Game offers pre-orders on pre-owned titles
Buy used games before they get used
Game has launched a scheme for customers to order pre-owned games before the title has even hit the shelves.
Registered visitors to the Game website can place orders and will be put into a queue. As new releases come back into the shop as used copies, they will be mailed out to the people waiting in the virtual line. Each title is priced at £34, a saving of £16 on their full RRP.
Game, which recently started selling Xbox DLC content in store, are only offering triple-A titles such as Crysis 2, Homefront, Dragon Age II, Shift II: Unleashed and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 as part of the scheme, which for the time being will only run on a trial basis, MCV reports.
With so many EA titles on offer, how will EA's Online Pass affect proceedings? Surely when a customer has bought a new code to get online with their game, they may as well have purchased it new, a week or so earlier? ®
50p more for brand new
£34.something at Tescos recently for Killzone 3 day after release.
Wow preorder used and save 50p.
£34 for second hand HAS to be a fail.
on another note
why do people bum play so much. I used to buy loads off there when they were newer (and yes their service is second to none) BUT, since they have become mainstream they really arn't that cheap in internet terms anymore.
Yes sometimes they do have good offers and sometimes they are one of the cheapest but it worries me that theyve become the default place to get a bargain, similar to what ebay used to be considered (which again isnt as cheap as people think).
For many a game I can usually find a good £5 cheaper than play.com just by going on one of the price comparison sites such as www.find-games.co.uk
Not only that, they're also screwing the person they buy it from. Seems that they buy them for roughly half the price they sell them at if my one-time dip into the market found. Cut out the middle man and put them straight on ebay. If they're near-new games, they'll probably go for less than Game would sell them at, but higher than Game would buy them at. Win-win.
The trouble is
It's just a cynical marketing ploy by Game, they know that the titles being offered need a purchase from EA to get it to work as advertised, but I bet they won't even consider making that clear to the consumers. What's more, with "second hand goods", there's less protection for the consumer when the item has been clearly marked as such, so those duped won't even be able to take the item back.
I find most of games pre-owned titles are WAY over priced - get them online new for less.