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stubbo66 #1 Posted 02 August 2018 - 11:45 PM

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I was stumbling around the other day, seeing if I could load Blitz on my Amazon Fire 7, and failing as it only had 8GB memory, and try as I might I just could not free up enough space to make the game happy...when I noticed a little statement that suddenly peeked my interest.. Have a look below...

 

So the idea of saving 22% off in-app purchases lit my fire, who would not want to save money on their in-app purchases...how does this work? Click on Learn more to find out...and you get the following page.

 

This seems to work very much like gold does in world of tanks, but allows you to bulk buy Amazon coins for use on in game purchases.

 

Bundles are as follows....

 

Bundle Size Bundle Cost Saving Saving Amount Coin Value
300 £2.67 11% £0.33 £0.0089
500 £4.35 13% £0.65 £0.0087
1000 £8.60 14% £1.40 £0.0086
2500 £21.25 15% £3.75 £0.0085
5000 £42.00 16% £8.00 £0.0084
10000 £82 18% £18 £0.0082
50000 £390 22% £110 £0.0078

 

Coins are valued at £0.01 each, so even a 300 coin bundle saves a little bit of money.

 

The sweet spot for me, spending £80 and getting 10,000 coins. Saves 20% off any in-game purchases automatically using those coins. Now that's all well and good on the surface, but as I didn't have a Fire tablet big enough to play blitz on, well I went and bought one to try it out.....

 

What comes next is going to shock many of you, especially our iOS player base, and I have a feeling the Google play store player base as well.

 

.....let's start by looking at the price of something stable in blitz, gold. I'll use the Apple device in game pricing here in the UK as that's what I have access to, I will bet you will see the same in all currencies and territories.

 

So here is the gold costs in the iOS store....

 

OK, that's everything we've come to know about buying gold on iOS, it's not cheap, but it is what it is. So let's look at Amazons app store prices......

 

 

Hang on a cotton picking minute......that's a pretty huge difference in price for exactly the same gold bundles.....let's line them up to compare them.

 

 

Bundle Apple Price Amazon Price Difference Percentage saved Apple coin value Amazon Coin value
250 £0.99 £0.74 £0.25 25% £0.00396 £0.00296
1250+250 £4.99 £3.74 £1.25 25% £0.00332 £0.00249
2500+750 £8.99 £6.73 £2.26 25% £0.00276 £0.00207
6250+2250 £21.99 £17.22 £4.77 21.7% £0.00258 £0.00202
12500+5000 £43.99 £33.20 £10.79 24.5% £0.00251 £0.00189
18750+8250 £64.99 £52.43 £12.56 19.3% £0.00240 £0.00194
25000+12500 £84.99 £67.41 £17.58 20.7% £0.00226 £0.00179

 

Wow, that's a huge saving on gold. But something I must make very clear here, this is not down to wargaming....this is down to Amazon not fleecing players by putting on exorbitant markups on in-game content prices like Apple does.

 

Let's put this into some perspective......

 

Currently, in-game you can buy the Ice and Flame bundle for 16,000 gold.....using apples best price that would cost £36.16, but using gold bought from Amazon it would only cost £28.64 a savng of £7.52 (20.7%)

 

At this moment I'm gobsmacked.....but it gets better. It doesn't just apply to gold purchases, have a look at the difference in the bundle costs on offer at the moment. Apple first....

 

So, hold on to your hats...here are the Amazon prices....

 

 

Now I can't explain why the 121B isn't listed in the store, I'll look into that....but just look at all the price differences again....I'll sumarise them all below.

 

Bundle Apple Price Amazon Price Difference % Saving
121B £89.99 Not listed    
Stridsvagn £12.99 £9.78 £3.21 24.7%
Warchest £59.99 £48.94 £11.05 18.42%
Basic Kit £17.99 £13.55 £4.44 24.7%
Starter Bundle £13.99 £10.53 £3.46 24.7%
Essential Kit £2.99 £2.32 £0.67 22.4%

 

So you can save 25% roughly on the cost of purchasing your tanks as well....this is massive.

 

So far, so very, very good. But remember at the start of the article, I was originally peaked by the idea of using amazon gold to save on in game purchases. Let's buy some gold to see how it works....

 

On Amazon, I bought the 1000 coin bundle for £8.60...then on Blitz, I bought the 2500+750 gold bundle for 673 amazon coins (it's very easy as the app pops up the amazon store payment window and the coins are the default option).

 

 

Now because I was spending Amazon coins, and not £6.73 the bundle is listed for in the app store, those 673 coins only really cost me £5.78 (673 x £0.86, a further saving on the Amazon in game price of £0.95 and a whopping saving of £3.21 over the Apple in store price of £8.99 or 35.7%....that's just mind blowing.

 

So let's apply it to something really big and see what the saving would be. I'm going to go mad and buy a lot of gold....

 

I start by spending £82 for 10,000 gold coins in amazon store. Each coin costs 82p, but is worth £1. Remember this.

Now I buy the 37500 gold bundle, that on the Amazon store is £67.41 for 6741 amazon coins (which really only cost me £55.27

 

So for a bundle that would have cost me £84.99 on Apple, it has now only cost me £55.27, saving £29.72 or 34.97%

 

I will never buy anything in game on my Apple device again. And I stress this very clearly, this is not of Wargamings doing, this is entirely down to the money grabbing of Apple, and the entirely reasonable policies for online gaming applied by Amazon.

 

I would also watch Amazon regularly, in case they have offers on the gold coins. And if you have other games you play on the iPad that are also available on Amazon Play, do the same, you will save yourself a fortune.

 

I estimate that in a year alone, for an avid collector, and occasional crate gambler, this could easily save £300-400 ., and all for the cost of an Amazon fire tablet. You'll need a minimum of 16GB from my experience, which you can get as cheaply as £59.99 with Amazon offers, or £69.99 without, plus you have another tablet to play tanks on.....win-win !!!!

 

This puts a whole new spin on the economics articles, as the emphasis will move away from WG (though we'll keep a close eye) and much more on to Apple (and I presume google). If anyone can confirm googles pricing if it mirrors Apple or Amazon that would be very helpful.

 

I might be able to afford a little weekend away with the wife with what I'll save this year...all thanks to Amazon....everyone's a winner!

 

 

Addendum.....

 

I found out that Apple and Google both take a 30% cut of all in app sales, or to put it another way, WG have to take their base price for the item they sell and increase it by early 43% to get the value they actually want for the item being sold.

 

On Amazon however, they only take 11.75% of the sale, so WG only needs to increase their base price by 13.3% which is a heck of a lot less.

 

A quick example of how that works. Let's take the 121B in store for £89.99. Both Apple and Google would take 30% of that (£27 ... sheesh), so WG cut is only £62.99

Because of Amazons rates,WG only need to increase the price to £71.38 to give Amazon their cut of £8.39 and WG still gets their £62.99

 

I applaud Amazon loudly hear, they are taking a cut, but they do have to supply and maintain the infrastructure to support the game stores, but they aren't being the money grabbing trillionaires that Apple and Google are.


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i just have to say beware of amazon coins, sometimes they just  DONT work. i tryed a few months ago the same, but system automatic canceled everytime the order,  i tryed 100 euro 50 euro and 10 euro, nothing worked. it said then i should buy a amazon gift card which i did, but it didnt work either, support couldnt help at all. so i wasted about 100(gift card) and just had to buy anything else on amazon which wasnt my intend to begin with...

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stubbo66 #3 Posted 03 August 2018 - 12:20 AM

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And to make it really simple to see what you can achieve.......

 

An IS6 can be bought in game for 7600 gold.

 

On Apple, the worst gold bundle values every gold coin at £0.00396 making the cost of an IS6 bought with the gold at that price being £30.10

On Apple the best bundle values gold at £0.00227 and would result in a cost of £17.22

 

On Amazon, the worst bundle values gold at £0.0296 so the cost would be £22.50

On Amazon, the best straight purchase value is £0.00180, so the cost would be £13.66

 

Now if you pre-buy your gold coins on Amazon store(assuming you buy a £100 bundle to get a good deal), you could save another 18% and get the IS6 for only £10.56

 

And for a tier 8 credit printer....you cannot get a better deal than that.



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View PostSinFFX1, on 03 August 2018 - 12:12 AM, said:

i just have to say beware of amazon coins, sometimes they just  DONT work. i tryed a few months ago the same, but system automatic canceled everytime the order,  i tryed 100 euro 50 euro and 10 euro, nothing worked. it said then i should buy a amazon gift card which i did, but it didnt work either, support couldnt help at all. so i wasted about 100(gift card) and just had to buy anything else on amazon which wasnt my intend to begin with...

 

​Good to know. I can only say I had no issues whatsoever.

 

One thing I have noticed is that the prices of the gold coins do fluctuate a bit. I had to redo that cost table after writing the article as when I went back to the site the values had changed. Some were better value, some slighly less. For example, initially the 10,000 bundle was listed as £80, but by the time I went back to purchase it, it had gone up to £82. So it's worth tracking the prices over time and buying when you know it's at a low point.


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Psychovadge #5 Posted 03 August 2018 - 05:14 AM

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Brilliant article stubbo thank you. Can I assume that you have an amazon tablet with your normal account loaded and proceed as above, log out and back in on your iPad and the purchase should be there? I assume this doesn’t work on pc either? Thanks :)

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View PostPsychovadge, on 03 August 2018 - 05:14 AM, said:

Brilliant article stubbo thank you. Can I assume that you have an amazon tablet with your normal account loaded and proceed as above, log out and back in on your iPad and the purchase should be there? I assume this doesn’t work on pc either? Thanks :)

 

Mosy probaly He do. As Amazon Tablets are not the best by processing power/screen quality. 

Yes. U can log in your account fm PC, Android, Ipad etc... I did not know that its also on amazon... In long run it good strategy to get fire and buy godies in Amazon... But i doubt that for Stubbo or any one who already have almost full hangar...

What i mean is I doubt i will buy Amazon fire just to buy godies in their store.... But for new or thous who are thinking of start to buy godies in Blitz its grate advise

 

Or i would have Amazon fire than i would also start to do that .. Now.. I dont know... Fire is good only for Web Browsing../youtube etc... so i doubt i need one more gadget... 


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Gr8 article Stubbo, I was thinking of getting a new tablet, mostly for Blitz as lost me iPad but never considered a Fire, given I do spend money in-game and use Prime a lot sounds like I’ve found what I’m looking for!

I’ll be getting a Fire!


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View PostMjr_Eazy, on 03 August 2018 - 06:38 AM, said:

Gr8 article Stubbo, I was thinking of getting a new tablet, mostly for Blitz as lost me iPad but never considered a Fire, given I do spend money in-game and use Prime a lot sounds like I’ve found what I’m looking for!

I’ll be getting a Fire!

 

god no.  They are VERY underpowered compared to an iPad. Even a 5 year old iPad outperforms my Kindle Fire. They are ok for watching and reading but terrible for gaming.

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View PostPsychovadge, on 03 August 2018 - 05:14 AM, said:

Brilliant article stubbo thank you. Can I assume that you have an amazon tablet with your normal account loaded and proceed as above, log out and back in on your iPad and the purchase should be there? I assume this doesn’t work on pc either? Thanks :)

 

Yes, just used my regular account, I logon with facebook, and then let the Amazon store do the purchasing on the fire tablet. Couldn’t be simpler.

 

I have tried the PC download, and the steam version seems to follow the apple model of a 30% cut taken, I wil delete that off and try the windows store version and then the plain download version as well to see how those pricing vary, but right now, especially with the discounts bulk buying coins from Amazon, the Fire HD tablet purchasing is hands down the best way to buy your in game content for blitz.

 

I haven’t tried playing the game on the fire (I got the HD 10 as it will have other uses for me), I’ll give it a go later to see how it performs.


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View Poststubbo66, on 03 August 2018 - 07:30 AM, said:

 

Yes, just used my regular account, I logon with facebook, and then let the Amazon store do the purchasing on the fire tablet. Couldn’t be simpler.

 

I have tried the PC download, and the steam version seems to follow the apple model of a 30% cut taken, I wil delete that off and try the windows store version and then the plain download version as well to see how those pricing vary, but right now, especially with the discounts bulk buying coins from Amazon, the Fire HD tablet purchasing is hands down the best way to buy your in game content for blitz.

 

I haven’t tried playing the game on the fire (I got the HD 10 as it will have other uses for me), I’ll give it a go later to see how it performs.

 

I would recommend to set same setting as on the device u play and than compare...Ping/fps... And how it feels....I still playbon phone as i could not get use to tablet... As for me 7" tablet who would run this game in good resulution and good fps would be nice... but there are none such kind tablet



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Is there anyway to purchase Gold at Amazon prices with a PC?

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View Postponedelj, on 03 August 2018 - 08:46 AM, said:

 

I would recommend to set same setting as on the device u play and than compare...Ping/fps... And how it feels....I still playbon phone as i could not get use to tablet... As for me 7" tablet who would run this game in good resulution and good fps would be nice... but there are none such kind tablet

 

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Thanks for your hard work Stubbo.  I'll bear it in mind.  I'm not currently spending money on the game until the proposed changes to premium tanks becomes clearer.  If WG do, for example, change the KV 200T so soon after placing it on sale, then I become a freemium players from there on in.  Shame because I'd started to spend again recently Fter the spare parts correction.  But I'll wait and see and if the proposed changes don't happen I'll be looking into those Amazon coins.  Thanks.

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View Postjylpah, on 03 August 2018 - 09:11 AM, said:

Is there anyway to purchase Gold at Amazon prices with a PC?

 

You can buy the Amazon Gold coins from any platform, but you can only spend the Amazon gold coins in apps using the Amazon App Store, so hence the need to have an Amazon fire tablet.

 

You can't buy the coins from Amazon and then spend them in the iOS or PC platforms, unfortunately.

 

If you do buy gold, even in small amounts over the year, it will certainly pay for itself to get a Fire tablet to do this with in the long run.



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can you just use emulator for this ?


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If the savings are as good as stubbo says, then buying a cheap secondhand Fire thing would be a good investment, if you're a spender.

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Fires are inexpensive, so even new one can pay itself back.

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Nice one Stubbo.....

However, for those who try to use an Amazon app on their iPad, I find that the App as installed on my iPad WILL NOT let me actually buy these items (coins etc) ( oh and kindle books) so obviously APPLE are deliberately stopping you from benefiting directly without a "work around" fix as Stubbo has with his fire!

And I thought no-one could get worse that WG!


 
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View PostMjr_Eazy, on 03 August 2018 - 06:38 AM, said:

Gr8 article Stubbo, I was thinking of getting a new tablet, mostly for Blitz as lost me iPad but never considered a Fire, given I do spend money in-game and use Prime a lot sounds like I’ve found what I’m looking for!

I’ll be getting a Fire!

 

Mate, get a whapping big memory card to go in it, the smalls have the Fire and Blitz kills it!

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Stubbo, you’re a genius mate, any chance that in future Blitz economics, there will be an additional section to show the cost on Amazon? The savings over a year should mean that at next years Tankfest, you won’t be buying a pint as everyone will be buying for you!




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