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Is it good to buy pre-owned?
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Posted 9/3/14 , edited 9/3/14
I don't see why you shouldn't buy a pre-owned game if it is in good condition and at a good price. I am a competitive Pokemon battler and I buy used foreign Pokemon games. I also buy used american (I'm american) games that I don't already have.
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38 / M / SW Ontario, Canada
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Posted 9/4/14
If all you're interested in is saving money, then pre-owned is fine. I like to support game development, though, so I tend to buy new whenever I can. For me it's not really a question of a used game not working or needing an untouched manual/disc at all.
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Posted 9/8/14
These days I rarely buy used games unless they are out of print or otherwise hard to find new. I like having my game cases in good condition and supporting the developers. I can't really fault you for buying used though, especially if you're strapped for money.
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Posted 9/8/14
It depends really. Does it hurt the industry? I fail to see how it does. They got the money for the game once.

Its only good when you are not entirely sure that you would enjoy the game or not. IF you did enjoy it, then you can buy the sequels brand new, or simply buy the game again brand new just to give your support to the devs.

I rarely buy used game nowadays. It either needs to be really damn hard to buy new or they've stopped making new copies of it. Otherwise I need to really be unsure about the game to buy it used. Which is difficult when my main gaming platform is PC.
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Posted 9/8/14
Its not bad but i personally dont buy pre-owned. I rather just have a fresh new game off the shelf.
Posted 9/8/14 , edited 9/8/14
No never.
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48 / M / Reston, Virginia
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Posted 9/8/14
If a game has been out for awhile, I'll buy pre-owned if it is a significant savings. I won't buy pre-owned if it is only saving a couple of bucks. For a game that is fairly new, I want to support the developer and give them my money. However, after six months or a year, I have no problem getting it pre-owned.

I've never had a problem with a pre-owned game. They all worked perfectly.
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Posted 9/9/14
I only buy pre-owned games if they come in the original case. I have a friend at gamestop, so he lets me know when he gets a game I've been looking for with the original case.

BUT since I've been working like a mad woman lately, I don't have time to go to gamestop (it's an hour away >.<) so I just pre-order games, just like AC Unity :3
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Posted 9/9/14
pre owned games are ok. Nothing really to worry about except functionality. Check your purchases for scratches and what-not. If you know where to go, you can resell and get a new game on the cheap.
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Posted 9/10/14

kjellboy wrote:

It depends really. Does it hurt the industry? I fail to see how it does. They got the money for the game once.

Its only good when you are not entirely sure that you would enjoy the game or not. IF you did enjoy it, then you can buy the sequels brand new, or simply buy the game again brand new just to give your support to the devs.

I rarely buy used game nowadays. It either needs to be really damn hard to buy new or they've stopped making new copies of it. Otherwise I need to really be unsure about the game to buy it used. Which is difficult when my main gaming platform is PC. :)


It hurts the industry because the developer and publisher only see the money for the initial sale whereas GameStop can buy and sell a game an infinite amount of times and always make a profit. That's money that the developer and the publisher aren't making, but it's not reason enough to pass that onto people who buy used. What the industry doesn't realize is that even though GameStop's trade-in program is extremely lucrative and a potential loss for everyone else involved, they provide a large number of purchases on new copies and give people incentive to buy them. If it weren't for GameStop, they would only sell a fraction of new games.

From a consumer's point of view used games are a great value, but trade-ins not so much.
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Posted 9/11/14 , edited 9/11/14
Why not. I sell my games in the same looking condition it came in without the wrapping.
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Posted 9/12/14
I don't like to buy pre owned because I got Super Mario 64 on the 3DS and it never worked and they didn't have another pre owned to swap so I got screwed on that one
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Posted 10/15/14
Depends on the condition of the game.
Posted 10/17/14
On amazon with hard-to-find gems yes it is; its often the only way to get to play the game.
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Posted 10/18/14
As long as it works and fits the criteria you want. I typically want my games to be complete with original box, cover, and manual, but when it comes to Nintendo cart consoles, I only care for the cart since its typically far more difficult to find those complete compared to games for Sega Genesis, Dreamcast, PS1, PS2, etc.
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