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Old 10-06-2011, 02:44 PM   #46
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Don't buy it, problem solved.

If there's significant amount of people not buying it, then they'll reduce the price, if not, more power to you for buying it at such a cheaper price.

How is this thread worthy and why it gets popped every week?
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:05 PM   #47
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So I found this old topic of me a bit later in time and went to see the links lol and guess, or just see yourself lol.

amazon: £5.67 aka 7eur
steam: 49,99eur

4 copies on amazon: 28 eur
4pack steam: 149,97 eur

naize! i cant belive its still there as fullprice title compared to everywhere else where you can get it for like an apple n' egg..
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:11 PM   #48
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It is great that you discovered the retail version (sold by the retail publisher) is cheaper than the Steam version (price set by the retail publisher). I'm sure the retail publisher (EA) does not have a financial reason for wanting to set the prices that way.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:32 PM   #49
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50 euros lmfao
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:17 PM   #50
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So I found this old topic of me a bit later in time and went to see the links lol and guess, or just see yourself lol.

amazon: £5.67 aka 7eur
steam: 49,99eur

4 copies on amazon: 28 eur
4pack steam: 149,97 eur

naize! i cant belive its still there as fullprice title compared to everywhere else where you can get it for like an apple n' egg..
not really sure why this is an issue for you. the amazon copies are DVD, they purchased those at full price and are only discounting it to get rid of them, because nobody wants them.

sales like This arent a negative against Steam its just a positive for gamers, even more so if they prefer to have a physical disk.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:19 PM   #51
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I love how Steam raise the prices before they put them on sale. Reminds me of this.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:04 PM   #52
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I love how Steam raise the prices before they put them on sale. Reminds me of this.
THEY (Valve) don't raise the prices, because they don't set them (contrary to what that strange urban myth says).

The only people who set the prices are those that are legally entitled to do so - the owners, which of course are the developers and/or publishers concerned.

So, if you want to blame someone, blame them.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:25 AM   #53
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Amazon has a bulk of physical copies to get rid of.

Steam doesn't, and even if they cut the price in half it wouldn't sell at all, so why bother.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:29 AM   #54
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That isn't Steam's fault.
See, EA sets the cost for the game.
On Amazon, people sell the game by themself. They put it for cheaper than usual so people will buy it.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:41 AM   #55
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That isn't Steam's fault.
See, EA sets the cost for the game.
On Amazon, people sell the game by themself. They put it for cheaper than usual so people will buy it.
Yes, I should have also mentioned this in my post above.

To those who are blaming Valve for price discrepancies, as I've already stated, it is nothing to do with them, as their hands are tied. They CANNOT change the games' prices (unless it's one of their games, of course).

Furthermore, do bear in mind that as Stardust rightly points out, with the physical copies of the game such as those found on Amazon the situation is rather different too.

With Steam, for example, they are for want of a better description, a broker. Amongst other things (such as Steamworks) they advertise the respective games for sale, activating the licence once you've paid. They never own the games at any point.

However, with physical boxed copies, a retailer such as Amazon will buy a large amount wholesale at whatever price they negotiate for them. At that point, once they've paid, they own them IN ENTIRETY, and do what the hell they like with them (within reason, of course). So, they are free to charge whatever price they wish, even give them away, as they have legal ownership.

Steam (Valve) never have this, so they cannot state prices. It's as straightforward as that.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:55 AM   #56
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Darkspore is only 19,90U$ in the store here :S
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:16 PM   #57
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Brazil Steam store:

Darkspore
single copy: $20
4pack: $150

lol
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:48 PM   #58
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Amazon has a bulk of physical copies to get rid of.

Steam doesn't, and even if they cut the price in half it wouldn't sell at all, so why bother.
Amazon is doing a lot of downloadable games just like Steam is, so I would assume that the idea that Amazon is cheaper than Steam on those specific purchases because they have bulk stock doesn't work in those situations. I'm not sure if the publishers/developers have access to changing the price of their games on Amazon as they do via Steam. Eventually, I imagine that Amazon will be a download only service as most publishers will eventually go to download only as well, it's becoming too expensive to do the whole packaging of their game. I say once the next generation consoles come out we'll be seeing a whole lot less store shelves used for video games and much more download only games. That's just my opinion though!
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:03 PM   #59
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i dont understand these threads

steam isnt the only place in the world where you can buy games - if its cheaper elsewhere buy it there
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:56 AM   #60
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Amazon Download games are always cheaper than steam.. Amazon got lots of deals every day.. Lots of deals are cheaper than Steam.. Just wait for the summer sale .. Amazon Vs Steam.. its a war
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