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Sony drops pricing information from the PlayStation Blog

Last week, Sony for the first time failed to include the prices of games as part of the weekly PlayStation Store update on the European PlayStation Blog - much to the annoyance of regular readers.

This week, as part of the latest PlayStation Store update, Sony explained the move.

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WeAreLegion1524d ago

Various currencies. I don't understand why they did it that way in the first place.

UziSuicide1525d ago

It more of a dodge on their oddly inconstant Sony exchange rates for different regions, they have some weird calculation that on one title will give you fair current exchange, then on another will cost 30% more than it should. No one has ever complained about not being included out of the normal euros, pounds and AUD the listed with.

They can't even post discount percentages because they vary too, one country might have 30% off, another will be 12%. Go figure, a percentage is a percentage and they don't pay regional taxes.

DragonDDark1524d ago

It's mainly because most people come to the US site and see the price and go to their country's ps store and see that the price is different. I've seen lots of those comments in the ps blog

Viryu1524d ago

Yeah, I frequent the blog often myself, and I've seen the ridiculous prices for the UK PSN and all those comments below.

Removing pricing from the blog not only removes easy access to information on differences between prices, preventing many negative comments, but also makes people visit the store. Which would obviously boost awareness of the product and maybe even the sales. From the marketing point of view it's a win, not so much for the players.

Yobo51524d ago

"From the marketing point of view it's a win, not so much for the players." But, isnt sony's slogan "For the players" something akin to BK's have it your way or is it all just a terrible marketing facade? oh why have I been deceived in this way....

Maybe this is more accurate?

http://postimg.org/image/4m...

...../S

Chevalier1524d ago

Listing 2000 prices to be compliant would not be a win for consumers. Just scrolling through and trying to look at the price for your country would be a nightmare.

Condemnedman1524d ago

@ yobo5

"for the payers"?

Christopher1524d ago

***Go figure, a percentage is a percentage and they don't pay regional taxes.***

They do still pay sales taxes in those regions, which vary from one place to another and could be higher due to import laws. Let alone the strength of that country's currency of choice (such as CA$ is weakening and causes varying prices across the board).

I think it's a bit of a leap to claim "Sony exchange rates" when you would personally have to account for each country's own laws and taxes as it relates to digital goods. It's not like this doesn't exist for software sold by MS, Apple, or similar companies either. Prices vary because of differing laws and currencies. That's just how it is.

UziSuicide1524d ago

No there's a lot of services taxes they don't pay, hence why countries are introducing them digitally. They are factored in on digital due to retail, but with countries that don't enforce it for online purchases, they don't actually pay it.

It's used as an excuse, but at this point in time it's invalid for most regions on digital.

Christopher1524d ago (Edited 1524d ago )

***No there's a lot of services taxes they don't pay, hence why countries are introducing them digitally.***

No what? No they don't pay sales taxes? No there aren't some countries that impose import taxes, even on digital goods? No there aren't differences due to value of the dollar?

What are you saying "no" to since what you brought up is nothing that I brought up. And all of the items I brought up are factors to the varying prices.

And, note, I didn't say that Sony is in the fair, what I said is that it's a bit of a leap for you claim that it's just that. Meaning, you don't have all the information, you're just making a leap of logic with what little info you do have.

UziSuicide1524d ago

I thought it would have been fairly straight forward to have understood what the no was in reference to, if you re-read the line you quoted it may give you a hint.

But to spell it out, I said they don't pay regional specific taxes on digital goods (in relation to their digital discounts and sales), you said they did, I then said no they don't, which they don't. Instead of getting all up in arms and making rash assumptions you're probably better off dealing with the black and white of it. They don't pay taxes in my country or others digitally, hence governments scrambling to legislate laws around online purchases, however them then enforcing it is yet another can of worms.

So far you've wasted my time when really rather than being captain obvious about some things (that weren't brought up) and then jumping the gun on others, you could spend that time investigating your own 'facts'.

Christopher1524d ago (Edited 1524d ago )

*** I said they don't pay regional specific taxes on digital goods (in relation to their digital discounts and sales), you said they did, I then said no they don't,***

Then you are flat out wrong. Sales taxes are paid by Sony in the regions in which they occur and are required. And if they fall below a threshold in a EU state, then they still pay for that out of their home EU state. Digital or no.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

Don't let your high horse give you a sense of higher knowledge in the future. Just because you don't see it applied at checkout doesn't mean no taxes are being collected.

UziSuicide1524d ago (Edited 1524d ago )

And that's where we will disagree, I'm not sure what sources you're referencing but you need to do a bit of research. In my country and a close neighbour GST is not paid on or claimed for digital transactions.

I've been more than nice about it, if you want to enlighten yourself and do a little fact finding please be my guest.

Ah, the Wikipedia edit, nice:

As it states, GST is not in effect in Australia or New Zealand until 2017, so no they don't pay all regional taxes. Rather than be so defensive and ignorant you should know your facts before you spout them, and also try reading documentation you try to use to back yourself up with. Thanks for validating my intital statement, no doubt there are other countries in the oceanic region in similar circumstances.

As for the high horse bit, pot kettle and all that.

Christopher1524d ago (Edited 1524d ago )

***As it states, GST is not in effect in Australia or New Zealand until 2017, so no they don't pay all regional taxes.***

What you said: " they don't pay regional taxes"

What I said: "They do still pay sales taxes in those regions..."

Article was about European price dropping, not NZ/AU. I never said they pay in "all" regions. Even what I linked you proved that much.

***Rather than be so defensive and ignorant you should know your facts before you spout them***

I got a chuckle at this.

UziSuicide1524d ago

Sigh, SCEE/European Blog is AU/NZ.

You were being pedantic, my intital statement of regional taxes was clarified to cover some regions in my second post (my first post to you), I was well aware of VAT and the problems associated with it. I actually don't care what you were referring to or mistakingly took my post in reference to, you replied to me, not the otherway around. You got the wrong end of the stick and are now isolating a region because it doesn't suit your argument.

You were wrong, accept it. I could have worded my initial post better but most people would get that SCEE doesn't pay regional taxes everywhere it trades (it's common knowledge), however as I said that was clarified but you still chose to ignore it.

Christopher1524d ago

***You were wrong, accept it.***

Please inform me as to what I was wrong about. Because, as it is, you now say the exact same thing I said and my responses were to your base statements, which you made not only in your first post but your third one.

First post: "Go figure, a percentage is a percentage and they don't pay regional taxes."

Third post: "I said they don't pay regional specific taxes on digital goods (in relation to their digital discounts and sales), you said they did, I then said no they don't, which they don't."

So, not sure how you expect anyone to interpret that other than you saying that they don't pay regional specific taxes on digital goods.

I'm not asking you to say anything, just accept how this conversation has gone and realize that regardless if you think I'm pedantic or not, my responses were to your statements that were at least misleading if not generally false as read.

As for this, I don't think there's any benefit to either of us debating this further. We both now know what you meant and how it coincides with what I was saying. At least I sure as heck hope you do.

I just ask that, in the future, you try to express your thoughts more clearly and indicative of what you mean to say as oppose to some base comment to 'everything' that may fall under it. And don't get annoyed when people call you out on it. It's not like the Internet is here just to let you say what you want without anyone responding to it.

UziSuicide1524d ago

I like how you have to miss a post to try and make a very weak point when it is plainly obvious of the intent.

I'm not annoyed, just really surprised you would rather argue than admit maybe you'd got it wrong, Internet pride and all that I guess. First rule in Internet debates, if someone takes sentences as their quotes rather than the entirety of a post (or even a series if struggling with context) then they are probably trouble. More power to you if it makes you happy.

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UziSuicide1524d ago (Edited 1524d ago )

Posted in the wrong line

Retroman1524d ago

All crap after read subject title

thought Sony announcing ps4 price drop .
using starwars mind trick

move along nothing to see.