It worked so well for the auto industry (at least in the short term) that Goodman Games has set up it’s own Cash for Clunkers program. Turn in your old, out-dated, fuel-inefficient WotC 3.0 and 3.5 books for a discount on products from Goodman Games. Your discount is equal to 20% of the original cover price of the books as long as they are in good condition.
Here’s the info on Goodman Games’ site.
Not quite a government bailout for the rpg industry, but clever nonetheless. I’m actually probably going to send in my 3.0 core rulebooks – I might as well get some value out of them, right?