Stargate: 2000 Posted July 29, 2004 Share Posted July 29, 2004 I would think the whole DVD idea would be better cost wise for the devlopers and for lucas arts because it would simply cost less to produce one dvd than 4 cds. Are you sure about that? Don't blank DVD's cost a whole lot more than blank CD's? I am sure of that, you have to remember that the prices you are seeing are inflated due to atleast three reasons 1. New technology is always more exspensive than old technology. 2. everyone who touches the tech always increases the price. 3. companies who make cds and dvds movies or games buy thousands upon thousands of them so their price for making the game is considerably less then the general consumers price would be. If I have answered you question by now please move onto the next post in the thread as what I have wrote below is merely an example to prove the point made above. While all the prices might no be correct it worked as an example when my professer gave to my econ class. I heard it said once that the cost to make a music cd was around 25 cents. thats including everything that goes into the cd to make it ready for sale to the public (i.e. music, rights to the music, artisit cut, producers cut, etc.). A game cd would cost more probably around 30-40 cents (because of the developers time and energy that went into it, voice acters, advertising, etc.). A dvd costs around 50 cents to put a movie on it same reasons or atleast for some of the same ones anyway. Finally a dvd game since there isn't much to go on here but I would guess it would have the same price increase as from music cd to game cd meaning it would cost around 60-70 cents. Before you shoot it down because of the price of things in the store keep in mind when activision buys the cds for produceing its games they will buy millions of cd/dvds at one time. Now having said that an average cd sells in canada for around $15-17 to start, and a DVD costs around $25-30. now I know that each person in the chain from producer to wholesaler to retail store (i think I might be missing one or two there) will increase the price to make at minimum a 100% profit per unit more than likely it will be around 300% meaning it wont take long to go from even say 25 cents per unit to $15 per unit. 25 cent cost x 300% = $1.00 selling price $1.00 x 300% = $4.00 $4.00 x 300% = $16.00 Final sale price on shelves. it doesn't take long to go from dirt cheep to what we see on the shelves. But getting back to a dvd costing less than four cds yes they would. given the example above a dvd would cost about double what a cd would cost to produce, but less than half of what a pack of four cds would cost to produce "The only difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits!" - Albert Einstein. "It's better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!" "You can try to kill me, you'd fail!, but you can try!" - Revan. "When you have exhausted all other possibilities whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth." - Sherlock Holmes (a.k.a. Sir Arthur Conan Dole) "A lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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