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    Quote Originally Posted by J Man View Post
    Anyone know when Big Y is going to go on sale again?
    If I recall correctly, FTDNA usually runs a discount sale in April--if only because the Christmas backlog has been cleared by then.

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    The same as any other kit. It was probably a kit bought in bulk. That is the only difference. Works the same as any other kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Man View Post
    Anyone know when Big Y is going to go on sale again?
    It's been two years but it's on sale again...

    Big Y-700*
    ONLY$379USD
    Save $70 (was $449)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibericus View Post
    It's been two years but it's on sale again...

    Big Y-700*
    ONLY$379USD
    Save $70 (was $449)
    The problem with this price is that you will need to pay an extra $100US if you want BAM. Files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jatt1 View Post
    The problem with this price is that you will need to pay an extra $100US if you want BAM. Files.
    Yes, but that has nothing to do with the sale. Even on non-sale periods, you now have to pay 100 for the BAM files. They made it cheaper because they want more people to test Big-Y, and they mentioned 90% of the people who do a Big Y test don't download the BAM files, which is now why they charge extra for the BAM (that allowed a reduction in their normal Big Y price).

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeeprince View Post
    Yes, but that has nothing to do with the sale. Even on non-sale periods, you now have to pay 100 for the BAM files. They made it cheaper because they want more people to test Big-Y, and they mentioned 90% of the people who do a Big Y test don't download the BAM files, which is now why they charge extra for the BAM (that allowed a reduction in their normal Big Y price).
    Your data, why can't you download it? Real price is $449+$100=$549 that is not better than anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jatt1 View Post
    Your data, why can't you download it? Real price is $449+$100=$549 that is not better than anywhere else.
    Right, I agree. Apparently it's because it takes an extra amount of work to create those data files, which is why they charge the extra 100$ for it now. Since most people don't download the BAM (according to their own statistics), they decided not to spend the extra amount of work/time and charge less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeeprince View Post
    Right, I agree. Apparently it's because it takes an extra amount of work to create those data files, which is why they charge the extra 100$ for it now. Since most people don't download the BAM (according to their own statistics), they decided not to spend the extra amount of work/time and charge less.
    That doesn't really wash though, does it? You pay for your kit and for it to be tested but the BAM file is really the only physical thing you get in return. You do get the comparisons to other users on their website but to try to turn it around to say that because most people don't want a BAM file then you have to pay for it, is ridiculous. Getting the BAM should be the default and the comparisons the extra charge, if there has to be one. It is impossible to check the veracity of their results without the BAM. I had one instance where they removed a terminal SNP when I drew their attention to Y Fulls analysis. Can't do that without a BAM.

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