How much would you pay for a download of a $30 game?

$60 CUZ ITS KNOT KEWL 2 STEEL   0 votes - 0 %
$45 : it's worth the premium to get it tonight rather than tomorrow morning   0 votes - 0 %
$30 : equitable   2 votes - 40 %
$20 : I can skip the hormones this week.   1 vote - 20 %
$10 : let's double their profit   1 vote - 20 %
$5 : a reacharound seems fair   0 votes - 0 %
$0 : does it run on Lunix?   1 vote - 20 %
 
5 Total Votes
WIPO by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 11:35:02 AM EST
Drank the koolaid and installed Steam, so waddyathink?

It's a contract thing. I am sure the retailers have it written in the contracts that the publisher not offer it at a lower price than their "suggested retail price". Then they offer a discount. It's intentional. If they didn't demand that, people would wonder why we need the retailers.
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Steam has a genuine USP by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 11:45:38 AM EST
The ability to install and play your games on any machine anywhere at any time is not insignificant compared to the POWAH of the Force.

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meh by martingale (4.00 / 1) #8 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 03:46:45 PM EST
I've been doing that with open source software for years. Next!
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That's too easy by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 10:30:31 PM EST
Even I'm not going to bite on that one.

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see by martingale (4.00 / 1) #10 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 11:08:17 PM EST
If you had the source to that comment, you could recompile it and bite to a completely different one, instead of being at the mercy of what I choose to write.
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Why do we need retailers again? by NoMoreNicksLeft (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 11:54:37 AM EST

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Checkout girls by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:09:24 PM EST
They can't all run their own webcams.

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Heh. by NoMoreNicksLeft (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 01:50:45 PM EST
If my website idea pans out, I'm going to pay someone to deliver groceries to the doorstep. They'll just leave them there, don't even want to see their faces.

Also, I'll be able to afford my 40 cats.
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We don't by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 02:04:18 PM EST
The retailers need use.
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Amazon demands a 70% discount. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #7 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 02:51:49 PM EST
Before it'll stock your goods, at least in the book trade. Typical distributor's discount is 45%. I imagine they probably have a no undercutting piece in the contract like ucblockhead said, too.

Sucks, because you need Amazon to live. If you don't deal direct, they'll put a hard to find surchage on your stuff to discourage people from looking elsewhere. They also won't ship it for a week or two.

i.e., by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #11 Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 04:38:55 AM EST
They're charging Amazon £9 a throw for their game.

And I imagine they're happy enough for Amazon to deal with all the selling of it.

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WIPO: walk to the fucking computer store by Forbidden (4.00 / 1) #12 Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 12:30:22 PM EST
You fucking first-world snob.

You once was.
what is this 'walk' of which you speak? by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 1) #13 Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 11:37:14 PM EST


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The online purchasing by skippy (4.00 / 1) #14 Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 03:19:50 PM EST
Well, there's a few good reasons to buy directly from Stardock.

(1) if you enjoy their game, and would rather support an independent developer than a large churn-out-the-clones corporation, then buying it from Stardock ensures that a far larger percentage of the proceeds actually go to the company.

(2) during the intial retail shipping, the distributor didn't get enough units into stores soon enough (for instance, I only received my pre-ordered copy 7 days after the official release date).  Some people out there cancelled their pre-orders and bought it from Stardock.

(3) you have too much money and need to get rid of a little bit extra.

(1) What's in it for ME? by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #15 Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 07:58:12 AM EST
(2) That was then. What's the reason now?
(3) Good point.

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Hmmmmm by skippy (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 08:32:35 AM EST
(1) you can continue to enjoy excellent games in the future that are developed by a company that isn't just repackaging minor yearly updates as "hot new releases" and charging $69.99 each.

(2) I can't argue with that logic.

(3) Hooray!

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(1) GalCiv2 is a clone of Master of Orion 2 by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 11:13:02 PM EST
So they're not exactly busting a nut to create fresh new content.

(2) Well then.

(3) I got myself a... tech demo.  See (1).  I already have a copy of MOO2, bought and paid for.

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