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Dutch Retailer Won't Sell PSP Go Due To Price, Lack Of UMD

When Sony officially revealed the PSP Go at E3 in June, the sleek all-digital unit received a very positive reaction from handheld fans worldwide. However, the announced price - $250 - did seem a bit too high, and the complaints quickly began.

Well, one European retailer isn't just complaining; they're flat-out refusing to sell the PSP Go due to its lofty price tag. According to Eurogamer, the biggest Dutch retailer, Nedgame, has decided they won't sell the remodeled PSP in their stores. The first reason for this decision is the €249.99 price tag; the current PSP-3000 sells for only €169.99, and Nedgme also doesn't believe the smaller screen on the PSP Go warrants that price difference. But perhaps equally important as the price is the fact that the new PSP doesn't support UMD, which means Nedgame - along with any other retailer - won't be able to sell software for it, and if you didn't already know, retailers almost always make far more profit on software than on hardware. You can also forget about trading in your pre-owned titles, too. Therefore, this particular retailer probably doesn't see it as much of a loss to not stock the PSP Go, simply because the money they make from it may be minimal. Other retailers have similar concerns, but you can bet places like GameStop will certainly have it for sale come October 1.

Much like any other new piece of PlayStation hardware that hits the market, there are concerns. And like the PS3, price is a definite issue for some people. ...but we see where the PS3 is now, right?

9/16/2009 10:26:08 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (56 posts)

newchef
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 10:39:34 AM
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good call on their part i dont see many businesses making much, if any, money on the psp go

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Orvisman
Friday, September 18, 2009 @ 9:13:24 AM

That doesn't stop stores from carrying the Ipod or Zune, neither of which has an aftermarket for software sales.

Accessories are where its at for those stores, and it will be the same for the PSPGo.

You can also expect Sony to release some boxes with vouchers for PSN games, just like it did with Patapon 2.

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Natalisrubbish
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 10:39:38 AM
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Oh what a load of Malarky!

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Craigo
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 10:44:49 AM
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It never really crossed my mind that Retailer's wont be making money of games.

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Kevadu
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 10:44:59 AM
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I thought one of the justifications for the price was that retailers were getting a larger cut to make up for the lack of UMD sales...

But yeah, it does seem bloody expensive.

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:29:03 AM

Not likely.

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AshT
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 10:48:55 AM
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also when the ps3 price is reduced now to 299, 249 seems a bit too much

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shindelion
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:05:38 AM

Agreed

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 10:50:16 AM
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$100+? That is bs. Blatant gouging I'd say. That is what I'd pay for a PSP2. That is near the price of a PS3!

Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 9/16/2009 10:55:42 AM

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Hezzron
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 10:59:08 AM
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Good for Nedgame. Why should they do Sony any favors? I've said it before, DLC is the start of the Apocalypse.

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Nynja
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 12:03:50 PM

To me portable games are like music albums. When you are on the go, do you want to carry your entire collection of music CDs with you? Absolutely not. I much rather have one tiny device to hold hundreds or thousands of songs than to have to lug around a CD case along with a portable CD player.

Same goes for a gaming device. A more portable version of the PSP to play movies, music, and games without having to carry any other equipment or discs? Sign me up.

When I'm at home, give me my hard copies. Nothing like having to redownload all your purchased content, if still available, after a harddrive failure.

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convergecrew
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 1:17:36 PM

True, but this is a good way for the chain to be put at the bottom of Sony's shipment list. As is, getting orders last/partial, etc. Could hurt their relationship with Sony and their own business as well.

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Hezzron
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 9:30:18 PM

If Sony wants to sell their games online only (DLC), then maybe they're gonna have to sell their PSP Go online only too!

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Andysw
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:14:41 AM
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I can understand the price part. But lack of umd is just weak.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:15:37 AM
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This doesn't surprise me at all. My wife and I run a small business and we have some retailers we provide for in the Netherlands, Dutch speaking peoples etc. They are some of the most arrogant and self obsorbed bunch we wholesale for. Nothing ever pleases them. Customs takes too long to release their parcel, it's our fault, if our product doesn't sell well in their store, it's our fault, etc. They seem to think we exist to serve them and them alone. We have no such problems or complaints from any of our other retailers across Europe. The grief we get from our European retailers seems to be confined to these Dutch retailers. Not sure why but this seems to fit the trend I have experienced working with them. We get much of the same complaints. I think and many of our other retailers across Europe seem to think our pricing and services are great. I'm sure the Dutch in general are very nice people but doing business with some of them is becoming more trouble then it's worth.

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:31:54 AM

Dutch is too broad of a word. Sell to Denmark. Those people are nice. As for business dealings with Netherlands I'd say you're spot on.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:46:44 AM

Yes too true. Should have clarified. Our Denmark customers are great. Netherlands, not so much.

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faraga
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:08:25 PM

It's good to know what outsiders think of us-_-

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:48:22 PM

Sooo faraga... you're Danish?

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faraga
Thursday, September 17, 2009 @ 8:43:18 AM

No I'm Dutch

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:28:22 AM
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No UMD sales at retail means no money for retailers. Why would they want to sell a very expensive version of a system that already doesn't sell great, and now won't even bring in game profits?

Just another fail for digital downloads.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:04:33 PM

idk why everyone is bitching. The PSP stands for PlayStation PORTABLE! This is what the first PSP should of been like, except the PSN was in its developement stage, there bringing the PSP where it should of been in the first place, look at the iTouch, $350. Your paying for a touch screen no bigger then the Go's, and the Go has expandable memory, iTouch doesnt. The iTouch has apps, so does the Go, and we get major titles on the PSP, iTouch just gets small app games. So why is everyone whining? $250 or $350?

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:39:16 PM

Because AT&T get's a monthly payment of about 100+$ for their services (even on the lowest plan alone it's about 100$), and they are the retailers so they're getting money. These stores do not receive anything else after selling the hardware.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:43:11 PM

idk where you got AT&T, but iTouch is the ipod, not the iPhone, so it has nothing to do with AT&T company.

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:47:36 PM

LegendaryWolfeh beat me to it. How do you think Apple made all that money? Sony may have a retail outlet here or there but overall they rely heavily on retailers selling their products.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:50:18 PM

There everywhere, we have 2 just in Indianapolis, theres like 26 all over California, there evrywhere. SonyStyle stores that is.i have never seen an Apple retail store with my own eyes.

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 4:04:16 PM

There's only one in Keystone. But since you mentioned California, there's forty-five there.

Anyways, I wasn't 'bitching' as you say. I was simply 'understanding' the retailers point of view. Digital downloads are nonsense in my eyes. It's for patches, add-ons and the occasional Super Stardust HD game.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 4:10:44 PM

I just believe a device like the PSP, should be digital, it truly is the most portable way to go now-a-days. and Keystone Indiana? probably not. But 45 is amazing, damn you Cali.

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Hezzron
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 9:18:07 PM

DLC basically allows a company to sell direct, without any middlemen. They save on packaging and media type costs, and in fact, the media cost is supplied by the consumer when they store it on their own limited hard drive! The prices of DLC hardly reflect any of these savings for the consumer.....and to refer to Apple's gadgets as a legitimate example of good gaming would be a mistake. Those are trashy, barely playable, one-trick-pony diversions that are put out to fool the average cell phone user into thinking their portable telephone is oh so much more than what it is.

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:15:23 PM

Good point.

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Imagi
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:31:57 AM
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good for them, now other retailers just need to grow some balls.

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Titch1794
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:46:41 AM
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NEVERTHELESS, I'm still gettin' 1.

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chucknasty
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 12:53:44 PM

I am tempted to get one if just for Valkyria Chronicles 2. I can also see the PSX titles I have purchased looking a little better on the small screen. I doubt I will grab one on release though since there are a few too many games to get through on the PS3.

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MadKatBebop
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 12:06:28 PM
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I do wish it had a cheaper price, but I still want one.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 12:18:54 PM
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The price for the PSPGO is absurd, here in England the PS3 Slim is 250 a PSP Go is 225..... thats only 25 pounds different, a new PSP release is usually around 25

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kreate
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 12:59:14 PM
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eh... who cares about price. sure its a bit expensive. but have u seen bose or apple? a piece of plastic is $100.

anyways. its not the price thats the issue since its adjustable as time goes, its the umd. i thought microsoft was going to hit the digital market first, but surprisingly its sony.

and i thought there is going to be hardcopy of the software for the psp go? or else thats abandoning all the psp 1000-3000 owners?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 1:11:36 PM

Acutally for what you get, Apple computers are priced pretty fair. Same with Boss. Those noise reducing headphones are amazing.

$250 is not a price Im likely to pay for a PSP Go but that could change.

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kreate
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:13:29 PM

those headphones are amazing but its 300 dollars. compare to sony's noise cancelling headphones which are like 60-100 dollars.

ps3 launched with a 500 dollar price tag. the apple iphone launched with a 600 price tag.

Bose is the most priciest out of the 3. but hey... at least its cheaper than bang & olufsen =)


*i dont need a psp go. but i do kind of want it.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:45:53 PM

I have a pair of SONY noise cancelling in ear headphones, and there pretty good, they were $75, SONY has always been known for there audio devices quality, almost all recording labels use SONY Studio Hadphones.

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rufii
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 1:10:01 PM
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Why does Sony always feel the need to jam pack an electronic with features and raise the price? Don't they know people are naturally dumb and like to see lower prices, even if it will amount to the same or more after their entire purchase is through. Sony has a horrible marketing team. HORRIBLE.

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Charger7302
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 7:32:00 PM

I'm actually going to agree with you on that, Sony marketing team is a Huge fail. The only place sony's marketing does a good job is in the movies department. The marketing team did extremely well when it came to Sony's movies like District 9.

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Robochic
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 1:27:10 PM
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price is a little much but i still want one i'll be asking for one for christmas especially since i start taking the bus more need something to do

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faraga
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 2:42:07 PM
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Funny how I (as a Dutch person) have never heard of nedgame, and I'm really sure it isn't the biggest retailer here.

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:10:59 PM

Good to have the local perspective.

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Alienange
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:51:28 PM

faraga there are Dutch people all over Europe. I wouldn't think you represent them all.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 2:48:06 PM
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Its called Wal-Mart, enough said.

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jerocarson
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:48:21 PM
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dumb!

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:51:45 PM

Agreed

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johnld
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 4:13:02 PM
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Does Nedgame gain most of their profits from used game sales like gamestop? If they do, then i see where they're coming from, no used games coming in, no "Pure" profit to their company. Thats probably their main motivation anyway because I cant see retailers refusing to sell stuff because they think its overpriced. Im sure they're get a profit when they sell it but not as much as they want. I do agree that the PSP go is over priced, i mean get that or a ps3 for 50 bucks more. Just say the real reason already.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 4:19:49 PM

it's an automatic vaccum cleaner too, didnt you know?

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JackC8
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 4:22:38 PM
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I thought the Go was kind of neat until I heard that ridiculous pricetag. I could see it selling for LESS than the current PSP, because it's got a smaller screen and you can't play any of your UMD games on it, but selling for a lot more? Twice as much as the Nintendo handheld? Sometimes I really have to shake my head.

I don't like download-only games. I buy my games from the sellers on Amazon, who often have them for quite a discount. Some wholesaler buys a lot of copies because they think they'll sell well, they don't, then they want to unload their excess inventory. Say goodbye to that - full price for everything until some corporation decides to reduce the price. No used game sales, or purchases. Wanna sell your Go and get some other handheld? Good luck getting any money for the games on it.

And if this whole download-only thing spreads to consoles, have fun downloading 20 - 50GB over your internet connection. It took me 40 mintues to download the IL-2 Sturmovik demo, which was 1.7GB.

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JMO_INDY
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 4:50:02 PM

The PSP is alot better then the DS, so i dont mind the price, full games will never go digital on home consoles, that would take dyas, and usually Downloadable games are cheaper, whenever the exclusive downloadable game Patapon 2 came out, it would of been $40 brand new, i bought it for $22 on the PSN Store, thats half price then what i would have paid for the physical copy.

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Naga
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 5:58:23 PM
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The price is quite good

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jlch777
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 6:09:04 PM
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when they release a psp2 i will gladly pay 250 bucks until then i will use my psp-1000 that i bought almost 5 years ago for GT PSP. Still waiting for GT5 :)

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 8:45:02 PM
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Game stores make all there money from used game sales. The PSP Go neutralizes that. Good call on Nedgames. Unless your a super huge retailer like gamestop that can cut deals with manufactures, most games stores lose money on new console sales.

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___________
Sunday, September 20, 2009 @ 8:14:35 AM
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easy way to fix the problem?
RELEASE THE GAMES ON MEMORY STICKS!
i really want assassins creed bloodlines.
i really dont get it.
something that would basically cost sony peanuts since they make them, and would easily double their sales.
in restricting their customers to downloads for the psp go, their not only restricting the sales for the go their also restricting their sales for the PSN store or their exclusives.

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