the 70%

In a recent Gamasutra article, Gamestop CEO Paul Raines came out swinging at industry insiders that have decried his company’s used game market as a blight upon the business by announcing that 70% of the money paid out to gamers in exchange for used games is reinvested in brand new titles. Supposedly that’s $1.8 billion–or about 900 million Madden 2007 trade-ins. (Culture, GameStop, Industry, Next-Gen)

nukeitall  +   717d ago
Haters will hate, but this is competition!

If we did it buy what game developers and publishers wanted, we would only buy a game year because that is all we could afford!
yeahokchief  +   717d ago
It's not competition.

They're parasites.

If it wasn't for gamestop, our DLC would be better and cheaper because the actual developers would be making a lot more money off each title and they wouldn't have to price out content like that.

Sorry I believe in paying people for their work.
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Lvl_up_gamer  +   717d ago
How do you know that dlc would be cheaper?

If I was a developer I wouldn't lower the price for dlc because history shows people are still buying it at its current price.

I don't get the hate for GameStop. It's ok to by a used car, boat, truck, etc but not games?

Nobody is forcing anyone to buy used. People that do buy used most likely wouldn't by dlc anyways since money is clearly an issue if you can't spent $10 more for a new game let alone $20-$30 for dlc.
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nukeitall  +   717d ago
@yeahokchief:

You really need to google "capitalism" and the idea of pricing is set to what the market can bear.

GameStops provides thousands of jobs and stimulates the economy. They aren't parasites!

If you want to talk about parasites, look no further than a large amount of people on wellfare!
yeahokchief  +   716d ago
HAHA!!

"provides thousands of jobs and stimulates the economy"

Minimum wage jobs despite all their profits. I'd hardly call that living. You'd be better off just accepting welfare and using the time to make yourself more marketable.

This parasitic company needs to die. Parasites of the game industry and parasites of the people they employ. Parasites. They don't actually do ANYTHING. They're middlemen. A retail version of ebay where they take a much bigger cut. You're stupid and lazy if you go there to sell.
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mananimal  +   717d ago
Everyones entitled to a opinion.....

The Writer says..."For the consumer, constant trade-ins make good sense. Play a game, finish it, and trade it in quickly, and you’ve got about $20 on your hands. That’s a solid 33% off your next purchase of a brand new title (not considering state and local taxes, of course). Do this four times, and one of those games is essentially free, minus the time you lost fending off suggestions that you pre-order something. "...

.huh? !! I disagree & heres why:

If a brand new game cost $60 freakin dollars & you ONLY get $20 back on average, youve just thrown $40 dollars away, by sellin it back to these greedy used game market criminals. Its not good logic or pratical, if a business operated on that principal of throw'n $40 away , how long do you think they'd be viable? lol, exactly, but they tell you the consumer, " its good business, its a good deal for you" , ha! ha! ha!, wtf?????!, when is loosing $$ at a rate of more than 50cent on the dollar good business???, NEVER!!, thats why "THEY"(Industry) dont do it, but they dont mind the sheeple consumer being dumb enough to do it. ah sheeple, when will you ever learn.

As far as Gamestop goes, Imo its a complete rip off to sell or buy used games from them. It would be better to get online & order a game from Amazon.com were you'll pay considerably far less for used & new games. If gamers only had the discipline & patience to wait, wait 6months to a year for a game to come down in price, wait for the GOTY version to come out on certain titles, theyd save more $$, & not waste it on a game your gonna essentially get bored of 1 day & not want to play any longer.
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Moby-Royale  +   717d ago
(Note: none of this is said with any spite)

You aren't losing forty dollars.

You are spending sixty dollars on a product. You then choose to trade that game you purchased for credit towards another purchase.

Now you could argue that you don't receive what you would consider to be a satisfactory amount of credit..... but... I don't see how that translates into you throwing away your money. You bought a product.

Surely you realize that if you bought a game and they just gave you all of your money back that nobody would be making a profit, right?

That is simply illogical.

If you consider spending money on a game to be a waste, then perhaps you should adopt a different hobby.

You shared your opinion, and now I've shared mine.

Take care.
vikingland1  +   717d ago
@mananimal^^^^when I buy a newer realeased used game for 54 dollars and beat it before the 7 days that gamestop gives to return it I don't lose a penny. You see once I beat a game I almost never play it again,not allways but most of the time. So it all depends on how you use Gamestops used games policey.
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Moby-Royale  +   717d ago
I'm not judging you by any means, but that just seems dishonest to me.

Do you say that it's broken or something?

I just don't see how they would let somebody bring back a game for a full refund after playing it completely.

I'm honestly curious.

Again I am not judging. Perhaps I just need some sort of explanation.
vikingland1  +   717d ago
It's their policey no explanation needed I asked them myself. Also once in a while I keep the game longer like say its an RPG then I lose money. Have you ever ever ever bought a new game and didn't like it? I like their used game policey for that reason alone.
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vikingland1  +   717d ago
Does it still seem dishonest?
3dawg  +   717d ago
its not dishonest because gamestop employees suggested to do exactly that play it return it with in 7 days they dont lose money because most of the time we would buy another game after that. they made their proffit whether we buy another one or not thats their bussiness. plus they keep the customers back in the store that way.
Moby-Royale  +   717d ago
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vikingland1  +   717d ago
My question was if I beat this game in the seven days can I return it? And I also said " that it seemed wrong" and they said that is their policey. Ask them and see what they tell you.
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vikingland1  +   717d ago
They allways ask whats the reason you are returning the game and I tell them I am done with it I beat it and thats that.
Shadonic  +   717d ago
Well I take time to calculate how much I'll get with bonuses from trade ins to get the best deals at say best buy and when I do I usually get about 120+$ from mostly old games no one Plays and maybe a title I bought at full price but didn't enjoy.
lonesoul65  +   717d ago
I think we would be better off without used games. It would not for sure drive the cost of games down, but it would keep them from rising in the near future. With the rising cost of game development, they need more income to support that. It's a business, a fun one, but still a business. Yes, there are times I have bought games that I really didn't like. Just like I have bought shoes that in the end just didn't get comfortable. Or bought a car that just didn't last as long as I wanted it to.
There wasn't always used games...and it wasn't needed. They will always have demos or digital trials in the future...I personally see no use for it at all. The money for the sale of games should go where it belongs in the developers hands.
If you want to sell your games via the internet? Fine. But brick and morter resales can go away. Will be better in the long run for gaming in general. If you want cheap? Play mobile games...those will never break your bank.
StrawberryDiesel420  +   716d ago
I can't wait til I can sell back DLC

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