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Old 08-11-2012, 07:17 PM   #31
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Newb question: What, exactly, constitutes a DLC pack with regards to EQ2? I was trying to see if there is some kind of list for this, but I can't seem to find one.

And in my opinion, I am rather frustrated by the decision to unilaterally remove the ability to use SC cards for both subscriptions and expansions. I can see their point about losing money on them due to SC Double/Triple promotions, but if they are going to continue those promotions, why don't they save the Expansion sales for those with Credit Cards and allow SC purchases at full price. I truly would not mind paying full price for these options, as long as it is in SC.

As it stands, I do not use a credit card. I use a debit for bills and essentials only. I am unwilling to add a card of either type, so any real money I would pay into the game is SC. (I have seen all the arguments about how 'easy' it is to get a prepaid, and I don't feel that arguing my particular difficulties about that is relevant or necessary. I should not be forced to pay in a way that I do not choose for a 'play your way' game.)

In summation, are they going to at least allow me to buy the expansions from other sources, like a box store, or am I going to be out of luck with the next expansion?

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Old 08-11-2012, 07:36 PM   #32
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nixhoPe3 wrote:

Newb question: What, exactly, constitutes a DLC pack with regards to EQ2? I was trying to see if there is some kind of list for this, but I can't seem to find one.

And in my opinion, I am rather frustrated by the decision to unilaterally remove the ability to use SC cards for both subscriptions and expansions. I can see their point about losing money on them due to SC Double/Triple promotions, but if they are going to continue those promotions, why don't they save the Expansion sales for those with Credit Cards and allow SC purchases at full price. I truly would not mind paying full price for these options, as long as it is in SC.

As it stands, I do not use a credit card. I use a debit for bills and essentials only. I am unwilling to add a card of either type, so any real money I would pay into the game is SC. (I have seen all the arguments about how 'easy' it is to get a prepaid, and I don't feel that arguing my particular difficulties about that is relevant or necessary. I should not be forced to pay in a way that I do not choose for a 'play your way' game.)

In summation, are they going to at least allow me to buy the expansions from other sources, like a box store, or am I going to be out of luck with the next expansion?

*Side note... I would feel happier if I knew a red name was, at minimum, reading the replies from their customer base. Please, just let me know the voices are being heard.

DLC us another game. They are just saying they are removing the abiltiy to buy xpacs from all there games.  And I agree, I don't mind paying the full price for the xpacs, but the SC made it really nice.  But don't have any reason to buy sc cards now so hope they enjoy the loss of sales. Flavor of the week fluff garbage is not somethign I care about.

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Old 08-11-2012, 10:31 PM   #33
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This hasn't started yet, but I can't seem to locate the option to pay via SC for the expansions...this true for anyone else? (On my account with an All Access pass, I can only pay cash, while my regular sub account can pay with SC...what gives?)

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This is so lame.  I bought SC so I could purchase my game that way.  I pretty much have no reason to purchase station cash any longer.  Are you a F2P game or not?

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This is so lame.  I bought SC so I could purchase my game that way.  I pretty much have no reason to purchase station cash any longer.  Are you a F2P game or not?

Lucky for them, their slogan "f2p your way" can easily be changed to "f2p our way".

A lot of us are in the same boat of only having the option of buying stuff we don't want with our SC.

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I think it's a rash move removing all products gold members want from the marketplace. First subs, now xpacs. Now very few gold subscribers will buy any SC. Noone cares about the other things.
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I think it's a rash move removing all products gold members want from the marketplace. First subs, now xpacs. Now very few gold subscribers will buy any SC. Noone cares about the other things.

disagree with you simply on a business level - they are a for profit company, the choices seem to have been, remove any and all promotions for increased station cash or remove the items that they take a pure loss on becasue of these promotions. Business logic 101 - sell items for a profit to help pay the bills and development costs. Loss leaders int eh current economic environment do not make sense at all.

I know gold subscribers that will continue to purchase the items that are released on the market place, it will not deter them in the least, removeing the specials on station cash purchasing in itself would impact them greatly though.

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Old 08-12-2012, 12:41 PM   #38
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This is so lame.  I bought SC so I could purchase my game that way.  I pretty much have no reason to purchase station cash any longer.  Are you a F2P game or not?

Same here.

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Simple Solution:

Don't do Double SC weekends, only do Half price SC sales on specific items you want to.

That way, you are ALWAYS getting the same amount of money when someone buys the expansion via SC, or via RL currency.

Removing it from SC sales, is just going to lead to less people buying it, and you will lose out more.

I'm sure 99% of people would rather that SC and Subs were available via SC, than the double SC days we get.

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I think it's a rash move removing all products gold members want from the marketplace. First subs, now xpacs. Now very few gold subscribers will buy any SC. Noone cares about the other things.

disagree with you simply on a business level - they are a for profit company, the choices seem to have been, remove any and all promotions for increased station cash or remove the items that they take a pure loss on becasue of these promotions. Business logic 101 - sell items for a profit to help pay the bills and development costs. Loss leaders int eh current economic environment do not make sense at all.

I know gold subscribers that will continue to purchase the items that are released on the market place, it will not deter them in the least, removeing the specials on station cash purchasing in itself would impact them greatly though.

Like some other people have mentioned, I don't blame them for doing this, even if the expansions probably should cost less by now or at least be on more frequent sales - maybe once a month? two months? Something like that.  

If you're like me and just hoard subscription freebie SC or have a few bucks laying around when a double/triple bonus sale starts, then you're pretty much able to buy the expansions at either for pretty much no cost, or a major discount.

I agree with Wingrider01 on the topic about some golds not being hindered, as both a RL buddy of mine and I are gold with our accounts, and while this will suck for future xpack/dlc purchases since we aren't too keen on giving out our CC/debit info, it's in no way hindering us from playing the game.  We prefer the double/triple station cash bonuses because then we can buy a bit of SC, get more SC from bonus, then have that in SC wallet to use at our leisure.Sure, while some (or to certain people, all) items in the marketplace may be useless fluff, I like being able to pop onto the marketplace and purchase something on a whim. On another note though - is it possible for one to just go out and buy one of the prepaid cc/debit cards that are able to be used online as an alternative method of payment?

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viper491 wrote:

This hasn't started yet, but I can't seem to locate the option to pay via SC for the expansions...this true for anyone else? (On my account with an All Access pass, I can only pay cash, while my regular sub account can pay with SC...what gives?)

I, too, don't have the option to purchase expansions within the game, and am only given the option to purchase with a credit card, rather than the SC I have on my account.  I was hoping to upgrade my standard copy of DoV to the collector's edition, and would really like to be able to do so.  However, I will not be doing so if it's not done with SC.

I don't like the route this is going, as I was happy to purchase my expansion with SC, but due to the business needs you have, it's perfectly understandable.  However, should you want to charge as much as you did for AoD, please consider making the next expansion greater in content and features.  Make it worth the cost.  AoD, which I got with SC, was not worth the full cost, even though it did have some great features.

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Lets see if I can get people to see what there doing, and go get people to see that alot of this is your own fault.

When SoE originaly implemented the purchasing of Xpacs on the Market Place, 98% of most people I play with bought the amount of SC they needed either VIA Game Card or CC to purchase the expansion. If you went out and spent 100$ on SC to save up for future purchases of Game Expansions then you are an idi*t. Did you honestly think that a year / 2 years down the road that the value of your SC wouldn't become zero or something would change and you wouldn't be able to use it.

Then we have the people who like to abuse the system. Yes I realize that this was SoE's stupidity in the first place by not paying attention to the repurcussions of there actions but that really doesnt matter. They have double and SC Weekends and you are getting 2x or 3x the amount of SC you actualy paid for and people took advantage of it. How long did you honestly think this would last. People got mad when they fixed it and I don't blame them for fixing it. And yes, they attempted to make a wrong a right and allowed people a limited time to use it after taking the option away. But how is it good business to continue to let people buy there service/product for 1/2 to 2/3 off. You wouldnt make any money and you would essentialy go bankrupt.

Now they are taking away the option to buy Expansions or DLC away from the market place. Again, you probably fall into the above categories if you are mad about this. " I wanna use my years worth of saved SC to buy the expac and now I have to actualy pay for it. " or " I bought my SC a year ago and have been saving it to buy the new expac and now I cant use my year old SC " and my favorite " Since I couldnt use my 3x SC stock pile to pay for my subscription anymore I figured I would rip SOE off some more by using it to buy an expansion". SoE gives us 500SC a month for our subscription, so in a 12 month time frame thats 6000 SC, do you honestly think SOE would want EVERYONE to get the new expacs for free. I meen come on people.

The sad part is, I cant tell you how many people don't realize that you can still use the SC Cards from walmart to purchase expacs / subscriptions. You just use the code on the website rather then useing it in game. It still works and you still get 500SC added to your wallet. People can still sell SC Cards for plat and I for one will still buy them. SoE isn't loosing out on any money this way. Even though I am not paying the money for the service. Someone else is.

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viper491 wrote:

This hasn't started yet, but I can't seem to locate the option to pay via SC for the expansions...this true for anyone else? (On my account with an All Access pass, I can only pay cash, while my regular sub account can pay with SC...what gives?)

I, too, don't have the option to purchase expansions within the game, and am only given the option to purchase with a credit card, rather than the SC I have on my account.  I was hoping to upgrade my standard copy of DoV to the collector's edition, and would really like to be able to do so.  However, I will not be doing so if it's not done with SC.

I don't like the route this is going, as I was happy to purchase my expansion with SC, but due to the business needs you have, it's perfectly understandable.  However, should you want to charge as much as you did for AoD, please consider making the next expansion greater in content and features.  Make it worth the cost.  AoD, which I got with SC, was not worth the full cost, even though it did have some great features.

i agree. 

AoD was and is overpriced.  i bought it (x2) bc i could buy it with SC.  it was december 2011 and during one of the SC sales.  the only reason why i bought it then was bc i could use SC. when i bought other expansions, i purchased them thru amazon.  age of discovery is not available at amazon, which seems suspicious/odd.

i have extra SC sitting on my accounts that i can do nothing with.  i dont care for fluff items.  i had planned on buying the next expansion with it.  now what?

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Lets see if I can get people to see what there doing, and go get people to see that alot of this is your own fault.

When SoE originaly implemented the purchasing of Xpacs on the Market Place, 98% of most people I play with bought the amount of SC they needed either VIA Game Card or CC to purchase the expansion. If you went out and spent 100$ on SC to save up for future purchases of Game Expansions then you are an idi*t. Did you honestly think that a year / 2 years down the road that the value of your SC wouldn't become zero or something would change and you wouldn't be able to use it.

Then we have the people who like to abuse the system. Yes I realize that this was SoE's stupidity in the first place by not paying attention to the repurcussions of there actions but that really doesnt matter. They have double and SC Weekends and you are getting 2x or 3x the amount of SC you actualy paid for and people took advantage of it. How long did you honestly think this would last. People got mad when they fixed it and I don't blame them for fixing it. And yes, they attempted to make a wrong a right and allowed people a limited time to use it after taking the option away. But how is it good business to continue to let people buy there service/product for 1/2 to 2/3 off. You wouldnt make any money and you would essentialy go bankrupt.

Now they are taking away the option to buy Expansions or DLC away from the market place. Again, you probably fall into the above categories if you are mad about this. " I wanna use my years worth of saved SC to buy the expac and now I have to actualy pay for it. " or " I bought my SC a year ago and have been saving it to buy the new expac and now I cant use my year old SC " and my favorite " Since I couldnt use my 3x SC stock pile to pay for my subscription anymore I figured I would rip SOE off some more by using it to buy an expansion". SoE gives us 500SC a month for our subscription, so in a 12 month time frame thats 6000 SC, do you honestly think SOE would want EVERYONE to get the new expacs for free. I meen come on people.

maybe your accounts are getting 500 SC/month but mine most certainly are not and, yes, i am on recurring.

the tone in your whole post is super offensive.  not everyone put SC on their account to "rip off SOE", as you imply.  i added SC on my account buy expansions at a time when i had the funds to do so.  there is a promise from SOE that you can use your SC when you want, how you want. 

the way SC works is it goes to the SOE bank and the game does not get credit for it until it is spent.  so let's say you have 10,000 SC sitting on your account.  it's in the SOE SC bank but none of the games are getting credit for revenue. 

for example:  when my son buys a 500 SC item from FreeRealms, that gets added to FR's revenue.  when i buy a 4000 SC expansion, that gets added to EQ2's revenue.  i currently have enough to buy an expansion on two accounts.  that SC will never get spent in EQ2.  it is extremely unlikely that i will buy two expansions bc my son does not play enough to justify spending $40x2 when the next expansion is released.  it would have, however, been easy enough to spend the SC.  since a refund is highly unlikely, i will most likely allow my son to buy stuff from FR; therefore, EQ2 will never see the revenue on his account that they would have for a future expansion. i'm willing to bet that i'm not alone & lots of ppl with alt accounts won't be buying as many expansions as they would have, if they could have used SC.

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Dexella wrote:

Starting Monday, August 27th, 2012, we will no longer accept Station Cash as a payment method for Expansions and DLC Packs. Real-world currency will be the only way to purchase these products.

The reason for this is simply that these products require a high level of development resource and are therefore a substantial cost. We want to continue to run aggressive Station Cash promotions, which we know our customers love, but cannot continue to do this and protect the revenue that we need to offset these costs.

In consideration of our players who would like the opportunity to purchase current Expansion and DLC Packs with Station Cash, we are running a 50% discount on them from Friday August 10th until Sunday August 12th*.

As always, if you have questions about your Station Account or Station Cash Balance, please contact customer service at http://www.soe.com/support.

Real world currency is used to buy the SC. In fact, I use cash, not credit. This is irrelevant to my point but I felt compelled to clear the air on that.

What alternatives are going to be offered for customers (like myself) who wish to purchase Expansions and DLC packs (still not sure what exactly that is...) but are desiring to pay with real world currency instead of inflationary borrowed credit. Are you going to offer purchasable unlockable cards at game stores or Wal-Mart or something like this which can then unlock the download for a specific user? (That might be a good idea for those wishing to buy Expansions as a gift for friends and family.) Maybe return to selling the boxes as well (which doesn't make sense if you are striving to cut cost and increase revenue.)

What exactly is going to be offered as a replacement option for paying into a game that I (and others) are obviously wanting to continue enjoying?

I would love to see this game continue, I want to play THESE characters that I have invested REAL WORLD currency in, I want to see these characters move through an evolving world; so please, rather than allowing the customer base to continue jockeying back and forth, bickering over what might or might not be intended by the company they are supporting, answer our obvious questions about the future of this game.

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nixhoPe3 wrote:

Dexella wrote:

Starting Monday, August 27th, 2012, we will no longer accept Station Cash as a payment method for Expansions and DLC Packs. Real-world currency will be the only way to purchase these products.

The reason for this is simply that these products require a high level of development resource and are therefore a substantial cost. We want to continue to run aggressive Station Cash promotions, which we know our customers love, but cannot continue to do this and protect the revenue that we need to offset these costs.

In consideration of our players who would like the opportunity to purchase current Expansion and DLC Packs with Station Cash, we are running a 50% discount on them from Friday August 10th until Sunday August 12th*.

As always, if you have questions about your Station Account or Station Cash Balance, please contact customer service at http://www.soe.com/support.

Real world currency is used to buy the SC. In fact, I use cash, not credit. This is irrelevant to my point but I felt compelled to clear the air on that.

What alternatives are going to be offered for customers (like myself) who wish to purchase Expansions and DLC packs (still not sure what exactly that is...) but are desiring to pay with real world currency instead of inflationary borrowed credit. Are you going to offer purchasable unlockable cards at game stores or Wal-Mart or something like this which can then unlock the download for a specific user? (That might be a good idea for those wishing to buy Expansions as a gift for friends and family.) Maybe return to selling the boxes as well (which doesn't make sense if you are striving to cut cost and increase revenue.)

What exactly is going to be offered as a replacement option for paying into a game that I (and others) are obviously wanting to continue enjoying?

I would love to see this game continue, I want to play THESE characters that I have invested REAL WORLD currency in, I want to see these characters move through an evolving world; so please, rather than allowing the customer base to continue jockeying back and forth, bickering over what might or might not be intended by the company they are supporting, answer our obvious questions about the future of this game.

Going to stop there because I'd love to know your thoughts on debit cards or such and how they are "inflationary borrowed credit."

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salty21db wrote:

nixhoPe3 wrote:

Dexella wrote:

Starting Monday, August 27th, 2012, we will no longer accept Station Cash as a payment method for Expansions and DLC Packs. Real-world currency will be the only way to purchase these products.

The reason for this is simply that these products require a high level of development resource and are therefore a substantial cost. We want to continue to run aggressive Station Cash promotions, which we know our customers love, but cannot continue to do this and protect the revenue that we need to offset these costs.

In consideration of our players who would like the opportunity to purchase current Expansion and DLC Packs with Station Cash, we are running a 50% discount on them from Friday August 10th until Sunday August 12th*.

As always, if you have questions about your Station Account or Station Cash Balance, please contact customer service at http://www.soe.com/support.

Real world currency is used to buy the SC. In fact, I use cash, not credit. This is irrelevant to my point but I felt compelled to clear the air on that.

What alternatives are going to be offered for customers (like myself) who wish to purchase Expansions and DLC packs (still not sure what exactly that is...) but are desiring to pay with real world currency instead of inflationary borrowed credit. Are you going to offer purchasable unlockable cards at game stores or Wal-Mart or something like this which can then unlock the download for a specific user? (That might be a good idea for those wishing to buy Expansions as a gift for friends and family.) Maybe return to selling the boxes as well (which doesn't make sense if you are striving to cut cost and increase revenue.)

What exactly is going to be offered as a replacement option for paying into a game that I (and others) are obviously wanting to continue enjoying?

I would love to see this game continue, I want to play THESE characters that I have invested REAL WORLD currency in, I want to see these characters move through an evolving world; so please, rather than allowing the customer base to continue jockeying back and forth, bickering over what might or might not be intended by the company they are supporting, answer our obvious questions about the future of this game.

Going to stop there because I'd love to know your thoughts on debit cards or such and how they are "inflationary borrowed credit."

This is the problem with Forums in general - people tend to post without reading what has already been said.  I swear this will be repeated 20x's before it gets across to people. YOU CAN STILL PAY FOR EXPANSIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS WITH STATION CASH CARDS !!!.. Just redeem them on the website and not in the market place. If you don't like to use plastic debit cards or credit cards - go to Walmart and buy a couple of station cash cards and use them on the " WEBSITE " and not in the Market Place.

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[email protected] Bazaar wrote:

salty21db wrote:

nixhoPe3 wrote:

Dexella wrote:

Starting Monday, August 27th, 2012, we will no longer accept Station Cash as a payment method for Expansions and DLC Packs. Real-world currency will be the only way to purchase these products.

The reason for this is simply that these products require a high level of development resource and are therefore a substantial cost. We want to continue to run aggressive Station Cash promotions, which we know our customers love, but cannot continue to do this and protect the revenue that we need to offset these costs.

In consideration of our players who would like the opportunity to purchase current Expansion and DLC Packs with Station Cash, we are running a 50% discount on them from Friday August 10th until Sunday August 12th*.

As always, if you have questions about your Station Account or Station Cash Balance, please contact customer service at http://www.soe.com/support.

Real world currency is used to buy the SC. In fact, I use cash, not credit. This is irrelevant to my point but I felt compelled to clear the air on that.

What alternatives are going to be offered for customers (like myself) who wish to purchase Expansions and DLC packs (still not sure what exactly that is...) but are desiring to pay with real world currency instead of inflationary borrowed credit. Are you going to offer purchasable unlockable cards at game stores or Wal-Mart or something like this which can then unlock the download for a specific user? (That might be a good idea for those wishing to buy Expansions as a gift for friends and family.) Maybe return to selling the boxes as well (which doesn't make sense if you are striving to cut cost and increase revenue.)

What exactly is going to be offered as a replacement option for paying into a game that I (and others) are obviously wanting to continue enjoying?

I would love to see this game continue, I want to play THESE characters that I have invested REAL WORLD currency in, I want to see these characters move through an evolving world; so please, rather than allowing the customer base to continue jockeying back and forth, bickering over what might or might not be intended by the company they are supporting, answer our obvious questions about the future of this game.

Going to stop there because I'd love to know your thoughts on debit cards or such and how they are "inflationary borrowed credit."

This is the problem with Forums in general - people tend to post without reading what has already been said.  I swear this will be repeated 20x's before it gets across to people. YOU CAN STILL PAY FOR EXPANSIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS WITH STATION CASH CARDS !!!.. Just redeem them on the website and not in the market place. If you don't like to use plastic debit cards or credit cards - go to Walmart and buy a couple of station cash cards and use them on the " WEBSITE " and not in the Market Place.

Even if you couldn't they make "cash cards" nowadays lol.

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tomsky wrote:

Simple Solution:

Don't do Double SC weekends, only do Half price SC sales on specific items you want to.

That way, you are ALWAYS getting the same amount of money when someone buys the expansion via SC, or via RL currency.

Removing it from SC sales, is just going to lead to less people buying it, and you will lose out more.

I'm sure 99% of people would rather that SC and Subs were available via SC, than the double SC days we get.

I completely agree with this.

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Cyliena wrote:

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Simple Solution:

Don't do Double SC weekends, only do Half price SC sales on specific items you want to.

That way, you are ALWAYS getting the same amount of money when someone buys the expansion via SC, or via RL currency.

Removing it from SC sales, is just going to lead to less people buying it, and you will lose out more.

I'm sure 99% of people would rather that SC and Subs were available via SC, than the double SC days we get.

I completely agree with this.

Yep! Get rid of the double/triple SC and do half-price and rebates. I love playing eq2 but with this option removed, I will not be getting anymore expansions.
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I only have one thing to add to this one--THANK YOU for giving a few weeks notice this time, as well as giving folks a chance to buy expansions if they hadn't already.  Yes, this sucks for folks who were saving up for the NEXT expansion, but perhaps there will be some other product or service that you will want to buy with your hoarded SC sometime.

 

Speaking of next expansion ... spill.  Any word on content/features/date?    Or point me to another thread if I missed it.

 

Edited to fix spelling.  And I'll edit it again later if I notice another error.  Ha.

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Cyliena wrote:

tomsky wrote:

Simple Solution:

Don't do Double SC weekends, only do Half price SC sales on specific items you want to.

That way, you are ALWAYS getting the same amount of money when someone buys the expansion via SC, or via RL currency.

Removing it from SC sales, is just going to lead to less people buying it, and you will lose out more.

I'm sure 99% of people would rather that SC and Subs were available via SC, than the double SC days we get.

I completely agree with this.

As do I.  When Station Cash was still a bubble of an idea the one thing we said was "Make it so we can buy our subs and expansions with it."

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Old 08-13-2012, 01:20 PM   #53
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Cyliena wrote:

tomsky wrote:

Simple Solution:

Don't do Double SC weekends, only do Half price SC sales on specific items you want to.

That way, you are ALWAYS getting the same amount of money when someone buys the expansion via SC, or via RL currency.

Removing it from SC sales, is just going to lead to less people buying it, and you will lose out more.

I'm sure 99% of people would rather that SC and Subs were available via SC, than the double SC days we get.

I completely agree with this.

Yep! Get rid of the double/triple SC and do half-price and rebates. I love playing eq2 but with this option removed, I will not be getting anymore expansions.

you need to think globally - this change will affect ALL games that utilize station cash and I know that my kids would be very upset if the double and triple station cash events are removed from free realms. Best just to handle it exaclty the way they are planning

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:22 PM   #54
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[email protected] Bazaar wrote:

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nixhoPe3 wrote:

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Starting Monday, August 27th, 2012, we will no longer accept Station Cash as a payment method for Expansions and DLC Packs. Real-world currency will be the only way to purchase these products.

The reason for this is simply that these products require a high level of development resource and are therefore a substantial cost. We want to continue to run aggressive Station Cash promotions, which we know our customers love, but cannot continue to do this and protect the revenue that we need to offset these costs.

In consideration of our players who would like the opportunity to purchase current Expansion and DLC Packs with Station Cash, we are running a 50% discount on them from Friday August 10th until Sunday August 12th*.

As always, if you have questions about your Station Account or Station Cash Balance, please contact customer service at http://www.soe.com/support.

Real world currency is used to buy the SC. In fact, I use cash, not credit. This is irrelevant to my point but I felt compelled to clear the air on that.

What alternatives are going to be offered for customers (like myself) who wish to purchase Expansions and DLC packs (still not sure what exactly that is...) but are desiring to pay with real world currency instead of inflationary borrowed credit. Are you going to offer purchasable unlockable cards at game stores or Wal-Mart or something like this which can then unlock the download for a specific user? (That might be a good idea for those wishing to buy Expansions as a gift for friends and family.) Maybe return to selling the boxes as well (which doesn't make sense if you are striving to cut cost and increase revenue.)

What exactly is going to be offered as a replacement option for paying into a game that I (and others) are obviously wanting to continue enjoying?

I would love to see this game continue, I want to play THESE characters that I have invested REAL WORLD currency in, I want to see these characters move through an evolving world; so please, rather than allowing the customer base to continue jockeying back and forth, bickering over what might or might not be intended by the company they are supporting, answer our obvious questions about the future of this game.

Going to stop there because I'd love to know your thoughts on debit cards or such and how they are "inflationary borrowed credit."

This is the problem with Forums in general - people tend to post without reading what has already been said.  I swear this will be repeated 20x's before it gets across to people. YOU CAN STILL PAY FOR EXPANSIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS WITH STATION CASH CARDS !!!.. Just redeem them on the website and not in the market place. If you don't like to use plastic debit cards or credit cards - go to Walmart and buy a couple of station cash cards and use them on the " WEBSITE " and not in the Market Place.

Maybe you did not read it yourself?  

"Starting Monday, August 27th, 2012, we will no longer accept Station Cash as a payment method for Expansions and DLC Packs. Real-world currency will be the only way to purchase these products."

So, I have looked for any way to use a SC card to buy an expac and the only way I have found is cash.  There is no mention of using a card to get an xpac. So why don't you walk us through this method since you know a secret that we don't.  As far as sub time, yea, that is easy to add, but not to buy an xpac.

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this does not bother me what SOE is doing. I would as a company have all of the Expansions be paid in cash , and the items used for Example : potions, and such you can get it with station cash, or what ever I would have ingame purchases of the items you can use in game.  I feel that they are doing what any company would be doing and since it does take time and money to make expansions and make sure the programming is correct.

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this does not bother me what SOE is doing. I would as a company have all of the Expansions be paid in cash , and the items used for Example : potions, and such you can get it with station cash, or what ever I would have ingame purchases of the items you can use in game.  I feel that they are doing what any company would be doing and since it does take time and money to make expansions and make sure the programming is correct.

The only reason it bothers me is because the option was available in the first place, so I stock piled a bunch of SC, that is now useless to me. Will I get a refund? Of course I won't. Those of us that purchased SC with the intent of using it to purchase expansions and subs now have a bunch of SC to stare at. I don't want anything else they have to offer in the marketplace, and I'm clearly not the only one or there would be no need to remove these options in the first place.

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[email protected] Bazaar wrote:

 YOU CAN STILL PAY FOR EXPANSIONS...WITH STATION CASH CARDS !!!.. J

Can you now? How is that?

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Even if you couldn't they make "cash cards" nowadays lol.

Where do you find these cash cards for which one would not pay an additonal fee?

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Here's the thing about paying RL cash for expansions:

They don't put them out in boxes anymore. The production of these expansions cost the salary of the employees to make them....just....like.....everything.....else.....i n....the....game....every.....day.

Without the boxes and with it just being a link to clicky-click for your digital download, there's no production cost in the creation of the expansion. That means: you're paying for the bare bones. No magic, no extras, no discs, no fancy posters, no pewter figurines, no nothing.

That extra $50 bucks for the collector's edition? A couple more lines of data. Nothing anymore special than anything else. Nothing tangible or permanent.

Its data. And not even pretty packaged data. Its a blue link. Nothing extra goes into an expansion that doesn't already go into things like the Drunder GU, DoVx2, and the Qeynos revamp. You might even argue that MORE went into the Drunder GU and DoVx2 than went into our last expansion which, again, was just a link to click and download.

You cannot tell me that SoE didn't know what they were doing when they released AoD, had a triple station cash bonus weekend 2 weeks later, then announced the week after that how AoD was a huge success and everyone and their brother's dog bought it. If you didn't understand how, why, and when they did that, I have a beachfront bungalow in Nevada that you might be interested in.

Well, duh. I'll pay $15 x the number of my accounts to click on a blue link. I won't pay $40 x the number of my accounts to click on a blue link. I will, however, pay $40 for a box from the store with a fancy map, a few discs, a booklet, and a pewter figurine. So if you're going to push real life cash, put out a real life game.

I foresee that they will change the tune they're whistling once the same thing happens with the next xpac that happened with AoD-- pushing them into a triple station cash weekend so quickly after the release due to low interest. We'll see expansions for station cash again. We'll see non-recurring subscriptions for station cash again also once those of us who have a year or more of sub time stocked up run dry and don't buy anymore of it.

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