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TheTruthHurts! said:
No unusual, seems a common practice lately.

I have been hoping for some big sales on my Steam wish-list and some older Xbox One titles I am looking to pick up digitally....no go so far.

Don't even get me started about game discounts for titles I want to pick up for my Wii U.

Really hoping Steam sales this Xmas are going to be something since I stacked some AAA and Indie titles on my list for this purpose, also we won't have dailies and flash sales which is a bit sad.

Also hoping we see some eshop sales since I wanna nab some 3DS/old titles.





                                       

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I remember a long time ago wanting to buy this game called "Wet" at Gamestop. It was continually marked down until it reached like $12 or something. They didn't even bother to take the old sticker off. They just kept throwing the new on top of the old.

They had a buy two get one free sale and the price jumped up to like $19! Didn't like it then. Don't like it now. Yeah, it happens but c'mon. I didn't buy it. .....I actually might try to buy it now!



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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?  

 

A price must of been set for at least 28 days in the uk before giving a percentage discount, otherwise the percentage discount must reflect the older cheaper price.

Sony have got round this law, as they are not doing a percentage discount they are doing a buy one get one free deal.  

So its not illegal but in the UK consumers still regard this to be a shady as fuck practice. 

Companies are ripped apart by our consumer television programs for stuff like this. Hopfully Sony will be this time. 



Sharpryno said:
ganoncrotch said:

 

That said, the offer is still giving you 2 games for the price they had been asking for 1 of them, I'm not sure what the issue is here.

The fact that you can buy both The Order and Until Dawn at a much cheaper price together on Amazon as opposed to the ps4 Store even with the sale.

Not a big deal, just a crap "sale". 

 

Are all of the games from this sale available from retailers at less than half the price being offered on it tho? or just those 2 since The Order was a bit of a sales failure (altho not too bad for a Tech Demo'esque new IP) So it's no real shocker that retailers have lots of copies of it around the place.





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adslife80 said:

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.

 

Sony is leading and can afford to pull off garbage like this. Nintendo can not.

That is why. It's simple to understand.



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Euphoria14 said:
adslife80 said:

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.

 

Sony is leading and can afford to pull off garbage like this. Nintendo can not.

That is why. It's simple to understand.

You don't follow the European PS stores sales, do you? It's just ridiculous how much we get screwed over. It's not just this deal. People are always complaining on the European PS blog.   





So paying £22.50 for a game instead of £35/£40 a game is Sony trying to rip people off?

I'm sure the prices will go back to what they were after the promo ends, not sure what the big deal is.

Plus the PSN store is litered with deals with offers like "12 deals of Christmas" knocking up to 60% off titles.

And to the guy saying "if Nintendo did it", grow up a little. Stuff like that is playground childness.



SWORDF1SH said:
So paying £22.50 for a game instead of £35/£40 a game is Sony trying to rip people off?

I'm sure the prices will go back to what they were after the promo ends, not sure what the big deal is.

Plus the PSN store is litered with deals with offers like "12 deals of Christmas" knocking up to 60% off titles.

And to the guy saying "if Nintendo did it", grow up a little. Stuff like that is playground childness.

 


Come on! you can't be serious. 12 deals of Christmas is pathetic. It should be called 12 days that buying digital games are slightly more expensive than the physical copy.  You can easily find those games (The Order , Until Dawn etc) for less than £20. Sony is not trying to rip people off, they're ripping people off.  



This is what happens when a company needs money badly. I mean, Sony is already going bankrupt but they keep making them timed exclusive deals and then they have the audacity to have less 1st party games than thier competitors. Madness!



danielrdp said:
SWORDF1SH said:
So paying £22.50 for a game instead of £35/£40 a game is Sony trying to rip people off?

I'm sure the prices will go back to what they were after the promo ends, not sure what the big deal is.

Plus the PSN store is litered with deals with offers like "12 deals of Christmas" knocking up to 60% off titles.

And to the guy saying "if Nintendo did it", grow up a little. Stuff like that is playground childness.

 


Come on! you can't be serious. 12 deals of Christmas is pathetic. It should be called 12 days that buying digital games are slightly more expensive than the physical copy.  You can easily find those games (The Order , Until Dawn etc) for less than £20. Sony is not trying to rip people off, they're ripping people off.  

No doubt but that's always been the same with digital games on all console. Still doesn't take away the fact that Sony are offereing deals of up to 60% off the full price. There are some good deals on the store and it's a little extreme to say Sony are ripping people off.

I buy digital a lot and find some great deals, but if I see it cheaper on another store I will but it there. Because you find it cheaper somewhere else doesn't mean that every other store selling it for higher are ripping you off. You have the choice to pick where you buy and it's been like that forever.

I would like to see console offer Steam like deals (Btw steam doesn't always offer you the cheapest) but we probably will not see that until digital make up the majority of game sales.