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Digital Download prices

I know that Dave at Blogography has complained about this many times, and I hope he will continue to do so, but digital download prices are sometimes just WEIRD!

The logic Dave has used and that I agree with is that, once the companies involved have put the infrastructure in place to support a digital download shop, that infrastructure should stay with, hopefully, minimal maintenance. Now I know Sony has proved that you do need a security budget and that even a multi-national corporation can make mistakes, but I think the theory holds.

When you compare the hoops you need to jump through for a distributor to get products into the hands of customers all over the world using retail (duplication plants, shipping and transport, HUGE fuel costs, retail cut of profits etc. etc.) surely using your OWN download service will, in the long-term, save a big company money?

I've had this brought home to me tonight as I've been experimenting with EA's new Origin download service.

It looks all nice and shiny, was quick to download and simple to install. I've browsed and I can see myself buying items from this snazzy service IF EA gets it's prices sorted.

What do I mean? Well, just check the image below:

You've got Amazon retail price on the left (for a physical, boxed copy) and EA's Download service on the right....

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See what I mean???

For anyone who is surfing with images off or whatever, Amazon UK are charging £8.99 for a NEW copy of Mass Effect 2 on DVD. EA are charging £19.99 for a digital download copy (and leaving back-up costs to the user should the user want to do so). That's £11 or, if my maths are right, 222% more than Amazon.

Now I know EA has got to re-coup its costs for launching Origin but Origin isn't completely new, EA has had a download store of sorts from it's website for a while, it's just the client software that's new.'d think it's cheaper for them to ship a game to me digitally (just 1s and 0s at the end of the day) than to send it hundreds if not thousands of miles around the world on a boat, have it stored in a warehouse, have the retailer take their cut and for me to get it that way?

Don't get me wrong, I'm VERY glad Amazon (and bricks and mortar) retail still exists and hope that they continue to do so. Indeed, with distributors charging prices like this in their proprietary download stores, I fear what will happen for the consumer if the retail market shrinks too much....
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This week's Friday Five

From thefridayfive:

Cooking Ingredients

  1. What is your favorite condiment?

  2. I'm not a big condiment fan (no, REALLY) so I'd have to say Malt Vinegar. Purely because it goes so well with chip-shop chips! :D Imagine these, steaming, with the smell of vinegar coming off them.... YUM!

    Fish and chips

  3. What is your favorite spice?

  4. Good question. Again, I don't cook with spices too often, so I'd say something like Paprika, or Chili.

  5. What is your favorite cooking oil? (Canola oil, sesame oil, butter, etc)

  6. Your bog-standard olive oil.

  7. What is your favorite starchy food? (Bread, rice, potatoes, noodles, etc)

  8. I'm going through a rice-phase at the moment. It's filling and, when mixed with something meaty and a sauce, keeps well enough for me to take to work and devour with a spoon! :D

  9. What is your favorite flavor for candy?

  10. Grr, at Americanisms! I'm assuming 'candy' means 'sweets'. In which case, I LOVE Strawberry flavoured sweets. Off the top of my head I'd have to stay my favourite strawberry sweet would the the Strawberry Creme Quality Streets. As they are YUM!

There you go, enjoy! :D
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The Friday five

From: thefridayfive

The name of...
  1. The 30th song in your playlist:
    Hmmm.....I don't really have a play-list that LONG, so I'll just load up Itunes and see what's there. After Shuffling 30 times, I ended up on Sheryl Crow: Always On Your Side.
  2. A city that starts with C in your state/province/etc:
    Hmmmmm...not that many cities in Yorkshire start with a C. Best I can do is Catterick. It's got an RAF base and everything, but it's not a city
  3. Your boss' (or favorite teacher's) name:
    Boss's name is Paul
  4. The second book on your bookshelf:
    I don't have much room on my bookshelf for books, the space is taken up with DVDs. I have a book pile by my bed of books I want to read. Currently the second book there is: Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre".
  5. Your 7th LJ friend: 7th in What way? I'll go by the drop down list on Semagic. Hmm 7th ffrom the top is one who doesn't seem to update so much, gerriparker.
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    Sheryl Crow: Always On Your Side
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This week's Friday Five - 31/7/2010

  1. What is your favorite drink of all time? Does it hold a special memory to you or is it just because it tastes good?
    Favourite drink of ALL TIME???? Wow, that's a question and a half (well, actually, I know it's just one question but you know what I mean). I remember, during my mis-spent youth, drinking Cream Soda with ice-cream in it, the more ice-cream the better. That's fairly yummy.
  2. Tea or coffee or hot cocoa?
    Cocoa because I don't drink the other two, they taste bitter to me.
  3. Best summer time drink?
    Now I've remembered it I'm going to go with a LARGE glass of Cream Soda with 2 scoops of ice-cream in.
  4. Worst soda brand ever?
    These Panda Pops drinks have changed immensely over my years. When I was a kid they were just sugar, sugar, sugar and flavourings. Enjoyable for kids, but the bubble-gum flavour stained my white t-shirts!
  5. Water: flavored, bottled, carbonated, or regular old tap?
    Tap water-never had a problem with it. Except in countries where it will kill you, obviously. :)
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