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Ending the Blight of "Used": 3 steps for publishers to reduce the used market


Step 3: Understand that it will never go away completely.

There is nothing you can do to stop the used game market. There is nothing you can do to completely eliminate first-sale doctrine and no matter how aggressively you attack the "problem" of used game sales, you can only ever marginalize it and you can never, ever actually get rid of it entirely.

For literally thousands of years, the creators of works of art and literature have tried to prevent people from recirculating the work. Books got traded, stories got told, and in the end, there is nothing you can do to stamp it out entirely. Don't assume you're going to be the first to succeed at it in all that time.
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About meteorscrapone of us since 11:18 AM on 08.18.2010

My name is meteorscrap.

Occasionally I'll post random thoughts and musings here which are too long, too detailed, or otherwise don't fit in the comments section. Given the length of some of the stuff I've left as a comment, you can well imagine what I consider long.

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