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Well, this could be perceived as a rant I suppose, but I'm just a little disappointed in their tactics. I just purchased Torchlight (awesome game by the way) the day their sales began....also decided to purchase it for my younger bro. This was just 3 days ago and it was on sale for $9.99. Low and behold, it is now $4.99.

I personally don't understand why they would put something on sale, then a couple days later....mark it down further in their Daily bonanza. Not cool.

I understand that it's my loss, tough luck, jokes on me...but surely, they could go about this better. It's like they don't want you to purchase anything during their Christmas sale unless it's on their daily sale.

Unfortunately, it's a lesson that I will stick to from now on and will not purchase anything unless it's on their daily sale.
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This is just the price you pay for using Steam. 9.99 is already a pretty low price for Torchlight. I paid 20 dollars for it

If it wasn't for game distributors like Steam, Torchlight would never would of gotten the kind of press and popularity if it just sold on shelves. Same thing goes for those indie games like Super Meat Boy. Know that for every dollar spent, a part of that money trickles up to the developers (indirectly). Be proud that you are supporting games like Torchlight.

Steam prices are usually low anyways. I've gotten shafted on a couple of times, (Paid 29.95 for BC2, next day it was 15.99 ) and it is frustrating.

If that really bothers you, Direct2drive has a price match guarantee. Read the fine print though, some exceptions do apply as do most things.
Edited by youra6 - 12/24/10 at 10:33am
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If you think the game was worth $9.99 whats the problem? It's just bad luck I wouldn't get upset over 5 dollars.
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Yeah, that is a lesson to learn, in a way. I was told by a friend, DON'T buy anything that's on sale "normally" until the very last day of the sale, as it may be individually on sale.
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This is just the price you pay for using Steam. 9.99 is already a pretty low price for Torchlight.

If it wasn't for game distributors like Steam, Torchlight would never would of gotten the kind of press and popularity if it just sold on shelves. Same thing goes for those indie games like Super Meat Boy.

Steam prices are usually low anyways. I've gotten shafted on a couple of times, (Paid 29.95 for BC2, next day it was 15.99 ) and it is frustrating.

If that really bothers you, Direct2drive has a price match guarantee. Read the fine print though, some exceptions do apply as do most things.
Thanks, I haven't used Direct2drive yet. Still fairly new to the PC market. But just a lesson of frustration that has spoken loud and clearly to me and I copy. Not gonna cry over it and I won't waste the effort to request a refund or difference of price as I don't expect that to happen.

Just hope some of the new guys like myself learn from my and others experiences and sit tight on your cash when sales like this happen. I've been burned on the Orange Box and Killing Floor as well, but this occurred a day or two before anything was on sale. What makes this bothersome, is that Torchlight WAS on sale....then marked down further. lol
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Good news is that I don't expect another sale like this maybe until the week of 4th of July. Maybe Memorial Day sale. Expect a couple of deals in between these dates, but they wont nearly be in the same magnitude.
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Good news is that I don't expect another sale like this maybe until the week of 4th of July. Maybe Memorial Day sale. Expect a couple of deals in between these dates, but they wont nearly be in the same magnitude.
Well I'm certainly loving the sale, there's no doubt about that and I won't lead anyone to believe I haven't benefited from this sale more than burned. I'm up to a considerable sized library that will certainly keep me entertained for years to come. No way in the world will I beat 60+ games on my schedule.
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This is how steam has always worked

Live and learn now you know for next year
    
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I have a oh load of games I bought on steam for cheap i havent used yet... just recently picked up some new ones of late too...
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Dang it! I just bought Torchlight too for 9.99. O well maybe the early bird doesn't always get the worm.
    
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