I have to agree to a certain degree. It's frustrating when you buy something and it is immediately put on a better sale month or so later.
We buy some of these deals thinking, okay, Tony pushed and got a really good price on these games, and we buy them. Yet when a month or so later they're way cheaper? That begs the question of why they weren't just that price the last time.
Obviously you win some you lose some, but that's kind of a surefire way to frustrate customers a bit. The same thing has happened to me a handful of times recently. It almost feels like we should just ignore every bundle deal Amazon puts together the first time, and wait a month till it repeats at a better price. That's kind of weird.
(It would be nice if we could "price match" within a certain amount of time, but that's probably asking too much.)
Prices for games change sometimes every month, especially right after launch. You can't expect a great deal for a game that's just been released a month ago to be the same as a great deal for a game that's just released TWO months ago. Or four. Or six.
If you want the game right at launch (or right at launch on a new service), then you'll pay more. A month later, you could easily pay a lot less. It happens all the time.
The only way for you to really run through these scenarios and not get burned is to simply set yourself a price point for a given game at a given time. I know, for myself, I always say if a game's "regular" price that I regularly see it for is $59.99, then a great sale price is $20. If it's regular price is $30, I think a great sale price is $15. Etc. I factor in how long the game has been out, how close I am to Black Friday, is it Steam/Origin?, the publisher and their history of price drops (Squaresoft likes to drop like a rock, but Activision is stingy. EA is fast on the drop, but Rockstar can be slow yet hits the price drops hard when they hit them), and my overall desire for the game.
Then I use that as a baseline to determine. Is the deal great enough to warrant my wallet opening? If it is, then I do not cry or whine or wail when the game is later (a month, a week, or a day, it doesn't matter) going for a lower price because I got a great deal on the games that I was fine with at the time when I got it and I'm content that the deal was worth it for me.
Knowing that with deals you will always win some and you will lose some, too, will keep you from going crazy. You have to start looking at your savings over the long term rather than worrying yourself silly over the individual sales. Remembering when Amazon sold me The Witcher 2 for $16 makes me fine with the fact I paid $10 for Saints Row The Third when Steam sold it the next day for $13 for it plus all DLC. Or a non-Amazon example, remembering Origin gave me BF3 for $12 makes me fine with the fact that I got ME3 for $12 when Amazon had a deal for ME3 DD for $20. Sure, these are different services, but the argument is the same. I could have been angry I didn't get the best deal, but the fact is the overall net effect of what Tony and deals in general do is great because I'm saving money. Maybe not always getting the best deal, but usually.
As long as you are paying what you feel is a great price at the time, you shouldn't do anything with future sales for the same game digitally except learn perhaps from the sales pattern with said publisher and/or said franchise and wait longer next time. If you can wait. Never underestimate how much having that game an extra month can be worth to some people. That's the reason many people pay $60 for a game when I will NEVER pay $60 for a game. Not ever.
You had those games a month. If the deal you enjoyed wasn't great enough, that's one problem and it's one you should learn from. You should wait for the deal that IS great enough that in the face of superior deals you're still fine with the deal you got. Comparing the deals you took advantage of in the past to the deals you see others getting now... well, that's going to leave you disappointed a lot of the time. And if deals aren't better in the future than they were in the past, then the deals won't sell because how many times can you run the same game at the same price repeatedly before you've got thousands of people skipping the same game and not going to your site because, hey, you won't drop your prices any lower? Is it fair to expect a guy who didn't buy the game a month ago because the deal wasn't great enough for them to keep getting the same deal over and over just to make things seem okie dokie to you?
TL;DR: Wait until the price is low enough that you won't be upset if a better deal comes along for every game you buy and you won't fret over the individual sales where you didn't get the best deal ever. Attain discipline and reap the rewards.
Edited by HisDivineShadow, 04 October 2012 - 12:05 AM.