The difference is that the credit card company and the government already have the person changing the address as a customer/taxpayer--they're not losing a thing by doing it.
Actually, as it *does* cost them something to do the change, they are losing abit of money. Still, I understand your point: if they didn't make the change they would not get money anymore, so it is in their best interest to do so.
In this case, if someone buys the game used then we haven't gotten a cent from them. And for budget-minded people who actively seek out used copies to begin with, chances are they'd do the same for subsequent purchases.
Well, maybe they will, maybe they wont. As someone pointed out finding new copies of Dreadlords is not so easy anymore...and sometimes it's not a matter of actively seeking used copies, simply of trying games we are not sure about for a lesser price, and if convinced, then go for the full priced ones of the same studio. Only speaking for myself there, of course, but I believe I'm not alone to see it that way...And I stopped buying used copies once I got enough money. But I still buy games from companies I liked at the time
I don't think it comes as a surprise that I personally prefer we make money on sales of our products so that I can continue to have a job...
Well I wont fault you on that one, seeing that you do it quite well in my opinion. Still, if I understand your point correctly what you were advocating was that people seeking used titles wont buy new one anyway...so you can hardly say you are effectively loosing new sales because of that. And if they *may* buy new titles, maybe giving them a way to use the used one they bought and keep them happy is not such a bad idea....especially when a game got extension packs
Having us transfer serials has been suggested in the past, but I don't expect it to happen--there's potential for abuse (stolen copy, forged/misprinted serial, etc) that could leave legitimate owners with their registrations revoked in any such system, in addition to the above reasons that encouraging used sales is not a good idea.
Yes, I remember reading that. One question though: how are the risks greater with a transfer of *one* registration than with the possibility of transfer of a full account as suggested earlier by Silverbeacher?
Mostly out of curiosity but if you think there are risks, I would be happy oo know my current account (and/or future purchases) is not in jeopardy for the same reason