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British Gaming Isn’t as Expensive as you Think

MasonicGamer.com: People always complain about the price of gaming. This has been the case for years, but it’s especially true when you compare the price of consoles in the US to those in the UK. Having lived in both countries, I can attest to the fact that American gamers look at British pricing and shake their heads; sad that their english-speaking brethren pay so much for their favorite hobby.

Is this really the case, though? Sure, it’s simple to do a quick conversion and translate British pounds into American dollars, but this doesn’t tell the whole story. When considering cost, there are so many other factors to consider: wages, cost of living, taxes, and cost of transportation, to name just a few. I’d like to spend a few minutes pointing out a major fallacy in the so-called price of British gaming argument.

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knifefight1379d ago

Exactly. The cost of anything is relative.

bumnut1379d ago

Sorry I don't agree, we are one of the heaviest taxed countries in the world. We get screwed on everything.

digger181378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

Complete BS. UK is quite far down the list of heaviest taxed countries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/i...

UK is one of the lowest in Europe

Zichu1378d ago

If you look around, you will most likely find stuff that is quite cheap. They gave an example of Dishonored being £45 and it's not even that.

I paid about £38 for my copy on ShopTo. You can look now and that's how much it is.

I'm no expert on taxes, hell I don't earn enough to pay taxes, but if you earn under around £8000 you don't pay income tax, so you get the full £6.19 an hour for someone above 21 on minimum wage.

I looked at the US income tax and you pay tax if you earn up to $8700, it's only 10%, but that's still $870 a year. It increases as you earn more.

I used to think that we had it bad, but when you look around, you find stuff quite cheap. Go on ShopTo or Play.com and a lot of the stuff on there is cheap.

A-Glorious-Dawn1378d ago

I think even us brits don't get this sometimes. I am pretty happy to be gaming here in the UK, although sometimes we do get the short end, but as mentioned before, it's all relative.

GTRrocker6661378d ago

Kick the royal family out of your country. They are leeches.

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TheLyonKing1379d ago

If you don't have the money shop around, you will always find a good deal.

sjaakiejj1378d ago

Problem is that you're using minimum wage - average wage is a better figure to use.

US: $41,673.83
UK: £25,543.00

That's a 60% difference. On top of that, hardware and games are cheaper in the US.

Of course, you have additional living expenses, but the argument regarding salary doesn't hold.

digger181378d ago (Edited 1378d ago )

Top games are around $60 in the US and £40 in the UK, plus the UK pound is worth more than the US dollar. So we get better value in the UK.

1 British pound sterling = 1.6074 US dollars

£25,543.00 would equal $41,057.81, so we on about the same average wage.

sjaakiejj1378d ago

Hardware on the other hand is a different story - 300 compared to 350, it's a significantly higher price in the U.K.

The article attempted to claim that we're on a higher wage in the U.K., but that isn't really true - which is the main point I was making :)

pinwheelherman1378d ago

To be fair, there are so many factors that could be included, which is why this article only uses one example, simply to illustrate a point. It would be near-impossible to factor in everything, but to counter the argument about Americans having a higher average wage, this doesn't factor in the massive cut that health insurance takes, which is free in the UK. Okay, I know that the NHS is paid for by taxes, but it's no where near as pricey as health plans in the US.

There are so many other things that could also be included in the calculation, so I doubt we'll ever get a true conversion.

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