The Vicious Cycle

Fable 2 will be hitting our game shelves in October. That means we can buy it used in November, right?

I am so sick and tired of people hyping games just to get rid of them a month after their release. I will not sit here and say I have never bought a used game. I have bought a lot of used games. My complaint is people hype games that sometimes kill the value of the game when it doesn’t meet the hype. What do these same people do after they hype this game? They take it, trade it away and get rid of it.

That’s where the ‘cycle’ comes into play. I will give an example. If I buy Too Human that comes out this week, I will play it, trade it in 3 or 4 weeks later and I will get at max 35 dollars. If I put that amount on Fable 2 I will still owe 30 dollars. So after I pay the 30 I will be paying 90 dollars for Fable 2. That’s when you take in that I paid 60 dollars for Too Human. Then later Fable would be traded thus the cycle begins.

The worst part of it is because we do this it gives places like Gamestop control over what they will pay you for a trade in. Nothing against Gamestop but sometimes they can be a rip off. You know I always try to look at both sides of the fence on my posts. I am not going to do that on this one. I don’t think that there is a plus side to trading games unless you just don’t want them. The only way to stop this trend from happening is, I hate to say it but JUST STOP!! Grow a brain and stop doing this because it is we, the gamers, who are getting the short end of the stick, not the game store.

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  • I debated turning this post into a part 1 of a june vs. Speed — but I’ll just put my comments here instead.

    You’re looking at this wrong — there are 2 points I’d like to make. In your example, you’re paying $90 for Fable … well, fine then but then you played Too Human for free. You’re moving the cost basis of Too Human for the 3 or 4 weeks onto the cost of Fable 2, which is where it doesn’t belong.

    The second point is that really what you’re doing is renting the game Too Human for a cost of $25 for a 3 or 4 week period. This averages to $6.25 to $8.33 per week depending on how long you have it for. Is this more or less economical than renting it ad-hoc from your local video game rental place?

    Bonus third point: Gamestop doesn’t have a chokehold on used games. They just have the retail version locked up. You can sell (and buy) used games on ebay and amazon, and possibly get more for them than the amount from Gamestop. But you’re paying for the convenience of not having to list and ship and all that other stuff.

  • I debated turning this post into a part 1 of a june vs. Speed — but I’ll just put my comments here instead.

    You’re looking at this wrong — there are 2 points I’d like to make. In your example, you’re paying $90 for Fable … well, fine then but then you played Too Human for free. You’re moving the cost basis of Too Human for the 3 or 4 weeks onto the cost of Fable 2, which is where it doesn’t belong.

    The second point is that really what you’re doing is renting the game Too Human for a cost of $25 for a 3 or 4 week period. This averages to $6.25 to $8.33 per week depending on how long you have it for. Is this more or less economical than renting it ad-hoc from your local video game rental place?

    Bonus third point: Gamestop doesn’t have a chokehold on used games. They just have the retail version locked up. You can sell (and buy) used games on ebay and amazon, and possibly get more for them than the amount from Gamestop. But you’re paying for the convenience of not having to list and ship and all that other stuff.