STN Writes: When Ian Shepherd, CEO of the UK’s biggest retailer GAME, comes out and says that pre-owned is good for the industry and attitudes are changing you can’t help think that there is a bit of a hidden agenda behind his comments.
Firstly he makes huge money buy ripping people off sell there games for cheap. Second im fedup with this pre-owned shit. Not everyone can afford every latest game new. Note to others. Buy elsewere game second hand games rip off.
Gamestation are just as bad, if not worse. A few years ago I called them to ask how much they would pay for a 40GB PS3, they said £100. I went into the store a week later and asked how much they were to buy used and they said £220!!! I went mental and caused a scene and questioned why they were such a rip off in front of everyone in the shop!
@bumnut Point 1 - Gamestation and GAME are the same company Point 2 - They're businesses at the end of the day, they aim to make money. If you have a problem with the price they offer you. Don't sell it to them.
Point 1 - didn't know that, thanks for the info Point 2 - I didn't sell it to them, they could still have made a tidy profit by offering me £150 for it
This is true they are same company. Try places like hmv see what they give you myself. I sell on play.com transfer money to bank use it on shopto. Cos play.com service sucks but popular for game selling.
Has anyone heard of CEX in the UK? CEX offer much better value for trade ins and sell pre-owned games for reasonable price...Atleast they are abit better then Game & Gamestation regrading trade in prices.
Kinda like saying the used car industry is bad for motor companies. I almost never buy a game full price. I either buy it when the product is on sale or I buy it used. VERY few games are worth the $50-$60 they charge new, IMO. And it would seem my opinion is shared by more than a few others because the second hand/STEAM services are making a huge amount of cash off of guys like myself.
not only is GAME a rip off, but the worst thing is the staff. Most these guys know jack about video games and on top of being clueless, when they get caught out, they try to cover it up with some more BS.
£40 in store for 3DS games GAME are complete crap! hell they went on to increase my preorder of ocarina of time from £29.99 to £34.99 :/ was fun though going absolutely mental at them
I think everyone enjoys going mental at them. From what the store was back in the days as Electronics Boutique and what it has become under GAME, it is shameful. I remember how they used to buy 2nd hand games and then in the back of the store have them re-sealed in plastic to sell them of as new as supposed to pre owned.
Sometimes they try to get you to preorder a game but won't tell you how much it is! no thanks
Was it bad 10 years ago? Was it bad 5 years ago? No, so why feel the need to ask the question now? Move on.
Yes yes and yes. Was that bad even then. Soon they started getting more stores in uk they didnt give dam about customers.
I buy all of my games from a local independent store , he gives far better trade in deals than any of the "Big Guns" . I buy most of my games new and refuse to allow the like of Game to make a killing on my trade-ins , i have seen them sell used games at £2 less than new and i have also had them try to sell me a used game at new price , won't use them even if they end up as the last game store in town.
NO its only like 5 bucks lower than the new so even if you do wait for the price to go down the new price will too, also devs don't get royalties for someone buying used games.....people also don't know how to take care of ther games, consoles, or anything so the chance of getting a like new copy is rare maybe if there were some regulations on it like they have to be perfect and devs get royalties and they get rid of those stupid online passes than maybe....just maybe i would agree with it....however i have ocd so i need to buy a sealed new copy of the game anyway
Don't know much about GAME in particular (I'm American), but this author's argument against that statement reeks of ass kissing and "oh, this MUST be the reason" type of thing without any real data or reason behind why he thinks that way. New Dirt 3 DLC "to make up for used game sales"? What proof does he have to suggest this? Used game sales the reason for constant CoD games instead of new IPs? Again, where's the hard data to support this theory? Actually sounds like he's trying to take the arguments of WHY we would buy used games, and trying to say that they are the effect rather than the cause. Shoddy way to bend over at best!
cex hav great prices. pre owned is good for the industry one case study being me i bought me1 prewowned loved it ended up buying all the dlc for that and then mes and all the dlc for that. I will end up replaying the games on pc(new gaming rig coming thursday) it basically lets people comfortably take chances on new ips
Who ever said it was? its very bad for the industry.
I don't buy pre-owned because, as a collector, the used games are in TERRIBLE condition. Granted, not all are in terrible condition, but most are. I once bought a game, I swear, it seemed like the guy was eating a peanut butter sandwich, and smeared it all underneath the disc and between the manual pages. Damn, if people treat their games like that... I don't know what else to expect!
Pre owed has been around since I can remember. I can't even recall ever buying a brand new genesis or SNES game, that's when Funcoland was around (awesome btw). These companies see how much profit that gamestop is making and aren't liking it. I hate gamestop, but pre owned is no as bad as these companies make it out to be. If i can find a game on amazon for 40 bucks used while a brand new copy is 60 + tax, better believe i'm going with the pre owned. These companies have made money off of the initial sale of the game. This is just greed imo.
For industry - No For some users - yes :)
If my pre owned purchases bring down the industry so be it, least i got a bargin.
Look, if the industry goes down, you'll never ever have a bargain again. Good job.
Horse shit! It's called greed, pure and simple. I buy something, but I can't sell it once I am finished? They are only hurting themselves. And the last time I saw that kind of greed was in the PC area, then pirating when through the roof. Anyone remember Spore and the DRM? That is what happens when you piss your customers off!
Uh son...books, DVDs, and paintings get sold second hand and the publishers don't b!tch about them on a regular basis. The game industry is a multi-billion dollar business, and the greediest on the entire f*cking planet.
It's clearly not *good* for the industry. The question is, how bad is it? Probably not very.
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