Why is it $69.99 in Canada?

#1 Posted by Lukeweizer (2608 posts) -

I've been looking around for somewhere to pick this up and noticed that all the retailers I usually go to (Best Buy, Future Shop & Blockbuster) are selling the game for $69.99.

Didn't Canada get past this price point years ago when I dollar got on par with the US? I don't remember paying $69.99 for a game in a while. Just listened to last week's Bombcast about how older game prices used to vary a lot and was just wondering this would happen now.

#2 Posted by TechHits (1367 posts) -

 @Lukeweizer: 
Sorry champ that's what games cost in Canada.

#3 Posted by Marcsman (3116 posts) -

Scorpion is Anti Canadian maybe?
#4 Posted by Akrid (1356 posts) -

It is?


I guess I ain't buying it then.
#5 Edited by Lukeweizer (2608 posts) -
@TechHits: I haven't seen a game cost 69.99 in years. You from the East or West coast?
#6 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

Live in ontario?

Blame your provincial government.

#7 Posted by Sogeman (863 posts) -

Games cost 70 € here so stop crying ;)

#8 Posted by Patman99 (1558 posts) -

I think it might be just that game. Here in B.C. games have only been $59.99 for like six months. Before that they were always $69.99... Also a side note, last time I checked the Canadian Dollar was $1.03USD.

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#9 Edited by MonetaryDread (1992 posts) -
@Lukeweizer said:

" @TechHits: I haven't seen a game cost 69.99 in years. You from the East or West coast? "

I've never seen a game cost less than than that. I'm on the west cost, so I have to put a 12.5% tax on it as well.

@Patman99 said:
" I think it might be just that game. Here in B.C. games have only been $59.99 for like six months. Before that they were always $69.99... Also a side note, last time I checked the Canadian Dollar was $1.03USD. "

Where in B.C do you live? Just wondering if its Vancouver or something. I'm sitting near Revelstoke and the only way for me to buy a game is through a Play n' Trade. The loonie also just jumped today and is worth $1.0437 US dollars
#10 Posted by Crixaliz (782 posts) -
@Pinworm45 said:
" Live in ontario?Blame your provincial government. "
So McGuinty is the one to blame?
I am kind of curious since Crysis 2 is $59.99. Some games just randomly seem to cost $10 more (Fable 3 was another example).
#11 Edited by Paco (113 posts) -
@Patman99 said:

" I think it might be just that game. Here in B.C. games have only been $59.99 for like six months. Before that they were always $69.99... Also a side note, last time I checked the Canadian Dollar was $1.03USD. "

You in the Lower Mainland? Because I've always  payed $59.99 for 360/PS3 games here in Surrey (granted that's before tax). I occasionally see $64.99, but never $69.99 unless it was a collector/special edition.

On topic, I just pre-ordered MK from EB last week, and the dude told me $59.99 when I asked the price (I ended up getting the Kollector Edition though). Maybe different prices in different regions? I don't know...
#12 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4594 posts) -

Sounds like retailers trying to stiff you. The highest price I've seen was $64.99 and that was from EB Games.


If brick and mortar fails you, OP, then use Amazon. 
#13 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4676 posts) -

Some games cost 69 It really sucks. Thankfully only a few cost that much.
#14 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -
@TechHits said:
"  @Lukeweizer: Sorry champ that's what games cost in Canada. "
#15 Edited by Lukeweizer (2608 posts) -
@MonetaryDread said:

" @Lukeweizer said:

" @TechHits: I haven't seen a game cost 69.99 in years. You from the East or West coast? "

I've never seen a game cost less than than that. I'm on the west cost, so I have to put a 12.5% tax on it as well.

@Patman99 said:
" I think it might be just that game. Here in B.C. games have only been $59.99 for like six months. Before that they were always $69.99... Also a side note, last time I checked the Canadian Dollar was $1.03USD. "
Where in B.C do you live? Just wondering if its Vancouver or something. I'm sitting near Revelstoke and the only way for me to buy a game is through a Play n' Trade. The loonie also just jumped today and is worth $1.0437 US dollars "
I'm in Vancouver. I see new games on Amazon for $59.99 and some for $69.99. I just don't understand why. I thought we got past that a while ago.

You really haven't seen a game cost less than $69.99? I haven't seen one cost more than $59.99 in a couple years.
#16 Posted by Lukeweizer (2608 posts) -
@ImmortalSaiyan said:
" Some games cost 69 It really sucks. Thankfully only a few cost that much. "
I guess that's just what it boils down to.
#17 Posted by Menseguez (182 posts) -

You're getting off easy with only 12.5% tax.

Vdeo game prices are just weird.

#18 Posted by ElJosh (37 posts) -

i am going to be in toronto on launch day coming back to cayman that morning, so i am going to try and hit a midnight launch, you think $70 usd is bad, games here in the Cayman Islands cost at minimum $85 CI Dollars ($1CI = $1.25USD) so i am happy spending whatever to get  it a bit cheaper!

#19 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

Some games still go for 69.99 (mostly total trash games like the Dynasty Warriors games), I don't even know why. For a while now the Canadian dollar has been actually stronger than the American dollar (if I'm not mistaken).

#20 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19308 posts) -

I'm in Quebec and I think it's been more than a year since prices weren't $69.99 everywhere. Now, it seems as though a few stores like EB Games/GameStop have new releases priced at $64.99 and the rest (Best Buy, Future Shop...) have them for $59.99.

#21 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -
@Crixaliz said:
" @Pinworm45 said:
" Live in ontario?Blame your provincial government. "
So McGuinty is the one to blame?I am kind of curious since Crysis 2 is $59.99. Some games just randomly seem to cost $10 more (Fable 3 was another example). "
Higher taxes, lower education standards, higher unemployment, lower quality jobs, higher energy costs despite us overproducing energy, wasted money on green energy to attempt to get green votes (he never shut down the useless coal plants, people, despite his promise.) when we already have an EXCESS of energy. Higher cost of living, and overall lower amount of income, and finally, disastrous healthcare.

He's responsible for all of the above. I'm sure he's somehow responsible for this too.
#22 Posted by august (3827 posts) -

Extra packaging to protect from the cold.

#23 Posted by Jeffsekai (7026 posts) -
@TechHits said:
"  @Lukeweizer: Sorry champ that's what games cost in Canada. "
Not any more it isn't, they changed it.
#24 Posted by Lukeweizer (2608 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ said:
" I'm in Quebec and I think it's been more than a year since prices weren't $69.99 everywhere. Now, it seems as though a few stores like EB Games/GameStop have new releases priced at $64.99 and the rest (Best Buy, Future Shop...) have them for $59.99. "
I'm in Vancouver and that's what I'm used to. EB always trying to get a few extra bucks out of us. But other places usually have stuff for $59.99. Hope this doesn't become a regular occurance.
#25 Edited by TechHits (1367 posts) -
@Lukeweizer:  West coast, I live in Abbotsford BC (it's like 30 min from Vancouver) 
#26 Posted by RsistncE (4496 posts) -

I don't know what the fuck you guys are talking about but I haven't seen any games cost over $59.99 (without the odd exception) for well over a year now and even then it was a mixed bag because of currency instability.

#27 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4594 posts) -
@Lukeweizer: Pray it's just a fuck-up, then. If I start seeing $69.99 again I'm going to start taking hostages.
#28 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

The one advantages Candians have is the ability to get the Steelbook at Future Shop.


That, and not being the guy who said it cost seventy euros where he lives.
#29 Posted by Lukeweizer (2608 posts) -
@TechHits said:
" @Lukeweizer:  West coast, I live in Abbotsford BC (it's like 30 min from Vancouver)  "
I'm in North Van and I haven't payed $69.99 for a game in years. Can't even remember the last time.
#30 Posted by TechHits (1367 posts) -
@Lukeweizer:  looks like your gonna brake that trend. 
#31 Posted by Hunkulese (2642 posts) -
@Lukeweizer said:
"I've been looking around for somewhere to pick this up and noticed that all the retailers I usually go to (Best Buy, Future Shop & Blockbuster) are selling the game for $69.99. Didn't Canada get past this price point years ago when I dollar got on par with the US? I don't remember paying $69.99 for a game in a while. Just listened to last week's Bombcast about how older game prices used to vary a lot and was just wondering this would happen now. "

In case you haven't noticed the value of our dollar does not change the price of anything. An economy isn't going to work if the prices of everything are in a constant state of flux based off of how one currency compares to another.
#32 Posted by Lukeweizer (2608 posts) -
@TechHits said:
" @Lukeweizer:  looks like your gonna brake that trend.  "
Hahahaha. I'm trying not to!
#33 Posted by TechHits (1367 posts) -
@Lukeweizer: who knows it could be a mistake, but I'm guessing that it's just gonna be a game that costs 69.99.
#34 Edited by MonetaryDread (1992 posts) -

Well, looks like I am going to buy my games online from now on. I'm getting screwed on price where I live.

The only reason I can think of for games costing more in Canada are two things.

  • Game Manuals have to be printed in English and French
  • Our nation has a population about the size of California, only it is spread out over an area larger than the entirety of the US. That has to cost a extra for shipping.
#35 Posted by TooWalrus (13136 posts) -

Because Kanada is Krazy?

#36 Posted by endless_void (706 posts) -

David Mcguinty is behind this? Not surprised ;_;

#37 Edited by Three0neFive (2288 posts) -

Alberta here, new releases have been $70 for yeeeaars

#38 Posted by paudle (96 posts) -
@Three0neFive: What are you talking about? I live in Alberta and new releases are $60 for yearsssssss
#39 Posted by Patman99 (1558 posts) -
@ThePaco said:
" @Patman99 said:

" I think it might be just that game. Here in B.C. games have only been $59.99 for like six months. Before that they were always $69.99... Also a side note, last time I checked the Canadian Dollar was $1.03USD. "

You in the Lower Mainland? Because I've always  payed $59.99 for 360/PS3 games here in Surrey (granted that's before tax). I occasionally see $64.99, but never $69.99 unless it was a collector/special edition.On topic, I just pre-ordered MK from EB last week, and the dude told me $59.99 when I asked the price (I ended up getting the Kollector Edition though). Maybe different prices in different regions? I don't know... "
No, I lived in the Okanagan Valley during high school and the games always cost $69.99. In all my years living there I never saw a $59.99 console game. I moved to Victoria a couple years ago to go to UVic and the price of games here, at least in the last two years, have fluctuated between $59.99 and $69.99. It must have something to do with the region. Regardless of price, I cant wait for some MK!!!
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#40 Edited by Three0neFive (2288 posts) -
@paudle said:

" @Three0neFive: What are you talking about? I live in Alberta and new releases are $60 for yearsssssss "

wat

Clearly I'm shopping at the wrong places, then. Every new release - at EB, anyway - is between $64.99 and $69.99. Though I seem to remember it costing a lot more than that when I lived up north.
#41 Posted by paudle (96 posts) -
@Three0neFive said:
" @paudle said:

" @Three0neFive: What are you talking about? I live in Alberta and new releases are $60 for yearsssssss "

watClearly I'm shopping at the wrong places, then. Every new release - at EB, anyway - is between $64.99 and $69.99. Though I seem to remember it costing a lot more than that when I lived up north. "
Ya I guess I don't shop at EB usually though when I have the games have been $60. I wouldn't pay more anyways.

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