GameStop interested in used digital sales
GameStop has built a retail empire (of sorts) on used game sales and it seems the company is looking into the possibility of expanding this fairly large profit margin by taking the business model of selling used physical copies and applying it to the sale of digital games/content as well.
Wait a second. Is re-selling “used” digital content even possible?
Apparently so, as CEO Paul Raines recently said the company is currently in talks with a few European companies that have developed the technology to make these second-hand digital sales possible, although GameStop is only “interested” at this point.
“We’re interested; it’s not a meaningful business yet. Right now we’re not seeing that as a huge market, but I think we’re on the leading edge. There are a few companies, a few startups, out there that we’ve talked to that are doing this."
He is also refusing to discuss the matter further, as he doesn’t want to give a leg-up to any competing retailers.
If GameStop decides to implement any of these methods of developing “used digital licenses” it would definitely be poised to boost its monopoly on the used games market, on the other hand, it’d also likely cause greater animosity between the used market and game publishers.
I personally like this idea, as it gives gamers a more affordable option when buying games and add-on content but I think GameStop and developers/publishers need to find a friendly compromise. Like say GameStop giving the pubs and devs a cut on used sales, while GameStop is given a more fair cut on new sales.
That way customers aren’t punished when the publishers attempt to make their money back. *Cough* Online Passes. *Cough*
And maybe GameStop would actually give customers a fair deal when it comes to trade-ins because of all the extra money they'd be making.
Just give me a few more minutes of denial.
Why wont you die Gamestop?!
Well thats gamestop.. looks cool.. until you work there.
Nope, I don't know anyone at my GameStop. I must be lucky I guess. I honestly had no idea that it was that bad at the other stores
How...how is that even possible? How do you sell used data? Would you're console delete the data if you were to return this? I don't get it. I can maybe see how you do it on there tablet, but how the hell do you do it on the PS3/360/PC? I don't think Sony, Microsoft, or Valve would agree to this.
I only ever buy used stuff from mine, I just don't like getting bent over and corn-holed by their low balling BS.
don't get me stated of those fuckers, I had a long ass call on the phone with some dumb-ass then a long ass trip only to be told after all that bullshit (there was a lot more I'm just condensing this story) that only PRINT AD's will every be excepted for the price match thing I am still so butthurt over that shit.
Well either you are very VERY lucky, or they dont follow the rules... or you are friends with someone there. But if yours is exception to the rule, well guess the sun shines bright on your path, enjoy it while it lasts.
Well, I can't really argue with that. Well apparently the area I live in is just lucky. I have no complaints about the GameStop store in my area.
Gamestop should rename themselves to 'GameUsed'....'UsedStop' wouldn't be good for business if you think about it. =P
Hey dont trust me? fine, just to prove you im not alone in this allow me to give you, my man Silent Rob, he could back this up as an ohio ex employee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LUDf5cKzbY Not enough? ok, lets go to phoenix arizona http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQfyEdmUQ9s just for you to know xRazorfistx he has just returned to SA, so please be my guest and ask him personally both these guys were employed for over 2 years. I was during 1 myself. So now my question would be, what do you have to prove me wrong?
I've never had a problem with any of that at my GameStop, so maybe that's just yours lol. All of the New games I've bought were either sealed, or they were open because they used the box for display, and the disc was in perfect condition. I've never bought a Used game that's been really messed up. That makes no sense honestly. It would be really stupid for them to damage a used game, because all of their used games have a return policy. So why would they risk messing up the game to where it's unplayable, and the customer returns it..........so they would get no money for it? And I actually just recently traded in about 7 PS3 games and 2 Wii games, and I got a decent bit of money for all of them. I think the total was about $130 (in store credit of course). Which I didn't feel was that bad considering that all but about 2 of the games were over a few years old. One of the games I traded in was Modern Warfare 3. The game's not even a year old, and I got over half the original price back. I was perfectly content with how much I got back in store credit. Sure I didn't get every cent that I payed for it back, but you shouldn't expect to. The store still has to make a profit. Also, I think it was mentioned on an old SideScrollers episode that GameStop employees are actually allowed to play New games when they open them up, but they have to bring them back (either the next day, or the night before the launch date. Something like that, I can't remember), and if there's a single scratch on them, then they have to pay full price. So if any of the stuff you say is true (which I honestly think you're just bullshitting), then that's your GameStop, not ALL GameStops.
I despise GameStop.
lol. this is too funny.
Cheers to that good man!
Look at that, now of all the thinks that you listed, you know that most of it we (as cosumers) are not supposed to deal or stand, its like saying that it is ok that we beg to a company for purchase in there. But lets debunk all your "reasons shall we? 1) Oh yeah lets buy a new game, hooray.... wait.. are those scrathes? where the hell is my online pass? And that was the only copy... oh how nice. 2)Well simple, by using the game, you see if you work at gamestop you aare allowed to pick any game and "rent" it for 4 or 3 days, needless to say by looking at their staff, how that end for the game, also. Have you ever being familiar with the term "refer"? You see when they get a scratched copy they give you even less money for said copy $1, ok, now they send said copy to the regional HQ for guy with a buffer and a gelatinous liquid to turn the back of said game into a sphirograph. 3)They do, and if you complain they are gonna give you the classical american, bullshit loop. >With lines like "oh the manager its not currently here" or "he just got out of the shift" yada yada yada.. 4) Again they DO ignore their own policies and get away with it, you know why? CAUSE the managers are the ones who brawl out all the preoder goodies, if you complain they will say that they are out, since said preoders are already taken even before being in the store. 5) Are you kidding me? So you say 5 bucks for a recent title its a good deal? Hell even buckman's has better deals, gamestop takes no risksmostly when they sell a lets say gamecube disk for 40 bucks when they got it for 2.. I wont even bother with this one... if you think gamestop its a good deal..you just...wow.
1. Don't buy the game if its opened if thats what your worried about. I don't at all agree with the policy GS has in place but nothing anyone can do about it until GS is forced to change it. 2. I don't see how gamestop damages used games its pretty hard to fuck up what people already fuck up themselves lol. 3. If someone used an online pass from a new game that you bought you should demand a return, if they refuse ask to speak to a district manager, thats not allowed by any means. If its a used game then I have no idea why you'd think that it was the employee when it was likely the original owner. 4. Preorders are generally printed on the receipt now, if you mean like a small little trinket or a hat or something unless your GS completely ignores company policy preorder bonuses go to the people who preordered. That said many times we don't get enough of said item in to cover all preorders (like when Persona 3 Portable came out, I got 1 hat for 3 reserves, 2 pissed off people but nothing I could do about it, I can't help what they don't send me). 4. You can complain about trade in values from GS all you like but I can pick this argument apart in multiple ways, first off GS in general gives better credit then its competitors such as Amazon and Best Buy, most likely not to a local Mom and Pop shop but those shops have to compete directly with GS they have no choice but to give better values because they need the product. If you want to get the most for your money then you should sell it online but that requires your own time and effort, when you sell a game to GS they take all the time and effort away and give you a value. If you don't like what they give you don't trade the game in. Also if you know how to properly get trade in credit you'll never get a bad value. A. Trade in a game sooner then later, longer a game is out (unless it becomes rare) the less its worth. B. If you trade in a game without some kind of bonus then your getting ripped off and that's your own fault. GS always has some kind of bonus going on, if you don't take advantage of it then don't complain about what value you get. I've traded games in with bonuses and actually gotten more then were selling them back for. C. if you shop enough get a rewards card, spend 15$ for 10% off and 10% more whenever you buy/sell, if you buy 3 games from Gamestop in a year and do trades you have no excuse to get it. D. don't expect a good value for old shit, what many people don't seem to understand is for the most part GS doesn't need your product it has plenty of it already so when you bring in a game that sold 7 million copies and about half of them were traded back into GS and every GS in the country has more then 10+ copies then yeah they're not going to give you shit. Its a business, they take the risk away and give you some credit to use for another game you want, if you don't like what you get then don't trade your game in but I have never seen an unfair value with a trade in bonus, if you are smart about how you deal with the system GS has it'll never screw you over, if you let it screw you over then that's your fault don't blame GS.
Soo...if I sold them my DLC, they'd have to...delete or block that content from my Xbox, I guess? Yeah sorry, but GameStop is the last company I'd let anywhere near my data.