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11-30-2010 @ 3:42AM
@unfixed.....you realise nothing you have said negates jacks point though? i understand you mock him for his view point but at the same time you have said nothing which invalidates his comments.Blizzard is always able to write a big fat check, hold a press confrence, and get a few photos at any time. there is nothing that says that they have to tie it in to a pet sale. any donation they give is easily said to have come from their player base, as that is their source of income, so the only logical reason left that they have chosen to tie a charity into a pet sale is to curb negative reactions to selling pets.I've said it b4, and i'll say it again:buy one, dont buy one, i don't care.but why gang up on jack just because he mentions an honest opinion.Its not so much that i agree with Jack, but even though its not the nicest thought, he's right in the sense that this is all just for publicity and to curb negative reactions.Some people have said blizz doesn't owe anyone anything, the fact they do anything is comendable....and i agree, but thats very "the ends justify the means" talk. Motive is important to me, and although i thnk blizz IS doing somthing great, i think their motives suck donkey....you cn finish the last bit there...
11-30-2010 @ 4:51AM
Blizzard is (part of) a corporation. Corporations exist solely to make money. Taking money and giving it away without a profit-oriented reason is actually harming shareholders and can get a corporation into a lot of trouble. This is why it doesn't make sense to criticize Blizzard for not being more "pure" about this. Absolutely they have some ulterior motives in producing a pet for charity and keeping half the proceeds. It does make people feel better about purchasing the pet, and might help increase sales. From a corporate point of view, just giving the money away without getting anything in return would be irresponsible.This is how the world works. I agree with an earlier poster that the best way to describe this is win+win+win. Blizzard wins some more money, but the charity also wins a large donation and we get adorable pets.
11-30-2010 @ 7:47AM
Pamoya, I've worked for several companies, ranging from very small to Fortune 100. *ALL* of them engaged in some form of charitable giving. Sure, some of it came from employees, but the company frequently offered additional gifts, contribution matching, etc. In contrary to your comments, many corporations actually see charitable giving as a very important part of their overall image. Sure, they're not entirely altruistic - they know it gains them good-will among consumers, at the least. But I'd say it would be pretty rare for a company or its shareholders to get upset based solely on a charity campaign.
11-30-2010 @ 5:32PM
@Pamoya once again, people make random claims that they think sound good, but have no bassis in realityAny company with an acounting department worth its salt, makes mass donations yearly to offset tax. Now blizz would have made a charity donation to offset their income tax regardless of if the pet was for sale or not, they just get to advertise it now.Giving away money to charity for the purpose of off-setting tax is in the best interest of the shareholders, thus your point is invalidI would describe this as Win + Win + LoseBlizz gets tax offsets and good publicity + only has to give away 25% of 48hrs worth of pets alesCharity gets some moneyPlayers pay for a pet PS i'm not angry at them for being pure or not, i'm angry and all the blizz lovers who seem to be aplauding them for somthing they would have done anyways.Its like going to work, doing what you get paid to do, and then wanting everyone to tell you how great you are for doing it.I understand people are happy about the charity aspect, but blizzard would have donated a sizeable amount of money to charity anyway for tax reasons.so, that leaves us with one logical conclusion, they only tied it into the pet sale for the image it would provide pet sales.
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