From: Monroe, LA, USA
If I want a product and two places have it, price is a major factor in determining where I buy it, but there are other factors, too. In the case of electronic products, I often buy from Best Buy because I have someone to go to if there is a problem rather than the internet, though I have no problem dealing with major online shops like Amazon. I sometimes pay more than I could elsewhere just to be able to talk to someone in person if there is a problem. My cell phone service is via contract with a major carrier with brick and mortar stores, Verizon, though I can get a better rate and service just as good from Straight Talk or a similar non-contract company. If I have a problem, I have people I can go talk to to fix my problem. Other people would take the lower rate and the service that may not be as good if there is a problem. There is no right decision there. Both options have advantages. There is also the idea of supporting certain establishments and shops because they have a good product and you want to continue to receive that good product. Thus I support a couple of local restaurants because they have great food, though I can get cheaper food at a chain restaurant. Again, there is no right answer, just choices. So there is something of a rebellion against the pricing scheme of Matrix/Ageod/Slitherine. I choose to support that pricing scheme. That is my choice. Others don't. That is their choice. And I don't think the complaints on this forum on the Matrix etc. pricing scheme will change a thing. Their bottom line will decide, and they will make decisions on that, and that alone. And they will succeed and fail based on that. After my Army career I became a high school teacher. If I based my teaching decisions on student complaints, we would play games all day every day. Instead I have a goal for my classes tied to standardized test scores. That is my business model. The best standardized test scores possible. If making my students happy and having fun one day helps attain better scores, that is what we do. If making them mad the next day by doing something they don't like helps attain better scores, that is what I do the next day, regardless of the complaints ("This story is too loooooooooooooooooong. How can we read that?"). I know that comparing teaching to selling computer games doesn't exactly mesh, but there is a similar lesson. I look at the bottom line. So does Matrix.