Amazon has officially axed the 20% on games and ad-free viewing via Twitch.tv. However, there are some other major changes on the way.
Might as well start boycotting. I love the 20% off pre-order. Getting $12 once you pre ordering is great but getting $10 after finallt getting charged for a game and it will expire in 60 days so you can't really stack up the money.
Getting a $12 discount once you pre-order is great but getting $10 after finally getting charged for a game is now is bad specially that it will expire in 60 days* I wouldn't care of I was allow to stack on $10 without expiring withing a year but 60 days is nuts.
The $10 promotion seems more like those coupons you get from any given store from time to time that has a limited time coupon you can use for a certain time as an incentive to get people to come back into the store. To me, those are free, and it seems that Amazon wants us to pay for the privalege of getting one. Not that I wouldn't likely use a lot of them, but they said they're only on select games, and I have a feeling it's not going to be the games that they are having pricing disputes now with some publishers. basically most that they don't have available for pre-order so they don't have to give the discount on them(Sony and Sega that I know about). I wouldn't even be surprised if its only on games which have a higher mark up to them...which pretty much removes any AAA highly anticipated and marketed game. Their video streaming hasn't been all that enticing lately either, so I'm wondering if it might be cheaper to just pay for shipping when it comes up. I've had prime for years before they offered the 20% promotion, and i said when they started it I can't see it lasting long because I know what the mark ups are on games....but I just don't order as much from Amazon anymore, and when it went from $80 to $120/yr, I suddenly started seeing a lot less value in it. The only reason I renewed the last time was for the pre-order discounts.
Amazon is getting to be a bit too much. They are getting cheap. Working their employees to the bone, skimping on services, faltering on packaging (i have received many, many damaged goods), selling grey market or outright counterfeit items....and all the while raising rates. Why have Prime at all?
"faltering on packaging (i have received many, many damaged goods)" 100% agreed, I recently ordered a Marvel Legends figure and they shipped it in what was basically a seal-able grey plastic bag. There was no bubble padding on the interior or anything, my order was intact luckily but i'm not going to risk it again.
I stopped ordering collectors editions from them because I haven't gotten one without a damaged box in over a year. Probably 10-15 CE's all with some sort of damage to the box. They just throw it in a bigger box, sometimes with one or two of those puffy bags, and not nearly enough protection. I got a couple replaced because I happened to get a good CSR, but most of the time they either don't have anymore, or say its not enough damage. Then they want to charge me a restocking fee to send it back. I let it go a few times when they were 20% off, but since they stopped that a while ago, I figured if I'm paying top dollar, then I want it in new condition. I take my collecting seriously. I've gotten a couple regularly packaged games with the box sleeve torn, or plastic ripped in some way....even if it still had the shrinkwrap in tact. That could be remedied by using some bubble bags, which would probably cost them 1/2 cent more per bag. That's how much more it would cost me to get the same sized bag with bubbles when I order them in multiples of 500....and you know Amazon is getting them in multiples of tens of thousands. On top of that, all the ones I get can be resealed to be used again by the customer should they so choose. They're plain white, but the customer doesn't care. Instead of buying printed bags with Amazon Prime painted all over it, they should put that money into plain envelopes with bubble protection. It'd likely be cheaper. their label is plenty enough to tell its from Amazon. One return of a damaged product would lose them more than they'd lose on 12,000 bags based on my estimates.
My favorite was preorder a game on Amazon the release date arrives phone Amazon asked where my game was and they told me they didn't get the game in stock.
Funny that this is coming along with a price hike.
I've noticed they always have some other bad news to coincide with that. Maybe to distract from the price hike. I wonder how much is too much for people. It's a service with lots of other services attached, and there comes a point where not everyone wants all those services, so you get a lot of people paying for things they don't want. If they just had a free shipping service for $50-60 a year, I'd pay that. But $120/yr for that, maybe a $10 coupon once in a while now, and a streaming service which I use intermittently and wouldn't miss if I didn't have it is more than I can justify.
Honestly, the Twitch benefits were one of the most forgettable perks of Prime. This undoubtedly affects a large group of people but still a small group compared to how many people have Prime.
Thankfully Steam created their own streaming service, someone needs to give Twitch some actual competition unlike YouTube.
I renewed my Gamers Club Unlocked when I was at Best Buy last night. I cancelled my Amazon Prime account a few hours ago after the MrSpeakers Ethers headphones order I placed through Amazon arrived at 8:41 tonight & upon opening the box I discovered that Amazon charged me $1,500.00 for counterfeit headphones.
Renewed my Gamers Club Unlocked in March , last night was I went to GameStop & renewed my little brothers account.
Did you buy them from Amazon or a third party seller? Hopefully you're reporting this, if it's a third party seller, which I'm assuming, files need to be charged and that seller needs to be removed. Don't trust third party stuff man. And if it's Amazon selling counterfeit goods, sounds like a good reason to call a lawyer.
Purchased them from Amazon , wasn't going to purchase something like this from a third party seller & run the risk of receiving counterfeit headphones & unfortunately ordering them from Amazon didn't help avoid the counterfeit headphone issue. I had to fight to get my refund from Amazon after they sent the counterfeit headphones & when they finally refunded me 2 months later , I ordered the headphones directly from MrSpeakers website & ordered a custom cable for the headphones from Double Helix cables for $985.00
That sounds more like a 3rd party seller issue, and you should certainly contact Amazon about it. They take that kind of thing pretty seriously, and they'll refund your money. OTOH, they also let people sell Arabic region games as US games, and seems they haven't done anything about that particular seller despite numerous complaints. I'm sure there are more than the one I had an experience with. but that's a bit different than selling counterfeit products as official ones. Although, in both cases its fraud and illegal. AFAIK, Amazon has never been caught selling counterfeit goods directly.
I was looking to pre order spiderman yesterday on Amazon and it wasn't available. That and a few other upcoming games. I bet they are up know after they axed the 20% off. Simple ill just buy my games elsewhere. You never know with them anyways, game might be on time a day early or 2 days late
They're in a pricing dispute with the publishers apparently. They want lower prices. Publishers want to charge more for these types of companies even though they're buying direct from the publisher. Because of these games aren't cheap enough any more for Amazon to offer the 20% on them, so they actually lose money on the sale. Its not that they don't have their allotment from Sony already, but if they offer up for pre-order, they know they have to do the 20% off. So they say its not available to avoid that. They took away the 2 weeks after release discount so they could sell the game on release. What most people don't know is that video games, even if you can buy in huge bulk, usually only have a 20-30% mark up on them for the retailers, which is why places like GameStop started pushing used games more. The smaller stores which have to buy from distributors have even less mark up to make a profit. If I sell a new game on Ebay which I get through my distributor, I manage to make $1-2 after ebay costs. Which is why I don't sell new releases on Ebay.
I thought people don't preorder anymore
People are pissed about paying extra money for a membership that offers nothing.
The 20% discount was the only reason I had prime. Why would I keep it..
Cancel it then if you're not getting value lol. Smartest decision. I personally do all my shopping outside of food on Amazon. Cheaper than any stores I can find around here.
Maybe you should talk to their CSR's and say you want to cancel it now, and you want to be reimbursed for any remaining time you have on the service. That way, at least Amazon will know why people are not renewing, instead of it showing up months later so they can't really gauge why its gone down. IMO, they should have at least honored what they promoted until the end of the current subscription that people had signed up for. I know they aren't legally responsible due to them saying they can change it at any time, but when I renewed last Febuary the service was well worth it. Now, I can barely see any reason to use it anymore....especially since they're increasing the price.
Apparently a few billion is just not enough for one man.
everyone should have known this the moment they raised prime price after looking at how much good profit they made, now all this, and they boast making trillions each year.. lul
I knew the 20% wasn't going to last that long. I thought maybe 3-5 years. It's only been about 2 years now, and they've widdled away what you can get 20% off of over a course of time, and even not made games available for pre-order, so they wouldn't have to honor the 20% deal which they advertised and people actually singed up for. I'm surprised though that Amazon has become more heavy handed in the past couple years. They were always such and easy and good company to buy from. Now it seems like everything is being driven to try and promote prime, but they're removing some of the best incentives to use prime. Even if you just want the streaming service, its not really worth it with the upcoming price hike. If you don't care about the streaming service, and only the free shipping, you'd have to order a lot from Amazon to actually get any benefit out of the prime free 2 day shipping service. personally, I'd rather just wait a couple extra days and not pay anything, or just pay a couple bucks.
What is it with the general population, and the shoulder-shrugging acceptance of being mentally assaulted with f****ng ADs everywhere? It's unanimous that everyone with a working brain, absolutely despises ads of any sort, yet you wake up, and it takes a whopping 5 minutes before your perpetual bombardment of ads starts for the entire day. Thankfully, I don't give a crap about Twitch, or watching people play video games, but you people who do, really need to start drawing a line somewhere. At this rate, you'll soon be conceding having ads in your dreams.
I don't mind watching an ad if it actually supports the content that I want to watch. however, nowadays especially, there is a more heavy handed approach to internet advertising in general, and its become way too pervasive and intrusive. But, over the years, I think people just got used to it. waste 10-30 seconds to get "free content". Any given TV show will have 7-9 minutes of ads per 30 minutes. It's spread out, but advertising is nothing new or something that needs to be fought against or shrugged off. I don't use services which have the heavy handed approach, and despite how much I use N4G and would love to support them, I use ad blocker on this site, because their ads actually slow it down to a crawl and I can't use it on an actual PC.
Makes me think they have plans in the future for their own gaming service. Only reason I can think for this is that they don't want people buying games from them anymore. What do we do when digital gaming becomes so popular that retailers see it not worth their time or profitable to carry physical games? I wonder.
Can I give up my Fortnite loot box drops for ad-free viewing? Those are a damn waste.
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