I know for a fact that stores will sell things that are cheaper online or at another store. A retail version with a box, disk, & manual are more than you would get with online and is a different version of the product with less hassle for the customer in the long run.
If this is true then provide a credible source for this information.
Reality & History are my sources. It's a fact that in-store retail accounts for the vast majority of all sales period. Adding another way to buy a product increases sales, especially if it is a proven method like in-store retail. People like to browse, even if they don't intend to buy, and that does lead to buying things quite often. This is the reason behind window displays and isle caps, they increase sales.
It is also proven psychology of sales that if you can get a product in a potential customers hands there is an increased chance they will buy it. That's why people who sell things door-to-door will often try to get you to hold what they are selling for a moment. While you can browse the internet for games it's just not the same as picking up a box.
I know these people. Those are the people who asked me why I need a cell phone 10 years ago. Same people that asked me why I have no land line. Same people that ask me why I never carry money now. Get with the times man.
Don't carry money? Cool, if your identity is stolen, the bank gets hacked, or your assets get frozen you're out of luck. Maybe just temporarily (as in a few years), maybe forever. Not being able to afford food is a great diet plan I bet. Don't get me started on credit card companies predatory practices - the reason I refuse to get get one over all other reasons.
Cell phone and no land line? Great, you better never forget to plug your phone in and then need to dial 911 emergency, because I can tell you don't have the hardware to defend your home yourself. Then there's the possibility of a fire or medical emergency as well.
Win/win would be if you stopped arguing an off-topic, totally irrelevant position.
Yes, increased sales for the company and less hassle for users is completely irrelevant.
I'll continue to push for things that are best for me and others like me who hate the disposable society being created now. In 10 years have fun playing... oh wait, you won't be able to play the games you get now because the servers to activate them or download them will be gone! On the other hand: I'll still be playing Missle Command on my Atari 2600, Mike Tysons Punch Out on my NES, Super Metroid / F-Zero on SNES, the dozens of PC games I have for my Apple II & 486 computer & Pentium 2 that are still fun and still work because I have a hard copy of the games with no DRM past a CD-Key (if even that) and the patches for some on disk. Hmm... I should start a museum...