From: California, USA
ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins
What it basically comes down to is that the extra money goes to Digital River. We have a "game on demand" physical process with them that doesn't require us to keep a large physical stock. Instead, each boxed game is created "on demand" when you order it and personalized with your order number, serial number, etc. and shipped out. This allows us to have boxed copies even for niche games, but the cost is higher than it would be to do a large retail print run. That's why physical copies cost $10 more than the download. In addition to that, there's the shipping and handling, which is handled out of the US or EU warehouses, which are run by Digital River. The cost there depends on the shipping option you choose and where you live and again we don't see a dime of that.
Alright, Thanks Erik. I appreciate the explanation. That aids understanding. Even though you were under no obligation to explain it, you took the time.
Good gaming! All your bases are belong to us.
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