Economics Lesson IV: The Pre-Order

Russell Michaels

Russell Michaels

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  1. Avatar Damon
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    My comments are only related to games:. Preorder swag? Meh, Sure, if I could have chosen which Fallout 4 bobble head I could get, or such, MAYBE. But a poster, a hardcopy of the game, or some other crap? Nah. My desk is full of stuff that is ME, I don’t need some game stuff clogging it up. Maybe getting a special weapon, or a few quest lines, or some sporty level 1 armor that gives you some minor advantages would be nice.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Damon
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      The Memory Band was available to people who pre-ordered Dragon Age: Origins. Or, more accurately, managed to acquire one of the little flyers that had a code on it.

      1% experience?!?!? Why, by level 24, that’ll get you 10% of the way to level 25!

      Anyway, they also had difference DLC for different pre-orders. Pre-order from Gamespot? Get the Wolf Charm! Pre-order from Amazon? Get the Lion’s Paw boots!

      And they had DLC for people who bought Mass Effect t-shirts from Hot Topic. DLC for people who had Alienware computers. DLC for people in Europe and got their games from particular European outlets!

      We should have seen this as a bad, bad indicator.Report

  2. Avatar Philip H
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    We have pre-orders in the model railroading world too. And it gets a ton of electrons of hashing and rehashing.

    Most manufacturers will tell you its harder to gauge demand these days as brick and mortar stores close, and hobby distributors consolidate. So they run preorders with up to three years lead time. Most vendors have gotten wise to that numbers game and either allow you to do so no money down, or for five cents or something really nominal.

    But it frustrates a lot of the old farts who model a specific railroad.Report

  3. Avatar Slade the Leveller
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    I do a fair bit of pre-ordering of LPs. A lot of the music I buy is pressed in such limited quantities that it makes sense to grab one before it gets released. Plus, many of the artists rely on the pre-order revenue to finance the making of the record.Report

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