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Method of sale illegal, does X360 Brazilian costs 350US$ more expensive

The Brazilian law prohibits that to buy a product, you have to buy another product and the brazilian X360 is sold with 3 games, Remote Controller and Faceplate

Bundle X360 cost in Brazil 1470US$ or 2499R$ (1US$ is 1,70 R$ - Brazil Currency)

There is no option to purchase only the console

Bundle include:
-Xbox 360 Premium (20GB)
-Kameo: Elements of Power
-Project Gothan Racing 3
-Perfect Dark Zero
-Remote Controller
-Face Plate Hot Rod

The games, remote and Face Plate cost 350US$

The single Xbox 360 cost 1105 US$

Update:

There´s a law in the Brazilian market that prohibits that in order to buy a product, something else needs to be included in it. The Brazilian Xbox 360 is sold only with 3 games, the remote control, and a faceplate.

The price for this unit is 1470US$ or 2499R$ (1US$ is 1,70 R$ - Brazil Currency).

There is no option to buy ONLY the console.

Bundle includes:
-Xbox 360 Premium (20GB)
-Kameo: Elements of Power
-Project Gothan Racing 3
-Perfect Dark Zero
-Remote Controller
-Face Plate Hot Rod

The games, remote and Face Plate cost 350US$

The single Xbox 360 cost 1105 US$.

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Laexerias3431d ago

Yeah.. as if Microsoft has not enough money.

Genesis53431d ago

I guess only the rich and famous play video games in Brazil.

GameOn3431d ago

So the Xbox 360 is really expensive in barazil. Id go to the site to try and understand why but its not in english, what a waste of time.

InMyOpinion3431d ago

How come this got approved with such obvious grammar faults? It's practically unreadable.

fjtorres3431d ago (Edited 3431d ago )

...because the government has outrageous import taxes on electronics. That simple.
Has nothing to do with MS.
(India is the same.)
Betcha the poster doesn't want you to see what a PS3 or even Wii sells for down there. And both are also sold bundled, precisely to add value because of the monster taxes.
60% import fees for starters.
Then add markups and sales taxes...

Yawn.

http://boardsus.playstation...

http://www.transparent.com/...

Diugu3431d ago (Edited 3431d ago )

The PS3 has not been launched here in Brasil (Brazil) yet... The Wii is expensive but still a lot cheaper than the 360.

And you are right... that happends because of the abusive taxes. Which doesnt stop Microsoft from taking advantage of even that. hehehe

Diugu3431d ago (Edited 3431d ago )

Sorry for the second post... forgot to say something.

The topic talks about the illegal practice of Microsoft by them not giving an option to buy the console without the games. Making it practically unafordable for a public that they don't have interest in having (Example: People that wont pay for Live).

Also, that is a common practice for Microsoft here in Brazil. They take advantage of their dominance in the software market to force products down our throats.

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