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Game Time Cards Disappearing in Australia?

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PurpleCliff
12.10.2012 , 12:01 AM | #1
Over the past couple of months I've noticed that all of the retailers who had SWTOR 60 day game time cards are selling out and unlisting the item in their catalogues. I don't know if this is just in Australia or in the US as well?

And so... why is it happening? Are they going to be replaced with Cartel Coin cards, or has BioWare given up in the retail market? An explanation of some sort would be much appreciated.
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AshlaBoga
12.10.2012 , 12:04 AM | #2
There was a store in Vancouver that thought F2P meant 100% free with adds being the revenue, like youtube.

It's possible that they think "SWTOR is F2P, which means no sub, therefore no time cards." If so, EA really should contact all the major retailers and explain that the game is never going F2P, but has gone FREEMIUM.

Lying has backfired on EA (not for the first time).
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ElitehunterDS
12.10.2012 , 12:07 AM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by AshlaBoga View Post
explain that the game is never going F2P, but has gone FREEMIUM.

Lying has backfired on EA (not for the first time).
/facepalm
read this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free-to-play
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GrandMike
12.10.2012 , 04:11 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by ElitehunterDS View Post
And....which part of "SWTOR is NOT F2P" you dont understand rofl

Its just glorified free trial.

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ckoneful
12.10.2012 , 04:31 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by ElitehunterDS View Post
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemium

Pretty sure, sadly, SWTOR falls closer to that than your link.

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AshlaBoga
12.10.2012 , 10:48 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by ckoneful View Post
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemium

Pretty sure, sadly, SWTOR falls closer to that than your link.
Exactly! Here's a quote from the Freemium page "but a premium is charged for advanced features, functionality."

So SWTOR hasn't gone F2P, it's gone freemium.

SWTOR IS NOT F2P.

SWTOR IS FREEMIUM.
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Digimanbyte_ID
12.11.2012 , 03:02 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by ElitehunterDS View Post
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The free-to-play model appears to solve both these problems, by providing a game that requires relatively low system requirements and no cost, and consequently provides a highly accessible experience funded by advertising and micropayments for extra content.
Yeah like the additions in cartel market unlocks and packs? $15 dollars for the lot and gift card of cartel cash, yeah no way there are businesses that have ever done that at all, ever.

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Slipfeed
12.11.2012 , 03:03 AM | #8
Time cards weren't exactly selling like hotcakes before the free to play launch.

For most stores continuing to stock them is going to translate into a long term investment, and with the press this game gets as a business owner I would be hard pressed to bring that product out as an asset in a cost benefit analysis.

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Fornix
12.11.2012 , 03:09 AM | #9
In the Netherlands availability is also reducing, and additionally, more and more stores which do still sell them are increasing the prices. I mean, come on bol.com. 35.99 Eur for a 60 day timecard? You serious?

I'm currently ordering my timecards from UK retailers, they're still selling for good prices equalling to about 10~11 Eur / month. Once they bail out the collection of timecard boxes for SWTOR will stop growing I guess, as CC will practically remain the only option.
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GrandMike
12.11.2012 , 03:50 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Slipfeed View Post
Time cards weren't exactly selling like hotcakes before the free to play launch.
The state of that hasnt improved much. Since most of players...play for free