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Gamestop boss – Used game sales don’t damage aren’t damaging

Saturday, 21st February 2009 02:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Speaking at DICE today, Gamestop CEO J Paul Raines claimed that secondhand sales don’t impact the success of new games.

“Do used game sales hurt new game sales?” he asked. “No.”

Raines said that only 4 percent of GameStop’s used game sales are for titles that debuted in the last 60 days.

The retailer’s surveys of 2,000 gamers show that gamers view used games as a way to try out new kinds of games they wouldn’t otherwise have played, said Raines.

Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter was sitting in the audience at Raines’ talk and begged to differ, however, saying that around 20 percent of Gamestop’s business – some $2 billion – was based on used game sales.

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  1. fearmonkey

    I don’t know anyone that goes to gamestop and buys a fairly current game, unless it did very poor as a new title, and got demoted fast to a cheaper price.
    I buy used games that are months and months old, and look for cheaper ones, games i had an interest in, but not so much i bought them new.
    I dont buy from gamestop though, i buy from gamefly.
    Pachter needs to shut up

    #1 5 years ago
  2. deftangel

    He’s right, used games sales don’t hurt game sales *per se* , it’s GameStop’s sharp practice with them that does.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. frostquake

    I agree with deftangel.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. jeremycafe

    I think people who are more upset with this are developers who receive royalties. Developers miss out on royalties when someone buys the game used from gamestop. Every buck counts if you guys were missing out on bonus money you would be upset too.

    #4 5 years ago