Guest Article: Last Best Offer

Friday, March 8th, 2019

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Recently we did an article about Idea Factory International having a partnership with a new PC storefront called Last Best Offer. Their site is very unique in that it lets customers haggle with creators over the price of their games.

Alex from the store reached out to us and wanted to know if they could have a spot to introduce themselves. There are no affiliate links here, and we were not paid for this spot. I just felt the games they have in the store would appeal to the our readership since they have titles like Hyperdimension Neptunia and Gal*Gun.


Haggle for Indie Games, Only at Last Best Offer!

One morning I woke up to find The Witcher 3 on flash sale. I was running late for work but resolved to pick the game up when I got home. After work I picked up some snacks, changed into my pjs and booted my system up to find…The Witcher 3 at full price. The flash sale was over.

I was devastated. But it got me thinking, why are we all stuck waiting for sales? I want the game, I know that publisher is willing to sell their game to me a discounted price, and surely steam wants their cut, so why is this happening? Why are publishers turning away interested consumers today, hoping they’ll come back to pay an even steeper discount three months later? Instead, wouldn’t it be great if gamers and game creators could come together to find a fair price?

I texted my good friend, and business partner about the idea, and with that we were off!
That was just over two years ago, and in that time we’ve built a custom site, signed deals with publishers like PQube, Idea Factory, Headup, and Codemasters, and turned our crazy idea into a reality! Additionally, we’ve helped reduce the incentive for discount hungry consumers to go to gray-market sites to get a good deal, helping make sure the developers we love can keep making games we love.

My name is Alex Childs and I am the founder of Last Best Offer, the new indie games storefront that lets users and game creators to negotiate a fair price in real-time. Users never have to wait for the games they want to go on sale, and game creators never miss the chance to reach a consumer!

Here’s how it works, simply tell us the price you’re willing to pay and we’ll send it through to the publisher for approval. They will either approve your offer or send you a counter. As our name implies this is you and the publisher’s Last Best Offer, you get one chance to make a deal, the publisher gets one chance to make a sale. After that there is a 24-hour cooldown period before you can renegotiate.

We’re still a small team, with a small catalog, but we’re just getting our start in the industry! We hope you’ll give us a shot and tell us what you think! We’re always here to listen, and I’ll do my best to respond personally to all the comments we receive here. I also want to say a big thank you to all the folks at Operation Rainfall for giving us the chance to introduce ourselves here.

 

Thanks so much for reading, and we hope you enjoy Last Best Offer!

Happy Haggling!

-Alex

About Steve Baltimore

Steve started with oprainfall not long after the campaign moved from the IGN forums to Facebook. Ever since, he has been fighting to give all non-mainstream RPGs a fair voice. As the site admin, he will continue to do this and even show there is value in what some would deem "pure ecchi." He loves niche games and anime more than anything... well, except maybe Neptune.