1) its only a bonus if i actually wanted those things, which i dont and
2) even IF i wanted those things, its the principle of the thing. i paid $45. then they lower the price to $40. and keep my $5. TWICE. how is this not dishonest? how is this NOT a screwjob? if they said "pre-order with beta access is $45. DD will be $40. the extra $5 is for beta access." then id be ok with it. i also probably wouldnt pre-order it, access to the beta isnt worth $5 to me. id even be ok with it if they stated on the preorder that the price may change and the difference is non-refundable. but they didnt. what they DID was charge me $5 more, and just pocketed it. TWICE.
if youre ok with that, fine, some people have different tolerance levels for this kind of thing. personally, id stop doing business with a company over a nickle. if you cant trust someone with a nickle, you cant trust them with a damn thing.
i give up at this point, im done talking about it, theres no point. i got f'ed out of $10 and theres nothing i can do about it. clearly stardock thinks this is ok, since its a pattern of behavior, a business practice for them at this point. you cant shame someone into doing the right thing when theyre convinced theyve done nothing wrong, as stardock obviously does. and i was stupid enough to let them do it to me twice. you can bet your ass there wont be a third time.