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Default  Used Games
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Ah Used Games- go into your local Game, GameStop or local computer game store and next to the New pristine condition releases you find the Used section of game or bargain bin games where people have traded in their games.

Apparently Trade in, used games etc are pretty big buisness in the Game Industry:

Eric Villain of research firm OTX made his remarks at the MI6 conference in San Francisco this week. From Game Daily’s account of Villain’s talk:

We spoke to 2,000 gamers from March 14th to 17th. Is it good or is it bad? For now, it’s actually a good thing. And actually fuels new game sales. Used games are only a fraction of the market.

Gamestop has a phenomenal share of market – again, not a big surprise. We felt really good that a conservative estimate [of the used game market] is about 1.3 billion dollars in 2007.

Every game has different [trade-in] curve… Sellers are guys. The buyers are more evenly split, fifty-fifty… What’s driving the retail market is people who are buying action-shooter games – RPGs as well… What we also expect is growth in the market for 2008. A lot more than a year ago. In the midst of an economic downturn, I expect more buyers.

According to Game Daily, OTX noted that used game sales create additional opportunities for in-game advertising, since multiple owners may use a single copy of a game. The practice also increases the value of some game brands.

Nearly two-thirds of gamers surveyed told OTX that they purchase both new and used games.

GamePolitics.com » Blog Archive » Used Game Trade is Good for Video Game Biz, Says Industry Watcher
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Picked up any used games at bargain prices? Was it in good condition or couldnt get it to work after all the wear and tear it had been through? What used games have you bought and been pleasantly surprised by?




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Default  04.17.08, 07:27:51
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Picked up any used games at bargain prices? Was it in good condition or couldnt get it to work after all the wear and tear it had been through? What used games have you bought and been pleasantly surprised by?
Had loads of good purchaces as pre-played as you can be more hard in negotiations hehe..
My 360 and Wii collection would be small if it wasnt for this so props to `used`.
Obviously there are issues in condition but myself as a collector got tons of extra covers and stuff for such occasions so ive saved loads of cash by just switching covers and such.
And since i buy loads of games each month i know most game retailers in town so im no worry of being hustled really
Like i found Legend of Zelda (OoT64) for just a few cents
Also a GBC in red and one in green (95% preserved) for a fair sum.

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Default  04.17.08, 10:04:24
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i've never had any issues with a used game, but since most of the time they are sold at nearly full price, it's not much better than new. bit of a ripoff, really.

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Default  04.17.08, 10:14:04
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used to get used games but those were for ps2. but with these new consoles you dont save that much unless you wait
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i used to get used games for my Ps2 although buying games for it wasn't really that much of a problem for me as my parents bought them all. but now i have a PS3 the used games are around the same prices as the new games so there is really no point in buying them you have to wait ages for the prices to be lowered

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Yea it depends on how hype you are for specific titles but from my own experience, just on 360 i usually dont wait more than 2 months to buy preplayed titles since its almost cut by half in that timespan... not all titles though...
Collectors Editions i usually buy new since i want that freshness steaming out of it!
To machines like Ps2,Gamecube and such, titles are at low cost so its no wonder the PS2 part of my collection has gone over 100.
Still, GBA and DS its not really worth buying preplayed since its just beneath the initial prices except PSP, got some good titles cheap ive seen...
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Default  04.18.08, 00:12:45
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Sometime ill look in the used game section of a title i never got around to playing, but ive never actually picked one up..xD

I dont know what it is- i suppose its the fact that someone has already played the disc that might put me off.
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