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6. Re: 2013: the Year Digital Sales Will Pass Retail - DFC Sep 8, 2011, 10:56 kanniballl
 
Rhett wrote on Sep 7, 2011, 22:01:
I'd still go out of my way for a physical copy. You just know that publishers won't go for a cheaper price, when going digital.

Definitely... though my impression is that Steam has more frequent sales on decent stuff more often than Brick-And-Mortar shops around me. But the regular prices are the same.

Retailers will price things at what the market is willing to pay. If people are willing to pay the same price for a downloadable game vs a disk + box then they'll leave it there.

They're not going to say "Hey, let's lower prices so our profits don't increase" unless they decide they want to drive all sales through their own sites and put the stores out of the PC-Gaming game. But they won't do that because they're going to want to keep selling disks in stores to kids using their allowance + birthday money + etc or for those that don't have broadband.

I'm pretty sure online comics from Comixology are the same price as print, even though I have to imagine the publishers + site saving a lot of cash on materials + printing + shipping + storage. But the convenience of having having them OnDemand (even when travelling) and saving a bunch of shelf space negates that complaint for me.
 
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