Permanent Crown Price Reduction

Inoki
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I see a lot of topics on various things, but I don't see often (or at all, disregard search now, I know it would yield results) ongoing topics on permanently lowering the prices of crowns.

We all know they periodically put discounts, like during Christmas there were some good discounts. I personally liked them and bought crowns.

Now that they are back to defaults I'm again put off because it's just grossly overpriced for pixels that have no real life value. Think about it - if the game at any point goes offline you will lose everything you ever spent on, because it's limited to a virtual world but you spent a real life currency.

On top of that, we (most I believe) pay for an (optional, yes, but sort of necessary) subscription. Which brings me to believe they do not rely on the pricing they got, and by permanently offering crowns for more reasonable prices, say the discount during Christmas would be permanent, I firmly believe they could generate more revenue by making the store more accessible to a wider variety of consumers, not just those with much deeper pockets than the average worker (no disrespect to anyone).

ZOS can see, that because people post about it they are in fact interested in spending, but the prices are simply too high.

Thoughts?
Edited by Inoki on January 11, 2019 5:28PM
  • IzzyStardust
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    If they permanently lower crown prices, then crowns per item price will eventually just go up. So you’d spend the same or more.

    Crowns are unnecessary so we can buy them or not.
  • WrathOfInnos
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    I think it’s a marketing tactic. There’s no concrete dollar value to a crown, so they could be anything. The fact that they go on sale for a limited time makes people buy them thinking they are a good deal.
  • Steelshiv
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    If they permanently lower crown prices, then crowns per item price will eventually just go up. So you’d spend the same or more.

    Crowns are unnecessary so we can buy them or not.

    How about lowering crown pack prices and leaving the store item price the same?

    I've spent about 200 USD on a game on my phone in the last 2 months because the prices are low with decent benefit and satisfaction . I've spent less than 100 USD on the ESO crown store in the last year and every time I think to myself "was that worth it" and in most cases come to the conclusion of "no. Why did I spend that much. Not doing that again."

    In the case of the crown store if satisfaction < price then I'm not buying it.
    Edited by Steelshiv on January 11, 2019 6:38PM
  • Wildberryjack
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    If crowns cost less I'd buy more often and spend more in the end, I know this. It's simple psychology, seeing the smaller number makes people feel better about spending the money. It's why some "nickel and dime" themselves to death, it didn't seem like much each time. Maybe that doesn't make sense but it's how it is. They'd make more money in the long run if they permanently reduced the cost of the crowns.
    Edited by Wildberryjack on January 11, 2019 10:12PM
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  • heaven13
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    I'm the opposite. If the prices of crown items were lower, I'd buy more things and then buy more crowns because it feels like I get more for my money. I know it's the same principle really but I feel like prices for crown items are the thing that's exorbitantly high. Other games I've played have had in-game currency and the cost was about the same for the dollar to psuedo-currency as crowns, but the items that could be bought were cheaper so it felt like it stretched farther. As of now, I only spend my crowns if I really, really, really want something (and usually it's after I pass on it the first time because I hate being pressured into a purchase by arbitrary 'limited time only' exclusives). If I still want it the second time it comes around, I can buy it then.
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  • Watchdog
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    You see, the problem here is that we want to pay less, while ZOS wants us to pay more.

    I am pretty certain the competent ZOS employees and managers know what they are doing to reach their goal.
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  • MollyReed94
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    Only thing(s) I refuse to buy are crown crates. I'll open the free ones but I refuse to put my crowns down on them.

    That being said, I like buying cosmetic items (outfits and such), and a reduction in the price would not help, they'd reduce the price of crowns and the cost of everything, so you'd end up spending the same, if not more money on an item.
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  • Beardimus
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    Inoki wrote: »
    I see a lot of topics on various things, but I don't see often (or at all, disregard search now, I know it would yield results) ongoing topics on permanently lowering the prices of crowns.

    We all know they periodically put discounts, like during Christmas there were some good discounts. I personally liked them and bought crowns.

    Now that they are back to defaults I'm again put off because it's just grossly overpriced for pixels that have no real life value. Think about it - if the game at any point goes offline you will lose everything you ever spent on, because it's limited to a virtual world but you spent a real life currency.

    On top of that, we (most I believe) pay for an (optional, yes, but sort of necessary) subscription. Which brings me to believe they do not rely on the pricing they got, and by permanently offering crowns for more reasonable prices, say the discount during Christmas would be permanent, I firmly believe they could generate more revenue by making the store more accessible to a wider variety of consumers, not just those with much deeper pockets than the average worker (no disrespect to anyone).

    ZOS can see, that because people post about it they are in fact interested in spending, but the prices are simply too high.

    Thoughts?

    My thoughts are to leave their commercial / pricing strategy decisions up to them.

    I get people want stuff cheaper, who doesn't. But suggesting what's best for an organisation just doesn't make sense. They have their strategy, and will do what works best for their goals.

    If you are on a budget best bet is buy crowns cheap and only buy stuff when its on sale cheap - double dip.
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  • idk
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    If they permanently lower crown prices, then crowns per item price will eventually just go up. So you’d spend the same or more.

    Crowns are unnecessary so we can buy them or not.

    This, but reading the overall OP is really just seems they are complaining about paying money in general when you continue on and read the complaint continues into the subscription some of us pay. However, they clearly make generalizations that they have no information to support so it is really just baseless comments, empty words.

    Like any business they determine the price and adjust it as they find necessary. It is up to you to determine if you are willing to part with your money at that price. The simple solution is do not buy crowns if you do not like the price.
    Edited by idk on January 12, 2019 12:00PM
    Really, idk
  • Beardimus
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    idk wrote: »
    If they permanently lower crown prices, then crowns per item price will eventually just go up. So you’d spend the same or more.

    Crowns are unnecessary so we can buy them or not.



    Like any business they determine the price and adjust it as they find necessary. It is up to you to determine if you are willing to part with your money at that price. The simple solution is do not buy crowns if you do not like the price.

    Spot on.
    Edited by Beardimus on January 12, 2019 12:24PM
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  • Acrolas
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    ZOS can't fix the price of any of their products. No manufacturer can tell any retailer that they have to charge X price all the time, nor can there be a mutual agreement among competitors.
    That other retailers tend to closely follow the pricing that ZOS uses in their storefront suggests that they find those prices to be acceptable.

    If you want to try to open your own retail storefront and try to become an official retail partner that sells crowns, and you want to sell them for next to nothing, that's something you can do. And then you'll get hit with a predatory pricing lawsuit.

    It's like people don't realize that retailing is a pretty complex thing and we didn't get here by accident or through malice.
  • Jayne_Doe
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    First - the Crown Store is optional, full of fluff items and consumables that have superior (for the most part) counterparts in-game. DLC is also in the store, but remains at a relatively low cost. You said it yourself that these are digital goods with no real world value that will just disappear eventually when the servers shut down. Why, then, spend any money on these items at all. Would cheaper prices mean that these items suddenly have value and won't just disappear eventually?

    Second - cost is relative. Even if they lowered Crowns to the sale prices, there will still be players saying it's too expensive. At what price point would ALL players be satisfied? How much should crowns cost so that ALL players can comfortably buy as many Crowns as they'd like to get all the CS items they want?

    Bottom line is this game is a hobby - pure entertainment. Not a necessity. If one can't afford the prices on crowns to get all the items they want, then they need to budget (or decide they can enjoy the game with all the free stuff we get). Not lobby for lower Crown prices. When something comes up in the CS that I like, I have to decide (A) how much do I really like this item, (B) will I actually use it, (C) can I afford it, and (D) are there other things I want more and should I save my crowns for those things.

    On a related note, I really liked the Black Fredas sale this year on the CS items themselves. A lot of items were on sale and I picked up a couple of things I had my eye on. Sure, a CS sale means that they may not have the items I want on sale, but I'd like to see them do sales like this more often, in addition to offering a decent sale on Crowns from time to time.
    Edited by Jayne_Doe on January 14, 2019 6:24PM
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