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« on: December 29, 2006, 08:09:57 PM »

We've gone over this a couple of times and each time I've said the extra ten dollars doesn't really bother me and hasn't impacted my buynig habits.

Well, this week I realized it has. The discussion of Smackdown vs Raw caused me to go check out the used games at gamestop. They had it used for $54.99. I just couldn't bring myself to pay $54.99 (-10%) for a used game... even purchasing with store credit. I checked their website and they're paying $24 for it now. Paying 44.99 for a used game always bothered me, but if it was something I wanted I'd go for it. In the case of used games the extra $10 is just too much.

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2006, 09:00:31 PM »

I've bought a lot less than I had at this point owning the XBox.  $60, it's just a lot harder for me to pull the trigger on purchasing something -- $50 has always been my mental limit of not really thinking about a purchase, but that extra $10 plus tax is closer enough to $100 that I pause and usually end up waiting or forcing myself to trade something old in towards the new...
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2006, 09:19:29 PM »

I won't pay $55 for a used game.  Can't justify it when the same game new is only $5 more.  It also reinforces what an obscene profit margin they're making on used games.  Screw 'em.  Dicks.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2006, 09:22:26 PM »

I buy the used ones when I have coupons or some other silly deal. I don't care how much money they make, as long as I can get a deal. On several occaisions I have walked into Gamestop and seen a brand new game, less than three days old on the shelf used. So when I get it with the discount program I am saving a little over $10.

I refuse to pay full price for any 360 games.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2006, 09:31:43 PM »

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 29, 2006, 09:19:29 PM

I won't pay $55 for a used game.  Can't justify it when the same game new is only $5 more.  It also reinforces what an obscene profit margin they're making on used games.

that's pretty much my thoughts on the matter.  paying $60 for a brand new game is one thing (which i don't mine too much), but being asked to pay $50+ for a used one is ridiculous.  that's exactly the reason i don't trade my used 360 games in to someplace like Gamestop/EB, or buy recently-released used games from them.  their trade-in values are pathetic compared to the resale price, and the "discount" for buying used is a joke...would rather pay $5 more for something new, sell my games myself, and get them used from someplace else than support their lousy system.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2006, 10:25:30 PM »

I started my Gamefly subscription the week I got my 360 (early August).  Since then I have purchased exactly one 360 game and that was Burnout Revenge when it was on sale for $26.00.
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2006, 10:49:58 PM »

$60 is 20% higher than $50. I won't pay 20% more for games. Well, except when I'm trading stuff in, and that's rare.
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2006, 11:14:28 PM »

It hasn't effected my overall spending much, but it has hurt my 360 purchases.  I have a hard time justifying to myself $60 for a 360 game when I can often get a PS2 or PSP game I'll enjoy every bit as much fif not more for only $39.99 or $49.99.  Or even  a DS game for $35 or less.  So more often I end up waiting for the 360 release to take some major price cuts while I buy most of my other games at full MSRP. 

So I'll still buy stuff I'm pretty confident I'll really enjoy (Oblivion and Gears of War) at full price, but $60 has killed any impulse buys on the 360 for me. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2006, 11:35:32 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 29, 2006, 11:14:28 PM

So I'll still buy stuff I'm pretty confident I'll really enjoy (Oblivion and Gears of War) at full price, but $60 has killed any impulse buys on the 360 for me. 

This is exactly why the higher-priced games are actually saving me money. My break-off point for an impulse buy is in the $40 range, and even then I've been exerting more discipline in general anyway.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2006, 04:30:38 AM »

I haven't bought too many $60 games at all.  In fact, I think Gears of War is the only one and I kind of regret it since I don't play multi-player.  The other full-price new games I have bought for the 360 (Just Cause, Lego Star Wars 2) have been $50 or less. 
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2006, 05:13:16 AM »

There are essentially 2 things that have kept me from getting a next gen console yet:

1. I only have 1 HDTV and it's not where my consoles are
2. $60 games

I simply can't get over that hurdle. I got all of my current-gen consoles well into their lifespans, so I am very used to picking up AAA titles for $20 in their "greatest hits/platinum choice/etc." versions.  I think I have paid $40 for a game maybe twice and $50 once, and that was so I could play Burnout 3 online with some of my friends.  It's gotten so $20 is what I want to pay for a videogame.  It's not really a problem since my backlog is so huge, but it also means I'm going to have to wait to play the latest and greatest.  I don't play online much at all, so I feel like I'll survive.  And maybe I'll have a downpayment on a house that much sooner.
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2006, 05:13:42 AM »

I'm still doing the impluse buy thing (Superman Returns, Saints Row, Double Agent) so the higher prices haven't affected me.  If I do buy used I check out the local used CD stores-  most of the time I can find a used game for 15 bucks cheaper than what EB is selling it for (even though I still refuse to pay 40 bucks for Dead Rising).
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2006, 05:29:55 AM »

I will never buy a game over $40.  Period.  Never - ever - will I do it, and I haven't in years.

I don't care if I have to wait 12 months for the price reductions, I won't do it.  Thats my top-end for brand new games.
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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2006, 06:10:18 AM »

I think I'm more selective on what I buy.  I still get the AAA titles, but not much on impulse like I did with previous systems.

I've been buying more $10 PS2 games than anything lately.

Price isn't really the biggest issue for me, it's time.  These days I'm almost as content to read about as I am to play them.
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2006, 06:16:48 AM »

The low price of DS games is another reason I keep buying games for the damn thing, rather than clearing out my backlog.

DAMN YOU NINTENDO!!!!
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2006, 06:30:49 AM »

Quote from: unbreakable on December 30, 2006, 06:16:48 AM

The low price of DS games is another reason I keep buying games for the damn thing, rather than clearing out my backlog.

DAMN YOU NINTENDO!!!!

Zoo Keeper!  The best $10 I spent all year.

I just wish the first-party stuff would see a price drop now and again.  I am not paying $30-35 for a DS game!

GBA titles are my weakness.  I have...too many.  I love to feed my GBA Micro!
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