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Ultr said:
should they stack promotions? whats wrong here?

The OP is saying the price was raised before the promotion, not that it went back to normal coming from another promotion.

If that's the case, then yeah, nothing wrong there, but then we have a problem with this article...



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KylieDog said:
pokoko said:
It's common practice to raise prices back up to MSRP before beginning a new sale. All retailers do this, as promotional discounts are generally based on the MSRP listing.


It's actually illegal in UK.

Prices can never go back up?  Is that even possible?  Discounts have to be based on discounts?  



I don't get the thread...

It's comparing retail (which are practically ALWAYS cheaper than Digital prices) with the promotion. This part is only applicable if the games were cheaper on PSN prior to the "offer".

However, on top of that, it's actually a very common practice. The same happens whenever Disney do their Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on DVD and Blu-ray. Films all go up to full RRP while the offer is on. Suddenly individual films are cheaper again once the offer ends.



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You can find these games cheaper at retailer but going by the digital prices even with the increase youre still saving like 30-40 bucks.



Whether there is an issue or not depends on what the price was normally.

If they had Game A on sale for $20 but before this promotion, bumped it back up to its normal $40 price, there's nothing wrong with that.

If they had Game A dropped to $20 and before that it was $25 or $30 but they raised it to $40 for the sale, that's a shitty move.

Either way it's probably not an issue. And with digital console prices being so ridiculous, you'll pretty much always be able to find cheaper physical deals online.



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pokoko said:
KylieDog said:
pokoko said:
It's common practice to raise prices back up to MSRP before beginning a new sale. All retailers do this, as promotional discounts are generally based on the MSRP listing.


It's actually illegal in UK.

Prices can never go back up?  Is that even possible?  Discounts have to be based on discounts?  

Whats illegal is increasing price then putting the said porduct on offer which actually is not an offer as they are selling it at its origional price and masking it as an offer to get poeple to buy.





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pokoko said:
d21lewis said:
If Sony did it, they did it. Don't play the "It's okay because this other person did it" card. They were wrong, too.

If you're talking to me, and you're saying that it's wrong for a company to ever cancel one price reduction before they apply another promotion, then I'm going to seriously disagree with your idea of "wrong".  As someone who has worked retail all their life and has owned and managed two retail store-fronts, I find the idea of being entitled to perpetually stacked discounts to be even more wrong.  Pretty much every retailer does this, not because it's "wrong" but because it's would be absolutely fatal to do otherwise.  They'd either have to stop doing sales or they'd go out of business.



 

I don't think I was talking to you. I might have been, though. *shrugs* Maybe your post fell into the category.

 

I worked at a store store that had socks on same for half price every single day for the year that I worked there.  It wasn't a sale. It was the price but people didn't know better. We were wrong, too. Ending a sale is one thing. Raising the new standard price is another.



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LudicrousSpeed said:
Whether there is an issue or not depends on what the price was normally. 

If they had Game A on sale for $20 but before this promotion, bumped it back up to its normal $40 price, there's nothing wrong with that.

If they had Game A dropped to $20 and before that it was $25 or $30 but they raised it to $40 for the sale, that's a shitty move.

Either way it's probably not an issue. And with digital console prices being so ridiculous, you'll pretty much always be able to find cheaper physical deals online.

The order 1866 standard price has been £34.99 since May and now for this offer has been raised to £44.99

The Last of Us Remastered launch price was £39.99 and was boosted to £44.99 for this promotion

Shadow of Mordor was £39.99 as a standard price since August then raised to £44.99 for this promotion

There is some others as well that have minor increases along with a few games that have changed from £49.99 - £44.99 in price to fit this promotion, Even though you do save money with the price increases if you use the buy 1 get 1 free promotion, Instead of raiseing prices to do this all they needed to add was a smallprint "Pay for the highest price game and get the other free" 

As an example if I bought UFC(£44.99) + The Order 1866(£34.99) you would still be paying £44.99 for them as UFC is the highest cost game of £44.99.

Doesn't bother me at all I only buy a select few things digital and I would just buy any of these e games if I want them for £10-£20 new or potentially even cheap ifyou go the pre-owned route.



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kitler53 said:
dear god,. is there anything the internet won't whine about.

Nope.

Too difficult to just say: "Nope, didn't want it at $20, so won't buy it at $40 because it comes with another previously $20 title for free."



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it makes me laugh. When Sony get reported for doing this, so many people seem to say its nit a big deal. Yet if Nintendo were to do it.... All,hell,would break out. This is so true and I've seen it happen time and again. Nintendo called out for the smallest thing, were with Sony its not such a big deal.