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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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Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 8 years
I have always bought used games because I did not understand why I should shell out $50 for a game when more then likely in a month or so it will be at Game Stop and I can get it cheaper!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I still buy new games, but I don't really buy games all that often, so I buy it new because I know I won't be buying another new game for a while.
KMattes KMattes 8 years
Yeah, I didn't vote because I've always bought used games when available.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
I always buy used games except if they're made by my company. I have my Game Stop Edge card. It's $15/year and you get 10% off used games and movies and get 10% more when you trade in your games and movies.
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 8 years
I almost exclusively buy used games (I don't see the point in paying more for something when you can get it for less). The only time I buy a brand new game is when I *have* to have it and there aren't any used copies.
misogi misogi 8 years
I always buy used games, unless I'm a really big fan of a certain game or I just have to have it now & don't want to wait for someone to trade the game in.
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
I buy used games. They work just as well for a lot less. What's not to like?
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