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Should Apple to remove Tier 1 pricing?

View Poll Results: Move all $0.99 to $1.99?
It is whats best for the app store. 10 17.54%
Um, no. 47 82.46%
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10-30-2009, 12:41 PM
#1
Joined: Sep 2009
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Should Apple to remove Tier 1 pricing?

Would setting the minimum price for apps @ $1.99 have many negative effects?

Or would it simply double the majority of the app stores income?
10-30-2009, 01:08 PM
#2
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This is a stupid thread.

Developers can choose whether games are $.99 or $1.99. Many people buy $1.99 games, as they do with $.99 games. Why axe out $.99?

1. Games like Harbour Master would fail because at $1.99 as a pick up and play game not many would buy it;
2. It's just making the app store even more restricted;
3. Developers would just do - FREE GAME, 99c to purchase the full game in game as DLC.

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10-30-2009, 01:10 PM
#3
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I think that will be a nice step for the Devs. on the long run.
however, remember ? Apple left the pricing decision with the Devs. ?
That game that went up $39.99 was a Great move by the Devs. screaming in Agony about the economy in the app store.

C'mon guys! we can Surely pay $1.99 for a game that we Play fro HOURS & the Devs. Update for FREE... Look @ Pocket God, I do not personally Like the concept, however... The Devs. have been pushing FREE updates for AGES now... They had announced that they will increase the price, but they havn't yet...

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10-30-2009, 01:11 PM
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10-30-2009, 01:12 PM
#5
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why don't you go ahead and get the paypal address's of all the dev's you've bought games for and pay them some extra money.

raising the price of games would have a massive effect on sales for all the casual gamers on the ipod/iphone
10-30-2009, 01:14 PM
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why should they? the app store is doing fine at the current pricing

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10-30-2009, 01:15 PM
#7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by diffusion8r View Post
This is a stupid thread.

Developers can choose whether games are $.99 or $1.99. Many people buy $1.99 games, as they do with $.99 games. Why axe out $.99?

1. Games like Harbour Master would fail because at $1.99 as a pick up and play game not many would buy it;
2. It's just making the app store even more restricted;
3. Developers would just do - FREE GAME, 99c to purchase the full game in game as DLC.
Clearly the point of this thread is not apparent to you.

Look at it this way, a movie ticket is ~$9.00. A movie is 2 hours of entertainment.

An app is most commonly $0.99. The length of entertainment you get out of it can go far beyond 2 hours.

Big businesses have said they don't find the app store a wise investment anymore because the pricing is so low.

$1.99 is still extremely cheap for what we get, thats like 2 cheeseburgers @ McDonalds.

Not only that, but the more money developers, and apple make, the more expansion we see.
10-30-2009, 01:15 PM
#8
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: UK
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ultimo View Post
I think that will be a nice step for the Devs. on the long run.
however, remember ? Apple left the pricing decision with the Devs. ?
That game that went up $39.99 was a Great move by the Devs. screaming in Agony about the economy in the app store.

C'mon guys! we can Surely pay $1.99 for a game that we Play fro HOURS & the Devs. Update for FREE... Look @ Pocket God, I do not personally Like the concept, however... The Devs. have been pushing FREE updates for AGES now... They had announced that they will increase the price, but they havn't yet...
admitedly, devs put a lot of hard work into their apps, but as diffuson said, devs can choose the price. if they think its worthy of $1.99, they'll put it at $1.99.

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10-30-2009, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Fudgeboy View Post
admitedly, devs put a lot of hard work into their apps, but as diffuson said, devs can choose the price. if they think its worthy of $1.99, they'll put it at $1.99.
Only problem is $0.99 is the norm, essentially if they don't sell it @ $0.99 their sales will go down, not because people wouldn't want to buy it at $1.99 it's just the mentality that's been set.

If Apple introduced Tier 1 pricing @ $1.99, would you refuse to buy the same apps you have? probably not.
10-30-2009, 01:28 PM
#10
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You can only use the cheeseburger comparison so much until it no longer applies...at least for me (and a few others in TA that I know)

Sure, 1.99 is one thing, but I buy at least 10-20 games a week (on average)

If I buy 100 games in a month, now we are talking about the difference of 100-200 dollars - there are a lot of games I pay 5 dollars for though, so not every game counts

I know there are people who probably only buy 10-20 games per month.

I am not saying that I think it's a bad idea to go to a 1.99 floor, Im just saying the cheeseburger theory no longer realistically applies - unless your someone who eats McDonalds EVERY DAY - or - your someone who buys 1 game here and there

(sorry for the way I explain things - I know what I want to say, I just can't say it right! )