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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Obviously it's not the same everywhere in the U.S. It's a big country, remember? Where I live (just outside of Atlanta, GA) I've snapped up used Xbox 360 games for as low as $5-$15, and that's at GameStop of all places. And I'm not talking boring yearly sports releases or games that are useless without DLC. I recently got the last two Final Fantasy games for $16 total out the door.

Old Playstation, PS2, and Gameboy Advance games are even cheaper. If I hit the stores at the right time I can get some of the best titles for those platforms for under $5 each. I even managed to get a great Nintendo DS game that had been out for less than six months for $18. Retail for that game was still at $40, so it was less than half price.

Of course, all of this is anecdotal, but then so was your comment. My point being, just because it's a certain way for you in your specific area doesn't mean it's a nationwide experience, and certainly not worldwide.

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CaptainN- Member since:

I felt like I clearly indicated that I was talking about my experience and my region. It's good to hear that some folks are seeing those kinds of price differences, you certainly don't see them online or in my area.

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Morgan Member since:

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.

Sorry, but you were clearly speaking for the entire nation as a whole, when you couldn't possibly know the prices for every game in every used game store in the nation.

And it does indeed vary greatly based on the local economy. In the rural town where I grew up, used prices are much closer to retail. In the metro area where I live now, less than 50 miles from my hometown, the prices for used games (and CDs and DVDs) is very competitive.

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