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Steam implies: Americans Gamer 40% poorer than Australians.

Hard Line writes "I find this quite un-American that our own local companies deem our country in such poor finical disrepair that they have to charge us 40% less than other Countries."

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R_19932363d ago

I doubt many Americans would prefer it the other way around. Why would anyone want to pay 40% more?

kwyjibo2363d ago

Don't take the title too literally. He's clearly making the case that the Australian's are getting ripped off.

But they get continually ripped off by the games industry anyway. Given the low costs of digital distribution, the publishers should just reduce the prices, but they need to keep their pathetically antiquated retail partners happy.

-Alpha2363d ago

Anyways, consider the limited games that get approved I have no doubt that Australians save more money on games than they spend.

MAR-TYR-DOM2363d ago

or you can look at it that Americans are 40% smarter than Australians for charging more for a game. :p If any 40% is true, its that > 40% of Americans are obese.

IdleLeeSiuLung2363d ago

.... or local taxes caused the price to hike. Thanks to the social mecca over there!

Darkstorn2363d ago

We Americans have a lower standard of living, so it makes sense for us to take advantage of the deals more readily. Gaming in Australia is extremely expensive already...don't games cost upwards of $100 (converted currency) over there?

Oh yeah, and the Aussies have free healthcare.

PrimordialSoupBase2363d ago

My you are thick. It's a joke.

snp2363d ago

.... or local taxes caused the price to hike. Thanks to the social mecca over there!
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Actually Steam games don't attract any tax. Puzzling that you've got 2 agree's on something you've pulled out of your.. well.

ikkokucrisis2363d ago

It's also important to note that almost all foreign imported electronics are more expensive by around 40% there.

One big reason for the price hike there is the foreign exchange rate of the Australian dollar, which puts it about 25% weaker than the US dollar.

kwicksandz2363d ago

Whats sad is that most games on Australian steam dont have a jacked up price. Only 2k, Activision and Sega games it seems.

Mass effect 2 on the Aussie steam store is $50 US which converts to $56 AU. which is about half the price of a store copy if you went into an Australian EB games. Since i primarlily game on PC now Steam most of the time is a godsend because games can be gotten from 1/2 to a 1/3 as much as a retail copy some of the time

Examples of price gouging: (all prices in US dollars)
Bioshock 2 $79.99
MW2 $89.99
AVP $64.99
borderlands$$79.99

Examples of parity
Star trek online $49.99
Bad co 2 $49.99
Dragon age $49.99

The price differences have nothing to do with our free health care or our current exchange rate. There was a time when the $AU dropped to 50c to the US dollar, and game prices where raised to compensate. now we are at $90c to the dollar and there was no price drop. This is pure publisher based price gouging in an attempt to match retail pricing.

snp2363d ago (Edited 2363d ago )

It's also important to note that almost all foreign imported electronics are more expensive by around 40% there.

One big reason for the price hike there is the foreign exchange rate of the Australian dollar, which puts it about 25% weaker than the US dollar.
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They're more expensive sold 'directly' here, though; they are not jacked up to a higher versus price where no extra costs are entailed. There's a big difference you're not spotting there.

Part of the 40% mark up is smaller territory (for physical distribution of goods). Part of it is taxes - which is incurred on land based goods with Australian distribution channels, but is not incurred on Steam (an internationally based online service).

Part of the mark up on goods (electronics) 'is' a lower dollar (though on average the last couple of years (barring a couple of peaks and troughs) it's been closer to 85 cents than 75 cents - and indeed many products have much more par prices during times of higher dollar value (eg. large screen tv's here last Christmas)).

However, that's a mark up on a '_converted to Australian dollars price_'. Steam doesn't even use 'converted prices'. It uses US dollars. When an extra '$30' is charged for this or that product - it's purely an extra '$30 US' over and above what "$US" US customers are asked to pay.

It's a cynical attempt to extort more on the excuse of box prices. It has nothing to do with making up some extra amount in conversion. They'd get exactly the same US dollars (after conversion) from Australian customers as they would US customers by charging the same price (that's what a currency conversion 'means').

This is about asking for (in some cases considerably) 'more' US dollars for a product bought off an Australian than for the identical product and service off an American customer.

ed: kwicksandz; here's a bubble. Well explained (and it's nice to see an actual 'informed' comment in amongst all this puzzling dross (why speak about something you haven't the foggiest regarding - i don't understand that impulse...)

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omicron0092363d ago

I don't mind if we're poorer, we get better sales :)

themizarkshow2363d ago

That's a ridiculous price jump. I could understand if it took extra shipping or time to get there for the physical product, but this is all digital! That's just aussie extortion.

StartWars2363d ago

This makes no logical sense.

cupogoodness2363d ago (Edited 2363d ago )

If it's a joke it probably shouldn't be as misleading as it seems to be.

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