biggest laugh I've had all month
"“28 percent of total video gamers purchased games at Wal-Mart, up from
26 percent in 2001, edging out Best Buy as the retail outlet of choice
with only 16 percent of gamers, down from 19 percent in 2001.”'
"Wal-Mart is currently the No. 1 seller of new video games, with about
23 percent market share.
MSNBC: June 29, 2005http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8409492/
Obviously when you add 'used' in the mix, that changes things, but then, it's hardly fair to compare those retailers to WM since Wm doesnt' sell used.
And of course, WM does have the highest prices, overall.
"Wal-Mart's prices were the highest, coming in 9 percent higher -- nearly $100 for a basket of 30 games -- than Amazon.com and 6 percent higher than Best Buy"
People pay for convenience. A large chunk of those games are probably Grandma or Pop buying Madden for Junior [or for himself], while doing the grocery shopping or hitting the sporting goods aisle.
Of course, that also means WM has incredible power:
"Wal-Mart said Wednesday it is pulling copies of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" off store shelves after the video game industry's ratings board changed the rating on the game to "Adults Only".
The ratings change will force Take Two Interactive to halt manufacturing on the game and cut its earnings forecast by nearly $50 million. "http://money.cnn.com...rsonaltech/gta/