Steam Trading

To be honest, I haven't received any coupons. I just wanted in on the joke.

Manach wrote:

Funny, you guys are telling us you received coupons.. I received none! Hooray!

Should have never speak..

Just received a Eve Online coupon for 75% off.

Currently, the game is at 6.80$, so with coupon it drops even to 1.70$!.

Just PM me to get the coupon.

Edit : Someone claimed my ticket. Trading to him tonight

Manach wrote:

Just received a Eve Online coupon for 75% off. Currently, the game is at $6.80, so with coupon it drops to $1.70!

If anyone else want a 75% off EVE Online coupon, I have one as well. Just send me a PM.

The EVE sale ends March 29th, though the coupon is good until April 29th.

Archangel wrote:
Manach wrote:

Just received a Eve Online coupon for 75% off. Currently, the game is at $6.80, so with coupon it drops to $1.70!

If anyone else want a 75% off EVE Online coupon, I have one as well. Just send me a PM.

The EVE sale ends March 29th, though the coupon is good until April 29th.

I can't imagine what that would do to my already unbalanced life.

lol just got the 75% off EVE Online my self too. Have no clue what I am gunna do with it.....

If they're just going to use the system as another means of spamming you with sales (instead of just putting it on the store), I think I'd just want to opt out of it. Using it as another marketing channel isn't on.

If people are not looking at the steam page or news daily, or have opted out of marketing messages, respect that and try to shift your wares some other way.

Scratched wrote:

If they're just going to use the system as another means of spamming you with sales (instead of just putting it on the store), I think I'd just want to opt out of it. Using it as another marketing channel isn't on

I don't know what anyone else is seeing, but the only way I even knew I had coupons was that the little "mail" icon on the Steam window was green and when I hovered over it the message "1 new item in inventory" was visible. No pop-ups, no news spash screen, or any other form of notification. Personally I don't consider that to constitute spam.

Elycion wrote:
Scratched wrote:

If they're just going to use the system as another means of spamming you with sales (instead of just putting it on the store), I think I'd just want to opt out of it. Using it as another marketing channel isn't on

I don't know what anyone else is seeing, but the only way I even knew I had coupons was that the little "mail" icon on the Steam window was green and when I hovered over it the message "1 new item in inventory" was visible. No pop-ups, no news spash screen, or any other form of notification. Personally I don't consider that to constitute spam.

Was about to post something like this. All I saw was the little green icon. Spam? Really?

Elycion wrote:

I don't know what anyone else is seeing, but the only way I even knew I had coupons was that the little "mail" icon on the Steam window was green and when I hovered over it the message "1 new item in inventory" was visible. No pop-ups, no news spash screen, or any other form of notification. Personally I don't consider that to constitute spam.

Same how getting a 6PM phone call from telemarketer isn't spam, but just an ordinary phonecall? Please!

To say that a coupon is an "item" in the same sense as gifted games and my TF2 hats is pretty disingenuous.

Look at it this way, EVE goes on sale frequently for $5. This happens when they release a new (free) expansion to the game.

The game is on sale for $6.80 and when you apply the coupon we all basically received the price comes down to $5.10.

I won't call it spam, but it's a tricky/smart way to get people to trade coupons and then buy things.

MoonDragon wrote:

Same how getting a 6PM phone call from telemarketer isn't spam, but just an ordinary phonecall? Please

When Steam "rings", makes a noise, or basically does anything noticeable to alert me I'll consider the simile. Until then, as you say "please".

If this coupon showing up in an inventory window upsets people that much, I can only imagine the complete incoherent rage that must result any time the same folks check their postal box.

I tried to get away with the two clicks and approximately 8 seconds it would take me to just look at the coupon and realize it was something I could ignore,

The precise argument used by spammers, at least until you got silly.

garion333 wrote:

Look at it this way, EVE goes on sale frequently for $5. This happens when they release a new (free) expansion to the game.

The game is on sale for $6.80 and when you apply the coupon we all basically received the price comes down to $5.10.

I won't call it spam, but it's a tricky/smart way to get people to trade coupons and then buy things.

Actually it comes down BY an additional $5.10, effectively making it $1.70.

Malor wrote:

The precise argument used by spammers, at least until you got silly.

True enough, but spammers send me completely irrelevant advertisements that are generally of no value, or even an outright attempt at larceny. Clearly the multitude of penis enlargement spam mails I get are nothing more than an imposition on my time when my member is already approximately the size of Delaware.

Steam, on the other hand is (so far) sending me things that I may have interest in, or may be able to give to a friend that is interested.

I'm not saying an option to opt-out completely would be a bad thing, but rather that I see the level of upset over this new program to be well out of proportion.

Now if you'll excuse me, I just got a Valpack envelope in the mail. This thing must have 50 [email protected]$!ing coupons in it! As soon as I finish grinding this spoon into a shiv I'm going to go shank a bunch of fools to work the anger out.

True enough, but spammers send me completely irrelevant advertisements that are generally of no value,

Neither are these coupons, really. They're just Steam sales that force your attention. There's no value to YOU in forcing your attention, just to Valve.

"But, but," you sputter. "I'm a gamer. I want to hear about games." Well, you have a penis, too, so I'm sure you'd like coupons for enlargement devices in your Steam inbox as well, right?

What you really don't get is that nobody is forcing me to do anything. Not even remotely.

A little icon on my Steam client turns from charcoal to green and shows that I have one new item in my inventory. Now I know that I have not bought anything, likewise I know my wife hasn't bought me anything. In fact, had anyone else purchased something for me I would have been notified in an entirely different manner. Clearly due to all of this I know that I've either been given yet another guest pass/beta invite for a game I already own, or a coupon. I could ignore the (incredibly unobtrusive) notification forever and never suffer in any way.

I've made my feelings on the matter abundantly clear. From this point forward I'll just content myself with sitting back quietly chuckling at the Righteous Internet Wrath.

The way I see it, even if I compulsively check it every time I get a coupon(which I imagine won't be that often), it's a small price for me to pay for people saving even more money on games.

What you really don't get is that nobody is forcing me to do anything. Not even remotely.

A little icon on my Steam client turns from charcoal to green and shows that I have one new item in my inventory.

A little number on your inbox goes from 0 to 1. You can ignore the message.

Look. We've had this conversation, as an Internet. It's done. We know what spam is: an unsolicited marketing message. We know that it's wrong, that it damages our lives. We know that opt-in, preferably double opt-in on an email system, is the only way to handle marketing messages.

You are arguing that spam is a good thing. It amazes me that anyone, in 2012, could make that argument with a straight face. If you want your penis enlarged, fine, you go sign up for that.

I shouldn't have to say to Valve, "No, I do not want my penis bigger."

Malor wrote:

We know what spam is: an unsolicited marketing message.

Do you get this riled up over banner ads? I didn't ask for those either.

Delerat wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Look at it this way, EVE goes on sale frequently for $5. This happens when they release a new (free) expansion to the game.

The game is on sale for $6.80 and when you apply the coupon we all basically received the price comes down to $5.10.

I won't call it spam, but it's a tricky/smart way to get people to trade coupons and then buy things.

Actually it comes down BY an additional $5.10, effectively making it $1.70.

Oh, wow, I totally read the wrong. You are correct.

Coupons are AMAZING, seriously.

Malor wrote:
What you really don't get is that nobody is forcing me to do anything. Not even remotely.

A little icon on my Steam client turns from charcoal to green and shows that I have one new item in my inventory.

A little number on your inbox goes from 0 to 1. You can ignore the message.

Look. We've had this conversation, as an Internet. It's done. We know what spam is: an unsolicited marketing message. We know that it's wrong, that it damages our lives. We know that opt-in, preferably double opt-in on an email system, is the only way to handle marketing messages.

You are arguing that spam is a good thing. It amazes me that anyone, in 2012, could make that argument with a straight face. If you want your penis enlarged, fine, you go sign up for that.

I shouldn't have to say to Valve, "No, I do not want my penis bigger."

Is it really unsolicited though? Aren't you using Steam, which is a known storefront, of your own volition?
These aren't even close to the random, we-bought-your-email-address messages people consider spam either. A more accurate comparison would be that a company sends you an ad for a new type of penis enhancement, because you've bought several other types from them in the past.
Steam's coupons are about as intrusive as a coupon printer in a store aisle, maybe at worst as a coupon that prints up at the check-out since someone is physically handing it to you, forcing you to pay attention to it. They're far easier to ignore too, since the Steam coupon will disappear when they expire, and the "1" that annoys you so much will return to the pleasing "0" it used to be.

Manach wrote:
Manach wrote:

Funny, you guys are telling us you received coupons.. I received none! Hooray!

Should have never speak..

Just received a Eve Online coupon for 75% off.

Currently, the game is at 6.80$, so with coupon it drops even to 1.70$!.

Just PM me to get the coupon.

Edit : Someone claimed my ticket. Trading to him tonight :)

I used this coupon to purchase Eve, and now this morning I got a new coupon! 75% off Eve! So I guess now I'M the one giving away an Eve coupon.

If anyone is willing to purchase the Mount and Blade Collection for me (on sale for $7.50 in Steam's weekend deal), I have 2 gift copies of Magicka I'd gladly trade.

Been saving up for a big vacation and literally do not have it in the budget right now.

Thanks in advance!

For a good M&B experience, you only want Warband. Fire & Sword is more of a side-step than an upgrade. And Warband is a total improvement on the original.

MoonDragon wrote:

For a good M&B experience, you only want Warband. Fire & Sword is more of a side-step than an upgrade. And Warband is a total improvement on the original.

I second this. Fire & Sword was interesting, but Warband is where I spend all my time.

I imagine it's not going to be possible to give these away, but just in case ...

I have free copies of Portal 2 and Portal to give out via Steam. Don't want or need anything for them, though if there's any juicy coupons or anything floating around I might not turn those down.

Any takers? Honestly if you even know a friend or something that hasn't played them, and you think you can get them to play them, I'm happy to pass them on.

I actually do have a couple friends with Portal and Portal 2 on their wishlists. If you don't get any other takers, I'd be glad to pass them along. I'm going out of town tomorrow and probably won't be back online for at least a few days, so if you send a friend request or message and I don't reply immediately, that's why.

I know two folks who'd love to have Torchlight, but I have nothing to offer in return. If you don't find any other takers, I'm happy to pass one or two of those copies along.

DrunkenSleipnir wrote:

I have a 50% off for King Arthur II good through the month and three copies of Torchlight 1. All up for grabs (free), although you're welcome to pass something small back if you want, just not in any way required.

I missed Torchlight entirely, but now I'm curious with all the hubbub about the sequel. If you still have an extra copy, I wouldn't turn it down!

I STILL have a copy of Half-Life 2 and Episode One available, if anyone wants them.