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Posted By: orklordSelfish plug warning:
I've struggled with the idea of downloaded pdfs and used books. My cohorts and I discussed this on the 6th episode of Canon Puncture Podcast.Check out the show.
I discuss my feelings about buying used copies of Sorceror books [...]
The exact show is here
Do you feel guilty about selling used games, "indie" or otherwise? Guilty about buying them?
I've gotta say, I don't feel the slightest compunction. First, as we've discussed recently, the indie/non-indie split is a lot less stark than people often make out.
Second, by buying a used game, you're supporting the overall market. It's one less copy in circulation at a discount, so the next sale is going to have to come at full price. Also, if somebody knows they'll be able to sell a game if they don't like it, they'll be more likely to take a chance buying it in the first place.
Third, simply getting games into active play encourages additional purchases. If you've been waiting on buying the game, but a discounted copy is what finally makes you give it a try, then so be it.
But most of all, I think the idea that buyers "owe" producers is flawed. If you believe in operating through a market-type exchange, then let the market do its job by discounting products that turn out to be worth less to the consumer than the seller asks.
Fundamentally, I disagree with the idea of buying games just to "support the line/author/business model". With all due to respect to orklord, that's exactly the path that leads toward unplayable, unplayed, "collector's item" games.