Calax Posted August 27, 2010 Share Posted August 27, 2010 The problem with your theory is that you go out from a 5 new - 3 used basis. IRL it's more like 2 new - 10 used. So even if 7 of them wouldn't buy the full price, just getting the other 3 in already means a 150% increase in profit. You can't have more used games than you sell new; If retail stores buy 30,000 copies of a game across the country, the most used games that could exist is 30,000 (ie every game sold and is now in the position to be bought back) Even in your example, the "other 8" they buy back/sell used had to have been bought previously somewhere (and thus the publisher was paid for them already). True, if there is only 30k copies across the US there can't be more than that, but you can resell that item via gamestop 20 times, compared to the publishers solitary sale. So one game could be owned by many people earning Gamestop (or other retailers) a huge amount of money compared to what they paid for it. Right, but the publisher has still been paid for the copies bought. It doesn't matter if the copy is in the hands of 20 different people (one at a time), the publisher has already been paid (when the retail store it was bought at ordered it from the publisher) and someone has already paid that retailer for that copy. I don't believe if the 20 people who bought it used did not have the option to buy it used it would magically become +20 orders from the retailer to the publisher for the item new. Sure it *might* lead to an increase in orders. It might not as well. Well I've seen cases when I worked at gamestop where people bought a game, beat it, and returned it inside a day, and then it happened again and again. So day 1 sales were significantly lessened because of the trade in system. Admittedly this is just pure greed on the publishers part, but still, you've got to see the point that Gamestop can make upwards of a grand on a single disk while the publisher gets less than 100 for that disk, which the publisher views as unfair. Victor of the 5 year fan fic competition! Kevin Butler will awesome your face off. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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