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Why is digital download more expensive then a physical copy??!

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by SC0TTRS, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Aedus

    Sgarrista

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    Curious, how much do you think it would cost Steam for 1 person downloading say a 10Gb game?
     
  2. MrMoonX

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    Steam still take a cut and are so much more expensive than cdkey sites. Still don't understand the fanboyism around steam, they started the digital higher than physical prices in the first place
     
  3. Malevolence

    Capodecina

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    I miss large boxed games with a hefty tome for a manual.
     
  4. MissChief

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    95% of games require the disc in the drive? What games are you playing? If anything I'd say 95% of games can be registered on steam or Origin and then you don't need the disc again unless it's for a reinstall.
     
  5. SC0TTRS

    Wise Guy

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    Once registered you can download them direct from Stream if you wish... so even after the first install you could throw them away or use them as coasters :D
     
  6. KIA

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    The publishers started it.

    Good publisher, game isn't overpriced: http://store.steampowered.com/app/239160/

    Bad publisher, with a history of overcharging gamers: http://store.steampowered.com/app/213670/

    EA, Ubisoft & Activision have been overcharging on Steam since day 1.
     
  7. Raumarik

    Capodecina

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    Agree with KIA this is down to publishers, yet they'll allow physical boxes to be discounted. I can't help but think they're still buying all their music on CDs rather than downloading.
     
  8. =XDC=FluphyBunny

    Mobster

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    So why do i get cheaper steam keys from cdkey sites than i can get on steam?

    Steam overcharge as well as publishers.
     
  9. KIA

    Man of Honour

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    Ask the publishers.

    Compared to whom?

    Plenty of publishers won't rip off their Steam customers. Borderlands 2 4-pack was £20 per copy at launch. I bought Dead Island for £30 on Steam at launch.
     
  10. Martini1991

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    It's not that black and white.
    Thief's price has been destroyed by Steam keys through AMD, Silver keys a while back were going for 6 quid (Which meant Thief)
     
  11. WiZZyWiGG

    Wise Guy

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    Steam don't set any prices, the owners of the games do.

    The reason CD key sites sell them cheaper is that they usually buy boxed stock from countries where it is very cheap to do so and then sell the codes. Which is why these sites are a bit of a grey area in the industry.
     
  12. TheVoice

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    Source? The fact that you can get games for different prices from other online retailers e.g. GMG suggests that it's not as simple as that. Steam are not going to just sit there and be told what price to sell games at without having any influence themselves. It'd be a bit like Heinz telling Asda what price to sell beans at.
     
  13. WiZZyWiGG

    Wise Guy

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    Me, I work for a publisher who sells games on Steam :)

    Just like we set our prices on all other stores.
     
  14. Bumhug

    Hitman

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    Steam is not a retailer though, its a platform. GMG buys games from publishers and then sells to customers, with steam the publisher lists the game and gets paid after the customer has bought it.

    Lets say you go to Asda and spend £10 on beans, that money does not go to Heinz, Asda paid them long before they even reached the shelf. Asda can sell the beans for what they like as they have already paid for them. Heinz dont care if Asda sell 3 tins for the price of 1 as Asda have already paid them for 3 tins
     
  15. TheVoice

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    Ahh, that makes more sense.

    To be fair, the suppliers do often get pressured into having to sell goods to the retailers at a reduced price in order to support a promotion as you've described.
     
  16. WiZZyWiGG

    Wise Guy

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    I do also agree that it is annoying that digital prices are often set higher than boxed prices.

    I guess the flip side is we often get mega sales where everything is 75% or more off?
     
  17. Atlas23

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    Steam ripoff prices? Anyone with any sense knows to wait for the next major 'holiday' sale (easter/summer/autumn/winter etc).

    But yes, if you can't wait, CDKey sites are the way forward. Got South Park Stick Of Truth pre-ordered on Steam for £23 from Kinguin
     
  18. KIA

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    £30 seems to the the going rate for a new SQUARE ENIX title on steam.
     
  19. spoffle

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    This isn't true, there are plenty of options to get digital games cheaper than the suggested retail price, this is why I rarely buy new games from Steam, because other places are often doing Steam copies of games for quite a bit less.

    Look at Green Man Gaming, they are regularly doing specials for new and upcoming games, where the discount is usually at least 25% off. Any new or upcoming game that I've been interested in, I've managed to pick up a digital/Steam version for less than the boxed copy.

    The actual reason is that on Steam, developers and or publishers set the prices, so they are going to go for the actual RRP, whereas places like GMG will of course be getting the games at a reduced rate, so can afford to cut the prices to be competitive.

    Additionally, with the way Sony have allowed other companies to do their own PSN store fronts, there should be change coming with regards to Playstations at least.
     
  20. Proto

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    Physical copies cost money to keep in stock.