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Digital prices are such a rip off - on Xbox Live

The other day I was checking out new releases on the Xbox Live on demand list, and to my surprise Final Fantasy 13-3 Lightning Returns was available, Day 1, digital release.

I was very impressed to see that, first time I have seen it myself. Then I saw the price.
59.99 CAD. I thought that seemed quite high considering it was a digital copy, so I went out to the Wal-mart.

I picked up the game for 59.96 CAD at Wal-mart. Less than the digital price.

Other than pure greed, I have no idea why the digital price is higher than the retail.
The retail copy had to be manufactured, the game disc, the case, the booklet. It had to be transported from a factory to a distributer (or a store) and then to a store. The store has to pay employees, and all this extra bit is why the game costs the prices they do, in stores. ALSO, as a retail disc copy, it has re-sale value (up to $30 right now probably).

Why is it 3 cents more expensive as a digital copy? There is no physical production costs, no transportation, stocking or employee fees.. You can't re-sell it if you buy it digitally.
What are these fools thinking? I am guessing just about the dollars.

Imagine though, if it was 49.99, or even 44.99 for sale digitally, day 1, and 59.99 retail.
They would sell A LOT more digital versions because people would save money right away. They would still make profit because all the middle man stuff is gone. The customer could not sell their digital version, meaning there will be MORE games sold rather than less. It would use bandwidth however on the companies server, but that would cost them 1 or 2 pennies.

With far fewer physical versions out in circulation, that means far less to be re-sold second hand, meaning more money coming to them.

While impressed by seeing a day 1 digital release, I am sure still wondering when they are going to wake up to how greedy they are being.
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About Skid Row Trashone of us since 11:36 AM on 08.24.2011

Hi, my name is Skid Row Trash. I have been gaming and creating add-ons and mods for games since I was 11. I'm 30 now, and I still love gaming. My first gaming system was a NES, followed by a Sega Genesis. After that, I got the Sega CD. I think I am one of the few that actually enjoyed the hell out of that system. I had to replace my Sega Genesis once because of problems, and had to replace my Sega CD 3 times, and repair it once. My first computer ever was a 386 with a huge 40mb hard drive, dos, and eventually windows. Started out playing games like wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Commander Keen, Blake Stone, and the list really is endless.. Civ 1..

After this I got a SNES. What a fun system. This was soon after followed by a Nintendo 64, and eventually a PS1 and Gamecube. I had to exchange my PS1 once because it broke. After that I had a PS2, and an Xbox. I loved both those systems so much. I had to replace my PS2 3 times, and my Xbox 3 times due to hardware problems.

These days, I am gaming on Xbox 360, and PC. I don't bother with PS anymore because I have large hands and their analog sticks are way too close. I find both thumbs fighting each when trying to play anything on a playstation these days and much prefer the improved analog stick setup that Xbox 360 has.

I am currently on my 6th Xbox 360, and have Kinect as well.

My first one died from disc tray problems.
My second one I had Nyko Intercooler which actually melted into my xbox 360 and the 2 seperate things became 1 single entity.
My 3rd Xbox was a red ring of death
my 4th Xbox eventually wouldn't even turn on.
my 5th xbox still sorta works, but the disk tray takes like 40 tries to open and takes more and more time each attempt. Also when the door is closed it things the door is open, and thus I can't launch any games.
my 6th Xbox 360 was to replace my last one, but at the same time I wanted to have the most recent so I got a kinect package. Also, this is the first time I have had the ability to use HDMI with my Xbox 360, because all 5 xboxes I had before they kept sending me old units with only Component video.

anyways, I am a real big time gamer and like to try all games (except for sports because well.. sports are weak).
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