Best Buy and… used games?

September 30, 2005

The used game market has long been dominated by EB and Gamestop who are now owned wholly by Gamestop. Blockbuster’s entry into the market with their Gamerush stores has been successful. The markup on used games versus new games is a huge reason that these companies turn profits in the areas of gaming. With that said, they could have an 800 lb gorilla of a competitor on the horizon. Best Buy is currently running a 4 store pilot program of selling used games. It seems they are ready to get a piece of the pie in the used game arena. My latest Sound Off column addresses this very issue and will only serve to make things very interesting in the future. If retailers like Wal-Mart and Best Buy start selling used games and that drives the cost of new games up and irritates developers, how will that affect us consumers?

Source: [url=]CNN Money[/url]