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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phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

The difference in price for a used game and a retail game is usually about $5, and usually a lot less - at least in the US. That $5 difference won't break my bank, but the difference in compensation for all but the largest developers can break their bank. On balance, with the reality of where used games' price points are (at least in my region), relative to full retail, this is BETTER for everyone except Game Stop, not worse.


Sucks to be you, then.

Around here, used games are around $20 CDN, sometimes more, sometimes less.

New games are rarely less than $50 CDN, unless you find them in the Bargain Bin, but that doesn't happen for 6-10 months after release.

Just because your region has expensive used games doesn't mean that's how it is everywhere.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Sucks to be you, then.

Around here, used games are around $20 CDN, sometimes more, sometimes less.

New games are rarely less than $50 CDN, unless you find them in the Bargain Bin, but that doesn't happen for 6-10 months after release.

Just because your region has expensive used games doesn't mean that's how it is everywhere.


One thing that I haven't seen anyone mention is private sales of used games; we do not have any used-games chains like the Gamestop here in Finland, people mostly buy/sell such on the Finnish eBay-like site called Huuto.net. I am actually aware of a single store selling used games and that's 500km away.

Now, I can see loads of used games on Huuto.net, like e.g. there's listings for Xbox360 - games starting as low as 4€/pop! But if you are required to contact Microsoft for every game sold and the buyer must also pay £35 just to active what he/she has bought no one will bother anymore, it'll literally be the death of used-game sales here!

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Microsoft for every game sold and the buyer must also pay £35 just to active what he/she has bought no one will bother anymore


Wouldn't Finnish consumer protection laws prevent this kind of thing though?

it'll literally be the death of used-game sales here!


And so the plan comes together perfectly...

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

True. And what about just giving your old games to your little brother, nephew, grandkids, neighbor, etc? This just had "corporate screw over" written all over it. Customers be dammed.

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kompak Member since:
2011-06-14

One thing that I haven't seen anyone mention is private sales of used games; we do not have any used-games chains like the Gamestop here in Finland, people mostly buy/sell such on the Finnish eBay-like site called Huuto.net. I am actually aware of a single store selling used games and that's 500km away.


I don't know where you live, but at least in my hometown there's two Gamestops and at least one smaller used games shop. And we are barely in the top10 of biggest cities in Finland. Surely huuto.net has killed off many of the smaller stores, but there are still quite a few left. They just don't usually advertise very much.

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