The Retail Game And The Digitally Bought Expansion

I was just thinking – most games today can be bought as classic retail or through a pure digital distribution. So far so good. I usually go with retail, to avoid the countless hours of downloading, before I’m able to play. Since prices are usually the same (or even higher) in Steam, for example, this path is sometimes even out of the question. However, some games get expansions that depend on the former main title. What happens, if a customer owns the retail version, but the expansion is only available as a download?
Steam (is what I’m most familiar with) writes all data in its own folder and I don’t see how that would work. Would it (think Dragon Age: Origins Retail and Awakening through Steam)?
If not, it could become necessary to buy all game components through the same channels, to avoid dead ends. Just something to consider.

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