News Valve ditches Steam sale daily deals

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  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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  2. thom804

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    I'll wait until the sales start to see how wary the publishers are of giving out sale-long discounts.

    I'm of the thinking that they make the bulk of their sales during the flash and daily deals. If the discounts last the duration, I don't see as many people making that impulse buy.
     
  3. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001 [DELETE] means [DELETE]

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    That's an interesting change. I would have thought that having short lowest price sale periods would encourage impulse buying by creating a sense of urgency. If you dont buy now it won't be at this price again until the next big sale.

    Perhaps the new method takes into a count that people have budgets and might hold out on a purchase waiting to see if something they would prefer is going to drop in a daily deal. Which might not turn into a sale because their preference never made it into a daily deal. The new sales method would allow them to plan, prioritise and spend all of their budget on titles they like best from the sales.
     
  4. Aterius Gmork

    Aterius Gmork smell the ashes

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    I bet this is a result of their new refund policy. There are always quite a few who buy games just before they get discounted even further who would refund the game and buy it again for the lower price now.

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  5. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Must admit I spent most sales doing this -

    Is it on daily? Nope
    Is it on daily? Nope
    Is it on daily? Nope
    Is it on daily? Nope
    ... and the sale's over...
     
  6. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001 [DELETE] means [DELETE]

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    Your source says that what you have described is not considered abuse of the refund policy.
     
  7. Aterius Gmork

    Aterius Gmork smell the ashes

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    Yeah I know.

    But think about it from their end. All these refunds while justified would still increase their workload by a significant ammount over the holidays. For Valve these costs might be higher than the additional revenue by impulse purchases.
     
  8. spolsh

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    Suspect the prices will be higher than a daily deal price would be.
     
  9. Skiddywinks

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    That's what in wondering. The Flash and Daily deals were the best. Unless the new sale-long prices are similar to the former Flash and Daily prices, I don't think this will result in as many sales.
     
  10. bawjaws

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    I've pretty much stopped caring about Steam sales these days, because I have far more games in my library than I have time to play as things stand, so the last thing I need is to spend more money on even more games that I'm never going to play :D
     
  11. theshadow2001

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    I see your point but if they wanted to stop something like that happening they would not have okayed it in their TOS. They could also easily automate a check for people refunding a game and rebuying on sale and issue them with warnings or flag the account for no refunds automatically. It doesn't make sense to change their business model to enforce some rule.

    I think you could be right.
     
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  12. Hamfunk

    Hamfunk I AM KROGAN!

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    Exactly! I've also pretty much stopped buying Humble Bundles because my steam catalogue is so bloated.....
     
  13. thom804

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    I wish I had your restraint. Can't resist a bargain!
     
  14. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN I want to change my name but I also don't

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    I wonder if this'll mean more lukewarm 20-35 percent discounts, or if publishers see it as worthwhile to take the plunge and go the whole duration with the 75-85 percent figures typically reserved for flash sales.
     
  15. phuzz

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    I'd kind of assumed that if I bought a game, and it got discounted the next day, that I could get the difference refunded, is/was that not the case?
     

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