thread: 2012-03-21 : Monster Mania Con: barriers to interest

On 2012-03-22, Eric E wrote:

@timfire That $12 for monopoly you're talking about includes a lot of "stuff".  There's plastic houses, and a metal car and horse, and lots of paper money.  Not to mention a board and dice.  It has a lot of content for that price.  A $15 RPG manual is just a book.  You're not really getting anything for your money.

From the perspective of an outsider that is.

You can't even compare the prices with a $9.99 ebook, because people who have ebook readers are already readers.  They already plopped down a chunk of change that says that they are suck book-lovers, that they love the text of a book more than people who love nice leather-bound covers and things to put on their bookshelf.

Vincent is trying to sell to outsiders here.  To outsiders 9.99 still sounds like a bit for a text file.  I mean, come on, you can't even put it on your bookshelf for display!  They can go to half-price books and get tons of hardcovers for less than that.

@meserach Sales are also good.  Steam's mega-sales have caused me to spend a lot more on video games that I'll never have time to fully play than I would ever have before.  If you calculate price/enjoymenthour, their sales have significantly decreased my leisure expense efficiency, but if I start up Steam, I still have a good chance of buying something.


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