I literally did what you did on the very first pack i bought. How many coins (including losing 10% to market) will i get for my $. I added the numbers and bought the most efficient coin per dollar pack i could. I literally bought them all in order, not once buying a lower coin per dollar pack before buying the better value one.
Its not a novel idea and the fact youre posting this incredulous that your math could be right in 2023 kinda blows my mind. How is this not the only metric to weight $ to coin value by.
The “full stop” was to make sure you got that there wasnt some other possibility, other than being able to sell the same pack repeatedly. Once it said purchased, you couldnt purchase it again in the PS Store, Steam or Xbox marketplace. The developers realized every new pack sold like hot cakes to those who buy them on release and thought, hey, i wonder if theyd buy the same pack again. Too bad we’ll never know. Then Dimitri, fresh off a bottle of Taaka vodka, had a lightbulb go on.
The whole crosscrown thing made it so they could sell whatever (CKs, duplicate packs, etc.) without having to talk to 3 different companies and get their OK to sell items. They talked to them once and said let me add these crosscrowns and they now have the unlimited ability to rotate packs, CKs and whatnot as they please. Which lets people buy 50% packs and get insane value compared to buying coins directly, as youve somehow just learned.
You can go down the rabbit hole of why do they sell hotdogs in packs of eight and buns in packs of 6, and figure out why everything crosscrown is priced with odd numbers that NEVER line up with the amount you can buy. Its a marketing ploy so you never hit exactly 0 crosscrowns, making people feel compulsed to buy more so as not to waste what theyve already spent, or to feel as if theyre getting a discount on future crosscrown purchases, when they already have 30 laying around. Thats just capalism, and weak minded people if you fall into the trap. Its not predatory, its grown ass people choosing what they want to spend their money on. Compulsion, weak mindedness, inability to do math, they all come into play…if they come into play. Me? Im not compulsed, im not weak minded and i can do math. So im not getting duped by some shady corporation, im a guy who chooses to spend or not spend my money on this game.
If i were them, id of done the same exact thing on this business end of it. But id balance this damn game, stop dangling OP battlepass bait to layer nerf it, etc. But the business end of it, theyve done a decent enough job. Marketing, balancing, player retention…OFC not so much(or at all tbh)
Crosscrowns let them add repeat and cycle-able sales of items in their game without having to contact PS, Steam and Xbox every single time they want to sell a CK or pack. Its that simple at its core.