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Initial post: Feb 12, 2014 6:02:01 PM PST
Tani Lee says:
I'm wondering what happens if I buy a few episodes of a show, then decide to buy the whole season. Do I pay for the already purchased shows plus the full season cost?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2014 6:50:13 PM PST
missa lou says:
Yep

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2014 8:20:21 PM PST
Yep.

Same as a couple generations ago when we'd buy a couple 45's, and then buy the whole LP that they came from. You didn't get a discount on the LP just because you had the 45's that came from it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2014 11:38:32 PM PST
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LegoGirl says:
Wakky: that's for a Season Pass. And the Help screens show this: << If you buy a TV Pass for a TV season that has already started, you're immediately charged for all previous episodes already available in that season.>>

Some shows are already "in the can" and the season is bought in one fell swoop. In that case, you pay for the whole season and receive all episodes at once regardless of whether or not you have purchased single episodes prior to that.

The episode discount on buying a whole season vs. single episodes is often not that great. In that case, and depending on how many single episodes you have already purchased, it's just as cheap (or cheaper) to just buy remaining episodes one at a time as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 9:47:12 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 9:57:59 AM PST
I think she was pointing out the difference between a whole season that's in-progress, with old episodes already available, and new episodes yet to come, versus a season of a series that's already completed, with all episodes for the season already available. In other words, a "Season Pass" versus buying a completed season.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 10:01:19 AM PST
LegoGirl says:
Wakky: many shows can be bought episode by episode or full-season, immediately. The Season Pass is for shows currently running, and gives you access to each episode as it airs. The poster didn't say what show/season this is, so it could be either a current one or one already completed.

And either way, she is going to pay the full season regardless of whether she bought individual episodes. It's often just as cheap to finish buying the season episode by episode once you have already purchased several.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 10:06:50 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 10:08:30 AM PST
LegoGirl says:
"Season Pass" is for show currently running. A "Season" can be bought for seasons that are already complete.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2014 10:33:59 AM PST
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For example, The Big Bang Theory, Season 7, the current season, you can order a Season Pass.

For The Big Bang Theory, Season 6, you can buy the complete season:

"Season Pass" for a season that's still in progress. "Season" for a season that's completed.

With a Season Pass, you're immediately charged a reduced per episode rate for each episode that's already available, and then charged per episode as new episodes are added. In the case of BBT Season 7, it's $1.88/episode for HD, and $1.45/episode for standard. A charge for each episode as it becomes available.

For a Season, you're just charged one price for the whole season, rather than a per episode. In the case of BBT Season 6, it's $44.99 for HD or $34.99 for regular. One price for the whole, complete season. NOT a per episode price.

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WakkyWabbit says:
Tani,

Sorry if I caused any confusion. I will delete my previous post in order not to confuse anyone else.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 7:18:25 PM PST
Tani Lee says:
I tried it out and found that purchasing per episode then deciding half way through the season to buy the whole thing does indeed cause you to be charged the full season cost on top of what you already paid for... it just adds a license for download on the already bought ones. They should have some disclaimer up about that. I've now paid twice the season cost for one season :(

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 8:16:52 PM PST
A disclaimer saying that if you choose to buy the whole season, you will be buying the whole season?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2014 10:46:41 AM PST
mykl_c2k says:
If this thread is any indication, it seems unlikely a disclaimer would have made much of a difference.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 12:44:11 PM PDT
J. Wilson says:
A disclaimer saying that if you have already bought several episodes (for example, to try the show) and then decide to buy the season, the price of the single episodes that you have already bought will not be deducted from the season price, so in effect, you will pay twice for some episodes.

It is a bad policy because it discourages testing out shows.

Also, its counter intuitive since typically Amazon does not 'allow' you to accidentally buy the same digital material twice. You cannot, for example, buy the same kindle book for the same kindle twice.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 6:03:19 PM PDT
pjf says:
There should be a way to try out an episode first before buying the season. It's certainly held me back from a few purchases.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 8:01:03 PM PDT
Okima says:
Thanks for the info Tani. I am half-way through Person of Interest and was about to go ahead and purchase the whole season. You are so right they should have some sort of disclaimer making buyers aware of that. Thanks again for the heads up. I would have been really _issed if I would have been re-charged for the episodes I have already purchased.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 4:52:01 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
I had a problem today - purchased the first season of a show earlier this week, and got to near the end of the episodes today and found that episodes #7 & #9 didn't show as 'owned' and that I needed to pay $1.99 each to view them. Emailed customer service and they e-mailed back saying they put the episodes in my library - but just went to look, and they gave me the SD ones (I had purchased the HD version).

Guess I'll be calling them tomorrow.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 11:17:54 AM PDT
S. Bergen says:
Quite irritated with the way Amazon does this. iTunes credits previously bought episodes towards purchase of the entire season. Last time I will buy shows via Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 5:10:35 PM PDT
pjf says:
It does seem counter productive -- I realize it's most likely a programming/billing issue they haven't addressed or solved, but as a customer, I'd like to try an episode before I buy the series and this has sometimes stopped me from purchasing series on Amazon.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 8:45:07 AM PDT
Stuke00 says:
iTunes gives you a discount on the season pass if you've already purchased a show. Might be the way to go instead of Amazon. NCIS season pass was 44.99. I purchased an episode for 2.99. Season pass price dropped to $42.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2014 10:20:02 AM PDT
King Al says:
On the other hand, Amazon also has its advantages. You should go with whichever seller is best for you.
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