In light of yesterday's poll...

#1O_oblivionPosted 6/18/2010 3:20:42 AM
How many of you would prefer to rent the 3DS for something like $10-20 a week? I'm currently helping a friend start up a console renting business, so I'd like to see what everyone thinks of this idea, especially with something new like the 3DS.
#2MichaelDeAngeloPosted 6/18/2010 3:22:54 AM
That sounds like a very risky business. Consoles cost a buttload more money to replace if something goes wrong.
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#3AerialAlchPosted 6/18/2010 3:24:28 AM
It makes more sense than any other console, actually, so if I was to rent a console, I suppose it would be 3DS, if only to try it out.
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#4O_oblivion(Topic Creator)Posted 6/18/2010 3:24:36 AM
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#5O_oblivion(Topic Creator)Posted 6/18/2010 3:27:04 AM
Yeah Michael, that's why we are thinking of sticking with handhelds for a while first, to see if it's worth it with bigger consoles. And anyways, if the buyer messes it up, that's why we got their credit card information :D

And whoops Aerial, I guess I kind of forgot to put that in the original post XD Yes, I meant it in a way to "try it out".
#6SyntaxBananaZPosted 6/18/2010 3:36:53 AM
$10 with an estimated 3DS price at $229, that would mean you could rent a 3DS for 22 weeks before it would cover the cost of buying one. Thats like 5-6 months before you would pay enough to actually buy one. From a business stand point, it would take this long before you would actually see a profit. If you had 5 3DS's to rent at the start, it would take at least 2.5 years to cover the costs.

$20 with estimated 3DS price would give you 11 weeks, around 2-3 months, and if had 5 3DS's - would take around 1.25 years for a profit.

If you could rent games too, I'd say at $20-25 a week for a 3DS and $5 a week for a game, it could be a successful business.
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#7O_oblivion(Topic Creator)Posted 6/18/2010 4:04:38 AM
You are right Super Mario Jumper, it would take a while to pay off. The price estimate was set from the current price of the DSi XL at a manufacturer's price, so while the 3DS would be more expensive, we are hoping to get it with a 25-50% price reduction (my friend here has had a business before, and that's what he said was the kind of price reduction one can expect). Nevertheless, it probably shouldn't be $10 a week. Thank you for your input ^_^
#8SkimGuyPosted 6/18/2010 5:03:32 AM
Could end up really bad, people don't treat rented products the same way they do items they own, so you can expect a lot of DSes to be bad condition xd
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#9flat_tyrePosted 6/18/2010 5:33:56 AM
Just an idea - as Swimguy said, you might get a lot of consoles in bad condition. So, why don't you number each console, and for each one keep a few photos and/or a written report on it's condition. When it's brought back, you can check to see if they have damaged it in any way, and you could fine them if they did.
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#10mkmaster95Posted 6/18/2010 5:48:37 AM
@Super Jumper Mario:

Yes, it would take about 2.5 years at $10 a week to pay off five 3DS, but that is assuming that only ONE of the five is being rented at a time. If all five are rented, you will have them all paid off in the same amount of time as you would if you had only bought and rented out one 3DS, because you are making $50 a week instead of $10.

That said, buying five handhelds at around $230 each? That's quite an investment for something so risky.
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