It's not the fact that they're on sale again. That's fine. Like I said, if there was a $10 or $15 difference, I would shrug it off. The fact is, though, especially in today's economy, $52 is a hell of a lot more than $20. I bought in to support the fact that WB games was joining in with Amazon and I was in the mindset of "Wow, these are launching at 50% off! That must be the best he could do, that's a great deal, I'm in!"
Furthermore, this is a weekly sale versus last time, which was a holiday. I would think that holiday sales would have better discounts than the average weekly sale. This makes me cautious on any holiday sales as they could potentially be even cheaper on the 2nd or 3rd week of January.
Tony, and anyone else in this thread - don't get me wrong, I'm not angry. I'm not upset with Tony (who's a great guy, by the way, the deals are fantastic. Tony - your threads here are the sole reason I bought a new gaming computer - which I also bought from Amazon, for what it's worth). He's doing his job. I'm upset with the fact that Amazon launched with the games at half off, marketed it as a fantastic deal (which it was, at the time), then offers a much better deal a few weeks later.
I'd be okay if the games dropped a couple dollars.. but the fact that some dropped so steeply after a holiday sale is annoying. Maybe I'm used to buying with confidence thanks to Best Buy's price adjustment policy or something. It's my fault for not waiting. Please don't punish the masses because of the gripe of an individual.
Cheers to CAG for keeping the discussion civil, too. I didn't want to start a flame war, and there wasn't one. I'm just a single customer with a small gripe. I'll get over it.
What's odd to me is when I saw those same deals, my initial reaction was...well, that's underwhelming. Tony's offering games at less of a discount then I've seen by some of his competitors. It must be because he's just landed distribution rights, and will probably be able to roll out better deals in the future.
And then I was kinda meh towards the deals offered afterwards.
But then Tony offered 5 decent EA games for $10 (later $7.50) and Batman: AA / AC for $7.50. And I thought, yay, Tony's back.
Perhaps you should get a better sense of what Tony is doing vis-a-vis his competitors to avoid big surprises? I recommend periodically checking out deals4downloads.com, steamprices, and, of course, slickdeals.net. While I think Amazon ALWAYS wins if prices are equal vis-a-vis their competition because they offer superior customer service and normally Steam/Origin download client compatibility, it is helpful to know what the other retailers are doing. That way you can better estimate how low Amazon's prices could go in the near-term.
Long term (more than 30 days) is unknown because the big shifts downwards are based on publisher's sales across the platforms and other factors like DLC attachment rates. Every game is unique. There are reasons, outside of the calendar or Tony's control, why Mass Effect 3 or Max Payne 3 ended up being discounted a lot faster than games like Skyrim or MW3. If a publisher is going to bottom-out a price because the previous price point has been exhausted, Tony shouldn't hold back on aggressive discounts because a couple of people may be upset. Some of us are planning for that next bottoming out and would prefer to purchase from Amazon asap, instead of having to go with one of his competitors because Amazon has to fit its drops into a two-month artificial floor that may not reflect the market price.
P.S. Thanks to Amazon customer service for crediting me the $2.50 differential in the EA game promotions. I'll be sure to put it right back into another Amazon sale this Sunday!
Edited by nategator, 04 October 2012 - 05:46 AM.