Can someone explain this to me? Music Looking at some software. If I want the box with the physical CD’s shipped to my house, it’s nearly $30 cheaper than downloading it Comments Chris. says: on 5/9/2014 at 9:58 AM Just a guess but the physical product takes up valuable warehouse space. Digital download doesn't. If they get the product off the shelves, they can stock something with more mass market appeal. Robb Allen says: on 5/9/2014 at 10:01 AM That's about the only thing that makes sense.Also, I don't grok why a company sells a product on their own website that is cheaper on Amazon. Wolfman says: on 5/9/2014 at 10:25 AM You know better than many where the real money goes in software developement, and I'll lay bets it isn't in the disks and packaging. The actual physical 'things you hold in your hands' portion of the whole mess probably costs the company a buck or less, and you are paying the shipping. Just look at the extra cost as the price of convenience- there must be plenty of folk that think that is a reasonable price to pay, if it means minutes or hours to be up and running, rather than days. Plus, you aren't required to put on pants and walk to the mailbox! Chris. says: on 5/9/2014 at 10:44 AM "I don't grok why a company sells a product on their own website that is cheaper on Amazon."Now that's an easy one. When the product comes out Amazon buys X quantity at Y price. They agree to sell product at Z price for S period of time.After S time - they discount the price to clear the remaining product off their shelves. Manufacturer on the other hand has already gotten their money from their wholesale transfer of the product to Amazon. Basically how any bargain bin sale works.In reality they take less money on the Amazon sale to begin with hoping to make up in volume. At the same time if there's a stupid consumer who doesn't comparison shop they'll get a bigger piece of the pie if somebody happens to buy direct. lelnet says: on 5/9/2014 at 10:44 AM The price of physical disks is set by the publisher charging a wholesale price to Amazon and Amazon then choosing how much of their own markup to take. While the final price of the downloadable version is imposed directly by the publisher, without Amazon having any discretion to offer discounts. ubu52 says: on 5/9/2014 at 12:16 PM Amazon doesn't actually make a profit, so that might have something to do with it. Patrick says: on 5/9/2014 at 5:10 PM Happens all the time. I wouldn't read anything into it. For the same reasons most people will never go the distance to see the difference, there is a good chance that someone at the company failed to normalize pricing across the various purchase methods. That includes Amazon, who seem to treat the download side of the house like a different business. Rob K says: on 5/9/2014 at 5:10 PM Convenience. Windy Wilson says: on 5/9/2014 at 7:24 PM Maybe the royalty contract is royally screwed up and allocates different payments based on whether it's the physical unit or merely electronic. Robb Allen says: on 5/9/2014 at 7:31 PM I think I'm going to have to buy into the "It was purchased in bulk, not a very popular physical purchase item and thus they're clearing shelf space off"I've found similar software for free online though. Trying it out now. Just trying to train my ears to 'hear' a bit better. Dan says: on 5/10/2014 at 5:27 AM I've seen this phenomenon more than once....the physical is cheaper than the virtual download.I attribute it to "microwave mentality". Fewer and fewer people are willing to forgo IMMEDIATE satisfaction in favor of future savings. It's the same reason we have Overnight and 2day delivery available from Amazon...there is really nothing that Amazon sells that you cannot live without for that extra day or two of shipping...if it was that important you should be looking for a local store to get it from right effing now. Retailers are aware of this penchant for wanting instant gratification and charge accordingly. AndyN says: on 5/11/2014 at 9:16 AM I ran into the same thing once when I was looking for a newly released novel on Amazon. The Kindle version was roughly the same price as a new hardcover copy, the new paperback version was significantly cheaper and there were already used copies in paperback at an even lower price. Or I could wait and get it from the library for free. I don't condone intellectual property theft, but it's not hard to understand why some otherwise honest people see that and decide to just find a free copy somewhere. John A says: on 5/12/2014 at 12:20 AM Lots of reasons, starting with the words "open box." All the others also come into play. And yes, companies usually sell their own stuff for their MSRP aka "Manufacturer`s Suggested Retail Price" which is more than actual selling price from retailers of the item. This is not the price at which those companies sell to companies which will be selling to the "public." Volume, avoidance of the hassle of dealing with hundreds of people rather than a dozen or so retailers, less warehousing and related costs... Heck, I just bought some coffee creamer on Amazon - and I bought 11oz containers instead of the 16oz because the per-ounce cost to me was $0.04 less for the same brand, which admittedly has me puzzled. Weer'd Beard says: on 5/12/2014 at 11:33 PM For the manufacturer's website vs. Amazon (see also any other warehouse company) people looking for a specific product will find their way via search engine to the company site first usually, and there an impulse buy can happen.Once the person is on a warehouse site they're not looking a JUST one product but also often competitors products, so there shaving price margins will make the difference between sale and no sale.As for instant download price vs. physical one, instant gratification is probably another factor. You can have the download quickly, but for shipping, even with a rush it will mean the next day. Comments have been closed on this topic.