Not for sale, now on sale at CEX

29 March 2011

Bitterwallet - Not for sale now for sale at CEX

"I found this in the CEX store in Southampton," says avid Bitterwallet reader Jonathan. "Maybe someone wants to teach them how to spell 'Trading Standards'?"

TOPICS:   Games

8 comments

  • DLB
    I doubt that it would be the actual promotional copy for sale though. They have likely just used a promotional copy case for the shop floor. Obviously I'm only guessing though.
  • Jamey
    It's not actually illegal to sell these, I don't think. The companies just put that message on them (CDs / Films / Games / Whatever) so that they can see if they have been sold and, if they are able to tell which organisation sold it to CEX in the first place (which, to be fair, they probably can't) then they can choose to stop supplying advance promo copies to that organisation. But there's no law that prohibits anyone from selling items they own, so if someone sold you a promo copy it's perfectly fine for you to sell it onwards. Of course, if CEX were the recipient of the original promo from the software publisher then it's likely that the software company will take a dim view of this, but what's more likely is that someone working for a games magazine / website got a promo copy sent to them, then gave it to a friend, then the friend sold it to CEX (legally) and then CEX put it on sale (again legally). At least I think that's how it works, happy to be corrected but maybe one for Len Dastard to comment on? I'd actualyl quite like to know for sure one way or the other.
  • someone
    Not for resale is more so it's not to be separated from the initial bundle (usually as a double pack, or in a bundle with a console or controller) to stop shops buying in the bundles and selling the game on it's own and the console on it's own for a higher profit
  • Cicero
    You can't stop anyone selling the box and the DVD but its contents are the subject of copyright and patents which the end user is licenced to use. The box makes it plain that the original user (if not CEX) had no right to transfer the licence. Arguably CEX could get sued. They got sued by Nintendo over imports and stopped imports altogether. I see these copied at CEX all the time. No doubt from bundled copies. What's worse, they sell them for the same price as the normal games. At least in other places you get them at knock off prices.
  • Mark C.
    It's exactly the same situation as with the huge number of promo-labelled CDs or DVDs you find in any second hand record or film shop. Ultimately there's very little the publisher can do if a reviewer deciodes to sell something on, and most of them can't be arsed anyway. If game spublishers really wanted to do anything about it anyway, they could just bung a bit of code into review copies that would only allow the game to be played on the first console it was bunged into.
  • Zleet
    I would think second hand wouldn't be covered by this. Isn't it mainly to stop people selling review copies and breaking up bundles to pass off as a full retail copy (new). I doubt the publishers control over the disc extends into the pre-owned scene regardless of how much they hate resales.
  • Me
    Yeah. It isn't illegal to sell these, they just put that on there to deter people. How do I know? I work for CEX so I know what we can and can't take in, this is fine, it's the owners prerogative to sell what they bought on as second hand if they want whether it was a bundle or not.
  • Drew
    At least it's an original cover. CEX have an even worse habit of selling games with photocopied covers.

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