I already stated in my first post that I will buy at GOG over Steam, even at a premium. Clearly I do appreciate the finer points of GOG. And even though it is true that there are consumers that lack self-discipline, I still want sales and the lower the price the better, from a consumer vantage point.
I find your standpoint confusing given that you acknowledge GOG offers a better product and then say you want it at the same low price you can get at other retailers even though you are buying less from those other retailers. Isn't that a bit irrational?
I'm not sure what is confusing about it, but let me explain with a few scenarios:
1. Let's say I want to buy Spellforce. It is $9.99 at both Steam and GOG. I choose GOG because I prefer their service (no DRM, bonus goodies, etc.).
2. Let's say Steam puts it on sale for $4 and GOG puts it on sale for $5. I will still buy GOG because I prefer their service (no DRM etc.).
3. Let's say Steam puts it on sale for $1 and it's not currently on sale at GOG. I will buy the Steam release. It's too good of an offer to pass up and I don't imagine GOG will go this low.
4. Let's say Steam puts it on sale for $1 while GOG puts it on sale for $5. This is where I have to wrestle with the decision. I really don't mind Steam, even though I prefer GOG, so I have to decide if the no-DRM and extra goodies are really worth $4 extra or not. It's quite possible I would pick Steam instead.
5. If they both sold it at $1, I would again, clearly buy from GOG.
In scenarios 3 and 4, GOG's philsophy of deeper sales being bad for me causes them to lose out on a sale. If Spellforce was a game I would buy, but only on sale, then GOG just lost a sale for this game to Steam. I will not buy the game twice and it's one more game off my wishlist at both services. Basically GOG needs to beat Steam in scenarios 1 and 2, more often than it loses to Steam in scenarious 3 and 4 if they are not going to use scenario 5.