Proof that piracy boosts sales

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  1. yuyuyup
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    "Adam Mansbach, author of the cathartic "children's book for parents" "Go the F*** to Sleep," has a complicated relationship with content pirates.

    The viral spread of a PDF version of his book helped rocket the print version into the bestsellers list on Amazon before the book was printed. Finally pushed to stores and retailers just this Tuesday, it is now Amazon's number one seller."

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-20071657.../?tag=rtcol;pop

    This filthmouthed hypocrite later goes on to spout off about how piracy is sooo bad and this was SUCH a unique case cut me some slack Jack. What the hell does he know about piracy in the industry besides hugely bloated losses invented by the RIAA ?

    there it's quoted
     
  2. DeathStrudel

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    that's not really proof of anything.....this is a somewhat unique case and his book could have easily become just as popular had it not been leaked

    that being said, companies certainly do not lose as much money as they claim. For example I generally only pirate things that I wouldn't have payed for in the first place or that I'm thinking about buying but want to try out first, so they aren't losing any money from me
     
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    I love how desperate people are to justify their actions.
     
  4. deathking

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    now we should expect more shovel ware books to be published
     
  5. KingdomBlade

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    Nope, not proof of anything.

    That's like saying killing people isn't bad because it helped the Nazi's discover important scientific facts.
     
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    Chinatown wars. Nuff said.
     
  8. Scott-105

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    I don't get it...

    I agree with the other posters. Just because it boosted sales for him, doesn't mean it will for everyone.
     
  9. ManFranceGermany

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    this doesn't work for video games. A PDF and a printed version are two different things, but to have a rom/iso which is playable like the original (even with more options) wouldn't make the pirate to a possible customer.
     
  10. machomuu

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    I can boost sales, but that doesn't mean it always does.
     
  11. Sir VG

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    I say it's more likely to help sales then to hurt them. Think about it from this point of view.

    Little Timmy is on a budget. He has $50 to spend. What is more likely to spend it on:

    1. A game that he played after downloading from a torrent and liked.
    2. The same game that he only heard reviews on but hasn't played it himself.

    If Little Timmy really wanted to support the developers, #1 would be an easy yes. More likely then #2? I think so, because his tastes may be different then the reviewers. He may find a game that reviews said were good and then he finds that he hates it. Thus he's less likely to spend money on games based upon only reviews.

    It wouldn't be an issue if stores weren't so damn stingy on their game return policy. And don't say "because it's easy to copy CDs/DVDs/etc." Even in the SNES era (which really, how many people generally had a way to copy carts?), a lot of stores were stingy on stuff like that, and rental stores that bought games gave you (and still give you) jack squat.
     
  12. machomuu

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    But how many people actually want to support the developers. Most people just download games and that's the end of it.
     
  13. deathking

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    this is the way i see
    right now i dont own a 3ds so i will not buy any games for it
    a flash cart comes out i will buy a 3ds and will buy games for it and a flash cart
     
  14. Sir VG

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    Exactly. If you kill piracy perfectly (will never happen, but for theoretical purposes...), then it's STILL not going to guarantee higher sales. Some people will always pirate because they can. Some people will pirate, like it, then buy the game to support the developers.

    So yeah, I think piracy will boost sales from people that find something they like and will buy it. It won't be everybody that pirates it (duh), but I'm sure there are some.
     
  15. machomuu

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    But as I said, there are a lot of pirates, I want to say the majority, that don't buy the games they pirate no matter how much they like the games they pirated.
     
  16. TwoBladedKnight

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    I pirate movies music and games and if I enjoy them I buy them. I've bought quite a few DS games after pirating them because I enjoyed them that much. Some I've never even played the actual cartridge, it's more that I feel the developers deserve it (TWEWY for example) I know that most don't but I personally do. All my albums I've pirated first until I have the money to buy them, same with most of my games, I honestly use piracy as an evaluation method really...