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    #271
    To buy all the Zen ships with the consoles in this pack would cost 33,000 zen for all them ships and yes maybe you have them all, but some people don't this pack would get them all the ship consoles, ship costumes and would be able to fly the T6 ships on a new toon so the ship could be used throughout the leveling, The lockbox ships in this pack say if was sold for 3,00 zen would add an extra 12,000 zen so if you think about it that way the pack is more than worth it, I agree the most expensive pack isnt worth it but for 20,000 zen on sale is a reasonable price, id even go as far as that the 30,000 pack isnt a bad price if you dont own any of the ships
    I think the price issue is more that it's a massive amount in one go.

    I've probably spent that much over my time playing STO, many people will have spent more. But I suspect many will have done it like me, over a long period.
    Asking players to dump the equivalent of a whole month's rent or car payment, or the value of a holiday at one go for some pixels is pretty steep. And it is even worse when you don't give players an option to buy the ships individually AND you are being vague about "limited availability" to boot.

    Yes some people can afford the bundle. Yes the price is OK if you add it all up. But they are also alienating a massive proportion of the players with their tactics here too.
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     –  Last edited by aceman67; Wed 05 Feb, 2020 7:34 PM.
    To buy all the Zen ships with the consoles in this pack would cost 33,000 zen for all them ships and yes maybe you have them all, but some people don't this pack would get them all the ship consoles, ship costumes and would be able to fly the T6 ships on a new toon so the ship could be used throughout the leveling, The lockbox ships in this pack say if was sold for 3,00 zen would add an extra 12,000 zen so if you think about it that way the pack is more than worth it, I agree the most expensive pack isnt worth it but for 20,000 zen on sale is a reasonable price, id even go as far as that the 30,000 pack isnt a bad price if you dont own any of the ships
    I work full time, 40 hours a week, 80 hours a cheque, and 33,000 zen is HALF my paycheque. That's the equivalent of me putting up with drunken college students for 40 hours. It is not worth that.

    To buy all the ships in the Delta Rising Pack would cost 27,000, pack price 15,000
    To buy all the ships in the Temporal Special Agent Pack, 26,750, pack price, 15,000
    To Buy all the ship in the Gamma Vanguard (substituting the former lockbox ships for the normal T5 zen price) would cost 27000, pack price, 15,000.

    No. The legendary bundle IS NOT priced fairly, not by any stretch of the imagination, not when you compare it to the savings previous bundles have offered.

    PWE is banking on hype and artificial scarcity from not committing to selling the ships individually (not to mention the recent release of Picard and the Games 10th Anniversary) shove this blatant price gouge down the player bases throats.

    I'm going to chalk this up to naivety, but please, stop defending PWE, this is blatant price gouging and you should be insulted by it.
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    #273
    I work full time, 40 hours a week, and 33,000 zen is HALF my paycheque. That's the equivalent of me putting up with drunken college students for 20 hours. It is not worth that.

    To buy all the ships in the Delta Rising Pack would cost 27,000, pack price 15,000
    To buy all the ships in the Temporal Special Agent Pack, 26,750, pack price, 15,000
    To Buy all the ship in the Gamma Vanguard (substituting the former lockbox ships for the normal T5 zen price) would cost 27000, pack price, 15,000.

    No. The legendary bundle IS NOT priced fairly, not by any stretch of the imagination, not when you compare it to the savings previous bundles have offered.

    PWE is banking on hype and artificial scarcity from not committing to selling the ships individually (not to mention the recent release of Picard and the Games 10th Anniversary) shove this blatant price gouge down the player bases throats.

    I'm going to chalk this up to naivety, but please, stop defending PWE, this is blatant price gouging and you should be insulted by it.
    Sadly I have to disagree with you Aceman, I think you are missing something important that while yes the bundles are incredibly expensive, the premium bundle is not worth the money as its bloated with pointless consumables. The normal pack however is fairly priced considering you get ALL the consoles from each ship type (in some cases thats 3+ variants) including the traits and a brand new trait. While some of the ships missed the mark (looking at you Galaxy), 19k zen works out when you do the math.

    Now I understand your point that kind of money is half your paycheck and a lot of money to drop for 10 ships, I think the real problem here is not the price of the bundle, but Cryptics idiotic decision to make the bundle limited time only and not being to able to buy the ships piecemeal (at least for right now) and thats what is fueling the upset more the actual cost of the full bundle. If people could buy the ships individually then I imagine most of the upset would be quelled.
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    #274
    Now I understand your point that kind of money is half your paycheck and a lot of money to drop for 10 ships, I think the real problem here is not the price of the bundle, but Cryptics idiotic decision to make the bundle limited time only and not being to able to buy the ships piecemeal (at least for right now) and thats what is fueling the upset more the actual cost of the full bundle. If people could buy the ships individually then I imagine most of the upset would be quelled.
    THIS is the issue.

    They have effectively said to a massive proportion of their players/customers "pay this massive price or you're sh** out of luck, and have a good anniversary"
    It's insulting to be perfectly honest and clearly done intentionally to try and grab some cash.

    Some people will see it as a good deal and buy it.
    Some people would buy it regardless (the whales or the "gotta catch them all" crowd that does that with every new thing)
    Some people will buy it because they want only one ship any are willing to pay anything for it.
    Some people will buy it because they are duped by the false rarity of it being limited time only.

    But a LOT of people are not going to touch this and are seriously unhappy.
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    #275
     –  Last edited by Mack; Wed 05 Feb, 2020 7:55 PM.
    Sadly I have to disagree with you Aceman, I think you are missing something important that while yes the bundles are incredibly expensive, the premium bundle is not worth the money as its bloated with pointless consumables. The normal pack however is fairly priced considering you get ALL the consoles from each ship type (in some cases thats 3+ variants) including the traits and a brand new trait. While some of the ships missed the mark (looking at you Galaxy), 19k zen works out when you do the math.
    No, it's not fair.

    A good majority of people who have been playing for a while most likely have all the ships previously. While for new players, this could be fair as it saves them fair bit of purchasing.

    If anything, for those who had the previous ships and skins and what not - we should get a bigger discount.

    I mean, yes, I will buy this anyway cause I'm graced with good paychecks and also because PWE/Cryptic is the sole way of me playing a Star Trek related game, but to tell or preach its fair is something I personally won't do lol.

    Furthermore, 'fair' would also mean not shoving down a whole pack with a huge $$$ on it. 20K zen is still 200$ for those who will re-charge. I guess I come from humble beginnings, but I can understand how this much money can be someone's livelihood, tuition fees, or just getting by the week.

    At the same time, Cryptic/PWE have never failed with their 'unfair' strategy. It's a matter of either get it or don't get it.
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    #276
     –  Last edited by aceman67; Wed 05 Feb, 2020 7:57 PM.
    Sadly I have to disagree with you Aceman, I think you are missing something important that while yes the bundles are incredibly expensive, the premium bundle is not worth the money as its bloated with pointless consumables. The normal pack however is fairly priced considering you get ALL the consoles from each ship type (in some cases thats 3+ variants) including the traits and a brand new trait. While some of the ships missed the mark (looking at you Galaxy), 19k zen works out when you do the math.

    Now I understand your point that kind of money is half your paycheck and a lot of money to drop for 10 ships, I think the real problem here is not the price of the bundle, but Cryptics idiotic decision to make the bundle limited time only and not being to able to buy the ships piecemeal (at least for right now) and thats what is fueling the upset more the actual cost of the full bundle. If people could buy the ships individually then I imagine most of the upset would be quelled.


    But it won't be 19K for very long. I'll be 33k in short order.

    yes, I agree, 19k is a fair price. More than fare even, and I wouldn't be upset if that was the price, but it's not, which makes any defence of the sale price effectively moot in my eyes, because what PWE is doing is effing rotten to the core and isn't worth defending.

    Star Trek's fanbase has always been one of larger than normal disposable income since, to be honest, and not totally tooting my own horn here, as a demographic, we have higher than average education, better jobs and make more money on average. Because of that, CBS, Paramount and now PWE (And Atari before them) sell merch at a premium price above that of merch from other fandoms save for Star Wars (especially now that Di$ney has their claws on it).

    You'd need only look at the price CBS is STILL selling DS9 and Voyager DVD (not Blu-Rays, DVDs) box sets for ($136 and $99 respectively). Both those series have LONG since paid for themselves, and there's a near ZERO chance of ever getting a remastering of either show since the way they filmed the VFX makes such a task impossible with even today's technology.

    Trekkies are so used to paying a premium for the stuff we love that we've become numb to it and just accept it as part of the norm, and to be perfectly frank, I'm F----- sick of it.
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    But it won't be 19K for very long. I'll be 33k in short order.

    yes, I agree, 19k is a fair price. More than fare even, and I wouldn't be upset if that was the price, but it's not, which makes any defence of the sale price effectively moot in my eyes, because what PWE is doing is effing rotten to the core and isn't worth defending.
    But 19K is the price and we don't know how long the sale is...if you can't afford it this month on your paycheck save up and buy the 27.6k zen then that extra 3k zen
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     –  Last edited by aceman67; Wed 05 Feb, 2020 8:07 PM.
    But 19K is the price and we don't know how long the sale is...if you can't afford it this month on your paycheck save up and buy the 27.6k zen then that extra 3k zen
    It's not the price. That 19k price is temporary for a few weeks, then it will be 33k.

    And to be totally honest with you, telling me to save up is quite frankly insulting.

    I'm a security guard, I get paid $16.50 an hour to ensure the safety and security of a multi-million dollar educational facility and the 1500 people who live in the residences. I just bought a $22,000 car that i'll be paying off for 6 years at $500/mo and my insurance for it is $216/mo. My cable bill is $210/mo that I split with my Mom (Yes, I'm 34 and I live with my mother, because rent is so high in my city that I can't afford to move out). I have a $5000 debt consolidation loan that I pay $290/mo for. I'm lucky if I have $100-200 leftover to pay for groceries, gas and MAYBE renting a movie on Pay-Per-View is an option.

    On top of that, I work nights, 12AM to 8AM, and have been for 3 years, which means I have no social life outside of chatting with people on this site.

    So, Please. Don't tell people to just 'save money'. You have no idea what their financial situations is like.
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    No, it's not fair.

    A good majority of people who have been playing for a while most likely have all the ships previously. While for new players, this could be fair as it saves them fair bit of purchasing.

    If anything, for those who had the previous ships and skins and what not - we should get a bigger discount.

    I mean, yes, I will buy this anyway cause I'm graced with good paychecks and also because PWE/Cryptic is the sole way of me playing a Star Trek related game, but to tell or preach its fair is something I personally won't do lol.

    Furthermore, 'fair' would also mean not shoving down a whole pack with a huge $$$ on it. 20K zen is still 200$ for those who will re-charge. I guess I come from humble beginnings, but I can understand how this much money can be someone's livelihood, tuition fees, or just getting by the week.

    At the same time, Cryptic/PWE have never failed with their 'unfair' strategy. It's a matter of either get it or don't get it.
    But it won't be 19K for very long. I'll be 33k in short order.

    yes, I agree, 19k is a fair price. More than fare even, and I wouldn't be upset if that was the price, but it's not, which makes any defence of the sale price effectively moot in my eyes, because what PWE is doing is effing rotten to the core and isn't worth defending.

    Star Trek's fanbase has always been one of larger than normal disposable income since, to be honest, and not totally tooting my own horn here, we have higher than average education, better jobs and make more money on average. Because of that, CBS, Paramount and now PWE (And Atari before them) sell merch at a premium price above that of merch from other fandoms save for Star Wars (especially now that Di$ney has their claws on it).

    You'd need only look at the price CBS is STILL selling DS9 and Voyager DVD (not Blu-Rays, DVDs) box sets for ($136 and $99 respectively). Both those series have LONG since paid for themselves, and there's a near ZERO chance of ever getting a remastering of either show since the way they filmed the VFX makes such a task impossible with even today's technology.

    Trekkies are so used to paying a premium for the stuff we love that we've become numb to it and just accept it as part of the norm, and to be perfectly frank, I'm F----- sick of it.
    Alright those are fair points, the full price of the bundles is unfair and I'll be honest disrespectful to its fans to ask 33k zen. Unfortunately this is what happens with unchecked capitalism, mo money mo better. Again as I said in my last post, I understand why people are upset at the prices because it is a LOT of money to drop for virtual pixels, as I've said Cryptic missed the mark making this exclusive and limited time availability. If ships could be purchased individually then people can buy the ships they want.

    Also I agree that the discount should be greater if you own the previous T6 variant of the ships in the pack, so it becomes 15k or 13k zen, that would make it more palatable. I suspect that Cryptic is making plans to move away from lockbox and promo ships in light of the EU likely banning those kinds of gambling mechanics in video games, they are probably seeing how much they could charge for future smaller bundles that contain promo or lockbox ships on the CSTORE.
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    It's not the price. That 19k price is temporary for a few weeks, then it will be 33k.

    And to be totally honest with you, telling me to save up is quite frankly insulting.

    I'm a security guard, I get paid $16.50 an hour to ensure the safety and security of a multi-million dollar educational facility and the 1500 people who live in the residences. I just bought a $22,000 car that i'll be paying off for 6 years at $500/mo and my insurance for it is $216/mo. My cable bill is $210/mo that I split with my Mom (Yes, I'm 34 and I live with my mother, because rent is so high in my city that I can't afford to move out). I have a $5000 debt consolidation loan that I pay $290/mo for. I'm lucky if I have $100-200 leftover to pay for groceries, gas and MAYBE renting a movie on Pay-Per-View is an option.

    On top of that, I work nights, 12AM to 8AM, and have been for 3 years, which means I have no social life outside of chatting with people on this site.

    So, Please. Don't tell people to just 'save money'. You have no idea what their financial situations is like.
    I in no way or form have insulted your financial issues and didn't care what you was earning or spending, i simply said save up for the pack, if you can't then fine, you can't save not everyone can save, you are trying to tell me am insulting you for telling you to save even though before hand i didn't know you couldn't and telling someone to save isnt insulting its an alternative from buying the pack straight away in one paycheck, it's like a holiday or a new game if you couldn't afford it this month what would you do ? you'd save whatever money you had left over then buy the game or holiday
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    Good idea, let this rest. You guys are never going to agree with each other and its getting a little toxic. Time to to let sleeping birds lie.
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    I think the real problem here is not the price of the bundle, but Cryptics idiotic decision to make the bundle limited time only and not being to able to buy the ships piecemeal (at least for right now) and thats what is fueling the upset more the actual cost of the full bundle. If people could buy the ships individually then I imagine most of the upset would be quelled.
    I suspect that Cryptic is making plans to move away from lockbox and promo ships in light of the EU likely banning those kinds of gambling mechanics in video games, they are probably seeing how much they could charge for future smaller bundles that contain promo or lockbox ships on the CSTORE.
    I totally agree with this. I believe with the bundles they will try to earn as much as they can for a period, and then throw in the store single ships or small bundles of 3 ships for example.

    We have a saying: "Profit comes with consumption" (I can't which rule of acquisition is that Smile ).
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    There's always going to be differences of opinion and disagreements about this, that and the other, but we're all friends here at the end of the day. Everyone has their opinion on this and it's not the first time we've seen something like this happen with STO (Delta Rising anyone?) nor is it likely to be the last, but regardless if you want to buy it or not, remember it's people and the community who make the fleet and the game - the shiny is much further down the list.
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    I agree with everyone on the packages--they're pretty fair in price if you compare to what all comes in it, but that's not the problem. The problem is for most players the packages are still going to be out of their price change for a one-time large purchase. And on top of that, they're locking away heroic ships behind this huge purchase on a game that is 10 years old with no graphical update in sight for its future.

    That's why I'll be skipping it. I have no need for 10 more ships--maybe one or two, but not all 10.

    This should have been sold similar to the Gamma packs, in my opinion, where there was a large package with all the new ships in it (plus more) and also a smaller package for a lesser amount that included a single ship and some additional items. I bought the $20 package Gamma pack because it was in my price range. They could have bundled 2-3 heroic ships together and sold a smaller package (multiple smaller packages) for cheaper making it more affordable for the casual gamer. This is a missed opportunity for them.

    Just my two cents!