I'm not trying to make any particular statement her, just curious.
Ok, here is my question to all:
Are group buys so successful because:
A. The price is down to a level that more people can afford, and hence more people buy it.
B. The group price compared to the regular price is such a bargain, that people feel compelled to buy it because of the "bargain" aspect of it.
If people feel that A is the reason the majority of people are buying these products, then this makes a strong case for developers lowering their prices. IE, drop the freakkin' prices already and make more money (many have been arguing that one of the main reasons for piracy is the unaffordable cost of the software).
If people feel that B is the reason, then perceived value is everything. In the sense that the strategy here is to release a product at a very high price, just so that by dropping the price on special events, people won't be able to resist the incredible perceived bargain. This also means that if over a year ago, Gold came out costing $398 from the getgo, probably not many more people would have bought it than the people who bought it for $1k.