What is best for Stardock?

Where should I buy Elemental - online or at a store?

By on August 10, 2010 1:38:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

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This may be a question that has been addressed before.

IIRC, when GalCiv 2 came out, Brad stated on the forums or somewhere that it was best for Stardock if customers bought GalCiv 2 at retail instead of online. The explanation was something to the effect that buying the game in the store would help get more traction with retailers and keep the game on the shelf longer.

Of course Impulse has blown up since then and so I don't know if that's the case for Elemental.

Anyone know?

 

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August 10, 2010 1:52:55 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Well money-wise buying it from Impulse is better for them (regardless of whether you buy just the digital copy or the boxed copy) because they get more of the money. When you buy it through retail or Amazon or whatever, that company gets a share of the $50 (or $70 for the Limited Edition). If you buy from Impulse, Stardock gets 100% of the profits.

I don't know about getting more shelf-space, though.

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August 10, 2010 2:05:28 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I would imagine they prefer you buy it through their proprietary distribution platform.

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August 10, 2010 2:05:53 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I'm "glad" that Europeans don't have such dilemma between retail or Impulse...

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August 10, 2010 2:09:07 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Brad just made the correct choice for you, Wintersong

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August 10, 2010 2:33:22 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Whichever way is better for you is better for us.

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August 10, 2010 3:06:15 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Well said Kryo.  What is best for our customers is what is best for us. Not just saying that either. It's true.

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August 10, 2010 4:04:00 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Oh god don't buy it at retail.  Frogboy and kryo are being too polite   Buy with Impulse!

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August 10, 2010 4:20:06 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Impulse it is then!

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August 10, 2010 4:26:20 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

What's best for Stardock is for them to give me Elemental Now!!! Oh, and throw in a free copy of that book while you're at it.

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August 10, 2010 4:34:46 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

What's best for Stardock: Buy a copy for yourself on Impulse, then go buy a retail copy and give it a friend.

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August 10, 2010 4:38:56 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

.. Then also buy a copy for each of your co-workers Why stop at one friend!

Afterwards, you can buy 50 or so copies, and stand around on a street corner handing them out.

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August 10, 2010 6:59:03 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Frogboy,
Well said Kryo.  What is best for our customers is what is best for us. Not just saying that either. It's true.

so, what about that special digital edition that was suggested in another thread?

I think many of us who went for the simplier digital solution would happily consider an alternate "upgrade" button

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August 10, 2010 7:38:01 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I bought my boxed version from Impulse because I assumed Stardock would make more money that way.  Very rare for me to buy a game from a retail store these days.

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August 10, 2010 7:41:16 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Annatar11,
.. Then also buy a copy for each of your co-workers Why stop at one friend!

Afterwards, you can buy 50 or so copies, and stand around on a street corner handing them out.

Something tells me you guys work together

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August 10, 2010 8:10:52 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

That's just your coffee and drugs talking.

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August 11, 2010 12:01:53 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Annatar11,
That's just your coffee and drugs talking.

They never lie

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