...I have to agree concerning what I call the “BOGO principle” of these sales. The only time I actually get a new release is if it is something I’ve been waiting for (like Stefan’s forthcoming Urban Sprawl 3) or it is actually something I would use in a scene more than once. Mostly I’ve been scoring on the 4 Hour (usually which become “Full Day”) sales and Fastgrab. Not into the “progressive” sales either (buy one item at 30%, two at 40% 3+ at 50%).
I miss the old introductory sales where PC members received an extra discount on new releases and the special PC advance release deals before they were offered to the general public.
Also March Madness was not quite the deal it used to be for it too employed the “BOGO principle” for one to get the full 50% discount that in past years was a ““given”. So again if there was just one item that you wanted, you either had to accept getting the lower discount, buy another item you may not need or want, or forgo the whole thing completely.
I miss the vouchers which were good on both PA and DO products. didn’t need to be used up in one shot (unless it was near the 30 day expiration) and would effectively stack with one another. I never lost a PC, challenge award, or gallery voucher.
On the other hand Daz and PA’s have lost sales from me with switch form vouchers to coupons because either they have a minimum purchase required, which (especially on my current budget) I could not afford, they were not valid for items released within 60 days, they required an item or genre I really wasn’t interested in, or (in the case with Monthly and bonus PC coupons) they were only good on DO items.
I estimate i have lost between 35 - 40$ in PC incentives alone since the change from the voucher system because there simply was nothing I needed or wanted from the DO category that wasn’t priced at 1.99$ (which by the rules cannot be purchased with the PC coupon).
Oh, and the required purchase of an other item for a freebie really does not make it a “freebie” anymore. It’s just another “BOGO” deal and should be stated thus.