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So I felt the need to make this thread so I can stop shitting up other threads with discussion on this topic.
Buying used games has become a very divisive topic among gamers and it's frankly reaching critically mass with online passes and pre-order incentives. To some like me, there is no problem buying games second hand. They are legitimate copies of games, that have already been paid for by someone else. Buying used is a good way to save money and still enjoy many games rather than a select few.
There are also many more people who believe buying used is bad. There are many reasons people assume this, ranging from "used game sales hurts game developers!" to "used games are generally in poor condition!". Both of these notions are false, and it's funny how often arguments like these are used. Buying used does not hurt the developer one bit, as they have already made money on the initial purchase of the game. like every other medium, games are subject to resale. It's up to developers and publishers to make quality games worth buying new, if it doesn't seem like a game worth $60 you bet your ass i'll wait and buy secondhand. There also many opportunities to make money of used sales by way of DLC, online passes, and future installments.
The main problem i see most people bringing up is gamestop, and it's admittedly poor business practices. While it's easy to place blame on one company like that, it remains a fact that people would buy used no matter who was selling the game. Gamestop manages to stock the most, have a 'good' trade in program, and makes it easy for people to turn old games into new ones. It's fine to take umbrage with the company itself but to say used game sales are a problem is a joke.
So what say you? is it an awful, terrible practice that needs to die? Or a reality of any market that has expensive products? Do you hate people who buy used? Is gamestop actually a portal to hell?