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Daily Archives: September 7, 2013

Why would I even consider buying a Boatload of Donuts?

Despite all of the statistics that show this is the absolute best deal, it’s also the one people are the most resistant to. People are much more likely to spend a little bit of money at a time, and no amount of charts, data, or gambling alternatives can sway their purchasing habits.

Despite the fact that economics is rooted in statistics and logic, the way we go about spending our money is primarily emotional. Consumers are much more likely to buy something if they feel like they are getting a good deal, regardless of if the deal is actually good.

Microtransactions have proven to be a successful tactic in separating consumers from their money. Yes, $99.99 is a lot to spend on premium content, but is it any more than you’ve spent over the course of your time with the game? If you are curious, go back into your account statements and see how much you’ve actually spent on the game, the answer may surprise you.

If you want to know more, take a look at this episode of Extra Credits, titled “The JC Penny’s Effect“. It will give you a little more insight on how consumers approach financial decisions, particularly in regard to making purchases.
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Are the Golden Scratch-R tickets a good deal?

For $0.99 / £0.69 you can purchase a Golden Scratch-R from the Kwik-E-Mart. Unlike the regular Scratch-R you don’t have to wait six hours to purchase a new one. After all, if you want to spend money on this game, the publishers aren’t going to restrict you from doing so. The question is, are these even a good deal?
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How to Buy Donuts Economically

donutsIf you are playing this game on a daily basis, you may want to consider spending some money on premium content. The question is, where to start? Of course the first thing you need to decide is how much should I spend on donuts?

Before we even get to that point though, consider how often you play the game. If you play daily, and feel that six-months from now this game will still be a part of you daily routine, it may not be a bad idea to spend some money buying donuts.
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