If Used Games Die, Will Gamestop Follow?

NEWS.GNOM writes:

Until E3 comes around, we’re probably not going to get a very clear picture of the fate of used games, but from what we can tell so far, it’s not looking very good.

Microsoft promises that the Xbox One will indeed play used games, and you can buy and sell them in disc form if you so choose. But digging into the accompanying details, it’s not so black and white.

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Gaming1012502d ago

Used games are the entire business model of Gamestop - there is no profit in selling new games. There is no sustainable business model with just selling new games, they will need other revenue streams. The best thing they can do is refuse to sell consoles that won't support used games. They should take action against companies that want to destroy their business model, because if they give in and bow to the wishes of Microsoft, they'll just die out. If you pussy out in the business world, you'll lose everything, so gamestop better grow some balls and stand up to Microsoft!

If I was Gamestop CEO I'd partner with Nintendo and Sony to shut out Microsoft. Msoft can't afford to lose a huge part of its supply chain, so they'll be forced to change their strategy.

MostJadedGamer2502d ago

"there is no profit in selling new games."

Thats totally, and completely false there is plenty of profit in selling new games.

Gamestop isn't going anywhere. They basically have a monopoly as a game speciality store, and they do far more preorders then any other store. They will be fine as long as the majority of games stay on a DISC

kreate2502d ago

'They basically have a monopoly as a game speciality store'

actually amazon, best buy, walmart is pretty much up there. gamestop is closing down stores and losing revenue while their competitor's gaming division profits are on the rise.

I would add fry's there too but fry's is too small of a chain to compete at that level.

but fry's hold special events for gaming like when blizzard came down to sign games and boxes for world of warcraft for example.

jeeves862502d ago

@ Kreate

Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon also sell products other than games. If their gaming section has a shitty quarter, than they can just bolster the sales of other departments and funnel the funds towards video games.

Gamestop is a specialty store for games, I wouldn't count on them going anywhere.

kreate2501d ago (Edited 2501d ago )


that's why gamestop is trying to sell stuff 'other' than games.

like cell phones and services plans.
u could even trade in ur phone for store credit.
applebee giftcards, burger king giftcards, toys, etc.

their gaming profit margin is decreasing, and looking elsewhere for profit.

a lot has to do with their competitors being more competitive to gamestop as I mentioned above.

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Flavor2502d ago

A retailer that sells marked up hard copies of digital products? Their time is long past due.

I cannot remember the last time I used my blu ray drive. Not even to make backups. Everything is downloaded and stored on cheap storage devices.

3-4-52502d ago

Nintendo & Sony will keep them afloat.

Enigma_20992502d ago

... and by adjust, he means "pay them more than what we're already paying them to let us keep selling used games."

elhebbo162502d ago

they have the whole pre-order exclusives thing, they also sell new hardware/software. so if used games are out they still have half of there business left.

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Mario202502d ago

Thats an easy answer. Just ask the judge on Balkin Street he will tell you or he will not tell you


Yes. And if gaming goes all digital gamestop will also die, just like Tower Records RIP.

strigoi8142502d ago

Nope they still can get money selling brand new games and buying used consoles, iproducts and many more electronics..

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