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Shops are cutting the price of everything – except videogames. Are we being ripped off?

Symonator.net writes "Wandering into a videogame shop can be a pretty depressing experience – and not just because it takes four hours to get to the checkout. £54.99 for a next gen title??
And those price tags tend to stay the same, at least until savage reviews tell everybody the game’s cack and the shops cut its price in panic. Still, there’s always the pre-owned section, where you can get the same game with added scratches, bashes and jammy fingerprints. The savings? A few quid if you’re lucky. Somebody’s having a laugh, but who? And why?"

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kewlkat0071178d ago

Pushing a digital game market is the only way I see prices going down in that market..Like all forms of physical leisure/entertainment that have gone that route.

mydyingparadiselost1178d ago

But a digital game market relinquishes many of the abilities you have with the physical copies, not to mention thit's just not true. Most ebooks can be found cheaper as used physical copies, most digital movies are more or just as expensive as retail and way more expensive than a used copy and music is just as expensive but now you can buy by the track instead of a whole album. The digital market is just a way of limiting what customers can do with their purchases while gaining more profits for less expense to the company.

kewlkat0071177d ago

I heard the same with books and music..

Hicken1177d ago

Books haven't really dropped in price all that much since the advent of ereaders.

Prices go down when the market is saturated, or when demand drops.

Consoles can't afford to not have their systems sold in stores, and stores don't make enough off new systems to stay open. Or new games, for that matter. Hence the used market, and GameStop's markup, etc.

There's also the world's internet infrastructure to take into account: it's not ready. And ISPs to consider: they'd milk people dry on data usage.

In short, demand is all that'll really change the price. We COULD hope that companies would be more efficient about their game production, which would give them room to cut the price, but they wouldn't pass those savings on to us.

Pascalini1178d ago

EA are all about the money

Yes they are a business but it still makes sense to no piss your customers off!

A business should have a balance of profit and customer satisfaction. The problem with EA is that they dominate the market with a few of their games. FIFA has no competition.

kewlkat0071178d ago (Edited 1178d ago )

Don't forget the Madden Monopoly.

dcj05241178d ago

That made me really depressed.Seriously.

Joe9131178d ago

Just like the DRM thing this will only hurt the developers because gamers will be more cautious when buying games where ppl used to be like that looks cool and go out and buy it ppl will wait for reviews and or word of mouth because it cost too much to go buy a game because it looks cool and it be crap.

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