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    Being an accountant as well as a software programmer I have charged my clients according to my costs of creating it for them, as well as later modifications of, they were happy with.

    There still being many comments about what DTG charges, short routes like the Corris and longer mileages routes not reflecting well enough what it has costs DTG to create them, unless they can sell many of them to cover them !

    I am supplying my mergers at no cost for use with Freeware and some Payware routes, the latter users must have installed. But if they were created by DTG, like Danny Leach one of their programmers has done in his own time, it should be chargeable and is acceptable to me.

    Business is business and it has to survive on selling what it supplies. Many brick & mortar ones are now have problems with competition from web based suppliers, Amazon being one of them, now starting to use drones, reducing the need to use road transport, putting more employees out of work !
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    In real terms computer games are much cheaper than they were years ago.

    The going rate for Microprose military flight sims such as F15 Strike Eagle II was 44.99 in ~1995. My copy of MSTS cost me 49.99 in 2001 (yes, despite all the feting I had from MS and Kuju I still had to buy my own copy).

    However we are where we are and the fact is in an age where people can download free or very cheap apps to their iPads and Android tablets then choose to "grind" rather than pay, PC gaming needs to remain competitive. In the case of TS2016 it does seem a bit odd that a long route such as Feather River or Canadian Mountains costs the same as the 21 mile Japanese route. The Corris route was probably pitched about right at 9.99 given its potential as a resource pack, but in truth it is such a short route in its own right I would have thought 7.99 a better pitch.

    The good thing is the fairly frequent sales which pop up although of course we have a bit of a dearth now between the July sale and either Thanksgiving Day or the Christmas period. Each buyer also perceives things differently - Albula Pass will be a Day 1 purchase for me at 24.99 but others may wait until they get it for 12.50. 24.99 is pushing the top limit of what an add-on will sell for, I notice over at UKTS a thread advising the controversial Wherry Lines from AP has been permanently reduced to 24.99.
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    When I had Commodore Amiga computer I was paying on an average about $90 NZ for one game on a 880K 3 1/2 inch disk. In reality for size value I'm still paying about the same average price for a game which can be up to 6GB in size, so games have actually become cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flybyme View Post
    When I had Commodore Amiga computer I was paying on an average about $90 NZ for one game on a 880K 3 1/2 inch disk. In reality for size value I'm still paying about the same average price for a game which can be up to 6GB in size, so games have actually become cheaper.
    Have you factored in the cost of the computer you now must own in order to lay those games? And were you hsviong to buy each separate part of your previous games as we have to with DTG?

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    Just going off the top of my head here, a Commodore Amiga cost about $1200 NZ had a cpu speed of about 7mhz and 512mb of ram, now what you can get these days for that kinda money is a box with a Intel i5 cpu running at 3.4ghz a GTX 960 graphics card, 8gb ram etc. so the prices of PCs have become cheaper.
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