iPad Promo Discounts

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  1. turakm

    turakm Well-Known Member

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    sorry this thread isn't a promo giveaway, but does anyone like the idea of being able to offer promo discounts? for instance, zen bound is 4.99, i think it would be a great idea to be able to post promo codes on a website like this that would allow people to buy it for 1.99 or something of that nature. then you could give out a lot more codes and people who are really dedicated to playing games and such could get more games and leave good reviews. just an idea i sort of cooked up
     
  2. Donburns99

    Donburns99 Well-Known Member

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    At this point in time, this is not possible.

    Giving refunds is not possible either.
     
  3. Big Albie

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    It's not a bad idea though because you would definitely weed out those who are in it just for free promos and those who actually want the game. Also, it would be another sales tool in addition to the current stripped down lite versions.
     
  4. Spartan12103

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    Yeah this actually isn't a bad idea.
     
  5. turakm

    turakm Well-Known Member

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    ya i know it isnt possible, but maybe in the future if apple would ever think of it
     
  6. Donburns99

    Donburns99 Well-Known Member

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    It's been brought up in the past.

    Seeing how Apple hasn't even made the move to make Promo codes work outside the US, I don't see much hope for this. :(

    It would be nice though and would encourage higher prices in the AppStore.
     
  7. markx2

    markx2 Well-Known Member

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    No, bad idea.
    If the codes are in one place then you will get the same people getting the codes, the same people asking for codes, the same people telling devs they really need to get to that website and post codes.

    "Hey, I really want game X and I've only got $2"
    "Well go tell the dev that if he gives you a promo code for his $9.99 app then you'll give him a really great review."

    IF this type of scheme were to happen then a central place for them would be bad. That said someone would create a thread here to notify people of which devs were offering what. At which point people post back to the forum here with a "Well I got the code and only paid 1.99 and played the game and it was crap and just useless and I want a refund it isn't worth anything"

    And even if this were to happen others would say "If you offered a promo code AND made the price .99 then I'll give you a good review" or free even. Cheap.

    Fact is devs here must surely have realised that giving out codes does not get you reviews. I've seen lots of promo codes given out for a game which has had no reviews. So giving away for less? Why?
     
  8. Kamazar

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    This system would only make promo code giveaways more complex and annoying.

    And really, the games are never over $10, and there are almost always price drops. Promo discount codes are just overkill.
     
  9. Ph4ntom4

    Ph4ntom4 Well-Known Member

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    You're only posting this because you want a way to get apps cheaper because you don't want to spend 1/10th of the price of a console game on an ipod game.

    It's so easy to see through people like you. I saw a post on a pre release game saying, "I think it would be a really good marketing strategy if you had a 99c intro price", so blatant that they just want it for less...
     
  10. Big Albie

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    #10 Big Albie, Mar 1, 2009
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    Wow, if that's true, that's too bad. I have no idea if this is true, but I'm just saying.

    Fundamentally in regards to the idea itself, it's not a bad one because it's similar to using coupons at the supermarket. Obviously, the reviews aspect somewhat complicates the application of this to the iTunes store. On one point, I'm pretty clear...many of the apps in the store are way underpriced. I think too many of us are living in an iTunes fantasy world.
     
  11. turakm

    turakm Well-Known Member

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    i am not posting this because i want cheaper apps, ive never gotten a promo code and in no way hurting for money. i have over 80 apps that i have paid for and i dont mind paying the developers behind great games. i was looking at it as a economic stand point for the developers and it would eliminate the people who dont actually come on the site for the games, just the codes. you can believe what you want about me, but i assure you that wasnt my intent for starting this thread.
     
  12. turakm

    turakm Well-Known Member

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    btw you should lock up this thread because people assume the worst in people. sorry for bringing it up and for the record, i do think that apps are very under priced, i just thought instead of giving away free games, they should give out discounted ones. sorry again for the misconception
     
  13. ibelongintheforums

    ibelongintheforums Well-Known Member

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    i argee............people come to this site for free games, if u gave out discounts then they wouldnt come any more
     
  14. rhcpdrummer

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    this would be great, i think its a good idea and im down for it
    but it doesnt seem like its gonna happen any time soon
     
  15. Big Albie

    Big Albie Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully, you don't think I'm attacking your credibility. Like I said, I fundamentally agree with your idea, and I don't have any misconceptions about anyone in this forum. Heck, we're reading and writing words here which can easily be miscontrued.
     
  16. turakm

    turakm Well-Known Member

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    that was mostly directed at phantom, but thank you
     
  17. Ph4ntom4

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    Sorry for judging turakm, it does seem slightly suspicious but i believe you if it's of good intent.

    I just don't understand your point. Giving away discounts as well as promo codes will surely attract even more of those kinds of people than if we just gave away promo codes. Or were you suggesting replacing promo codes with discounts?
     
  18. turakm

    turakm Well-Known Member

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    replacing, i think this would eliminate people who have no intent on buying the game and allow the people who do a chance to get it.
     

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