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"Wargame Vault "Pay What You Want"" Topic

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Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 3:30 a.m. PST

One of the options that Wargame Vault allows for pricing is "pay what you want". As the name suggests it lets you choose how much you want to pay for an item. There is usually a recommended price but you can go from zero to as high as you like.

If you purchase something from WV that has had this option do you generally:

a) pay nothing
b) pay something, but less that recommended
c) pay the recommended value
d) pay more than the recommended value

For me its C, but curious to know what others think/do

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 3:55 a.m. PST

E. Never bought anything from Wargame Vault

FABET01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 4:23 a.m. PST

a/e I pay nothing at first, but after I get to look over the product, buy it again at what I feel it's worth. I think of it like browsing at a brick and mortar store.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 6:12 a.m. PST

About 50% of my customers for pay what you want pay the recommended or slightly more at purchase.

About 30% pay nothing and come back and pay more.

about 20% pay nothing.

There are a few odds and ends behaviours such as repeat offenders … er … customers who pay a lot more on the first purchase and a few who pay nothing then come back and pay the recommended price.

I personally pay the recommended price then come back and buy another copy for more money if I think it is worth it.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 6:38 a.m. PST

I pay recommended price. I don't see the point in not paying or paying less.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

It sounds like hippies running the Federal Reserve.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 7:33 a.m. PST

Depends on the product if it something I would usually order recommend price. Something in new area I am trying out less.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 8:16 a.m. PST

I pay the listed price.

Personal logo SBminisguy Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

I pay nothing at first, but after I get to look over the product, buy it again at what I feel it's worth. I think of it like browsing at a brick and mortar store.

I do something similar. But also, once someone has established a track record of good products I'll pay 100% (or sometimes more) each time.

McKinstry Fezian26 Dec 2017 1:37 p.m. PST


josta5926 Dec 2017 7:14 p.m. PST

A. Sorry if that makes me a jerk. If I'm told I can pay what I want, what I want is free.

KSmyth26 Dec 2017 7:14 p.m. PST

I don't think I've ever run across the Pay What You Want option. If I did, I would definitely pay something. I'm always impressed by the work of others, so I'd say C.

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2017 3:28 a.m. PST

what I did was option B, then after I looked through it went back and paid option C for another. Since I've only done it that one time I'm not a good source for future shopping data. lol and yes josta59 you are a jerk if you pay nothing for someone elses work.

josta5927 Dec 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

Oh well, people like me for other things. My wife likes me for not spending money on things I can get for free. Raising three kids here.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2017 10:51 a.m. PST

C. I pay the recommended/suggested price. I've bought a few lemons with this (products which were not fully finished games, not really playable as published), but that is the exception. I've never gone back and paid more, that I recall. Nothing has been that impressive yet. Time may change that. Cheers!

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Dec 2017 1:21 p.m. PST

If it's something I know I'm going to use I'd pay the recommended price. I've gotten alot of "Free" stuff on WargamesVault but I think I've only bought one "Pay what you want" item. I happily paid the recommended price because it's something I've wanted for a long time. Specifically a proper PDF of Shockforce 2.0…
…which is something I think every sci-fi gamer should own.

If it's something I might or might not use from a company that makes other product I know I want I might pay nothing and then buy another item at full price.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

Not paying makes you a cheap ass jerk.

"Paying" means that something is given and expected in exchange for the item. Nothing isn't something.

But hey, you are a clever monkey by cheating the author.

kodiakblair01 Jan 2018 2:02 p.m. PST

More than once I've entered zero in the box. I've also never actually played any of the "pay what you want" items.

The keyboard warriors with their "cheap ass jerk" comments are amusing but they're also the reason for the stifle button.

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