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#601 Amazon DVG Deals

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:43 PM

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.)


Again, just curious what you think the time frame between promotions should be? Or if you're suggesting that we don't test out pricing to see what works?

I'm happy to alleviate customer frustration, and strive to do so regularly. Understand that feedback like this will absolutely result in fewer bundle deals getting re-run at better prices though.

It is something we absolutely discuss regularly.

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#602 Corpekata

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:45 PM

I think a month is fine. This example just stands out more because generally when Amazon puts up older games on sale, you're discounting far more thant 50 percent. 50 percent is usually reserved for new titles (Max Payne, Sleeping Dogs, Spec Ops). I don't exactly see this sort of situation repeating that often given the unusual circumstances.

#603 espy

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:47 PM

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.)


I will agree it is frustrating, but I don't think they are doing anything wrong. Your main regret is you wish you had waited. No company ever advertises planned sales far in advance, otherwise everyone would wait for the price to drop. It's pretty generous Tony advertises his sales in as far advance as he does sometimes.

You buy the game because the price advertised was worth it to you at the time, and part of that higher price you pay is the time you got to enjoy the game before the price dropped again. The prices fluctuate because it's still a business. They want to shift as many units as they can for most possible money. Sometimes this means dropping the price even further. It's not like they had the sale today for 50% off, and then tomorrow it was 75%. A month gap is a huge amount of time in game sales. I don't think Amazon is doing anything wrong, and those of us who waited get to benefit from it.

#604 Financial Panther

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:49 PM

Hey Tony,

Don't know if you answered my question but can Amazon Price Match the current Gamefly sale on Noric Games? link

Would be great to get Spellforce on Amazon.

Thanks!

#605 espy

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:50 PM

Again, just curious what you think the time frame between promotions should be? Or if you're suggesting that we don't test out pricing to see what works?

I'm happy to alleviate customer frustration, and strive to do so regularly. Understand that feedback like this will absolutely result in fewer bundle deals getting re-run at better prices though.

It is something we absolutely discuss regularly.

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I totally disagree with what he said. People who don't like a price can wait and hope the price drops further (this is what I do usually, but in instances where I haven't I don't blame Amazon). A think you've waited at least a month before reissuing bundles at cheaper prices. I like how you are currently doing it.

Versus on Steam, where it takes months before a game goes on sale again. Personally I do not like that system at all.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:50 PM

Am I supposed to avoid the holiday sales now because there's probably going to be a better sale a few weeks after?

You should pay the price you feel comfortable and happy paying. If that $15 then pay $15. If it goes cheaper later, at least you paid what you felt was good at the time. If you'll feel upset that you haven't even played it yet, don't keep a backlog and only buy games you're immediately ready to play.

I won't lie; I'd be disappointed if I bought something and saw it on sale soon after for less money. But I don't think you should hold it against the vendor.

#607 Horsewarrior of Janjaweed

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:53 PM

Curious what the general thought here is, should we not be promoting products within 2 months of each other?


Everything cheaper always forever. Just don't do it within the same sale like Steam does sometimes and you are fine.

Now hurry up and re-run a sale on Spec Ops.

#608 darcmin

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:53 PM

i agree with the 1 moth or whatever the current strategy is. if you change it to 2 months, you run the risk of lost sales to other stores. you might also get complaints from people who then say "well i bought it 2 months ago".

#609 espy

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:53 PM

You should pay the price you feel comfortable and happy paying. If that $15 then pay $15. If it goes cheaper later, at least you paid what you felt was good at the time. If you'll feel upset that you haven't even played it yet, don't keep a backlog and only buy games you're immediately ready to play.

I won't lie; I'd be disappointed if I bought something and saw it on sale soon after for less money. But I don't think you should hold it against the vendor.


I agree 100%. Very well put.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:53 PM

Again, just curious what you think the time frame between promotions should be? Or if you're suggesting that we don't test out pricing to see what works?

I'm happy to alleviate customer frustration, and strive to do so regularly. Understand that feedback like this will absolutely result in fewer bundle deals getting re-run at better prices though.

It is something we absolutely discuss regularly.

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Well for example, the EA pack ran what, a month and a half ago? It was $13.49 I think. I (and obviously a lot of other people) people bought it then, because it looked like a really awesome price for those games. I certainly didn't think it would get cheaper a very short time later.

I'm not asking that you don't strive for better prices, but it's frustrating when those better prices come immediately after the first wave of buyers grabs the games at the first price. I thought you pushed hard and managed that $13.49 because it was the best Amazon could get. Those are all fairly older games, so why couldn't you have pushed for $9.99 the first time around?

I'd completely understand if 6 months to a year later the price gets better, because that's generally how the digital market goes. If something is $20 in the Steam Summer sale, it'll be $10 in the Steam Winter sale, for example. I think it's fine that Amazon does something different, but like I said above, how it's being carried out can be kind of frustrating.

My theoretical solutions are probably asking too much, but I don't know. It would be nice if we could get the price that's going to happen a month or so later the first time around. That would be the easiest, but may not be possible. It would also work if say, if a bundle sells for $13, and within a few months later it sells for $10, can everyone who bought it for the original price get a $3-5 coupon or account credit? That would still give early buyers an incentive to jump on deals the first time around, instead of waiting for the better price a month later. The same thing happened drastically with the big Paradox pack. It went from $20 to under $10 within a couple months. That hurt.

As it stands though, I'm not going to grab the Kalypso pack I've been anticipating for $12. Why? Because I know I'm probably going to see it for $10 in a month or two. If this pattern continues, a lot of people are probably going to do the same.

(And sorry if I seem rude or harsh at all, I'm just trying to provide raw feedback.)

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#611 HisDivineOrder

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:54 PM

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.

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#612 Zen Rukasu

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:00 AM

Well for example, the EA pack ran what, a month and a half ago? It was $13.49 I think. I (and obviously a lot of other people) people bought it then, because it looked like a really awesome price for those games. I certainly didn't think it would get cheaper a very short time later.

I'm not asking that you don't strive for better prices, but it's frustrating when those better prices come immediately after the first wave of buyers grabs the games at the first price. I thought you pushed hard and managed that $13.49 because it was the best Amazon could get. Those are all fairly older games, so why couldn't you have pushed for $9.99 the first time around?

I'd completely understand if 6 months to a year later the price gets better, because that's generally how the digital market goes. If something is $20 in the Steam Summer sale, it'll be $10 in the Steam Winter sale, for example. I think it's fine that Amazon does something different, but like I said above, how it's being carried out can be kind of frustrating.

My theoretical solutions are probably asking too much, but I don't know. It would be nice if we could get the price that's going to happen a month or so later the first time around. That would be the easiest, but may not be possible. It would also work if say, if a bundle sells for $13, and within a few months later it sells for $10, can everyone who bought it for the original price get a $3-5 coupon or account credit? That would still give early buyers an incentive to jump on deals the first time around, instead of waiting for the better price a month later. The same thing happened drastically with the big Paradox pack. It went from $20 to under $10 within a couple months. That hurt.

As it stands though, I'm not going to grab the Kalypso pack I've been anticipating for $12. Why? Because I know I'm probably going to see it for $10 in a month or two. If this pattern continues, a lot of people are probably going to do the same.

(And sorry if I seem rude or harsh at all, I'm just trying to provide raw feedback.)

Seems extremely unreliable, honestly. Why not wait a few more months for it's inevitable $8 dollar price drop? In fact, why buy anything? Amazon has been known to have free game promotions.

Ideally, you would get as low prices on as many items as possible within reasonable spacing. More so than trying not trying to avoid customers getting buyer's remorse over other people getting a better deal.

#613 espy

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:00 AM

As it stands though, I'm not going to grab the Kalypso pack I've been anticipating for $12. Why? Because I know I'm probably going to see it for $10 in a month or two. If this pattern continues, a lot of people are probably going to do the same.

(And sorry if I seem rude or harsh at all, I'm just trying to provide raw feedback.)


This is exactly what you should do. If the price doesn't seem good enough to you, don't buy it. But there are plenty of people that will buy it at $12 so they can enjoy the game right away rather than wait.

#614 MysterD

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:07 AM

One month is fine for me to start to see those MAJOR price cuts (50% or more) - especially when companies are often pushing (often overpriced) DLC out at a crazy rate.

As a rule of thumb - I nowadays do like to wait until a game hits EITHER...
$10 or less (especially true on major expensive titles);
OR at 75% off (on any title - Indie, Triple-A title, whatever).

Sometimes, VERY hard for me to do so - i.e. Mass Effect 3 ($30 from Amazon in Retail Box b/c I was fiending for it so badly).

#615 Idiotekque

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:08 AM

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, 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) because I got a great deal on the games that I was fine with at the time.

You win some, you lose some. 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, but comparing the deals you got in the past to the deals you got now... well, that's going to leave you disappointed a lot of the time. 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?

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?

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#616 MC Kage

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:11 AM

Usually you have to buy the Bundle to get it at that price. However, I'm also interested in knowing whether the individual games will get some sort of discount.


Yeah hopefully.

If anyone is interested in splitting up the Batman pack, I'm only interested in Arkham Asylum, let me know.

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#617 BernardoOne

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:12 AM

Hey Tony. Any plans on doing a horror-game bundle this month? I think it would be a awesome idea :)

#618 espy

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:16 AM

Hey Tony. Any plans on doing a horror-game bundle this month? I think it would be a awesome idea :)


That does sound like fun. Too bad they don't have Steam keys for Capcom games. Dead Rising 2, DR2: Off the Record, RE5, DMC3, these would all be good. Or Silent Hill Homecoming, even.

They do have Dead Space 1 and 2, though.

#619 HisDivineOrder

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:19 AM

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.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:20 AM

OK, well here is where I would stand:

1. People complaining about a 2-4 dollar price drop on an insane bundle - just get over it. Either price was freaking amazing.

2. Scorch, I feel your pain, but my policy is I only buy what I am going to play or anticipate playing immediately at a higher price. Everything else I just wait. Almost every PC game will eventually hit $5 and with these bundles lately (indie and amazon) I find myself getting awesome AAA games for $2 or less sometimes! So unless I absolutely want something I just wait. Especially if I had a bandwidth cap.

Overall, I'm fine with the strategy. I buy at the price I am comfortable at. I bought Darkness II at $9.99 and turns out I might not be able to play it as soon as I though. Heard a $5 Halloween sale might be possible - great. No complaints here. I paid what I wanted when I wanted. I think a month is more than enough time between promoting the same game at a lower price. If you didn't play it within that month you need to adjust your strategy of buying games and wait until the $5 price point or lower for games that are getting into the backlog.

Also, I am hoping for a cool Halloween themed sale. Selection is probably limited and I likely have everything that'll be on sale, but Halloween is my favorite holiday so I love anything Halloween themed.

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#621 Idiotekque

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:29 AM

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.

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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!

I understand. Like I said, if it's going to continue going the way it has been going, that just teaches me and others to wait. Elsewhere, "waiting" mean waiting a long time. If the wait is only a month or two on Amazon though, that's barely an inconvenience.

There are also lots of times where the deals here do not get better, because they were already amazing. I grabbed the Alice + Mirror's Edge pack for $8. That's a great price, because Alice has only been down to $4 at the lowest, and Mirror's Edge similar (although it's in the EA pack and can be picked up for $2 from a CAG). That's a great deal, and it hasn't repeated at a lower price because that's pretty much a rock bottom price. It's also been quite awhile since it ran.

Another one is the Bioshock bundle for $7.49. Great price. Has it repeated for lower? No, that's a rock bottom price.

So I suppose I'd enjoy seeing that from Amazon more often. If a deal is going to run, it would be nice to see it run at the rock bottom price (when it comes to older games in bundles, not newer releases). If not that, everyone loves when Amazon does coupons. Incentive to early buyers not only makes people happy, but it also encourages people to spend more money on the next wave of sales.

But if not, that's okay too. It will become a pattern that people will adjust to, and that will be that.

Things can always get better though, right? I don't suggest they get worse via feedback, only that they get better! Are people really opposed to coupons? ;)

1. People complaining about a 2-4 dollar price drop on an insane bundle - just get over it. Either price was freaking amazing.

And Fox, I'm not complaining. Don't misunderstand, I'm glad I had to chance to grab these bundles at either price, but Tony always encourages and welcomes feedback, so I'm offering my thoughts on how it could possibly be better. If he likes the ideas? Cool. If not, oh well. :)

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#622 6er

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:30 AM

Nope, my guys have gone dark...I think they are getting tired of daily emails/phone calls.

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#623 inm8num2

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:32 AM

This is the nature of digital games. Prices go down quickly. Turnover is frequent. Sales are highly competitive.

Each person should think about what he/she wants to pay for a game, or what they value that game to be worth. If you buy something on sale and are happy with it, and it goes down later in a month, I don't think you can be too upset. You paid a price you found fit.

There's nothing misleading or crappy about Amazon having better discounts down the road on games that have been out a little while longer. That's just how it goes.

This is personally why I don't mind waiting 6 months to play games. Just look at Sleeping Dogs - $22.50 compared to $50 just two months ago. I can wait, plus I don't play many games to begin with.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:34 AM

At least Amazon waits at least a month before re-releasing bundles for cheaper. I know a lot of people who were pissed a steam because they halved the price of the Saint's Row Franchise Pack the same week as the original summer deal. And then Jade Empire went for cheaper literally the day after the summer sale ended.

#625 Dr Sasquatch

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:36 AM

Tony, just don't wait years to put a game on sale and then have it be a daily for 30% off and then have it be a daily the next day for 75% off and everything will be fine. (Like Steam did with Jade Empire -- the only time I felt truly trolled by a price drop.)

98% of us understand that prices tend to trend downward for all games as they get older, and we won't complain that you lower the price of a bundle or add a game to it or whatever you have to do to make the bundle more enticing to people who passed it up the first time.

It seems weird that people would complain about a lower price a month later. I can't concentrate with that fox licking a window. Oh my god it is so funny! I can't look away!

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:42 AM

I can't concentrate with that fox licking a window. Oh my god it is so funny! I can't look away!


It was funny at first, but now it's really creeping me out. Look at it's eyes man. Look at it's eyes.

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#628 gomikeoh

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:45 AM

This is really crappy of Amazon. They were 50% off on Labor Day. I purchased all five of these. Fear 3 was $15, Fear 2 was $7.50, Fear was $5, Batman AC was $15, Batman AA GOTY was $10. It was a huge deal because WB had just joined Amazon and the games joined the 50% off promotion. That ended up being $52.50.. now they're $20? I could've saved $32?! I feel completely screwed over, especially since that was a holiday sale and this is just a regular sale. I'd shrug it off if it was a few bucks, but $32 is a lot.

I've only been able to install AA since they're all so heavy on the disk space (Fear 1 + expansions is 17+ gb).

How is that exactly crappy? You should pick and choose when to buy your games. You felt that those deals were worth it for you at the time, so you bought them.

Case in point: I REALLY REALLY REALLY ....REALLLLLLLLLLY want to play Sleeping dogs, and could buy it for 22.50 + tax after the 25% code Tony supplied today... But that simply isnt my price point. I know that it will drop low and fast because it is a new IP and holiday season is coming around.

When it hits the price point I want to pay and play it. I think the full price of admission on Sleeping dogs is worth it, but I just do not have that budget.

You have no reason to complain. I could see if it was a day or two the price changed, sure...but this is nearly a full month you are asking for leeway for here.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:47 AM

Dammit, I missed out on free stuff!
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:51 AM

I don't have any problem with the way deals are going now. Am I going to end up buying something at a price that is higher than it will be later? Of course. That's the way thing's go - prices for digital games go down over time. I buy when I think the price is right for me. A lower price being offered later doesn't change the fact that when I bought I was happy with the price.

Amazon is trying to make money. It makes sense financially to offer a product at one price, then later reduce it to entice people who didn't think the product was worth the higher price. Besides, I imagine in at least some cases, it's sale data from previous sales that convince publishers to agree to a lower sale price.

I also think about a month in between sales of the same product is a good time frame.