As someone who works in the retail industry and has seen much of this 'Trade Bait' recently (With Modern Warfare 2), I'd just like to point this out.
In my experience, if people want to 'Cheat' the system, they will
. This website might make it quicker, but it doesn't encourage the act. If someone is going to steal a car, they're going to steal a car
. They're not going to wait for a website to tell them the easiest way to do it.
Yes, I agree that there are people on this site that might take action that I consider unethical. On a retail level, when I see someone trade in Modern Warfare on day one, I can't help but think they're probably taking advantage of the trade price.However
Someone a few posts back said that this sort of practice is within the bounds the retailers set. They're spot on. People who take part in these practices are doing exactly what retail companies are letting them do. It's not illegal, just unethical.
Ethicality is not about what's allowed and what's not, it's about what's right and what's wrong. And while you can try and tell us it's unlawful, you're dead wrong.
They're are some really **** situations we've been put through on a retail level lately. Dick Smith's clearance sale a few months ago cost my store at the time a small forture. Today was the second day of Modern Warfare trade ins and we've already got over 20 copies. I don't believe at all that any of those are legitimate trade-ins, they're probably all being traded at a profit for the customer. Bottom line, EB doesn't care. If they did, they'd stop taking trades. It's the price the retailer pays for having these policies in place.
Despite this trade bait nonsense, and the unethical behaviour, EB Games is still making millions a year, per store. And whether EcoGamer exists or not, it's going to happen. Don't blame the site, blame the people.
Admin, probably worth locking this thread. Obviously this debate is one sided and probably not worth the fuss