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Is it good to buy pre-owned?
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Posted 8/24/14
Beside from it being cheaper, is it good to get a pre-owned game compared to a new one?
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Posted 8/24/14
Depends entirely on you. If you collect games, then buy new. If you just want to play the game and don't give a crap about whether it has the manual or if the case is in good condition, pre-owned saves you money.

Pre-owned games not working isn't a problem these days either. They work 99% of the time.

If ever I have to resort to buying a used game, I always look for the one in best condition. But that's just the OCD collector me.
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34 / M / Eastern US
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Posted 8/24/14
As with most situations, I'd say it relies upon the reason why you would buy pre-owned. I purchase them because they were manufactured, sold, enjoyed, then returned or tossed aside. Why waste such treasures? Also, as the games get older, they'll also become more difficult to obtain. I might as well grab the older titles, because I still have plenty of time to go back and purchase the new releases.
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26 / M / Australia
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Posted 8/24/14 , edited 8/24/14
When I was young, preowned was my way to getting into games, I couldn't afford to buy them new so the second hand ones let me become a gamer. Now that I can afford it I buy games to support the people who made them so that they can make more. Also the difference in price between pre-owned and new is so insignificant it seems these days that I don't really see the reason to buy second hand as i'd rather support the people who made it than a company like gamestop.
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29 / M / US
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Posted 8/24/14
I barely ever buy games pre-owned. If I do, it usually has to be because the game is no longer available for purchase brand new and it is also cheaper.

I prefer to buy my games brand new or to pre-order them, because I like to look at it as supporting my favorite companies. Buying games pre-owned does not help those companies in any way as they get no profit from those purchases.
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Posted 8/24/14
I buy pre-owned games every now and then and have never had a problem with them. So I say go for it.
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Posted 8/25/14
Most joints like Gamestop has a refund policy in case your game ain't working, so yeah.

The only thing you might wanna keep in mind is the morale side of things since purchasing pre-used games means that the company in question won't get a single dime.
And obviously included vouchers and codes are almost always void, so don't ever expect that to be the case, but I think most gamestores would inform you.

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Posted 8/25/14
Yes, because you do save a lot, depending when you have bought it or the price difference between the new and pre-owned. But you need to check the disc is clean and scratch free.

I didn't mind pre-owned items on PS3 era, but in PS2 era, I always went for the new ones since the scratches do affect the gameplay...

If you are buying cartridges as pre-owned, it's much more okay, since you don't have to worry if the game is not working, since gamestop guarantees you that all their pre-owned games work. Good luck!

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24 / M / IL
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Posted 8/27/14
Like others have said it depends on your own needs. If you're into collecting then new is the way to go. Also some people just like buying new and knowing they're the only people to have ever owned that game. I go new about 95% of the time because I want to support the devs.
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Posted 8/28/14 , edited 8/28/14
Just rent games at your nearest Redbox.
They're still going to look pre-owned when you borrow them.

When you're done, chuck them back at any RedBox locations.
Hence, the games you rented would look more pre-owned for the next people using them.
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Posted 8/29/14
No harm getting pre-owned games when most game stores nowadays have pretty good service.
(since everyone is downloading stuff anyways. . )

gamestop occasionally has sales and their consoles for pre-owned are decent but I'm sure if you dig around I'm pretty sure you could find even lower prices for a console.

alot, er i mean TONS of people try to pick up games / consoles but are definitely too busy for them lol
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Posted 8/30/14
I personally think it depends both on the situation at hand, and who you are. Now me, for example, I am a collector who also plays the games. There are many games from the past I was never able to pick up when they were available, either due to lack of funds or because I wasn't interested in them at the time. I personally have no problem buying a used copy of one of these games and making it my own by cleaning it up a little and popping it in with my other games.
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Posted 8/30/14 , edited 8/30/14
I'd rather not, but I don't mind if it is in good condition. I'm pretty picky about my stuff like that. But then again I get a lot of stuff and then end up not even touching it or opening it
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25 / F / Rhode Island
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Posted 8/30/14
If i want to keep the game, i'll buy it new.
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21 / M / nevada
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Posted 9/1/14 , edited 9/1/14
Yeah it really depends. If you care about collecting and having the original case and stuff preowned kind of sucks because it isnt guaranteed. I usually go for new if its not too expensive since i do like having original cases and stuff. then theres older games where i dont care as much because original casing costs A LOT, haha. just be careful about where you buy your stuff. Make sure theres a good return policy and all that jazz.
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