Originally Posted by Idiotekque
I completely understand the "you win some you lose some" and that waiting is always best ideas. You're completely right, I agree.
Tony asked for feedback on how they're doing it though, and I'm just speaking my mind. It's one thing for a game that was just released and went on sale for $40 to suddenly go on sale for $25 or $30 a month later, but that doesn't typically happen for bundles. When Amazon started putting up these bundles, I thought they were deep discounts that were pushed hard for. I guess they were, but these are some extremely short timeframes for discounts on the same bundles.
If it is what it is, that's fine. But I, as well as probably a great deal of other buyers, are going to recognize this pattern and just wait for the second time these bundles go on sale. It's an extremely short wait, and we'll save money. That's a fine solution if that's what it takes, but giving early buyers a bit of an incentive in the way of coupons/account credit may be a good idea both to the buyers and to Amazon, since those coupons will encourage buyers to buy MORE! That's a good thing, right?
You've every right to speak your mind. I'm not telling you to stop. I'm offering a counter point because I think that feedback is best when considered in total, not just with the side that seems to be the most unhappy. Too often, people consider opinions only when they're angry or upset with something rather than along with the people who are happy and content with the way things are or perhaps are merely satisfied with the overall balance of the way things are handled.
I think your argument runs the risk of being hyperbole when you believe one set of deals implies an overall pattern for the entire site. I remember when I missed the Mass Effect 3 deal ($22 for the standard, $30 for the DD) back in May. I kept poking/reminding/begging/promising away firstborns to Tony to repeat the deal, but he couldn't. Not for months and I waited. Once I threw in my undying admiration, he put up a better deal... after Origin offered a deal I decided was my threshold. Oh well.
Thing is, I wouldn't say that the overall deals at Amazon were defined by that one experience or how I missed it because it was a one day thing and I should have been hyper aware of deals on a site when they were easy to miss. I'd say that was one deal that I wanted badly that just didn't go the way I wanted it to at the time when I wanted it to.
The overall experience is how you define something, not just the one time it went a way you didn't like.
Sleeping Dogs for $22.50 was too good to pass up. I just finished Saints Row The Third and I was ready for some more open world shenanigans of a different sort. Thanks!