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(The New York Times)   Gamefly: we'd like to mail these games out, please. Postal Service: They could get caught in the sorting machines, so pay extra. Gamefly: You don't charge Netflix extra. Postal Service: um, do you need any stamps with Bart Simpson on them?   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2013-01-11 02:52:20 PM  
11 votes:
cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.
2013-01-11 02:52:59 PM  
4 votes:
If I recall the reason the PO said it wouldn't give the same treatment for Gamefly was that their mailers aren't the same size and the volume they do with them doesn't justify the offset in cost. I was originally on the side of GF but after hearing more about it I can understand the PO point of view.
2013-01-11 02:11:57 PM  
4 votes:
Given the stupid pension funding issue the USPS is dealing with, they should just say "Fine, we're raising rates on Netflix too."
2013-01-11 03:34:14 PM  
3 votes:

CthulhuCalling: jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

i'd love to hate Steam, but I can't. Wanted to send a copy of XCOM to a buddy for Christmas. Not a freaking problem. Catch a decent sale and you're not lacking for something to do for months. I haven't even touched all the Civ games that I got in a package deal along with both Freedom Force games and all the older XCOM titles. I've only regretted buying DCS A-10 from them because it was such a non-fun sim.

/me goes off to play more Dragon Age


During the winter sale I was able to pick up Far Cry 3, Skyrim, Torchlight 3, Dead Island, The Hitman Franchise, The Sherlock Holmes Franchise and more all at really good prices.

Thank you STEAM!
2013-01-11 02:58:10 PM  
3 votes:

jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.


i'd love to hate Steam, but I can't. Wanted to send a copy of XCOM to a buddy for Christmas. Not a freaking problem. Catch a decent sale and you're not lacking for something to do for months. I haven't even touched all the Civ games that I got in a package deal along with both Freedom Force games and all the older XCOM titles. I've only regretted buying DCS A-10 from them because it was such a non-fun sim.

/me goes off to play more Dragon Age
2013-01-11 02:53:13 PM  
3 votes:
Netflix has a lot more volume than either gamefly or blockbuster.

// and red envelopes are easier to see :P
2013-01-11 02:50:37 PM  
3 votes:

Gig103: Given the stupid pension funding issue the USPS is dealing with, they should just say "Fine, we're raising rates on Netflix too."


Higher prices to mail netflix DVDs will only drive netflix customers to online delivery, meaning less mail for the USPS.

Companies give volume discounts all the time. I don't see how this is different.
2013-01-11 02:02:26 PM  
3 votes:
I still get my video games the old fashioned way.

By begging my mom for enough money to buy a used game cartridge from that guy at the swap meet.
2013-01-11 01:49:47 PM  
3 votes:
Gamefly is owned by Gamestop and they destroyed Direct2Drive, they are dead to me. Besides the Postal Service hasn't released an album in years.
2013-01-11 03:17:10 PM  
2 votes:

OutsiderJ: The reason Gamefly sucks is because any time a new game comes out, it's unavailable for weeks. So you keep putting games you only sort of want to play in your queue because you don't want to not have a game coming in... so you're playing the Toy Story game until some 12 year old kid works on his 5th prestige on Black Ops.

Wrong, whenever there is a new game coming out I want, I always make sure that my queue is empty except for that game, and then a couple days after release I have it in mailbox.


You had a far better experience than I did. I'd have nothing in my queue trying to get the newest game everyone wanted. Turned all the games I had in. Waited. Didn't get a copy for 2 weeks. I finally just put a game I was mildly interested in up in the queue. It came the next day, scratched and unplayable.

I just canceled. fark it. The better part of a month wasted.
2013-01-11 03:03:40 PM  
2 votes:
Netflix and the USPS put a lot of work into making the Red envelopes move at the rate they needed to at the price they needed to. Hell, it is kind of a modern marvel what they did... a sort of postal system within the postal system. Gamefly wants to benefit from that work without making any accommodations to the system that Netflix established. Gamefly must have some very well paid lobbyists.
2013-01-11 02:55:38 PM  
2 votes:

jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.


As one of the few people without internet at home, I'd rather we not go that route. I loved Steam when I had internet, don't get me wrong. But once I stopped having internet, suddenly a lot of my games could no longer be played. And even non-STEAM games that require internet only for authentication are stupid. I own Starcraft 2 and Assassin's creed and it sucks balls I can't play those anymore.
2013-01-11 02:52:59 PM  
2 votes:
The reason Gamefly sucks is because any time a new game comes out, it's unavailable for weeks. So you keep putting games you only sort of want to play in your queue because you don't want to not have a game coming in... so you're playing the Toy Story game until some 12 year old kid works on his 5th prestige on Black Ops.
2013-01-11 02:49:54 PM  
2 votes:

BumpInTheNight: Gamefly is owned by Gamestop and they destroyed Direct2Drive, they are dead to me. Besides the Postal Service hasn't released an album in years.


Yes, they have, but they call themselves "Owl City" these days.
2013-01-11 02:49:41 PM  
2 votes:

wambu: I though "Because we can" was enshrined in the postal laws.


I think you're thinking of the DMV
2013-01-11 02:48:07 PM  
2 votes:
I though "Because we can" was enshrined in the postal laws.
2013-01-11 02:11:09 PM  
2 votes:

BumpInTheNight: Gamefly is owned by Gamestop and they destroyed Direct2Drive, they are dead to me. Besides the Postal Service hasn't released an album in years.


Gamefly indeed purchased and merged with Direct2Drive, but I believe you're mistaken about Gamestop being an owner.
2013-01-11 05:55:26 PM  
1 vote:

ProfessorOhki: BumpInTheNight: ProfessorOhki: Duck_of_Doom: For the most part, yes you're right. In my case, my router died and it took 2 weeks to get a new one (bite me AT&T), my desktop didn't have a wifi dongle, and I have a dumbphone so no tethering. Hence, no internet at home. It's hard to drag your desktop, monitor, etc. to Starbucks or work just to start Steam in offline mode. Also, you're relying on people having open wifi access. There are idiots who do leave their wifi open, but they're fewer and fewer.

Just plug the desktop into the modem... it's not as secure, but you're only doing it for what, 30 seconds?

Takes far less then that for your typical XP/Win7 to get rolled over but indeed that'd have been the logical thing to do.

[citation needed]


letmegooglethatforyou "zero day attack"

As you admit yourself its 'less secure' its not so much that there is a known threat *right now!* that can knock over a box in seconds with something like a poison pill packet but more along the lines of you really don't want to ever expose the system to an environment where those show up once in a while and ruin your day.
2013-01-11 05:51:12 PM  
1 vote:

Cast: MythDragon: jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

Steam is why I play everything on console now.
PC
1. Install disc or download game if you have 8 hours to spare
2. Connect to steam
3. Connection was down, wait a little while and try again.
4. Create an account.
5. Register game.
6. Play game
7. Connection drops, game quits.

Xbox
1. Stick disc in tray.
2. Play game.

And if you get tired of your console game, just trade it in.

8 hours? Does your modem make screeching sounds?

Actual Steam Process:
1. Buy recent game at 75% off retail price during sale.
2. Download game in 15-30 minutes.
3. Play game.


/long time steam user
//steam is far superior to any of its competition
///steam sales rule


I used to sport a 6mbit AT&T U-Verse line and it'd take a good 2-4 hours to download a 4-8gb title. On 20mbit Comcast (yack) it'll take maybe an hour if everyone and their mother is sucking data down from the same server. Switching over to Japan when it's 4am there fixes that.

And FWIW there are a lot of areas in the US where 1mbit DSL is the fastest they can get so I can't say I blame anyone for going console only. Problem is games like Fallout 3/Skyrim/New Vegas when one of the games has a bug it goes like this:

PC:
1)Open console
2)Type command
3)Bug circumvented

360/PS3:
1)Encounter bug
2)Start game from previous checkpoint if possible
2a)If not possible, start game over from scratch
2013-01-11 05:35:33 PM  
1 vote:
StaleCoffee It's hard to not have ANY kind of temporary Internet connection in a developed country these days. All you have to do is log in to steam and then restart in offline mode. If you know you aren't going to be online for awhile because, say, you don't have a permanent Internet connection then unless you live somewhere that makes gaming a questionable hobby in the first place it shouldn't be difficult to jack in somewhere for a minute. Hell, you can steal WiFi from a farking bus on the Interstate.

For the most part, yes you're right. In my case, my router died and it took 2 weeks to get a new one (bite me AT&T), my desktop didn't have a wifi dongle, and I have a dumbphone so no tethering. Hence, no internet at home. It's hard to drag your desktop, monitor, etc. to Starbucks or work just to start Steam in offline mode. Also, you're relying on people having open wifi access. There are idiots who do leave their wifi open, but they're fewer and fewer.

There were some people on here that talked about living in rural areas with spotty or slow net connection. They discussed the issue in Diablo 3 threads. Good points they brought up - why do you even need a constant dialing in for single player?
2013-01-11 05:29:05 PM  
1 vote:
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7530838/81825475#c81825475" target="_blank">hutchkc</a>:</b> <i>If I recall the reason the PO said it wouldn't give the same treatment for Gamefly was that their mailers aren't the same size and the volume they do with them doesn't justify the offset in cost. I was originally on the side of GF but after hearing more about it I can understand the PO point of view.</i>

You're confusing cause and effect a bit.

Yes, GameFly doesn't have the same volume as Netflix. Originally, GameFly wanted to use the same sort of mailers as Netflix. But because the USPS wouldn't keep the GameFly envelopes away from the automated letter sorters like they'd do with Netflix envelopes, GameFly had to use the larger, stiffer mailers and mail their discs as "flats" (which go through a different process) rather than letters.
2013-01-11 05:08:35 PM  
1 vote:

lennavan: Those (bolded) do not conflict. See the underlined.


Bleh, still though I gotta admit I was pretty annoyed with starcraft 2's required live connection & account system and all that BS especially with how fragile Blizzard's account protection schemes are. I literally watched via email updates as my blizzard account associated with SC2 was hacked into and stolen, even tried calling to put a stop to it but the queue was 'too full to accept more callers' ...wow. Then, same shiat a few months later with Diablo 3, but at least with that one I felt more along the lines of this penny arcade:
i.imgur.com
2013-01-11 04:59:29 PM  
1 vote:

MythDragon: jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

Steam is why I play everything on console now.
PC
1. Install disc or download game if you have 8 hours to spare
2. Connect to steam
3. Connection was down, wait a little while and try again.
4. Create an account.
5. Register game.
6. Play game
7. Connection drops, game quits.

Xbox
1. Stick disc in tray.
2. www.ps4talk.com
3. Connection drops, go to 2.
3. Play game.

And if you get tired of your console game, just trade it in.

2013-01-11 04:47:25 PM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: lennavan: Jument: lennavan: jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

As one of the few people without internet at home, I'd rather we not go that route. I loved Steam when I had internet, don't get me wrong. But once I stopped having internet, suddenly a lot of my games could no longer be played. And even non-STEAM games that require internet only for authentication are stupid. I own Starcraft 2 and Assassin's creed and it sucks balls I can't play those anymore.

It's 2012. If you don't have Internet at home, either get it or go full Amish.

I don't have internet at home because I don't have a reason to. I used to when I played video games more often but I don't have time to do that so much anymore. This might shock you but I don't check my Facebook page everyday. I don't check it every month either.

These conflict, but I suppose you love steam less then being able to say you don't have an internet connection, so meh. :P


Those (bolded) do not conflict. See the underlined.
2013-01-11 04:42:06 PM  
1 vote:

MythDragon: jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

Steam is why I play everything on console now.
PC
1. Install disc or download game if you have 8 hours to spare
2. Connect to steam
3. Connection was down, wait a little while and try again.
4. Create an account.
5. Register game.
6. Play game
7. Connection drops, game quits.

Xbox
1. Stick disc in tray.
2. Play game.

And if you get tired of your console game, just trade it in.


8 hours? Does your modem make screeching sounds?

Actual Steam Process:
1. Buy recent game at 75% off retail price during sale.
2. Download game in 15-30 minutes.
3. Play game.


/long time steam user
//steam is far superior to any of its competition
///steam sales rule
2013-01-11 04:37:38 PM  
1 vote:

lennavan: Jument: lennavan: jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

As one of the few people without internet at home, I'd rather we not go that route. I loved Steam when I had internet, don't get me wrong. But once I stopped having internet, suddenly a lot of my games could no longer be played. And even non-STEAM games that require internet only for authentication are stupid. I own Starcraft 2 and Assassin's creed and it sucks balls I can't play those anymore.

It's 2012. If you don't have Internet at home, either get it or go full Amish.

I don't have internet at home because I don't have a reason to. I used to when I played video games more often but I don't have time to do that so much anymore. This might shock you but I don't check my Facebook page everyday. I don't check it every month either.


These conflict, but I suppose you love steam less then being able to say you don't have an internet connection, so meh. :P
2013-01-11 04:28:32 PM  
1 vote:

lennavan: jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

As one of the few people without internet at home, I'd rather we not go that route. I loved Steam when I had internet, don't get me wrong. But once I stopped having internet, suddenly a lot of my games could no longer be played. And even non-STEAM games that require internet only for authentication are stupid. I own Starcraft 2 and Assassin's creed and it sucks balls I can't play those anymore.


It's 2012. If you don't have Internet at home, either get it or go full Amish.
2013-01-11 03:57:27 PM  
1 vote:

jayhawk88: I've always wondered if that was unintentional, or a little "Haha, biatches" on UPS's part.


The band got sued by USPS and negotiated. The USPS dropped the suit and the band provided free promotional material.

Link
2013-01-11 03:54:49 PM  
1 vote:
I never understood renting games. This is all a way to victimize people who play video games too much. You're paying a monthly fee to maybe get what you want sometimes instead of just being patient and waiting until the game is sold for a reduced price. I just bought my son a game pack with Infamous and Infamous 2 that came WITH a controller for the same price of buying one of those games when it first came out. So what he didn't get to play it when it first came out. It's new to him and he loves it. We're just now getting into Assasins Creed 2 and I'll probably get three after all of the fools who paid $60 have gotten bored with it and the price comes down. The only thing that we get new is sports games so that we can play them on-line.
2013-01-11 03:44:40 PM  
1 vote:

Lsherm: A Shambling Mound: Lsherm: vodka: Their pricing is surely affected by volume (or lack of in the case of Gamefly). Businesses do this all the time. While it might cost me $1 per widget in single quantities from a company, I might be able to buy a million at only $0.10 per widget.

That's the problem - the USPS isn't using volume as an excuse.  They're charging Gamefly for a service they provide to Netflix for free.

Volume discounts don't go down to "free."  Netflix isn't paying anything.

Have you done any research as to how exactly Netflix arrived at their current agreement with the postal service? Just wondering.

Yeah, read the farking court decision here.  The USPS never charged Netflix even though it was recommended in 2007.  Their own employees knew it was bullshiat.

Read the whole thing.


Your reading comprehension sucks. It isn't the case that "Netflix isn't paying anything". It's the case that Netflix is not paying the "skip the automatic sorter surcharge" and the USPS has declined to offer Gamefly the same deal. Netflix is a bigger customer, so they have the leverage to negotiate a better deal.

I work in the transportation industry. It isn't just rates which are negotiable, it's all the ancillary charges as well. Don't like that $45 Hazmat charge that would normally get applied to any shipment of dangerous chemicals? If you give a carrier enough business, it can be negotiated to ZERO.
2013-01-11 03:35:31 PM  
1 vote:

Phil Ken Sebben: A Shambling Mound: karmaceutical: Netflix and the USPS put a lot of work into making the Red envelopes move at the rate they needed to at the price they needed to. Hell, it is kind of a modern marvel what they did... a sort of postal system within the postal system. Gamefly wants to benefit from that work without making any accommodations to the system that Netflix established. Gamefly must have some very well paid lobbyists.

Gamefly is owned by Gamestop. Gamestop's entire business model is, from the ground up, designed to benefit from the work of others. This move should come as a surprise to no one.

On one hand I'm somewhat disappointed that the video game industry is actively seeking to end the resale of used games, on the other hand that move would put Gamestop out of business and seems well worth the effort.

In early 2002, Sean Spector and Jung Suh partnered with founding CEO Toby Lenk to start GameFly. GameFly later received venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital. [2] In February 2009, GameFly acquired the gaming news and community site Shacknews, along with its digital download and streaming video[3]

Not one mention of gamestop anywhere. Still privately held.


Nah its true, I'm getting gamefly confused with Impulse, hard to keep my online game retailer rage straight these days :P I dislike gamefly because when they bought up Direct2drive they failed to ensure that all the games that were previously available would still be, thus I lost a couple dozen games that gamefly has yet to still make available. Gamefly's solution: Here have $20 off of a game...yah farking right. Now I shop exclusively at steam or only buy games from others like gamersgate if I see 'requires steam account' somewhere in their write up. Here's hoping steam never goes down but hey they seem to have it right and I continue to enjoy doing business with them.
2013-01-11 03:33:33 PM  
1 vote:
lennavan jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

As one of the few people without internet at home, I'd rather we not go that route. I loved Steam when I had internet, don't get me wrong. But once I stopped having internet, suddenly a lot of my games could no longer be played. And even non-STEAM games that require internet only for authentication are stupid. I own Starcraft 2 and Assassin's creed and it sucks balls I can't play those anymore.


Agreed on that. Also, starting in offline mode is only available if you're online first and turn it off. So, if you lose internet for some reason, you can't play. For older, single-player games that don't need online connection, that's ridiculous. Sure, I could have dug out old game disks, hoped they weren't so scratched as to be unreadable, and installed a second copy of the game, but that defeats my use of Steam as a backup system and easy installer. I still buy physical media, but only for certain games.

Having said that, Steam is great for getting games cheaply. Their sales are great.
2013-01-11 03:31:18 PM  
1 vote:

A Shambling Mound: karmaceutical: Netflix and the USPS put a lot of work into making the Red envelopes move at the rate they needed to at the price they needed to. Hell, it is kind of a modern marvel what they did... a sort of postal system within the postal system. Gamefly wants to benefit from that work without making any accommodations to the system that Netflix established. Gamefly must have some very well paid lobbyists.

Gamefly is owned by Gamestop. Gamestop's entire business model is, from the ground up, designed to benefit from the work of others. This move should come as a surprise to no one.

On one hand I'm somewhat disappointed that the video game industry is actively seeking to end the resale of used games, on the other hand that move would put Gamestop out of business and seems well worth the effort.


In early 2002, Sean Spector and Jung Suh partnered with founding CEO Toby Lenk to start GameFly. GameFly later received venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital. [2] In February 2009, GameFly acquired the gaming news and community site Shacknews, along with its digital download and streaming video[3]

Not one mention of gamestop anywhere. Still privately held.
2013-01-11 03:29:58 PM  
1 vote:

jayhawk88: tricycleracer: jayhawk88: tricycleracer: BumpInTheNight: Besides the Postal Service hasn't released an album in years.

I like how UPS was using a song by The Postal Service in their TV ads.

I've always wondered if that was unintentional, or a little "Haha, biatches" on UPS's part.

I'd like to see how executives at Target reacted when told that the music in their pharmacy ad was by a band called Starfarker.

The Doritos Taco Bell commercials using "Take a Walk" by Passion Pit, was an interesting choice to me. Not directly ironic or anything, but still not exactly a song that says "Go out and buy some tacos".


I still find it as funny as I did in 11th grade when people set schmaltzy "retrospectives" to the dulcet tones of Green Day's "Good Riddance".

// they had a "goodbye, seniors" sildeshow set to that song, and I could not stop laughing
2013-01-11 03:19:10 PM  
1 vote:

A Shambling Mound: Lsherm: vodka: Their pricing is surely affected by volume (or lack of in the case of Gamefly). Businesses do this all the time. While it might cost me $1 per widget in single quantities from a company, I might be able to buy a million at only $0.10 per widget.

That's the problem - the USPS isn't using volume as an excuse.  They're charging Gamefly for a service they provide to Netflix for free.

Volume discounts don't go down to "free."  Netflix isn't paying anything.

Have you done any research as to how exactly Netflix arrived at their current agreement with the postal service? Just wondering.


Yeah, read the farking court decision here.  The USPS never charged Netflix even though it was recommended in 2007.  Their own employees knew it was bullshiat.

Read the whole thing.
2013-01-11 03:16:13 PM  
1 vote:

BumpInTheNight: Gamefly is owned by Gamestop and they destroyed Direct2Drive, they are dead to me. Besides the Postal Service hasn't released an album in years.


Direct2Drive destroyed itself.. shiatty service and games that have no DRM on Steam had install limits and DRM on Direct2Drive..
2013-01-11 03:16:01 PM  
1 vote:

CthulhuCalling: jayhawk88: [cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk image 300x300]

Just give in, publishers. Save us all a lot of time and effort.

i'd love to hate Steam, but I can't. Wanted to send a copy of XCOM to a buddy for Christmas. Not a freaking problem. Catch a decent sale and you're not lacking for something to do for months. I haven't even touched all the Civ games that I got in a package deal along with both Freedom Force games and all the older XCOM titles. I've only regretted buying DCS A-10 from them because it was such a non-fun sim.

/me goes off to play more Dragon Age


We got my 12 year old cousin like 4 games he wanted for $20 during the Winter Sale.
2013-01-11 03:11:10 PM  
1 vote:

Lsherm: vodka: Their pricing is surely affected by volume (or lack of in the case of Gamefly). Businesses do this all the time. While it might cost me $1 per widget in single quantities from a company, I might be able to buy a million at only $0.10 per widget.

That's the problem - the USPS isn't using volume as an excuse.  They're charging Gamefly for a service they provide to Netflix for free.

Volume discounts don't go down to "free."  Netflix isn't paying anything.


Have you done any research as to how exactly Netflix arrived at their current agreement with the postal service? Just wondering.
2013-01-11 03:10:04 PM  
1 vote:

karmaceutical: Netflix and the USPS put a lot of work into making the Red envelopes move at the rate they needed to at the price they needed to. Hell, it is kind of a modern marvel what they did... a sort of postal system within the postal system. Gamefly wants to benefit from that work without making any accommodations to the system that Netflix established. Gamefly must have some very well paid lobbyists.


Gamefly is owned by Gamestop. Gamestop's entire business model is, from the ground up, designed to benefit from the work of others. This move should come as a surprise to no one.

On one hand I'm somewhat disappointed that the video game industry is actively seeking to end the resale of used games, on the other hand that move would put Gamestop out of business and seems well worth the effort.
2013-01-11 03:09:31 PM  
1 vote:

vodka: Their pricing is surely affected by volume (or lack of in the case of Gamefly). Businesses do this all the time. While it might cost me $1 per widget in single quantities from a company, I might be able to buy a million at only $0.10 per widget.


That's the problem - the USPS isn't using volume as an excuse.  They're charging Gamefly for a service they provide to Netflix for free.

Volume discounts don't go down to "free."  Netflix isn't paying anything.
2013-01-11 03:08:27 PM  
1 vote:
The reason Gamefly sucks is because any time a new game comes out, it's unavailable for weeks. So you keep putting games you only sort of want to play in your queue because you don't want to not have a game coming in... so you're playing the Toy Story game until some 12 year old kid works on his 5th prestige on Black Ops.

Wrong, whenever there is a new game coming out I want, I always make sure that my queue is empty except for that game, and then a couple days after release I have it in mailbox.
2013-01-11 03:05:37 PM  
1 vote:
FTFA: "Gamefly, which sends rental video games DVDS"...

Maybe I'm just being nit-picky... But it just seems wrong to call game discs "DVDs". Technically XBox 360 games are DVDs... But PS3 games are BDs and Wii games are Optical Discs. It's probably just me, but it really bothers me.
2013-01-11 02:55:56 PM  
1 vote:

hutchkc: If I recall the reason the PO said it wouldn't give the same treatment for Gamefly was that their mailers aren't the same size and the volume they do with them doesn't justify the offset in cost. I was originally on the side of GF but after hearing more about it I can understand the PO point of view.


Yeah, I'd have to agree. Gamefly could always go to FedEx, UPS, or DHL and see if they'd cut them a break. One of the general business rules is, if you do a lot of volume you get a lower price.

/that being said, all non-profits and such should get the lowest rate since the PO is a public good
//for profit business though can pay, since it is for profit
2013-01-11 02:55:04 PM  
1 vote:
Their pricing is surely affected by volume (or lack of in the case of Gamefly). Businesses do this all the time. While it might cost me $1 per widget in single quantities from a company, I might be able to buy a million at only $0.10 per widget.
2013-01-11 02:54:34 PM  
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Netflix is paying $$$ in postage. If it wast for them, the Postal service would be in an even bigger hole than it is. They can't survive on Valu-pak coupons alone. They should be kissing Gamefly's cheeks, hoping they do as well.
2013-01-11 02:03:28 PM  
1 vote:
Some companies are too big to fail, charge with a crime, or charge fair price.
 
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