Fang Talks

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15 07 16

Over-sale

Have we, as consumers, become “spoiled”?

I almost wanted to put “corrupted” there, but this isn’t a “consumerism is bad for the soul” post, so it doesn’t fit as nicely as it could. Still, there’s no denying the ways we’ve been pursued to buy things has changed us, for better or worse. Let’s take Steam as an example. When was the last time you bought a game (that cost more than a dollar or two) without it being on some kind of sale? Chances are you, like me, can’t remember it. Products on Steam are all but guaranteed to go on sale at least twice a year, so why not wait that out?

But that means it’s way, way harder for developers to sell their products at “regular” prices. That is, non-sale prices. Maybe they’ve intentionally over-valued their items so as to still run a “normal” profit during sales, the only time when people are buying their stuff. You know, the “it’s on sale, but not really” effect.

Not entirely sure, but that may diminish the value of fairly-priced products. If someone says “this is the most reasonable price I can offer it at”, then should he really need to put a “SALE” sticker on it to make people see it as a “good enough” deal? Is that because we don’t have the time to verify the fairness of prices, or because we’ve learned to just buy things when they’re cheaper than usual?

It seems kind of messed up, but is it?
~ Fang

Comments

  • 18/07/2016 (2:00 PM)

    I occasionally still buy things at full price. Well, games anyway. These days I don’t even take advantage of the Steam Summer sale because I’ve practically bought everything I want from there anyway. While it is true that Steam runs big sales around twice a year they are spaced out quite a bit. I don’t doubt that the sale is a major money maker but sometimes people demand instant results and they’re willing to pay non-sale prices to have a game. Or anything else for that matter. If they decide they need it now they’ll get it now.

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