Recent study by Newzoo finds that 85 percent of people who buy video games get them secondhand.
I hardly ever buy used games. The stuff you see at GameStop is usually in poor condition, and the prices are ridiculous.
I buy my used games from Gamefly. They give you everything that comes with the case (even the 48 hour XBL trial codes). Practically brand new, very cost effective prices. In this economy I have to be smart with my money. Buying games new just isnt smart shopping at the moment.
Practically brand new? I would think they were more scratched up.
the good thing about used games is the 7 day policy deal at gamestop. 50% of the time I would return the game back to gamestop if I didn't like it or sell them off at ebay for profit.
Sounds about right. Gamestop made 8 billion dollars in used games alone last fiscal year. That number is straight up silly.
I buy tons of used games, but usually not from stores. I like to hit up yard sales and flea markets for some crazy finds, but those are mostly older games. As for current gen games, I get almost all of them new. You can find sales on brand new games for much less than a Gamestop standard used price. I won`t even consider buying a used new release from Gamestop anymore, I simply can`t find the value. Black Friday is going to be awesome.
Wow, that's a lot. People don't give a cent to game companies and they get mad when those companies have to try new ideas to make buying used games less attractive.
I never buy used, for the simply reason I liked to support developers and publishers who make good games. The more money they make the more they'll make good games. Win win I say.
There's an outfit here in Eugene, Ore. called the CD/Game Exchange. It's a wonderful business model: They take used titles, and if they only have one in stock, it's priced pretty close to the Amazon used price. The more copies they have of something, the cheaper the most recently traded copies are. I got Mass Effect for $10 that way about six months before 2 came out. I've been to the Chicago store and they run the same way. I'm sure there are more out there.
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