Ok this is really a no brainer. I don't see why there's no option to purchase 1200 tokens. Instead we have to pick between 1000 and 1500 tokens.
In my case, I was fine because I already had 400 tokens sitting in the bank and adding another 1000 to buy the MVAM was acceptable. But what about if I had 0 tokens and I had to buy 1500 tokens to buy a 1200 token ship? Abit much right?
Either price ships at 1000 tokens or put in the option to purchase 1200 tokens please.
One of the reasons why I am refusing to buy the MVAM Prometheus is because of this. Price the ships accordingly (Lower them to 1000 tokens) or add an option for 1200 token sales.
I like many people have all the ship skins, almost all of the uniforms, all the extra ships like the Nebula, D'kyrr and Galaxy X, and this one change you have made to the C-store has put me off further ship purchases until your marketing in the most polite terms "pull their heads out".
You already alienated a section of the playerbase by adding the C-store and so many items to it, do you truely want to alienate the section that willingly uses it too?
(And don't bring up that "emblems ingame" rubbish, I don't have the time to sit down all day and farm 500 emblems for each and every ship I want as I have a thing called a job (plus 500 emblems is a joke, people would be more inclined to C-store it).
Agreed, a token/point-purchase system will always be sneaky, underhanded and dishonorable, but it will never change. However, I don't think I can completely blame Cryptic for this, I sense the cold, soulless hand of Atari at work here.
Why do it in the first place?
1) It hides the true cost of the item. They assume people will be more inclined to purchase something that's labeled at 1200 points, as opposed to $15. This is not completely untrue.
2) By restricting you to buying "blocks" of points, then pricing things so they never "add up neatly", they force you to spend more money than necessary. And because there will always be points left over, you'll either spend it on an item you'd wouldn't have bothered to before, or just let them sit there as waste. And they can do this legally, because it's not the items we're buying, it's the points. It's effectively theft.
If they switched to the 1 on 1 system that Steam and PSN use ($1=$1), and dropped the price of items by 50% across the board, I'd bet more people would be open to purchasing items, and they'd make twice the money that they will doing it now.
I agree. The option needs to exist for people to buy what Tokens they need/want, not more.
I also wish that as we purchased more tokens, there should a bulk rate increase. $6.25 for 500 tokens, that's 80T/$. How about $25.00 gets us 2125 tokens (85T/$), and $62.50 should get us 5625 (90T/$). I want to support the game/store, so I wouldn't expect a huge discount, but a small "thank you for the investment" bonus, would be nice.