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GameStop's Profits Are Up for Q1 2009, Thanks to Used Games

Does a Crappy Economy Make You Buy More Used Games?

Although I tend to want a fresh copy of a newly released game to enjoy myself, I have noticed that since the economy has gone south, I've been perusing the used game bins more often. And apparently, I'm not the only one. According to recent numbers released by Gamestop, their profits are up 13 percent, and a majority of that is thanks to their used game selection.

I like Gamestop's trade-in program (I've traded in tons of games myself) and always get a pretty good return. It's because of this (and customer loyalty) that helped used games make up a whopping 49 percent of Gamestop's profits this quarter. Since trading in and buying used is easier on the wallet (not to mention good for the Earth — hey, it's recycling!), it got me wondering — do you find yourself stopping by the used game aisle at your game store more often?

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