An employee of Canada's EB Games (read: GameStop) has let us know that, in one of the company's ****ier moves in recent years, the distinction between "new" and "used" games (at least in Canada) is apparently going to be all but removed.
what the hell.
is a rumor guys is a lie i used to work at gamestop 2 years ago used game is where they get their profits from, this is why their business been so successful
You're clearly replying to the title, which indicates you didn't read the actual article. Gamestop isn't ending their used game sales. If the rumour is true, they will be hiding the new games behind the used games, so the more profitable used games are more likely to sell.
@Quod.. The local Gamestop's by me have been doing that for years now.. the closest one to me doesn't even put new releases out on the shelves, they keep them in closed/locked cupboard behind the register. You have to actually ASK if you want a NEW release.
@Qoud, I'm a firm believer in reading the article before commenting, but you have to admit this is a very misleading title to get hits.
This is what happens to companies that are slowly going down the tubes. They don't get as many people in the door, then do sales every month, (some of which have been good much cheaper than steam sales) then start to mix things around. Australia EB is the only store that even sells PC games on the shelf anymore all these rest don't even bother to stock them. Some of the places the staff whinge when they have to look it up on the computer for the PC platform as they don't know it off by heart. STeam is ok, but it is scrwing up the gaming biz big time, soon enough there won't be any gaming store companies and some people will think it's great by those who buy a game and want to trade it back lol forget about that happening. As steam doesn't even let you remove or delete a game, so every demo you get you have to keep it on the list.
This is awesome news, now everyone can support the devs by buying games new. Buying second hand is like pirating, since the devs dont get anything out of it. Personally games are so cheap already i dont see why people buy second hand.
@T900 Hey, T900, guess what? You're an asshole! That's right, you're the lucky winner of today's giant asshole award for calling buying used games pirating! And saying that they're so cheap that everyone should be able to afford them! Guess what, retard? Not everyone can afford brand new games all the time, and if a retail outlet offers a game you want at a lower price, it obviously makes sense to a consumer to find the best deal possible. You're still paying for the game, and where that profit goes isn't your problem. It's not MY fault that retailers and game developers haven't figured out some type of arrangement to break up used game profits. So until then, as a consumer, I'm going to keep going for the best deals I can. Idiot.
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In either case I just highly recommend selling your games on ebay. Sure there is a little added hassle of shipping the games yourself but trust me the amount of $$$ you save opposed to selling to Gamestop makes it worth it.
If they do that it would mean they plan on selling used games at new prices.
that's like saying Activision will get rid of CoD
@bobrea Games are already so cheap, check out www.steampowered.com i dont see why you would want to buy second had with those prices.
@reynod Trust me, I'm well aware of Steam's awesome prices and sales, and I've picked up plenty of games through them, which speaks to the exact point I was making. As a consumer, I'm always trying to find the best deals on things that I want, so when it comes to PC games, I take full advantage of Steam sales. But you can't buy PS3 or 360 games from Steam, can you? So now used games become the cheapest way for me to get what I want for my console. And as I said before, the fact that there is a rift between developers and retailers in terms of profit is NOT my problem.
I don't see that. Used games are still the only way they make any real profit. So cut the price down to $50 to compensate for the $10 online passes, still make millions upon millions.
you guys obviously never read the article. Basically the only way to differentiate new games from used games will be to look at the price tags and see whether it says new or used (tiny letters), as they will all be mixed together. No more 'used game section'. Now it will just be organized by genre with the new mixed in with the used.
its just bs, but it would be nice to see a full wall of PC games in gamestop someday again.
Lol now I understand why my gamestop has one tiny little rack with mostly the WOW games on it...
When people can already get Skyrim or BF3 on PC at launch for £28 (bout $44US) and have it at their door day 1 what's the point in having PC games in-store? Or pre-order online for ~£35 if you don't want to risk the post being late.... Gamestation were trying to flog off the PC version for £45 ($70US) with the console versions for some reason. Spunging up all that extra profit for themselves! High-street game retailers are trash. They often sell 2nd hand copies for just £5 less than new for years after launch. The sooner they die, the better it will be for developers and customers. At least the big chain stores are trash, I used to get new console launches for £30 at an independant store (or £35 for GTA4 :O). While major retailers always charged £40+ and complained they were struggling to pull a profit... The only problem with their demise would be a lot of part-time jobs disappearing.
lmao who would believe this. why would they ditch a section where they make 60% more profit? haha
people who actually read the article and know what its about...
THEY AREN'T DITCHING USED GAMES They are only simply getting rid of the section and merging it with new games. So what does that mean? It means us Gamers are gonna get more F'd when it comes to developers making choices with Online passes. Gamestop/EB are throwing their used games in front on New games displays. PLUS as mentioned i the article consumer are going to end up buying a used game only to have to buy an online pass now. It just seems stupid.
My friend works at gamstop, he said they might get rid of the used PS2 and GC games. If that's the case the rumor is somewhat true.
True or not, this & other GameStop practices is the very reason: I take my $2,000+ annual gaming habit dollars to Best Buy, Toys r Us, & Walmart. Many of my friends have done the same.
I believe this story is legit because it makes sense as a good business move as it WILL help Gamestop sell more used games.
sigh its true.... I live in Canada, and our EBs are so bad, they will lie to anyone inexperienced enough buying video games into buying used. I was so pissed that EB tricked my sister to buy a used copy of uncharted 2 for my birthday, that I made sure to return it to Eb and buy it new from Best Buy, with my own cash, I gave her money back. It pisses me off that Eb does this crap and money does not go to the developers who make these incredible games Eb games has way to much product pushing, its way worse in Canada than it is in the US
Used games are their 'bread & butter', highly unlikely.
And this is exactly why we have crap like online passes. Some people like to place all the blame on the greedy, evil, publishers, but if GameStop is now going so far as to basically bury gutted shelf copies of new games (which look, and basically are used) under used copies and do as little as possible to differentiate the two, it's damn obvious publishers need to do something to fight back. It's just a damn shame that gamers get stuck in the middle.
I agree, plus they always tend to tell you, oh why don't you buy it used, it's cheaper... I have no idea why Gamers complain about online passes, but don't mind Gamestop doing shit like this though.
BULLSHIT and you know it!!! Used sales exist since FOREVER.... WHY it is bad now?? Because the multibillion biggest gaming publisher in the WORLD said so???? What about countries that doeant have gamestop stores, why punish them too for teh evil gamestop?
You have one more bubble. I suggest you read the ARTICLE and try again.
Games cost more now thats why its bad. I understand used games are great especially when I'm looking for games they don't make anymore but it hurts publishers. With this there will definitely be more used games sold, but what can you do.
Dark-hollow is right. Used sales exist in all walks of life. Used cars, used houses, used furniture, some people even buy used clothes. But now, all of a sudden, I am supposed to believe that used sales are the bain of my existence. I call BS. On of the first lessons in economics is about efficient markets. Consumers benefit from more efficient markets. Wall Street exists because the efficient trading in used stocks allows more people and thus more money to flow into businesses. Similarly, used resellers make the market MORE EFFICIENT. Gamestop is doing this expressly because there is NO DIFFERENCE between a new and a used game. It is a MORE EFFICIENT use of your money if you pay less for a game that is used than if you pay more for a game that is new. Gamestop makes the market MORE EFFICIENT by taking games that would otherwise be sitting on a shelf collecting dust and selling them to people who will use them. The people who can't afford new games get to enjoy the game and MORE IMPORTANTLY donate their money to the game market. The people who sell the used games spend that money on new, cutting edge games. The game developers go back to the drawing board sooner to develop another new game. Gamestop uses the profits to build new stores in more far-out places, and to stock more exotic games that the big department stores can't give shelf space to. People who live in the country, far away from big departments, get to buy games cheaper, and get to experience more games and more of the exotic games. The game market gets money from the person who can only afford to spend $30 on a game and not $60. The cycle then repeats, everybody get more. The market grows because the people who can afford $30 outnumber the people who can afford $60.
If a game costs $60 new, it costs $55 used, not $30, so that's a very flawed argument. If you only have $30 to spend you still can only buy a $30 game. And used games are never substantially cheaper than new games at any price point, at most $10 cheaper, and that's very rare. Only trash games get that designation for the most part.