Money has already asked if games were a recession-proof commodity, but now Forbes is fine-tuning the idea, proposing that GameStop's (nyse: GME) used game business has the real super-awesome-recession-proof-armor-with-turbo-boosters. They explain:
...no rival can touch GME's used-game business.
Indeed, Electronics Boutique represented the only real threat in this area. Furthermore, GME's Edge program promotes customer loyalty by awarding bonuses for trade-ins and purchases. In addition, pressure on new game sales arising from deteriorating consumer spending trends should be offset by used-game sales as shoppers seek to save money. This bodes particularly well for GME, since profit margins on used game sales are more than double those of new titles.