Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th May 2013 17:26 UTC
Games So, the Xbox One disaster continues. Microsoft's policy for dealing with the used games market has reportedly leaked - and it's a clear and direct attack to destroy the used games market. Prices for used games will be set at the retail value of a new game, and retailers have to hook into Microsoft's computer systems and comply with Microsoft's terms and conditions.
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I think that is a wrong analogy as used book stores mostly deal with out of print stock. It would be like arguing that publishers are competing with retro-gaming shops that sell products from discontinued consoles such as the Sega Dreamcast or PS2.

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r00kie Member since:

Give it some time, they'll get there eventually.

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Morgan Member since:

used book stores mostly deal with out of print stock.

Can you cite a source for that? My sister is an avid book reviewer ( ) and while she gets a lot of her books via giveaways and publisher advance copies, she also does a lot of browsing in used book stores for current, in-print books. She also once worked as a manager at a used book store that I still visit frequently, and while they have a good selection of old out of print stock, the bulk of their inventory is in print.

It's been my general experience that there are two types of used book stores: Antique stores that sell books older than the building that houses them, and general used book stores that deal mostly in current works.

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TM99 Member since:

That is such bullshit it isn't even funny.

Have you ever actually read a book? Have you ever bought a book from a used bookstore?

Half Price books stock is about 80/20 new versus out of print stock. Used book stores won't buy books older than a few years given that no one wants used books any more. If you want to find rarer out of print books, your only choices are online or very small specialty book shops that are usually only in cities with college campuses.

This new model that Microsoft is pushing is exactly in sync with the used car, used book, or used CD analogy.

Imagine buying a used Kayne West CD and having to pay to play it on your computer or CD player. That is ludicrous!

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