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The lawsuit aims to ensure GameStop (and presumably other resellers) discloses that additional online content is not available free for used games, even if the game's original packaging says it is. Most games work without the additional content, but when you're purchasing used, be sure to keep this in mind.
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Nowadays, I only buy a new video game if it's something I absolutely cannot wait to play — Heavy Rain or Alan Wake, anyone? Since a used game is at least 30 percent cheaper than its new version, I end up saving a ton of money that I can use on important things like, you know, more games. Most of you are with me too: 74 percent of GeekSugar readers also hit the used bins for games.
Have I got a deal for you. On Friday I went to GameStop for my usual video game purge. (Sidenote: Besides buying used games, I also sell them. Since I'm always in a cycle of buying and reselling games, I figure I'm never that far in the red.) Instead, I was told by the sales guy to come back on Monday. Since the look he gave me signaled that he knew I was a card-carrying GameSpot member, I dutifully complied. Thank goodness too. GameStop is currently offering a 50 percent trade-in bonus on all used games and members get an extra 10 percent bonus on top of that.
I went in with Ghostbusters and Legend of Zelda for the Wii, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the Xbox 360, and Mario Kart for the DS. Instead of getting a trade-in credit of $56, I scored myself $90 in GameStop bucks — cha-ching! According to GameStop employees, the end date of this deal is up in the air, but it will definitely be happening all week. Gamers, I'm talking to you: put down the controller and start selling.
Update: Looks like the deal ends on Mar. 14!
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- To coincide with the launch of Windows 7 on Oct. 22. Sony plans to announce touchscreen Vaios — Gizmodo
- US Airways aircrafts will start getting Gogo in-flight Internet service starting next year — Engadget
- Purchase a Nintendo Wii from GameStop this month and you'll get a free video game — CrunchGear
- Google Maps now has a feature that lets you include multiple searches in one search for directions — TechCrunch
- Good gadget deals of the day — Cult of Mac
- Log in for a chance to win a new Amazon Kindle — geeksugar
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?