Up For Debate - Would You Sell Back Your Digital Games And For How Much?

Written by Jacques Waugh on Sat, Mar 26, 2016 12:00 PM

Microsoft has caused a bit of a stir with a survey that has popped up on Reddit asking if people would be interested in selling back their digital games for 10% of what they originally paid. They released several other surveys, one of which asked consumers if this sell back programme would encourage them to buy more digital games in the future.

There used to be a time when digital copies of games were to be laughed at. When it was first announced Half-Life 2 would only work when activated through Steam, customers were not happy at all. Look at Steam now. Gabe must be somewhere rolling around in bank notes at this point with all the money that Steam is making Valve.

It seems strange that it’s taken this long for anyone to offer an incentive similar to this. Sure, you have the Steam refunds policy and similar offered by its competitors (although some have taken a little longer to offer protections against their purchases *cough* Microsoft *cough*). We’ve all been there - a few too many beers one evening and buying Call of Duty: Advanced Modern Ops 9 and regretting it only a few weeks/hours/seconds later. Or that time you bought TimeShift and realised about 7 hours in that it’s absolute garbage (Jon - You had to buy it to realise that?) - how nice would it have been to get at least some of the money back?

At 10%, which is the figure Microsoft is mooting, it’s arguable that it’s not even worth the hassle. That’s $6 from a $60 game, or £4 off a £40 game. It's not really that much and definitely not enough to come close to buying another big game. Many people online have deemed the suggested 10% as insulting and that they’d rather just keep the game. Places like Gamestop or CeX can offer up to 40% back on your purchase, however they do see huge amounts of business come through their doors so clearly there is a market for the selling of unused or unwanted games.

What do you guys think? Are there games in your library that you’d be glad to see the back of, especially if it meant you’d get a little bit back of your money paid? Do you think 10% is enough?

Share with us your thoughts below on how you’d feel about selling back digital games and revoking the licenses to play them.

What is the minimum you would sell your digital games back for?

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23:38 Mar-26-2016

I'm having trouble seeing the point. With physical discs, you can trade to others. Trade in digital, aren't they just paying you to not have their game anymore?

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23:36 Mar-27-2016

Ye it makes little sense tho selling physical copies to someone should be illegal be cause company doesn't get money from it and it might as well be pirated game. Recently Total bisquit posted video about this issue you should check it out.

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19:56 Mar-26-2016

I will never sell them. I just like to see that huge amount of titles in my steam log.

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23:16 Mar-26-2016

Steam is just one big dick measuring contest, and I am okay with that.

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17:54 Mar-26-2016

You should be able to sell the game back at 50% of its current value. So since games naturally decrease in price over time, so should the amount you get for it. I think 10% is way too low.

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15:42 Mar-26-2016

Half the price sounds reasonable.

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15:41 Mar-26-2016

My games are still gathering dust. Even though i gift NFS pro street to one of my friends.. :)

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14:22 Mar-26-2016

Never. at least keep it as a souvenir lol

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13:58 Mar-26-2016

why would Microsoft even do this though? A bought back key is useless since they can make an infinite number of keys anyway.

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17:16 Mar-26-2016

It´s to get more people to buy their games digital on their store probably.

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13:51 Mar-26-2016

reword your poll. 20 % or percent. as it is now it looks like 20 per penny.

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23:01 Mar-26-2016

Aint that the same thing?

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02:37 Mar-27-2016

Cent is actuallly just a way to say 1/100.

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13:43 Mar-26-2016

id love to sell some of my xbox games at half price.like dragon's dogma which im getting for the pc.it's crap on the xbox and gta vetc.but at 10% i wouldn't bother.

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13:30 Mar-26-2016

half price, that's business

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13:29 Mar-26-2016

would sell all my steam games apart from 2/3 for anything I could get. I only play new games and would be glad to do a clearance sale.

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13:13 Mar-26-2016

Hell no, if I ever have children they get access to my steam account with hundreds of games on it! Best future investment ever.

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13:30 Mar-26-2016

who is going to play 10-15 year old games???? I can't even play 4-5 year old games.

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13:36 Mar-26-2016

I still play games from the 90's :)

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13:37 Mar-26-2016

I do.
Btw, WoW is 12 years old and still running hot (even though not as hot as it used to).

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20:38 Mar-26-2016

I still play my N64 games and PC games from the 90's. That's when most games were actually good.

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13:02 Mar-26-2016

Depends on a lot of things like how old the game is etc. But if the game is new I would sell it at a full price

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13:31 Mar-26-2016

well good luck with that lol

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12:37 Mar-26-2016

i would for half the price of MSRP of the game :). i have a lot of games that i never play. but 10% come on, that's not even an offer..

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12:07 Mar-26-2016

Do you sell your child?

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12:41 Mar-26-2016

Yeah 10% of child.Other 90% u should keep

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13:31 Mar-26-2016

I would sell you.

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