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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?  

 

You are not allowed to advertise something as being on sale for a set price for an extended period of time, after a while it must just be advertised as the price, even if below MSRP.  If you then want to advertise for example a 50% sale, you must discount the 50% from the price it has been, you cannot raise the price back to MSRP and discount 50% from that, as it is misleading the consumer into believing they getting a bigger discount than they really are.

I don't believe what Sony has done is illegal, as it is 'buy one get one free' which is not misleading.  But it's certainly immoral and skirting the law.



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KylieDog said:
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?  

 

You are not allowed to advertise something as being on sale for a set price for an extended period of time, after a while it must just be advertised as the price, even if below MSRP.  If you then want to advertise for example a 50% sale, you must discount the 50% from the price it has been, you cannot raise the price back to MSRP and discount 50% from that, as it is misleading the consumer into believing they getting a bigger discount than they really are.

I don't believe what Sony has done is illegal, as it is 'buy one get one free' which is not misleading.  But it's certainly immoral and skirting the law.

I would have an issue if the prices were raised a lot to to make it look like a better deal than it is. But we are talking about £5 - £10 price rise to get an extra game. You are saving  £25-£35 on this deal. People are mentioning retail prices being cheaper but that's a different issue altogether.

This is one of those articles making a mountain out of mole hill to either paint a console in a bad light and/or get hits. Not trying to make out that Sony gets picked on, we see these type of articles all the time against all the consoles.



I see it happen to a lot of 360 games with BC on Xbone. 360 games are now more expensive to buy than PS3 games. Those are retailer prices though, not straight from M$. M$ digital gets price cuts, but never go up. Then weekly sales cut more on those price cuts.







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danielrdp said:
Euphoria14 said:

 

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.   



The bolded is the thing to keep in mind here, and I've talked about it in a lot of threads before but the sales EU and US get on PSN are different, but one isn't better than the other, often the US store gets flash sales which are really nice, but the EU store gets a collection of different sales and anniversary things where prices drop to the same if not lower often than the US sales.

I'd say if you want to rate the sales then look at them, rather than going off the vocal ones being loud about it online... you can write whatever you want on the internet, doesn't mean it has basis in reality.





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On closer inspection, this is a little shady by Sony. There are some strong titles on the and a few you might get a deal on or somewhere near physical disc prices but there's also a few in that list that is daylight robbery. I'm not sure if I have an issue with Sony raising the prices of these cheap (On Amazon) games or including them in the list. I wouldn't have a problem with them raising the prices for the promo if all the games were good but £22.50 (average price of game in 2 for 1 deal) for Lego the Hobbit? C'mon!

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Game PS Store Price Amazon Price
The Order: 1886 £44.99 £17.82
The Last of Us Remastered £44.99 £17.99
Until Dawn £44.99 £18.99
EA Sports UFC £44.99 £44.99
Blood Bowl 2 £44.99 £19.99
Tour de France 2015 £44.99 £24.91
Farming Simulator 15 £44.99 £19.99
Divinity Original Sin – Enhanced Edition £44.99 £22.99
Air Conflicts Vietnam – Ultimate Edition £44.99 £16.50
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of Hell £44.99 £18.03
Zombie Army Trilogy £44.99 £26.95
Natural Doctrine £44.99 £25.85
Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires £44.99 £17.85
Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends – Complete Edition £44.99 £16.79
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition £44.99 £22.00
Rabbids Invasion – Gold Edition £44.99 £12.49
Watch_Dogs – Complete Edition £44.99 £17.00 Standard
Evolve – Digital Deluxe £44.99 £19.34 Standard
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Legion Edition £44.99 £15.00 Standard
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham £44.99 £15.00
Lego Marvel Super Heroes £44.99 £15.16
The Lego Movie Videogame £44.99 £16.99
Lego The Hobbit £44.99 £8.75
MotoGP 15 £44.99 £22.99
RIDE £44.99 £22.89


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the prices for main digital PS4 games have stayed very high as far as i can tell,haven't seen this offer yet but the 12 deals of xmas have been too high for me,not one worth it yet and they use to do movie rentals for .99p in the old 12 deals of xmas this year its hard to see any discount

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danielrdp said:
Euphoria14 said:

 

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.   

I do not. I live in the US, but even here our digital prices are absurd and i've seen times where prices shoot up during a Buy one get one sale. Retail included.

However I have been told that in Europe you get much better retail pricing then we do.

 

Of course that last bit is based on what i've read on forums and not real world experience.



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I don't really care for the price raising, as all businesses do this. Goes to show there only in it for your $$$ which is normal for a corp.

The thing that has me wondering, there are a lot of gamers in here who are defending this method, if MS did this, would it get the same treatment?



Azzanation said:
I don't really care for the price raising, as all businesses do this. Goes to show there only in it for your $$$ which is normal for a corp.

The thing that has me wondering, there are a lot of gamers in here who are defending this method, if MS did this, would it get the same treatment?


Doubtful, mostly because of MS's overall perception compared to Sony's. 



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Azzanation said:
I don't really care for the price raising, as all businesses do this. Goes to show there only in it for your $$$ which is normal for a corp.

The thing that has me wondering, there are a lot of gamers in here who are defending this method, if MS did this, would it get the same treatment?

If you want to believe that, yes.