Buying a game on Steam, only to see it on sale days later...!

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#1 Posted by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

Anyone else done this?  I bought Dragon Age for $49.99, then a few days later I saw it for like $37.99.  Just the other day I bought Portal for $14.99, and now today it's for $4.99!!!   and I haven't even touched Portal yet, if only I had waited...  that's $22 I would have saved, and I could have used the money to buy a couple more games on sale...

#2 Posted by OmegaPirate (5522 posts) -

I did the same with torchlight bud- while i dont regret paying what i did at the time (thought it was a steal) - it is a little sickening to see the same game go down even more :(

#3 Posted by Gazel_Ministry (125 posts) -
@DOUBLESHOCK said:
" I bought Dragon Age for $49.99, then a few days later I saw it for like $37.99. "
This.  Also did the same thing with STALKER. It went on sale the day after I made the purchase.
#4 Edited by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

yeah Torchlight went as low as $5 in the one day sale thing!  quite a drop from $20.

#5 Posted by AndrewB (7686 posts) -

I bought Dragon Age for full price thinking it was going to be a long time before that game went on sale. Days later came the Thanksgiving sale for, I think, the price you mentioned (maybe a little more). Then it went on sale again this Christmas/New Year. Bah! I never pay full retail for a game (the only two I've done that for in years were Dragon Age and... ugh... Madden 10). This situation has taught me never to buy at launch. Wait even a week or two and the price will be more reasonable.

#6 Posted by Slippy (735 posts) -

Lesson of the day - never buy games before a holiday season.

#7 Posted by Jimbo (9935 posts) -

I rarely buy anything from Steam unless it's in a 50+% off sale, for exactly that reason.

#8 Posted by Emilio (3380 posts) -

That's why I usually buy my steam games when I know they will be on sale.

#9 Posted by harrypmgaga (162 posts) -

I've heard that if it's only a few days you can file a ticket to Steam Support and they can refund the difference. It hasn't personally happened to me, but it has happened to some people I know.  

#10 Posted by Cerza (1653 posts) -

I had that happen to me with Max Payne, but eh, that's the way it goes.

#11 Edited by Capum15 (4966 posts) -

I grabbed The Orange Box. It's on regular Holiday Sale for like, $23 (the price I got it).
 
Then it went up on the exclusive one day sale for $15.
 
Other than that, no other game(s) have done that to me so far.

#12 Edited by Mikemcn (7008 posts) -

Yea, I grabbed Red Faction Guerilla for 50 percent off at 19.99. The next day it got another 50% off and was 9.99. I didnt know Steam could compound sales like that.  
 
I almost bought mass effect for 19.99 yesterday, thank god i didnt, its now 4.99.
#13 Posted by fishmicmuffin (1044 posts) -
@Mikemcn:  Yeah I own Mass Effect for the xbox already but I'm tempted to get it again... It's hard to go wrong for 5 bucks.
#14 Posted by PenguinDust (12601 posts) -
@DOUBLESHOCK said:
" yeah Torchlight went as low as $5 in the one day sale thing!  quite a drop from $20. "
This, although I picked it up when it was at the $10 sale price.  I didn't think it would go lower than that.  On the other hand, I was fortunate enough to get KOTOR when it was $2.50.  This holiday it's only dropped to $5.
#15 Posted by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

oh, and I also bought Day of Defeat: Source for a friend just over a week ago, and that of course went on sale shortly after... ah Steam makes me sad sometimes.

#16 Posted by Nictel (2430 posts) -

Yeah it's a pain in the but when that happens, though in Steam's defence this happens in normal stores as well. What I find worse is the 24 hour, 75% off!, sales. Like the current Sam & Max sale.  From 59,99€  for 14,99€, I already spend way too much money on the current sale. But this seems like a steal. 

#17 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

Yeah that's exactly why I don't buy games unless it's on the daily sale. I'm going to wait until the last day to buy the rest.

#18 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -

I did see Torchlight go for 5 bucks cheaper after I bought for ten one day earlier, but I wasn't too razzed by it. If you're gonna to buy a game from steam play it immediately so even if it goes on sale the day after, you can say to yourself that extra 5 bucks I paid wasfor the time I played before the sale. This is why certain games I don't feel like I absolutely have to play the first day I will just simply wait for a sale.

#19 Posted by AgentofChaos (1565 posts) -

Did the same thing with bf2. Bought it on Black Friday, holiday sale was better by 10 bucks.

#20 Posted by Swoxx (3006 posts) -

This just happened to me with skyrim, bought it yesterday, now its 33% off :(

#21 Posted by Simplexity (1382 posts) -

Never buy anything on Steam during Xmas unless it's on sale, it's one of the 10 commandments I believe.

#22 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

I'm sorry so many people have had this issue. I haven't flinched unless a game was under $10 (the exception being Civilization V GOTY edition). I don't think I spent more than $100 on nearly a dozen games. <3 u Steem!

#23 Posted by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -

2 years old? fuck it. 
 
I bought Sonic Generations when it was 33% off thinking it would never be a daily deal because it is too new. Well, a few days later it was a daily deal and like 50% off or something. Not a big deal but it still hurts bro.

#24 Posted by JeanLuc (3604 posts) -

My friend once bought the original portal for $20. Two days later the Orange Box went on sale for $5. He was so pissed.

#25 Posted by amir90 (2178 posts) -

Boderlands GOTY...

#26 Posted by Beaudacious (934 posts) -

What a bunch of cry babies!

I bought Skyrim on release for 60$, its 40$ now. Do i care? No. Why you ask? Cause its a great fucking game worth every penny, and Bethesda deserves it all. Great products deserve compensation.

I payed 50$ for the Orange box now its essential free, do i care? No.

To each person certain games are worth full price, while sales allow you to buy games you're unsure about. If you feel bad about buying a game you adore at full price, then you need to rethink your cheapskateness. Unfortunately most people don't understand this till they actually produce a good/service for sale themselves.

#27 Posted by Swoxx (3006 posts) -

@Beaudacious said:

What a bunch of cry babies!

I bought Skyrim on release for 60$, its 40$ now. Do i care? No. Why you ask? Cause its a great fucking game worth every penny, and Bethesda deserves it all. Great products deserve compensation.

I payed 50$ for the Orange box now its essential free, do i care? No.

To each person certain games are worth full price, while sales allow you to buy games you're unsure about. If you feel bad about buying a game you adore at full price, then you need to rethink your cheapskateness. Unfortunately most people don't understand this till they actually produce a good/service for sale themselves.

I'm talking like 5 hours though from purchase from price drop. You may not care, others do.

#28 Posted by KimChi4U (368 posts) -

I bought Saints Row the Third for full price and only got around to playing a couple of hours due to being busy. I checked the steam sale and saw it for $33.49.

#29 Edited by xplay25 (20 posts) -

Yeah, but it's one of those things that will destroy you if you don't just let it go, hahaha. I spent $10 on Gothic 3 before the holiday sales, and then it was $2.49, for example. I twitched a little and then moved on. But man, it is torture.

If I could have, I would have spent $300 on Steam this Christmas. But I only ended up with 3 games, two of which were Skyrim and The Witcher 2. I figure that's pretty great.

#30 Posted by Sayishere (1840 posts) -

I mean if you buy the game, and then the next day, or maybe couple of days the game is cheaper, i would be annoyed yes. But after like a week i dont really care, i mean you bought the game because you wanted to play it straight away right?

Rule on thumb for Steam in particular, always wait for sales, for games you dont really feel like playing, or paying full price for.

#31 Posted by Tomkang (251 posts) -

Fallout 3 dlc on xbox, I bought all of them and then the next day they all went 50% off >.>

#32 Posted by WhyBeAre (73 posts) -

On Steam I usually avoid buying anything unless it is a daily deal, but on X-Box I buy things when I want them. I bought the Forza 4 season pass about 8 hours before it went on sale, feels bad.

#33 Posted by dudeglove (8153 posts) -
#34 Posted by Branthog (5595 posts) -

Yeah, but since I made approximately 100 different transactions on Steam in the past ten days, I can't remember the exact occurance. (And yes, I'm serious - my Visa was halted four times and I had to call up to verify everything was okay - I do this many times a year with Visa due to Steam, because Steam doesn't let you fucking buy multiple copies of the same game and you can't buy gifts and non-gifts at the same time.)
 
What I hate more is buying a game on Steam for $30 only to find out a couple months later that it's already on GOG for like $4.99.

#35 Posted by Storphrax (186 posts) -

I bought Deus Ex for $50 the day before it went on sale for 66% off.

#36 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2477 posts) -

I bought Portal 2 for fiddy bucks …

#37 Posted by plainplease (187 posts) -

i feelya. bought bastion before christmas when it was marked down to $10, then it dropped to $5 just a couple days after. it was still totally worth what i paid though

#38 Posted by Fozimuth (170 posts) -

I don't buy anything on Steam that isn't already less than $5 unless it's on sale. I waited months to buy Portal 2 because I was completely certain it would go on sale in the summer.

#39 Posted by DoctorSage (162 posts) -

This happens to me all the time. Not just for Steam games, but for almost everything game related, and I do mean everything.

The only real way to make sure you never miss out on any bargains is to just never buy anything, sadly.

#40 Posted by BUCK3TM4N (549 posts) -

so far not yet

#41 Posted by CrimsonNoir (403 posts) -

I'm glad I decided to wait on Bastion, even though $10 is still a good price it was on sale for $5 a month ago so I knew it would be back eventually.

#42 Posted by Chrjz (335 posts) -

@Swoxx said:

This just happened to me with skyrim, bought it yesterday, now its 33% off :(

I feel your pain... the same thing just happened to me. "Oh, yeah, the Creation Kit comes out tomorrow; I had better buy Skyrim!" *next day the Creation Kit is released accompanied by 33% off*

D:

#43 Posted by CJduke (796 posts) -

Classic Steam, will getcha every time.

#44 Edited by RavenX302 (262 posts) -

I never buy from Steam without it being on sale. I haven't spent more than 15 bones on a single purchase.

#45 Posted by Branthog (5595 posts) -

I wish they'd have a grace period. Like, if it goes on sale within a week of you buying it, you get it for the sale price (the other just turns into Steam wallet/credit).

#46 Posted by ajamafalous (12129 posts) -
@Branthog said:

I wish they'd have a grace period. Like, if it goes on sale within a week of you buying it, you get it for the sale price (the other just turns into Steam wallet/credit).

That's not a terrible idea (refunding to Steam wallet; would be good business for them), but I can't help but feel it's too slippery a slope. The grace period's a week? Suddenly people bitching about buying the game and it going on sale 10 days later, etc.
#47 Posted by Branthog (5595 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

@Branthog said:

I wish they'd have a grace period. Like, if it goes on sale within a week of you buying it, you get it for the sale price (the other just turns into Steam wallet/credit).

That's not a terrible idea (refunding to Steam wallet; would be good business for them), but I can't help but feel it's too slippery a slope. The grace period's a week? Suddenly people bitching about buying the game and it going on sale 10 days later, etc.

It cuts enough of the bite, though. Seeing it go on sale a week later is fine. That happens online lots. But when you buy it today and it goes on a steep sale twelve hours later, it blows. It has happened to me a couple of times. Amazon used to give you the difference back if the price changed on an item within 30 days (any item, in fact). I think they stopped doing that, though.

#48 Edited by Jeust (10821 posts) -

Happened to me too with Super Meat Boy. I bought it at 14.99€, and then came a indie sale and it was with another bunch of games at 5$.  
 
I also bought Nier at launch at 70€, and after a couple of months the price lowered to 30€. Oh well, I loved that game. 

#49 Posted by TheHT (11676 posts) -

It's rough, but you gotta fight temptation and wait for either the weekend, midweek, or seasonal sale before you make a purchase. Unless the game's brand new I suppose.

#50 Posted by Sayishere (1840 posts) -

Thats the cycle of life, not only with games.

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