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6. Re: On Sale Jan 15, 2011, 22:05 SBlat
Quboid wrote on Jan 15, 2011, 20:39:
Hmm. That's unethical. Do they do this a lot? I can accept the occasional screw up but if this is a tactic to trick people into thinking they're getting a discount, that's not cool. I would expect a lot better from Paradox.

I'd assume it's just a mistake or maybe they used the wrong box when correcting the price to its surprising MSRP of $40 (most AAA games are $50 in the US, and it looks like 2011 will be the year of $60 as standard for at least both EA and Activision). Or it could be that they didn't notice the lower-than-usual US prices are standard and mistakenly view it as price matching other stores' "pre-order discounts". It's been listed as "20% off" at $40 for months, at any rate.

I don't think they do it very often, but there's sometimes a mistake or two in their offers list. Some GG games have done the same thing before, appearing as "20% off" for a sale's week, but actually only just being a retailer-wide price-dropped MSRP as a result. In those cases though, they often do go back up to the old pre-price-dropped price after the sale finished. Dawn of Discovery in particular would often appear in their sales last year at the everyday price of everywhere else but advertised as "40% off", and then would pop back up to $20 more than anywhere else after the sale was done. They also often list games at full price in their sales section as "0% off!", but I assume that's because it's on sale in some other region but not the US.

Impulse have a few games and programs that sat in their "on sale" list for almost a year before they redesigned their site, and it sure looked like it was just the result of a price drop that they accidentally entered in as a promotional deal. I think the Corel products have now gotten permanently stuck in their new sales list.
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