(Digital Trends) Fewer people are buying video games in stores, and for a company whose profits live and die by the used game market, a future where Durango and Orbis don’t play used discs looks particularly dire.
You mean they fight to keep themselves in business
Lol exactly. Hopefully consumer haven't forgotten how rotten their practices were. They are right to be scared at the moment, as no second hand games means they will be out. To all those acting like people who buy used are maggots. Think about the games that someone missed out on, that are no longer available day 1. I do however find it strange when someone buys used when thebrand new version (when available) is like $2 more lol.
It's certainly a huge part of their business model right now, but they have been adjusting, preparing for the future, picking up tablets, phones, movies. I expect them to slowly become a full on electronics and entertainment company, much like best buy but with a bit more narrow of a focus.
i hate gamestop, when i lost my job and needed food i traded in my games and got next to nothing! and it was an emergency or else i would have sold them on craigs list. bastards!
I sympathize with you. Sadly if these new systems blocked used game sales, people in your similar situation won't even have that luxury of selling them.
I remember trading in a bunch of PS2 games a while ago, I got less than $10 for almost 20 or so. I didn't really care for the games, but I did play them sometimes. I know for a fact I could have gotten at least $4 for each or at least $1 for each elsewhere but I didn't care too much. That was the last time I sold anything to them. One funny story I have, is that I sold my Wii to a GameStop years ago. I took everything that came with it, the person there told me if the controller had batteries, it didn't so the person said I was only going to get $50 instead of the already measly $100 because they weren't sure the controller was working. I ended up having to buy batteries right there to get the rest of the money... Of course that was GameStop credit money, I used it to buy a DS. I would have gotten $50 in cash...
I never understood why people get upset this company for their price structures. If you don't like it, don't use them, it's that simple. Clearly, their consumers are still on board with the trade in values and used game prices. If that were to change, so would their prices. I mean, they sell week old games for $5 under full price after buying them back for half, they have plenty of room to adjust to demand, they clearly don't see the need to yet.
There are just so many bad things I can say about that place, having worked there for three and a half years. It's not really worth it though. I want used games to stick around...because I want Disc Replay to stick around. It's a midwest US thing, but it's getting bigger every year. I REALLY hope it continues to grow. It gives you more money for your games...and sells the games for much cheaper than GameStop.
Good, fight the good fight!
Like there is anything they can do to fight this. If Sony and Microsoft want to go through with this, it's not a puny company like gamestop that will be able to stop them. It's not that Gamestop is a small company, but compared to Sony and Microsoft, they're just insects.
I think people need to stop focusing on how it affect Gamestop and start looking on how it affects them. We're still in this crazy thing called a recession. Not everyone can pay full price for a game and not every game is worth $60. A car company does not disable a car that is sold second hand, it should not happen else where. This is not just about supporting developers, but taking the rights away from consumers to do what they fit with their purchase. If they want to sell off a game they don't want, that's their right.
Yes I want the used games market to exist. gamestop is still a virus to the gaming community. love watching my games i send in get marked up 100%. i will always be for used games, but i will also be against gamestop
If the ps4 continues enable region free gameplay, then I can understand wanting to buy a game on ebay that 'never' came out. May Glory be granted to the brave importer! lol
Gamestop is on that bs tho.... ever get less back for a trade in because it didnt have the booklet. .but they sale them for the same price as the ones that have booklets. Or if you trade in a handheld game with no case and get less credit, but again they sale it for the same price as ones with a case. That bs pisses me off. But people like discounted games that are used so people will complain if they are banned. I keep tellin people bestbuy has better deals for trade ins now days....but yeah.
If you were to buy a title from gamestop wouldn't it be great if it had the original case art & booklet. When I'm hunting for $10 games, stock material is generally hard to come by when a lot of people trade in only the disc.
Annoys me too. While I don't trade in at GameStop so I don't have to be pissed about their trade in policies, it is pretty well known that they quite often just throw cases and manuals away. This is particularly true with DS/PSP titles, and likely will be with the Vita and 3DS titles. Being a collector, I really like having the case and manual so if it's just a disc or cart I will not buy it. It also means that if they have a used game online, I don't order it because I just don't know if it will come with that stuff. I know a while back their CEO said that most people don't really care about that, but it seems like it would be better to keep that stuff for those that do. It would equate to more sales. I know this because I find myself not buying a game that doesn't have it, and don't even bother looking at the locked case of loose DS games or the spines of the PSP games in their generic cases. It even annoys me when I see a game I wanted but missed, then open the box and there is no manual in there.:(
I never buy used games and if I did it wouldn't be from Gamestop anyways. $55 when you can buy it new for $60. Not only that they ripped the previous person off by offering them at least half that. With any luck these rumors are true and they will be forced to close up.
Instead of buying used games i usually wait till new games drop in price before buying them. Unless of course the game is so incredible that i have to play it at launch.
I preordered my tlou joel edition from gamestop but i dont like buying games from gamestop.. I prefer amazon, but i have school when tlou comes out and when the school is finished i will get my tlou copy and go to home :)) I will never buy used games... I like my new games
For those of you who do buy new, I am glad to know that you have the money. For the rest of us that do not want to drop 60 bucks on a game, this sucks. I wonder if some of you are really big company spokesmen.
outside of the energy the , video game industry is the most profitable industry around , and recession proved not to affect it , and they WANT MORE MONEYYYYY..... ?
The only problem i have with used games ban is that once a game stops being manufactured , you can never buy it if there are no new copies!!
So long gamefly from me :-(
If this happens, I will drastically reduce the number of new games I buy on the next systems. I can't count the number of times I trade in some games and turn right around and use that money to buy a NEW game.
It wouldnt have cme to this if gamestop wold share profits with Sony and MS on used games. It doesnt pay to be so greedy.
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