#1 Edited by zungerman090 (311 posts) -

For some reason, I prefer to buy my games new. Sometimes, it means spending much more money. Some games can really keep their price for a while (I am talking about Vita titles specifically) A copy of Gravity Rush costs 25 quid, but a pre-owned copy is just 12. This is only the case with some games though. Most of the time, savings seem to be negligible. Buying used copies just feels weird. It really shouldn't though. I buy a new copy, the shrink wrap comes off and I never really look at it again. What do you think guys? Is this normal? How do you feel about buying pre-owned?

#2 Edited by SomeDeliCook (2288 posts) -

I buy use games for really old games. I never liked ordering stuff online and I prefer to buy it in a store, and 90% of the time they won't have a new version of older stuff. 
There's a local small chain of stores here called Dimple that sell used versions of everything: Vynil, Cassette, 8-track, CD's, VHS's, DVD's, Blurays and HD-DVD's, Snes games, Genesis games, etc etc.  
When I want an old game, even if its from this generation, I'll always go to Dimple first before Gamestop because they don't open brand new copies of stuff and sell it to you nor do they harass you about pre ordering stuff. 
 
Also, I don't buy brand new games that often. I don't want to spend 60 bucks on something that will be 40 bucks two months later.

#3 Posted by Empirepaintball (1393 posts) -

If the games are old... I'm all about used games. That being said, I try and buy new games when I have the money to do so, especially if it's a developer who I really support.

#4 Edited by Vextroid (1386 posts) -

I used to buy used games all the time, mainly for games you couldn't find used or the price of the used games was significantly cheaper because at the end of the day I'm trying to save a few bucks were I can. I don't buy used games so much anymore, primarily being a PC gamer.

The last used game I bought was a few months ago. Spotted a copy of Theatrhythm for the 3DS and it made me realize I hadn't seen any new copies for sale, though to be fair I hadn't been actively looking for the game.

#5 Posted by zungerman090 (311 posts) -

@Vextroid: Same here actually. I play new releases on my laptop, so it is Steam for me. Just got a Vita and I am quite frankly shocked by the prices. Some of them are obscene. I am making it my goal not to buy anything that costs more than £15. Also, there is a mark up on the prices anyways compared to USA, so that certainly exacerbates things

#6 Posted by JCGamer (663 posts) -

I try and buy everything new if possible. The only time it becomes an issue is when it's pretty old.

#7 Posted by Terramagi (1159 posts) -

They still print disc copies of games?

How... quaint. Next you'll be telling me pennies are still around.

#8 Posted by awesomeusername (4173 posts) -

Fuck yo used games! New all day!

#9 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

I rarely buy console games so I'm usually buying new because PC. Sometimes I buy used PS3 games.

I don't buy used games if they are really old and I can just download them, because the money isn't going to the developers so what's the point.

Most the games I buy on PS3 are quite niche (most recently Yakuza 4 and Yakuza Kenzan) so they were already cheap brand new. Kenzan was £17 to import from Japan which was pretty reasonable I thought...need to get 5 imported soon.

#10 Posted by Bishna (334 posts) -

Ya I buy new whenever I can. I only buy used if the game is more than like 3 years old or something.

#11 Posted by billyhoush (1192 posts) -

I always end up finding an online coupon code or deal to get brand new games for $40. The Internet rules.

#12 Posted by FiestaUnicorn (1577 posts) -

@Terramagi said:

They still print disc copies of games?

How... quaint. Next you'll be telling me pennies are still around.

PENNIES ARE STILL AROUND!!!!

#13 Posted by SuperCycle (332 posts) -

I'll play pretty much every big blockbuster game throughout the year, but I just play then a couple of months after they are released and I'll always buy used. I just honestly don't see the point of buying a brand new product for $60 when in two or three months I can get it sometimes for half that. It's not my fault that no money from used game sales go to publishers. I wish it did, and they should try to work out a system with used game sellers that gives them some of that profit, cause I'm not going to voluntarily spend more money on something I don't have to.

#14 Posted by Morningstar (2150 posts) -

I buy games new, but I usually wait until the price drops a wee bit. Still buying the odd Ps2 game on ebay though.

#15 Posted by HistoryInRust (6289 posts) -

I really try to buy new when possible. But it's neither pragmatic nor savvy to buy a game for near-full price when I can snag a pre-owned copy for a substantial discount.

Philosophically, I don't like taking money from developers. But at some point budgetary constraints become more important than idealism.

#16 Posted by Trainer_Red (314 posts) -

I only buy new games when they are made from developers that I support or if the game is really great and/or memorable.

Most of the time the games I buy are used and the great thing is I personally know the Gamestop guy so he always gives me discounts and the online codes if they are needed.

#17 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

Steam. Always Steam.

#18 Posted by FourWude (2261 posts) -

Would you steal a car? Would you steal a defribrilator machine from an ambulance? Would you steal a baby?

No. Then don't buy used games. Morally it's just as bad.

#19 Posted by No0b0rAmA (1490 posts) -

I play PC games :(.

#20 Posted by SuperCycle (332 posts) -

@FourWude said:

Would you steal a car? Would you steal a defribrilator machine from an ambulance? Would you steal a baby?

No. Then don't buy used games. Morally it's just as bad.

I'm sorry, you think that buying a game legally from a licensed reseller is morally as bad as stealing a baby? This is a thought process that goes through your head? You actually sat down thought about buying used games, and thought... "Well, if I'm gonna buy a used game I might as well kidnap the Anderson's kid."

#21 Edited by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

@SuperCycle said:

@FourWude said:

Would you steal a car? Would you steal a defribrilator machine from an ambulance? Would you steal a baby?

No. Then don't buy used games. Morally it's just as bad.

I'm sorry, you think that buying a game legally from a licensed reseller is morally as bad as stealing a baby? This is a thought process that goes through your head? You actually sat down thought about buying used games, and thought... "Well, if I'm gonna buy a used game I might as well kidnap the Anderson's kid."

Hey, I steal babies all the time. There's nothing wrong with it. Also the defibrillator thing, I don't think stealing a game is going to directly result in someone's death.

Edit: Unless you were joking.

#22 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

@FourWude said:

Would you steal a car? Would you steal a defribrilator machine from an ambulance? Would you steal a baby?

No. Then don't buy used games. Morally it's just as bad.

If they're just like physical goods, then why can't they be resold as such?

#23 Posted by Rainbowkisses (472 posts) -

@FourWude: Your comment reminded me of this.