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    Interesting blog entry on the much higher sales to be had with lower prices:

    http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001293.html

    Based on Valve Steam holiday pricing and the iPhone App Store, the author makes a case for a drastic reduction in the price of all software, in the interest of higher profit.
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    We could only hope that such an idea would be adopted by manufacturers :D
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      Holiday pricing is a bad argument since sales are higher for holidays anyway, and sales tend to have higher sale rates than general times anyway.

      I do agree that lower prices do lead to higher sales overall, but that has more to do with people having a limit on how much they spend, so if everything is higher then they get less but spend the same amount. When prices are lower they tend to pick up multiple items instead of one big ticket item.

      On the other side, pricing things too cheaply will make it look cheap and therefore not have as high of sales. There is a sweet spot for both new and old releases where it needs to be priced high enough to be wanted, but low enough to move units. If you look at history of sales for computer games they have been a fairly consistent price new (about 50 bucks) for a long time and have not adjusted for inflation like most everything else.

      I will say that I do wait for prices to come down on most games for two reasons, it costs less and I'm more likely to have at least a patch or two before I buy to fix release day bugs. I also tend to play more mods than released games so it gives time for those to develop a bit :) The few titles I've picked up at release have been either underwhelming, bug ridden or overhyped and I think I've learned my lesson.

      I will be preordering NS2 though, the purchase will reward them partially for all the free mod years of NS1, plus I get a new game!
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        Very good article describing the whole situation.

        http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articl...erDuckies.html
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          Originally posted by El_Gringo_Grande View Post
          Very good article describing the whole situation.

          http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articl...erDuckies.html
          Not only is that a great article, but I found myself drilling down into his links and found lots of other flavorsome morsels:

          Why big companies invest in free software (hint: it's not because it's somehow "moral"):

          http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articl...gyLetterV.html

          Criticism of PowerPoint, delivered as PowerPoint ;)

          http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/000931

          This is actually a summary of Tufte's critique, "The Cognitive Style of Power Point". Order from Amazon.com

          The cover of Tufte's pamphlet is pretty entertaining:

          http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_pp



          Here's an excerpt showing how PowerPoints were a major contributor to killing astronauts in the loss of Columbia. (The long page is 99% replies. The actual article is fairly short. So don't be put off by the scroll bar when you get there.)

          http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-...1yB&topic_id=1
          Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

          snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

          Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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