Quoted from flashinstinct:
I was curious to see what kind of price he would give me and believe me when I say this "No pinhead / informed individual" in their right mind would have taken that offer. Let's put it this way they would have taken my IMVE with 457 plays on it and I would have had to give them more than $2K for a NIB TWD. I almost fell off my chair when I saw the numbers.
When you work the numbers, that really isn't THAT far off for a big retailer.
Think about it using basic non-negotiated numbers.
NIB TWD - $6495 + tax = 7339.35 (using 13% HST)
You say "more than" 2K, but let's round that off at 2k flat.
7339.35 - 2000 = 5339.35
This means, the trade value pre-tax was ~ $4725
If they want to turn around and list the game in their showroom, it is now a "used" machine. As a business that supports both new and experience buyers, they can't ask NIB pricing on it, so let's call it $5995 asking price
Anybody, new or experience will try to get a discount.
The $1200 markup from your trade to their sales floor comes at a cost
The opportunity cost of having one other pin on site
While those costs, and other may be a small part of it, think about them making even $1000 "profit" on final sale. The costs of making that sale, whether they have the game for a day or a year are MUCH higher than the avg collector and private seller would incur.