Except... every used copy needs to have at one time been a new copy at some point. Making that arguement a silly one. If someone bought a used game and sold it back... they probably paid little for it, and got little back.
Which meant they wouldn't of bought it new in the firstplace. Heck said game probably isn't even on the shelves anymore at this point.
Why do you say that? If I couldn't buy used games, would I not buy games at all?
If you are only buying used games at $20 or under? Well yeah.
or at best you'd be buying the discount clearing out the bin type games at K-Mart and such. Which doesn't really benefit the developer nearly as much as getting people who are willing to pay $30-40 to pay $60 upfront.
$60 dollars today is more valuable then $40 dollars 6 months from now and $20 1 year from now.
I said nothing about $20 or under.
Even buying a discounted new game benefits the developer, buying used doesn't, pirating doesn't. I stated piracy>used games because if you pirate, there is no middle man benefitting.
Except buying used does benefit the developer. Which i stated, go back and read it.
Or, i'll state it again here more clearly.
1) Buying used, creates the used market.
2) Which means people like Gamestop will buy used games.
3) Which means people who don't want to pay $60 dollars for a game WILL because they know they can get that money back.
1) People stop buying used games.
2) Gamestop stops buying used games.
3) People who don't want to pay $60 for a game won't buy it. Period. They may pick it up when it's eventually $30 and the company is hurt because they don't make nearly as much upfront and may or may not even still be around in the 6-12 months it takes... and their funding of new games is much lower because they don't have enough upfront money.
Additionally person who woud of paid a total of $60 knowing they'd get 30 may not see $30 as worth it to pay for a game that's 6-12 months old... and therefore may not even pay $30 for it then. Or they may have just borrowed the game from a friend who bought it. Or for that matter... pirated it.