by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jun 10th 2009 9:23am
This has been discussed before, but apparently one of the big topics at E3 last week was video game publishers again being upset about the fact that they don't get a cut of used game sales. What they never seem to mention, however, is that there's simply no reason for them to get a cut of those sales. When you sell your house, do you get a cut of every sale after that? When you sell a book do you get a cut of every sale after that? Of course not. And for a very good reason. Studies have shown that an active used goods market increases the value of a product. This makes sense. If I know I can resell this widget for $10, I'm more willing to pay $20 for it in the first place. But rather than focus on ways to make it worthwhile for people to buy new video games, the execs want to sit around, complain and scheme for ways to wipe out the used video game market... or at least get a cut of any sale. Once again, we're seeing companies with a sense of entitlement to something they have no rights over.
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