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Discussion in 'iRacing' started by fwyflyer, Oct 8, 2019.
Anybody know whether we can expect a seasonal sale for iRacing for previous subscribers?
Probably exactly the day you use in the header
Yep, last years the never did a Halloween thingy like Steam but stuck to their Black Friday deal. In years gone by it used to be two years for the price of one, the last 3 (?) years it was 25% off the sticker price for a year but you can buy as many "years" as you like. Cars and tracks are not reduced.
Normally iRacings marketing department are way more effective than their dev department - but I wonder if the marketing folks have forgotten to make a cost benefit analysis of offering a tangible rebate on Black Friday - instead of the laughable 25% off on an imaginary sticker price nobody have ever been paying.
Because the more members that can be "caught" inside iRacing for 1 or 2 years forward the more stuff (cars & tracks) will these "prisoners" buy.
So my guess is that the more or less imaginary rebate loss will be more than cancelled out allready from day 1.5
I just looked at my account: $80 on Subs since July 2018.
No discount involved, I just take a break occasionally as iRacing has a way of taking over my evenings...it's good for me. That $80 is probably 7 months of subs.
I think Bruno is right though - the price including the discount is what iRacing base their financial forecasts on. The suckers* paying full price (tbf, that kinda includes me) are just bonuses.
*Suckers, or people who genuinely can't afford a yearly sub in one hit. I wish there were a way to help the latter group of folks, but I can't think of any practical solutions. Suckers like me will have to just suck it up.
NTM V7 on more cars + impending AI (soon!) + Black Friday Deal = Deal I can't refuse.
Conserning a real tangible rebate then about 2-3 years back iRacing actually offered a genuine rebate for existing customers of about 40-50%(?) on 1-2 years subscription on every Black Friday.
But hiding behind a fake explanation of some sudden change in VAT deduction - where iRacing vaguely insinuated they until then had hidden payment of VAT for customers by paying it themselves - they both raised the subscription price and lowered any possible rebate to the laughable level it is now.
They don't have to give away a great product. Simple supply and demand.
I agree (except for the supply and demand bit, as they still have a warehouse full of unsold accounts), but I think it would be even better if more people could afford it - not free, as that would allow the great unwashed masses in to destroy it! - but priced to reflect local economies. As admitted already though, I don't know how they could do that without unscrupulous* people utilising VPNs to suddenly "move" to Ecuador.
Perhaps Uncle George $ could subsidise a few thousand accounts.
We can all do our bit by spreading the word. And re-subbing if there is a good deal in November.
*I prefer to think of such people as tech savvy and sensibly frugal.
Do you have a link?
I personally am not a fan of their model but it's a business that's obviously doing very well, or they would have changed it.
I rather they had a model of £x per race up to a max of the existing monthly cost, for those like myself sim race for about 1-2 hours a week. With often spouts of no racing for week(s) due to other commitments.