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Membership Price Changes - 1st March 2015


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Stupid move. You don't get new players by upping the price. Let's quicken the stagnation y'all!

 

I bought gold membs and I'm still on dat $5/mo when that runs out, so this won't affect me, but is still bad.

 

Does anyone have a history of costs for using USD via CC? Just curious (that's like the standard payment method probably, good for comparability)

Yes, I bought members the first month I came back, and I got charged like 8.75 or something. There's some kind of charge for using a credit card I guess. 

 

You don't pay $7.95? That's weird, some sort of tax maybe?


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Stupid move. You don't get new players by upping the price. Let's quicken the stagnation y'all!

 

I bought gold membs and I'm still on dat $5/mo when that runs out, so this won't affect me, but is still bad.

 

Does anyone have a history of costs for using USD via CC? Just curious (that's like the standard payment method probably, good for comparability)

Yes, I bought members the first month I came back, and I got charged like 8.75 or something. There's some kind of charge for using a credit card I guess. 

 

You don't pay $7.95? That's weird, some sort of tax maybe?

 

Perhaps that tax that is applied to out-of-country purchases? I can't think of the name of that tax right now but I know it exists.



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Stupid move. You don't get new players by upping the price. Let's quicken the stagnation y'all!

 

I bought gold membs and I'm still on dat $5/mo when that runs out, so this won't affect me, but is still bad.

 

Does anyone have a history of costs for using USD via CC? Just curious (that's like the standard payment method probably, good for comparability)

Yes, I bought members the first month I came back, and I got charged like 8.75 or something. There's some kind of charge for using a credit card I guess. 

 

You don't pay $7.95? That's weird, some sort of tax maybe?

 

Perhaps that tax that is applied to out-of-country purchases? I can't think of the name of that tax right now but I know it exists.

 

 

Conversion charges?


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Pff saradomin stuff isn't even expensive anymore, nor cool. But we can discuss fashion another time I suppose :P.

Well what else is there? :P looks better than Ancient/Armadyl/Bandos imo, and it's still the most expensive of the three.

And besides, I worked my butt off as F2P years ago (2007) to get Saradomin armour, that acc got disabled shortly afterwards (negative membership credit which I paid back in like 2012 lol), so it has the sentimental value.

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Haha that's true, enjoy it :P.


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Good thing I bought gold premium membership already, right?


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I wonder why some people still think that a price increase like this is meant to entice new players...

 

Interesting choice, though.  I'm really grateful that I got my closure with the Elf City, but even with my current job, $10/mo for what I play now is too rich for my blood.


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$10/month for RS or $15/month for a game like WoW...or free if you go Guild Wars or The Elder Scrolls Online...

I get the increased costs and whatnot are pretty much unavoidable, but I feel very sad to see a large selling point of the game lost due to increasing costs.

I'm exceedingly grateful for having the grandfathred rate, but you have to wonder if they could've staved off a price increase if they removed the grandfather rates altogether.

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It is still only 80 euro's per year. Two (popular) console games will cost more than that, which if you are lucky (and don't play 16h a day) last half a year together. If they go higher than WoW I sadly think they will lose many people...



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Raising prices to make your customers think business is going great and entice more people to shell out money for said "great" produce seems to be popular these days, I guess.


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Raising prices to make your customers think business is going great and entice more people to shell out money for said "great" produce seems to be popular these days, I guess.


My guess is that the largest amount of players are people that have been playing for quite a while or those that come back after a while. These two groups will pay anyway.

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Do they at least offer some discount for the first month for brand new accounts, or perhaps accounts that had membership a while ago, or accounts that just lost membership but were paying much lower? Some kind of "trial" rate, at least.


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Do they at least offer some discount for the first month for brand new accounts, or perhaps accounts that had membership a while ago, or accounts that just lost membership but were paying much lower? Some kind of "trial" rate, at least.

They have had promotions like $2 membership for new accounts in the past but they usually are kept under the radar and frankly I've lost track with how many things they try.


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I honestly don't think it's that big of a deal. Prices were bound to go up eventually. I'll still be playing and I'm not grandfathered in to the old rate since my bank won't send funds overseas, even with my approval. So I have to, sadly, go buy a $25 prepaid card every 3 months. However, if the prices ever went to like $15/month I don't think I'd be willing to pay that much.


 
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Someone rich just buy runescape out? It is so easily profitable. Just dont screw up the game. Call elon musk or zuckerberg or something.

 

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Facebook could probably buy out Runescape and make it available as a Facebook game.
Would probably start filling up with P2W very quickly if that happened, though. Be careful what you wish for.

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Whew. I thought this was across the board changes. That would be crazy for an almost 100% price hike from $5 to $9.49. I can do that for Amazon Prime, but that would be lame for RS.


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Someone rich just buy runescape out? It is so easily profitable. Just dont screw up the game. Call elon musk or zuckerberg or something.

 

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Facebook could probably buy out Runescape and make it available as a Facebook game.
Would probably start filling up with P2W very quickly if that happened, though. Be careful what you wish for.

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hell, final fantasy figured their shit out, and the more the price moves towards that, the less attractive this vacillating artifact of the past seems to be

 

i feel like they've wasted time and money on chasing after cash store profits and spectacles, which would have been great if they wanted to sell to Nexon, but didn't do jack for their core content


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Raising prices to make your customers think business is going great and entice more people to shell out money for said "great" produce seems to be popular these days, I guess.

My guess is that the largest amount of players are people that have been playing for quite a while or those that come back after a while. These two groups will pay anyway.
They will also gradually drain away until the game dies. You can't rely on retention to the exclusion of acquisition if you want the game to thrive in the long term. You need new blood.

This is the sort of move that will look great in their books for a year or two. Then in ten years the game will be dead.




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