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Old 07-27-2011, 08:35 AM   #21
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Well, that's how they justified the price for pop cap. Hmm.
Remember Jam Dat? They paid 700 million for that bullshit too.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:06 AM   #22
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Regarding Wal*Mart:

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Net sales for the fiscal year were $405.0 billion, an increase of 1.0 percent over fiscal year 2009. On a constant currency basis, net sales for the fiscal year would have been $9.8 billion higher, increasing 3.4 percent to approximately $414.8 billion. Income from continuing operations attributable to Walmart increased to $14.4 billion from $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2009, an increase of 8.8 percent.Source: http://investors.walmartstores.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=112761&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1392384&highlight=
I happen to know that five years ago, online sales were 5% at least one department's revenue, and the company goal is to increase that to 15% of total in all departments in the next five years. With a lot of napkin-quality math, and ignore oodles of factors I know about "Deadliest Warrior"-style, they expect to do $67,500,000,000 online by 2016. This number is so amazingly wrong, because I know the other factors, but just realize that Amazon wishes its best days were WMT's worst.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:51 AM   #23
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It's cutting out the middle man. Businesses save/make more without the boxes and booklets and outlets. Will they pass the savings onto you? Well when's the last time anyone's had a good sale besides Steam?

I do like GoGs sales but sales on outdated games are not relevant
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:50 PM   #24
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This might be different in the US, but over here in the Netherlands it's not surprising at all. Steam prices are just way to high for recent games.

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Portal 2 is € 49.99 or 72.58$
Summercamp sale price was € 24.99 or 36.28$
Bought at a British webshop £13.85 or 22.74$ (including shipping and a few weeks before the summercamp sale)
This sounds to me like a tariff on web-goods outside Europe. Just a guess, but it does sound like Steam is passing the tarrif along to consumers.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:26 PM   #25
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This sounds to me like a tariff on web-goods outside Europe. Just a guess, but it does sound like Steam is passing the tarrif along to consumers.
I agree. It's silly to complain about such things, it's their own governments doing it.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:09 AM   #26
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I agree. It's silly to complain about such things, it's their own governments doing it.
Except they are not doing this, this is purely Valve's idea. Sure we have sales tax (which over here is always included in the price), but that same tax also applies to retail products, so that does not explain the premium Valve is asking for their digital versions.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:46 AM   #27
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Except they are not doing this, this is purely Valve's idea. Sure we have sales tax (which over here is always included in the price), but that same tax also applies to retail products, so that does not explain the premium Valve is asking for their digital versions.
Prices are set by the publishers, even on Steam. Even if you argue Steam prices are higher it wouldn't be Steam's doing.

I would definitely suspect VAT or something like that. But if you insist it's not that, then maybe the publishers are trying to keep prices high there so as to not undermine the usual pricing in that region? >_>
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:00 PM   #28
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I like that they said "shipped to retailers" not "sold". Not that they really need to add any spin, but I appreciate the unusual lack of tricky wording.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:04 PM   #29
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Prices are set by the publishers, even on Steam. Even if you argue Steam prices are higher it wouldn't be Steam's doing.

I would definitely suspect VAT or something like that. But if you insist it's not that, then maybe the publishers are trying to keep prices high there so as to not undermine the usual pricing in that region? >_>
If it was a law thing then the UK would fall into the same nonsense, I think the euro is to blame with a side order of greed.
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