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I am debating whether or not to get the Potato Sack (yes, I realize I've been debating for several weeks now) bundle through steam.

I already own: Defense Grid: The Awakening, Super Meat Boy, and Audiosurf, all of which are part of the sack pack. What happens if I buy the Potato Sack?

Do I get 2nd copies of the three above mentioned games to gift elsewhere?

Is the price of the bundle reduced by the games I already have?

Do I get nothing special for already owning those 3 games?

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Steam won't let you buy the same product twice (without it being a gift). For your particular case with the with the Potato Sack Pack containing things you already own, on the product listing it mentions:

About this game

Already own one or more of the games in this pack? Not to worry, you can give your extra copy of any game in this pack to a friend.

Extra copies are essentially the same as gifts, and you can freely give them to whomever you want. The recipient need not have a Steam account, the email Steam sends will instruct them how to make an account.

However, you are by no means guaranteed to get extra copies when you purchase a pack containing games you own; the Steam KB mentions

Extra copies are not given in most cases.

Only titles purchased in special promotions as outlined below are eligible for giftable extra copies

It lists a few (Orange Box, L4D packs, Dawn of War II), but obviously if the product page explicitly mentions so, then that would take precedence. Additionally, the cost of a pack is not prorated, regardless of you already owning some parts of it.


In order to gift the spare copies, in the Steam client go to Games >> Manage Gifts and Guest Passes... There it will list all the extra copies you have to give, and gifts you've given that have been redeemed (or not).

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Where do I go to see these spare games? I was gifted an indie bundle in the past with duplicates, and thought those duplicates lost. –  Raven Dreamer Apr 16 '11 at 2:07
    
@Raven, true, I assumed a bit too much. Have anyone in mind for Defense Grid? :P –  Nick T Apr 16 '11 at 2:25
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