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Best Buy: We'll Match Used Prices On Our New Games

GameStop has already conducted a study to examine the possible impact of the emergence of the digital game format; now, they may want to do another one to counter a big move by Best Buy.

This isn't official but the evidence is plain, and when we can contact a few stores in the area (they're all closed now), we might be able to clarify and confirm the situation. According to Kotaku, Best Buy is looking to take a chunk out of GameStop and Game Crazy's pre-owned games business. As most of you know, a huge amount of GameStop's revenue is generated by those millions of pre-owned titles that change hands every single day. After all, the publisher and developer don't see a dime of a pre-owned purchase; it's 100% profit for the retailer, and furthermore, a used game often costs only $5 less than a new one. But hey, people love to save money so it's a tough situation, despite the fact that game creators everywhere really despise the whole "pre-owned" game idea.  And no wonder...

Well, they may have found a new best friend in Best Buy. The picture you see here comes from a store in West Jordan, Utah, and clearly states that they will "price match NEW video games at USED prices from GameStop or Game Crazy." Now, we imagine there are rules and restrictions in this matching deal, but although we aren't aware of them just yet, it seems fairly self-explanatory. And if this is a nationwide thing - which it should turn out to be - GameStop and Game Crazy may have to rethink their used game policy. There is one downside to this, though: Best Buy still won't take games in trade, and as the other two retailers in question won't give you cash for your trade-in, you can't very well go to Best Buy for all your needs. Then again, if you don't wish to trade in anything and you simply want a cheaper price for a game, this could be awesome.

We'll see what we can find out.

8/7/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (101 posts)

CONTRABAND
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:39:37 PM
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hells yeah

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Hezzron
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 11:41:02 AM

I love Best Buy......I'm gonna put a ring on them.

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King James
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:39:51 PM
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Wow!

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Reccaman18
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:42:42 PM
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Thats a pretty awesome plan, but since I have an Edge card, and in the wake of hearing what game Stop is planning, I'll stick with them. Still not bad.

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coldbore
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:53:26 PM

Hah, forgot about the edge card! but are u seriously gonna worry about maybe 2 bucks? Srsly u should be buying the game new and therefore helping contribute to the gameing industry, why do u think everyones going digital? they're all losing money from used games, if u have to download the game, u can't buy it used now can u.

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ThePearlJamer
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:18:30 PM

thats like siding with Germany during the end of WWII...oh damn...forgot they lost...

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Reccaman18
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 11:13:45 PM

Yo, ThePearlJamer, Im German, and I really take offense to that remark. Yes, I know Germany lost WWII. But that's no reason to make cracks at my ancestors, is it? What if I went around talking badly about the US? Wouldn't be nice would it?

And coldbore, what if a used game is around 50 bucks? The edge card takes 10% off any used game or accessory. Thats what I was going on about. But you said it yourself in a later post: people go for the cheapest. Sometimes a few bucks can make all the difference.

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ThePearlJamer
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 11:26:18 PM

@reccaman18

I'm not American, even though I live in America I was born in the U.K. and moved when I was 13 so I consider myself English. And the U.S. lost the Vietnam war and pretty much both Gulf wars so feel free to crack a comment on it's behalf...

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Jed
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:05:53 AM

@ ThePearlJammer,

The US completely dominated the first gulf war. The second one however, is a different story.

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Kevadu
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:27:11 AM

The problem with the second war was that there was no clear objective in the first place, and therefore no way to really 'win' it...

But boy are we getting off topic.

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Highlander
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 2:02:35 AM

@ThePeralJamer

You mentioned the war, but i think you got away with it....points for the reference...

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Orvisman
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 4:45:40 PM

@ThePearlJammer,

Just curious, since you have been living in the U.S. since you were 13, are you a U.S. citizen?

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ThePearlJamer
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 5:52:00 PM

Technically yes and no, only one of my parents, my mother was born in the United States and met my father when he was on a buisness trip from England. Sererval years later I was born and moved to America when I was 13 in 2003. By law I think I might be because of a process called birth abroad, I mean I never really thought much about it, though I do have a drivers license...so i suppose I am

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Orvisman
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 8:05:21 PM

If your mother is an American citizen, then you are an American citizen. You have dual citizenship.

I hate to break it to you bro, but you ARE an American.

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Scarecrow
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:43:07 PM
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Why are people so cheap?
It's amaxzing and really sad

For that just rent the damn thing

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coldbore
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:49:09 PM

Realistically, if u were looking for something, and 2 stores had the exact same product but one had it cheaper, where would u go? your probobly gonna take your buisness to whoever had the product cheaper, therefore whoever your buying the product from is the one making the money. Ya I geuss people are cheap but hey, how can u complain about something like this?

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Scarecrow
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:57:36 PM

But is it only 'bout ONESELF?

Can't people stop and think, these devs poured their hearts and countless months/years into this game.

And then you go ahead and instead of rewardinng them, you go ahead and just buy the game for cheaper. Not supporting these devs at all.

Gamestop is garbage by the way
It's just sad that Best Buy is going through the same thing. Now more stores are sure to follow.

PS: That's why you see less experimenting in gaming. Compared to all the rpgs and amazing experimentation that went on during the 1990s, this generation is lacking. Yes there have been some amazing games.

But there's been a lot of gun gun gun

FPS FPS FPS
Guns guns guns
FPS FPS FPS

PS: Devs are scared of losing money these days. These practices of selling pre-owned games don't help one bit. V-gaming could dull out right before our eyes

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NoSmokingBandit
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:45:47 PM

I dont get why some people throw a fit about used games. Ford works hard ot make their vehicles, should i never buy one used? Authors spend a lot of time writing books, should i not buy those 2nd hand? Actors spend a lot of time on set working hard to make a movie, am i not allowed to buy them at a yard sale?

I'm all for supporting the developers, but when times get tough my wallet is a bit more important than theirs.

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Highlander
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:45:51 PM

Thank you.

People should rent (or download a demo) before buying if they aren't sure about a game.

I won't buy another used game from a retailer of any kind (I've only ever bought two anyway).

Best Buy get's my vote with this move.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:08:35 AM

Why do people want to save money? It's pretty simple, really. Remember. MSRP is a suggested price. This isn't a law that items have to sell at that price. People like to save money so that they can use their savings and invest in their future plans whether they be a vacation or retirement. The more you can save, the more you can "stretch" it out and achieve the things that you want out of life. I will probably be looked down upon because when I got my last vehicle new, I saved almost eight thousand dollars. I guess I am cheap. I should have just paid the sticker price and carried on.

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___________
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 3:26:49 AM

well im sorry if were not on multi million dollar salary's like you are.
i only make 230 bucks a week, 150 goes to board.
so if i can save 10 bucks on a game i will.
just because your made of money does not mean others are.

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Highlander
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 4:26:02 AM

Who's on a multi-million salary? I took a deep pay cut, I'm the sole earner for my family, and I'm damned glad to still be working. I manage my pennies well, I don't drink or smoke.

The thing is, as someone else mentioned, although we'd all like games to be cheaper - of course - the game makers have to make money on games or they go out of business. Devs must make money or they stop developing. Devs and publishers don't see any money from used game sales, so if I save $5 by purchasing a used game, I'm only hurting the possibility of the developer and publisher making another game.

I'm not directing this at anyone in particular, but...<rant mode> Sorry if it's not popular, but I come from an age when if you couldn't afford something you didn't whine and moan, you shut up, started saving and counted the days until you had the money. Too many people believe that they are entitled to free everything, an want impossibly cheap prices. That's not realistic. Everything we buy is made by someone else. People won't work for nothing, so products can't become ever cheaper. People need to grow up and lose the sense of entitlement. People have to learn that life is not fair, some people have more than others, and there are a lot of things that we cannot afford to buy.
</rant>

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chucknasty
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 4:48:29 AM

@Scarecrow:
I am in complete agreement with you about rewarding devs for making good games. People seemed to think I was an idiot for saying I try to buy CE disks to throw extra money at good developers in the AC2 thread but I was being dead serious.

@NoSmokingBandit:
You should never buy a Ford new or used.

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kevyd09
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 2:17:22 PM

well im sorry for buying a game 2nd hand but i dont work because of the recession as much as i would like to, so if i can get the same product at a cheeper price i will!! and you seam to forget the developers must get a weekly or monthly wage while making the game from their company or publisher who have resorces at their disposal to keep the pennies rolling in and when the game if finished they sell it and regroup their expencises and make profit, so when the game is first sold they make their money and when the game is resold its fair game to who sells it!
end rant

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coldbore
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:44:21 PM
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I have no reason to complain, success best buy is succesful, I shall now call it beast buy

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ed_winchester
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:50:36 PM
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Ive never liked the used games market and dont think Ive ever bought a used game, the reason is GAME give you a rubbish price in trade-in and sell for a high price and the developer suffers. If a dev has produced a quality title and Im spending my hard-earned cash, I'd rather it go to the developer and not the retailer

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Scarecrow
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 9:59:12 PM

Thank you!

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Riku994
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:02:37 PM
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Please find out if this is the same in Canada!

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 4:05:23 AM

Let's hope so, though it won't help me since the nearest Best Buy is across a body of water.

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Riku994
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 10:36:33 AM

Buy a boat! Lol!

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Fane1024
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 5:36:44 AM

That would kind of defeat the purpose of saving a few dollars per game, which is why I also won't be taking the ferry. ¦ P

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ThePearlJamer
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:03:27 PM
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This article should be called "THE DEATH OF THE USED GAMEF*CKERS A.K.A. GAMESTOP"

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Swavey
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:17:57 PM
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all gamestop would have to do is sell all of their used games for 5 dollars for a week and i guarantee best buy would not do this anymore.

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Alienange
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:46:06 PM

GameStop in all their slobbering greed, would never do that. Do you know how much money THEY would lose?

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Highlander
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:47:04 PM

Wanna bet that one of the conditions that Best Buy places on the offer is that temporary price reductions (aka sales and promotional offers) are not included?

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Swavey
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 10:57:29 AM

not really that much considering its ALL profit. do it for one week and the competition will quit. Best Buy cannot sell brand new games that cheap. They won't do that i'm just saying one week of that and Best Buy would quit.

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mk ultra
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:25:25 PM
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I just called 3 in my area(O.C. California) and none of them have heard of this.

It's only 830 here my post time is never correct.



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bxshotboi
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:28:43 PM
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IM LIKEIN THIS WHOLE IDEA BETTER FOR US GAMERS

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Oyashiro
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:39:12 PM
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How can they even do this? I mean, Best Buy has to be biting the sales on this. Stores make near to no money off of new games. but selling them at used prices must mean they are selling them at a loss.

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tes37
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 9:50:36 AM

They may be thinking you might purchase other items while you're there.

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Alienange
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 10:49:28 PM
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Best Buy slaps GameStop and Game Crazy right in the face ! Sweeeet ! I could not be happier that a major retailer is FINALLY calling out these idiots for their rip off tactics.

I support my favorite devs and I also support my favorite retailers. BB FTW !

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Kangasfwa
Friday, August 07, 2009 @ 11:25:28 PM
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If I can buy a dvd of a movie made ten years ago, why can't I buy Psyconauts new as well? The only time I shop for used games is to look for games that are no longer made. I would buy new old games if I had the chance.

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Highlander
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:00:40 AM

Indeed!

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a1_
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:10:42 AM
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Unless you have an anal obsession and a ritual in opening the plastic around the game cd case I see no difference, used games are just as good. Unless you can just walk inside best buy the day something came out and say hey I seen this on the shelve at "westbubblefucck" in New Jersey for 30 dollars and they give it to you then sign me up.

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Jed
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:18:39 AM

Especially with ps3 games. Nearly every ps3 game trade in I see is in great condition.

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 3:41:48 AM

Blu-ray discs FTW.

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Highlander
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 4:35:19 AM

It's like this.

Get a new game --> pay money --> retailer margin --> publisher get's royalties --> Developer get's royalties

OR

Get a used game --> pay money --> retailer runs to bank, smiling. Developers and publishers get nothing.

Since the developers actually make the game and the publisher promotes the game and often works as the producer of the game as well, it seems only fair that they should get something from a game sale. But used game sales solely benefit the retailer. Even the poor sap that traded the game got shafted since GameStop pays a pretty poor value for most games, even though they turn around and sell them for $5 off the retail price. Since PS3 discs so rarely scratch, it's not like they do much of anything before putting the game on the shelf with a sticker price.

Lot's of people here seem oblivious to the fact that purchasing used games is effectively biting the hand that feeds us.

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Alienange
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:50:00 PM

@ a1_ - If you don't see the difference between buying used at GS over buying new at BB then I suggest getting new glasses.

The ONLY thing that IS the same now is the price.

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LividFiction
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 4:08:39 PM

But the developers have already earned their money for the game from the people who bought it new. I don't understand why people have no problem when someone buys music or a movie used, but suddenly when it comes to videogames the developers are being robbed of money?

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Wage SLAVES
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 4:05:11 AM

@a1

So, you are completely against supporting the creators of our beloved passtime?

@livid

Movies have more means of making revenue. They begin in theater, go for purchase/rental and end up on t.v.

Musicians are getting raped by pirates but they still have live performances to supplement their loses.

Games only have the first month or so before they start getting recycled at $5 less and tagged USED, to enjoy NONE of the earnings.

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Fane1024
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 5:57:26 AM

@ Highlander

The prospect of re-selling games no doubt causes people to choose to buy a game at full price rather than, say, renting it. It's a poor assumption that every used game sale would be a new game sale if no one sold used games.

While I prefer to buy new games (at reduced prices), when I do buy used games, I keep them. So, someone bought the game new and someone kept it. The fact that we split the bill doesn't affect how much the publisher made. I wouldn't have bought that game at full price, so the publisher would have had to reduce the price to get my sale. The other customer probably also wouldn't have bought that game at full price if he had to keep it, so the publisher might have sold NO copies to us except at a discount price (and profit on two copies at $30 each is less than for one copy at $60). Plus, both of us are more likely to buy any sequels.

Gamestop/EB does reap the most benefit, though.

p.s. I see jaybiv made some of the same points below.



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fluffer nutter
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 8:13:32 PM

@ Wage SLAVES. Artists are not getting raped by pirates. The money "lost" is the money that would be going to the artists' labels. Not the artists themselves. You need to look up the breakdown of what artists are paid from revenue of vinyl, CDs, SACDs, etc. and you will see that the artists make less than 1/2% of each sale. The money goes to paying the label back for the loans for recording time, production cost, advertisements, etc. Artists go on tour because that's where they make their money. The revenue generated by the ticket sales, merchandising, etc. is what supplements their income. I'm not saying that pirating is good. I'm just giving some information to the seriously misinformed here. I apologize for going off topic but I have to do my part and spread accurate information. It's my gift to society.

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 4:32:17 PM

Lol @ Fluffer

Wow, I wish I could sroke my ego as much as you. It wasn't the actual numbers (notice I didn't include any in my post that you responded to) but the principal that I was addressing. In the days of Indie labels and bands like NOFX who own ALL the rights YOU are the one not giving the entire picture here. But I agree that the musicians are getting attacked from all sides.

B'sides my post wasn't about music it was about games.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 9:51:32 AM

Your post was about games and you made a comment about music. I just added some proper information to help your principle be accurate.

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Jed
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:16:43 AM
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This article isnt even about gamestop and here everybody goes again.

Gamestop may not be the best thing for developers, but it is good for the industry. They do get TONS of pre-orders that sell new games, and they also have lots of promotions that give you more for your used games if you buy new ones.

If gamestop was really such a bad thing for game devs, then they wouldnt give them exclusive content, like DLCs and special editions.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:06:26 AM

uh, Gamestop is pretty important to the point of the article I would say.

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Jed
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 11:47:16 AM

Well, that's not exactly what I was trying to say. The article is about a promotion that Best Buy is offering to sell more games and take some of the market from Gamestop. But most of the comments here are people ranting about how gamestop is evil and if you buy used games there you dont appeciate the developers.

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Alienange
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:57:15 PM

Jed. Used games at GameStop and Game Crazy are mentioned by name as the targets for this promotion. Most here are simply ragging on GS for their excessive used game laundering. As far as I'm concerned you can go buy new at GS if you want. Just bring a nose plug.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:06:33 PM

gotcha

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 4:37:57 PM

I apologize to you Jed...

ONLY cuz you come off cool...

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Nerull
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:19:42 AM
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I highly doubt it will come to Canada, hardly anything does. I also doubt taking the lousy 5 bucks GS lets you save on used games off would make any retailer suffer.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:09:01 AM
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Sadly, I think there will be so many restrictions on this that it will rarely apply. And talk about a clusterf*ck, how are we supposed to prove to Best Buy what the price is elsewhere? Are they gonna call Gamestop a million times and show up on their Caller ID?

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:25:52 AM

It's very easy to prove the price. You just print out the advertised price and bring it in. The great thing about GameStop's stock checker is that it will show on the right what local stores have it in stock. The BestBuy agent can either give you the discount on the spot or call and check stock. Easy indeed.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:07:47 PM

I see; I've never witnessed a Gamestop advertisement before.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:23:03 PM

They send out advertisements several times a week. You can also just print the online price and that's good enough.

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sticklife
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:11:19 AM
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I think I will stop buying used now... in MOST cases. Sometimes though you just can't find really old games and every now and then you stumble about them in a used game store. I wish Sony would more good games on the PSN rather than spec ops:
whatever.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:59:45 AM
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Wow i cant believe some of you are complaining about this, i wish we had stores in England that did this. As for feeling guilty towards the companies who put all there hard work into the game, sure the reason why im buying it is becuase im interested in there work, but if its cheaper i will buy it, I certainly wont feel sorry for companies, with all the DLC they charge for everygame nowadays.

Also i dont see a problem with used games either, i bought Unreal Tournament III and Kane & Lynch for £5 each the other day on there original release they were £45. I'm a student so i dont have the money to waste on brand new games/DVDS/Blu-ray.

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Highlander
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 2:06:59 AM

How is it a waste to spend $60 on a game that you play for 10-15 hours (at least)? A movie that lasts 90 minutes costs $10 or more. A DVD movie that lasts 90 minutes will set you back anything up to $25.

Looking at the bang for the buck, games are one of the most cost effective forms of entertainment out there. Considering the amount of in-game time I put into Burnout Paradise it's cost me less than a dime an hour to play it.

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Fane1024
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 3:51:43 AM

Highlander,
I rarely disagree with anything you write, but I will here. The reasons $60 seems good value compared to the examples you gave are:

$10 is a total rip-off for a movie ticket (since you can rent it for half as much and have a ton of people watch it)

one would (should) only pay $25 for a DVD / Blu-ray if you will watch that movie again and again (and view all the special features)

Nonetheless, a long game IS a good value; Oblivion has cost me about a dime an hour and I haven't finished all the side quests.

p.s. Burnout Paradise is awesome.



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Highlander
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 4:36:49 AM

Movie tickets are a rip off, and brand new DVD releases are too, as are BluRay. No arguments there.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 10:49:00 AM

Paying 7.50 to see a new release at the movies isn't a rip off and blu-rays are generally $20 or less when they are released. (If you are a good shopper and look for the deals. Trust me. They're out there to be easily found.) I have no problem purchasing blu-rays as I have the comfort of my home to watch it and the food is cheaper. Up to $25 for a DVD? I haven't seen that in years and that's unfortunate for anyone.
The fact is that people want to save money so I don't see the problem here. I agree with what people are saying as far as the retailers are the main benefactors of used games but I have to ask this. When a new game is sold, isn't there a set amount, agreed upon by the retailer and manufacturer, that gets paid to the manufacturer? Isn't this why many stores do not sell games immediately at a largely reduced price? I know this applies to many products out there but don't know if games are set to the same standard.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:21:34 PM

I personally find films to have more replay value (Though i study in that area so thats probaly why) while most games i play through once, others i play though many times series like Tekken, Metal Gear, FInal Fantasy, Silent Hill bascially the ones i really really enjoy.

Though i find that pre-owned dvds go for literaly 1-3 pounds and any new release i can get after 1 month for 6 pounds, I feel no neeed for Blu-ray as DVDs look better than i could hope for upscaled on my TV, Though i have bought Stanleys films on BR purely to see whats its like & becuase hes my favourite director, I personally dont feel the price of Bluray is worth it, though i shall be getting Disneys Fantasia, that while be a specticale. as for games i think they should be lowwered 1/4 of the price.

One thing that does bug me is seeign a game on the 360 for cheaper, nearly always happens.

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dlte
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 2:23:20 AM
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that's cool

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 2:45:55 AM
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All over the internet you see people constantly slamming Best Buy for any number of things. So I want to take a second and truly praise these guys. For gamers I rarely find a store that has their s*** together the way these guys do. Between a price match policy that is generous to an incredible degree, to their far above average warranty plans, and now matching of used game prices for new stock; I think we all should give Best Buy a round of an applause. Geek Squad is still awful though. :p

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 10:53:30 AM

I won't applaud them for having these policies but I am glad that they do. The problem I have is that their employees do not know the policies and when you bring a printed copy from their website, they still argue with you and tell you how they would like to interpret the text on said policies. I'm not saying that all of their employees should know the policies but if someone is going to work in customer service, they should educate themselves so that they know how to service the customer. It really is a pain in the ass.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:08:59 PM

I buy all my new games at best buy, they truly rock, and there's usually hot girls there :)

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LowKey
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 3:57:42 AM
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Shadow, you took the words right out of my mouth. It seems to me that there actually is a Corperation out there that gives a damn about peoples wallet, I mean let us not forget what Canada got from best buy at the beggining of July from Best Buy (Infamous $29.99) So Definatly what Shadow said Best Buy really has their Sh*t together.So stop Complaining and stop selling your games. As a very smart man once told me, you arent a true gamer if you sell your games, because True Gamers not only play them, but they collect them.

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:21:33 PM

"you arent a true gamer if you sell your games, because True Gamers not only play them, but they collect them." -- agree fully. :>

I carefully select games to buy therefore I dont have tons of games, but every game I buy I play them through out and never sell back.

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bkjohns1
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:47:13 PM

@Lowkey: "It seems to me that there actually is a Corperation out there that gives a damn about peoples wallet"

Best Buy only gives a damn about taking money out of your wallet and keeping it.

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 5:18:13 AM
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i love best buy, if this is true, I will be very thrilled. but again i am in canada, doubt it will come over to the north.

I got my LBP new copy from best buy at 44.99 CAD on sale, it is 25 cheaper than anywhere else for 69.99.

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Deleted User
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 6:30:04 AM
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i say f*ck bestbuy. i like my gamestop better. at least u can trade in your used games at gamestop and for all gamestop hater f off gamestop don't need your sh*t

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heyface
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 8:58:01 AM
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Do not support Gamestop in any way. They single-handedly ruined the industry. If you purchase from Gamestop, you are unintelligent.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 10:57:32 AM

To say that someone that has shopped at GameStop is unintelligent is absurd. Ignorant? Yes, I'll agree with that. Just because people might be lazy or do not care about the reactions due to their actions does not make them unintelligent. It points to ignorance, mainly. I am not a fan of GameStop. I do not like most of the employees that I have met and I do not like them gutting copies of games. As per retailer's code in this state, it is illegal to open a product and sell it new. I don't make the rules. I just read them.

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:19:23 PM

gamestop has some great deals, just a week ago, they had a deal for SF4 for 19.99, and Heavenly Sword for 29.99 and Silent Hill Homecoming for 19.99, new copies, i just got them and i think they are great deals.

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tes37
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 9:29:05 AM
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I'll never have to yell "f*ck Bill Gates" in a Best Buy to get their employees to leave me alone about an xbox. I actually had to do this at Gamestop to get some peace. I don't buy used games, I like mine germ free.

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Jed
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:02:34 PM
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People like money. People like games. When people buy used games, they get more of both.

I bet that all of you people that wont buy used games don't have any problem with trading in old and unwanted games.

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tes37
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 12:11:44 PM

I keep all of mine, even the bad ones to remind me to watch how I spend my money. Believe it or not some people do have principles they stand by and don't waiver from them. I'll probably never see a Heavenly Sword 2 because of money issues, game developers have to be supported regardless.

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Alienange
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:01:15 PM

Well now THAT's a wild accusation. News flash for you Jed, there are a lot of different people in the world. Some buy used, some trade games in, some collect, some bargain hunt... Why do you take such great offense to how people shop?

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Jed
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 4:07:11 AM

I dont mind how people shop. I'm just want to know, out of the people who say they wont buy a used game because they want to support the developer, how many of them trade in games to get new ones?

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iliimaster
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 1:53:07 PM
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heck yeah screw gamestop and their ways... buying a fairly new used game for 20-30 bucks then selling it for 52dollars !!!!!!!!!!!! your kidding me im glad they will hurt from this they give nothing yet take take take the only good thing about gamestop is that they have midnight releases thats all... if i go and trade in a used game used "next gen" game you know how much i get ??? 1-5 dollars for a at the time 60 dollar game

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jaybiv
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 4:26:06 PM
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The dev argument is a false one. Just because someone buys a used game, doesn't mean they would have bought a new game, so the dev still wouldn't hve received a dime.

What buying used does is allow a customer to get acquainted with a dev in hopes that the consumer may want to buy the next game new.

One of the biggest movers of the U.S. economy is the second-hand market. Not everyone can afford to buy used, and the used seller now has cash to put down on a new product.

My second point is this is a dumb move by Best Buy. Game Stop is making 100% profit on used games so they can drop the price another $10 to $15 dollars and still make money. Is Best Buy willing to sell new PS3 games for $45? Don't think so.

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Robochic
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 5:37:40 PM
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From my understanding on used games ect... The game industry kinda shot themselves in the foot a little on the used game thing. My point below:

See when a company buys a bunch of movies from the company that owns the rights to the movie the company that owns the rights says we are will sell you the licence and adding also an additional royality fee with that for you to buy the licenses to the movie so if you sell new or used we get a cut of the new and used .

Video game companies basically said we will sell you the licences to the games with a royality to new video games but nothing about used video games a few years back they never thought the used game thing would catch on Oopps it did. I did a project believe it or not on this a few years back for Marketing in College and researched heavily on it now thats a few years back, if they are still complaining why don't they switch to like the movie and music industry when they say Hey Gamestop u sell a used or new i get a cut as well then they pay the devs makes sense to me but it seems they would rather complain about it instead of just changing the royality clause.

Whatever anyones reason to buy new or used thats their choice, me I buy new when I can due to I just like having a new game but if it's like Eternal sonata where the only way i could get it was to preorder and i didn't then i have to buy used, so to me everyone has to meet 50/50 including the companies making the video games cause some games depending the country you live in u'll be lucky to get it new IE valkyria chronicals and Eternal Sonata.

Done :)

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a1_
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 8:26:58 PM
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i guess ill go get new glasses then because to me it still makes no difference. i mean really who cares. i have a friend that works at gamestop, i buy games from him then bring them back after i beat them, he goes in the back and covers it up with plastic because they have a machine for that and resells it as a new copy. this whole thing is for dummies. used games are great only if you can get them for nearly half the price and the same day the title comes out.. any other way i still want the hot new release the day it comes out and dont feel like waiting. after i beat most games yea ill trade them in if my friend is not around or its been too long and we cant do the swap no more. im not going to best buy and going through troubles once again if i cant tell them that the title they are seilling is going for 30 dollars the day it gets released. pointless idea. thank you... but no thank you

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Alienange
Saturday, August 08, 2009 @ 11:33:13 PM

Your "friend at GameStop" is a criminal.

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fluffer nutter
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 12:51:02 AM

Most employees at GameStop are criminals. They lie constantly but this topic isn't about them and their lack of doing the right thing. This is about Best Buy, a major corporation, going after another corporation, to get more money away from their pockets, into those of the Best Buy management. I'm just waiting on the details of this plan to see how Best Buy is really going to do this and how are they going to deny certain used game prices so that this won't be as good as people think it will be. I'd like to be wrong about that too.

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Wage SLAVES
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 4:13:34 AM

@A1

If what you say is the truth I absolutely DESPISE GameSTOP.

P.S.

Do you like to work for free?

If you steal from an honest business that happens to make a lot of money, is it not still STEALING? Where are our morals...

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dveisalive
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 7:26:05 AM
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DYNOMITE !

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xStatiCa
Sunday, August 09, 2009 @ 7:44:24 AM
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The advertised used price at gamestop is only part of what makes Gamestop affordable.

- Buy 2 get one free deals
- 15 - 20% off coupons that get sent to members
- If you buy a used game and don't like it you can trade it in for another used game within a certain amount of time(don' remember the amount of days but I think it is at least 3 or so days). Some people take advantage of that to play a game for a few days... complete it and then get another game.
- Trade in specials where you get additional percent off the more you trade in.
- Special trade in offers on new games that are coming out.

I think most people know that the price advertised at gamestop for used games is rarely the price people pay. If the difference were really only $5 for new vs used people would buy new a lot more often.

Because of this I doubt Best Buy's plan will work.

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SwollenThumbs
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 8:47:04 AM
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had to chime in on this one. I think a lot of people are missing the point.

1- a lot of these so called new purchases that gamestop is "stealing" from the developers by selling used games, would not be new purchases at all. In my case the used games that I do buy, would never be bought if I had to buy them new. The fact is if i'm really into a game, it is a day one purchase or new purchase and I plan out my budget to afford it. Games bought used are usually games I'm on the fence about. and I think that may be the case for a lot of buyers.

2- Without these used trade ins, alot of people would not have money to buy new games and support developers. I think a lot of these trade ins come when it's time to get the new game that's out but you are short on cash.

3- If gamestop stopped selling used games at those prices, it wouldn't matter with Ebay and craigslist being around cause the same used game buyers would go to those outlets.

4- it's called game"stop" lol... not game"help the industry...

sorry for the childish number 4, but it's always good to laugh

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Subtracterall
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 8:56:08 AM
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great news! I don't like buying used games anyway, but i do like the cheaper prices. FYI a lot of games on newegg are a few bucks cheaper than retail and you get free shipping. I'm not a newegg employee, btw.

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KoldStrejke
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 11:40:00 AM
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yea yea yea, I hate Gamestop and there new OPENED box games. screw them they can eat @#$|<, bestbuy and frys is all i go to for games. i never understood why you would pay 5.00 less for a used game without the manual or case go figure. gamecrazy and gamestops systems has allways sucked.

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