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Thursday, 18 August 2011 10:27

A third of Brits buy only second hand games

Written by Nick Farell

Ignored market
New research from a UK’s discount website has revealed that 34 per cent of gamers in the UK only buy second hand video games, as opposed to buying brand new. Furthermore, 11 per cent never buy games and rely on Christmas and birthday presents as a means of receiving them.

It would appear that Britons are looking to save money in as many ways as possible, as a new study has revealed that 34 per cent of gamers only purchase second hand video games for their console. According to a poll conducted by www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk polled a total of 1,336 people from across the UK, each of whom owned a games console, in order to try and find out how gamers are trying to save money.

Respondents were initially asked if they ever bought second hand games, to which the majority, 56 per cent said that they did. Furthermore, 34 per cent of those polled said that they only ever bought second hand games, and when asked to explain why, the majority, 62 per cent, said it was because new video games were just too expensive.

However, 14 per cent of those polled said that they only bought new games. When asked why, 59 per cent of these respondents said that they didn’t trust that second hand games would work properly, whilst 32 per cent thought they would make more money from selling on new games when they had finished with them.

Furthermore, 11 per cent of those polled admitted that they never purchased games for themselves and relied on gifts, such as birthday or Christmas presents, for games, in order to save money. When asked how much they usually spent on games per year, the average answer from those that only bought second hand games was £210, compared with £480 for those that only bought brand new games.

Mark Pearson, chairman of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk said it was amazing how much money you can save by buying second hand games.

Nick Farell

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0 #1 Chevron 2011-08-18 10:50
This i why more and more publishers are introducing one time online passes.
0 #2 Warrior24_7 2011-08-18 15:01
Nothing will stop the second hand market! :D
+3 #3 icemansven 2011-08-18 18:07

I am am PC & Console gamer. I buy all my PC games new, but most of the console games used.

Thanks for abusing the Valve Steam service(country restrictions), I buy now less PC games. :-x
+1 #4 Tranzz 2011-08-19 07:46
A bit biased as people who visit 'my voucher codes com' are people who activly seek discounts and bargains. I think a general survey would produce much lower figures.
+1 #5 Boomstick777 2011-08-19 11:08
Surely this is a sign that the price of videogame needs to drop. If you don't want a large second hand market sell your games at decent price.

It would stop piracy aswell, the companys are far to greedy for a price drop though and will infact just add more anti piracy and make you pay for online in used games.

This will only encourage piracy more and ultimately hurt the games industry more than just dropping prices....

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