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Desperate parents pushed the Wii's average resale value to $469 during December 2007, but this year is a different, cheaper story. According to Video Game Price Charts, the system is now reselling on sites such as eBay and Amazon for an average of $250 -- otherwise known as the Wii's list price. W...

December 22nd 2008 at 2:40pm 0 Comments
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China's State Administration of Taxation recently imposed a 20 percent income tax rate on profits made from virtual currency and virtual items, sparking price increases for virtual goods. While this tax rate (if actually enforced) clearly impacts the virtual space, it also affects transactions happe...

November 19th 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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We've mentioned a company called Live Gamer in the past here at Massively. Essentially, Live Gamer is attempting to legitimize real money trading (RMT) in virtual spaces, by partnering with game publishers to create a regulated secondary market for item sales and trades. The goal is to integrate RMT...

October 20th 2008 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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The Gray Lady has published a piece examining the so-called "gray market" for iPhones in China -- legitimate products transferred through not-so-legitimate channels. Though we of course have no idea how prevalent this was before the rise of the 'Net, I have to think that the shrinking global neighbo...

February 19th 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments