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Gamestop to combine used and new on shelf.

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Initial post: Nov 23, 2011, 12:40:38 PM PST
Descepticon says:

If this rumor turns out to be true, this is why I hate Gamestop. Their is no end to the shaddy bussness practices.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 1:21:44 PM PST
If the used games are still marked "used" and the new games are marked "new" then it isn't shady at all. I haven't read the article but I am assuming they want customers to see that they can save some money by buying used games. Many people don't even bother to look through the used section.

P.S. That whole last sentence you typed is just awful. Please correct it. That is why the edit button is there.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 1:31:45 PM PST
Descepticon says:
To answer your question, its not marked. They will all have the white new price lables.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 1:33:29 PM PST
Gin says:
Who cares, in a year you won't even be able to play used games without a special code. =\ Best to move to PC now. *Long time console fan, soon to be PC gamer exclusively*

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 1:40:52 PM PST
Well seeing as how new games are sealed, it should be easy to tell if a game is used or new.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011, 1:58:43 PM PST
Rev Otter says:
<<Well seeing as how new games are sealed, it should be easy to tell if a game is used or new.>>

i have never even *seen* a sealed game at Gamestop. never. even for new games, the cases are on the shelf are empty, and the discs are under the counter in sleeves.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 2:15:56 PM PST
Those are display cases. They keep new ones in the back. At least they do at my Gamestop. I know when Reach came out they didn't put 75+ empty cases for Reach on the shelves.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 2:21:27 PM PST
Descepticon says:
This whole thing is to fool parents into buying the used copies, because they make more money selling them.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 2:44:00 PM PST
lol, I just read the article on my phone(can't on the pc, cause I'm at work)

"To answer your question, its not marked. They will all have the white new price lables."
They are still marked as "used" or "new". Different color label doesn't mean anything. If someone is too stupid to read the price tag and check whether it is used or new then they deserve to be "tricked". If you ask for a certain game, they assume you mean a new copy and will ask if you would rather buy a used one at a lower price.

My main problem with this article is that their source is an "alleged" Gamestop employee with a picture that can't be verified. I guess I could call or email them and say that I work for Microsoft and tell them that Microsoft is going to start firing Japanese employees. As long as I make a sign and take a picture to send it to Kotaku, I can get that rumor started and people that already hate Microsoft will take it as almost fact and claim this is why they hate Microsoft.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 9:24:56 PM PST
Descepticon says:
You work for GS or something? This is not the only eye brow raising thing they have done. Thats why they were rated in the top 10 worst customer service.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011, 12:14:15 PM PST
No, I don't work for them. I do shop there though and I guess I just happen to have a really good gamestop near where I live. I haven't had any problems there.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011, 12:27:26 PM PST
Descepticon says:
I see your Gamestop has good employees, mines does too. Its the company that I have a problem with.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011, 6:57:16 AM PST
QEast says:
Then stop shopping there.......... I know if a place bothers me as bad as gamestop bothers you I will stop going there.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011, 2:10:24 PM PST
J Mikels says:
Gamestop's practices undermine the profits that publishers make. The proceeds to their resold games go directly in their pockets and the publishers don't get the carry over. This is not to mention the devs. Devs just get the worst end of the stick.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012, 5:17:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2012, 5:18:48 PM PDT
Mike Snyder says:
I have such a backlog, I could stop buying now and still have games to play for the rest of my life. If next generation consoles are disc-less or without physical retail media of some sort, I'm out. I buy to play *and* collect, and without the collecting part, there's really no need for me to buy at all. That's the chief reason I never bought into the PSP Go.

Anyway, I sure hope they (in the general sense) do some serious research before they launch a console that eliminates the used game market. I've pre-ordered and purchased new quite a number of games based either on a prior game in the series or something by the same developer that I bought used. Without the ability to get ahold of older games at a low price, there are quite a few I'd never have discovered at all.

Anyway, I don't think this will pan out. But if it does, maybe people will *actually* have a reason to boycott something finally.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012, 5:27:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2012, 5:27:53 PM PDT
Mike Snyder says:
This month's Game Informer has a section (page 18) about next-gen console rumors, and there's a bit about the rumor that the next XBox won't play used games (a rumor that has extended to the PS4 as well, presumably after this issue went to press). Industry experts consider it unlikely, in part because if one manufacturer did that and the others didn't, it would give those competitors a big leg up in the so-called console wars.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012, 1:26:28 AM PDT
I love my GameStops! I know they've always ask me about preorder games but I've always tell them that I am bargain shopper so they usually leave me alone. One time, the guy mention Catherine back then and that helped me to do research and add the game to wish list. So is casinos. I simply let them know, I'm a conservative gambler and again, they leave me alone.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 3:37:47 AM PDT
Ronai Sanzer says:
this is not some magic that happened in the ps3, xbox 360 era. this has been around sense pong.
yes, i know some of you are to young to know but the used game market is needed to keep things moving.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012, 6:12:06 AM PDT
WeaKeN says:
There is no difference from Gamestop's used and new games. They both are already opened. How do you know the "new" ones aren't already played since the case is opened? The only time you get a sealed game from Gamestop is from Day 1 purchases.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 8:52:48 AM PDT
sounds like they need to get some laws made for used games to give publishers and developers a cut of the profit, problem solved.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 8:53:32 AM PDT
Depends on the store, id say less than 25% of the time at my store they actually ask me about preordering.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012, 9:01:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2012, 9:05:12 AM PDT
Mike Snyder says:
@Sudeley --

Good in theory, but who's going to pay for that cut? I don't imagine GameStop is going to take it out of their profits, rather than either (a) inflating used game prices to cover it or (b) offering even less for trade-ins. Maybe both.

Anyway, I've noticed that used copies of new releases are typically only $5 off the MSRP (plus your 10% discount, if you're a rewards member) in the first few weeks, which doesn't leave much room to maneuver *unless* they take the loss. And I have to tell you, companies don't like reducing their profits even a little if there's any way at all around it.

I'm a software developer myself, but in an industry where the only things at risk by poor sales are my annual company-wide bonus, and of course, my job itself. I do see the merit in giving developers residual income, but I'm not sure that would translate into more money for the little guys who did the grunt work in making the game.

Anyway, as has been pointed out by industry experts, a console with no used game market has never been proven to work. Not only would it be risky for one of the major players to put their eggs in the no-aftermarket basket, but it would give competitors a huge advantage to *not* go discless (or implement some kind of mandatory unlock code for disc-based games).

In short, despite the rumors, I absolutely cannot see this actually happen for next generation consoles. I can see it happening at some point in the future, but only after the trend toward downloadable games has caused the desire and market for used games to dry up to a statiscially insignificant point. I could see them moving towards this, but me personally, no way would I "collect" downloadable games, and no way would I routinely pay $60+ and have nothing physical to show for it. Once in a while, for a really high-profile title, maybe. If games were $15 and less across the board, maybe. Otherwise, count me out.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 9:03:04 AM PDT
its a theory, greed is hard to predict... But greed is in every corporation. So no matter what we try it screws the customer either way.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012, 9:05:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2012, 9:06:09 AM PDT
User says:
Yes it is a little shady blurring the line between used/new games on the shelves. Lots of their customers are older parents without the sense to check. Buyer-beware is all I have to say to that though. It does say 'USED-' on the price sticker. On the point of opened new games, all 4 of my local (within 10 minutes of each other) Gamestop's, have a large stock of new and unopened games sitting on their shelves (EDIT: those shelves are behind the counter).

When I shopped there, they always asked if I wanted to pre-order. That being said, it was always while they were ringing me up. It never slowed down my transaction.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 10:35:17 AM PDT
I don't even understand why that is necessary honestly. I am entitled to buy a used car from someone without paying Ford again for the car that person already purchased. Of course, car companies got smart and realized that since there was a market for used cars (often an entirely different market from that for new cars, which made up of people who can't afford new cars and are not interested in buying them) they would sell used cars at their dealerships and make some profit on them. If game developers want to offer people competitive deals to trade back their used games to them so that they can get in the business of selling them directly, that might be a worthwhile thing to do. If they do not do that, they have no interest in the profits generated from the sale of used games because they have already received their money from the original sale.
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