Ridiculous Prices in Australia

#1 Posted by Inkerman (1448 posts) -

In Australia we're used to getting fucked over for prices on games. When a game is $60 in the US it'll probably be upwards of $90 here in Australia. MW2 was $100 at release here in Australia, and by then I think our dollar was at parity with the American, and it is now above the American dollar, yet games here are still hideously expensive. But that was always retail. Looking at people complain about the price for Skyrim on Steam today ($60US) I saw that Skyrim was $89.99US on our Australian steam store, and realised that even Steam was fucking us over. Theoretically there should be no extra costs for us over the Americans, as there is no transportation costs or import duties on downloaded games (I would assume). 
  
Then I found these gems in $US; 
 
Modern Warfare 2 on the US Steam store = $29.99 
Australian Steam Store = $89.99 (I shit you not)
 
Medal of Honor US = $19.99 
AUS = $69.99 
 
RAGE 
US = $59.99 
AUS = $89.99 
 
I know it may be the publisher's fault or something, but WHAT THE FUCK? Why are we paying upwards of 50% more for our games!?

#2 Posted by mwng (920 posts) -

It also sucks as you get the same release dates as Europe.

#3 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

Sucks man. Maybe move.

#4 Posted by RaikohBlade (593 posts) -

Well, the solution to that problem is simple. Just come over here and live in the US! 

#5 Posted by Bollard (5203 posts) -

Sour.

#6 Posted by Bloopa79Aus (119 posts) -

I am not going to buy them that is how I vote with my money 
i saw some web sites that you can get them cheap from but it takes a while to get em shipped 

#7 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

its the same in europe, usually something that costs 50bucks also costs 50euros, when we know it should be like 35 or something if the conversion was right.  Sucks but you can always get around it.

#8 Posted by trati (3 posts) -

Well if you compare to the US these prices may seem high. But in Europe new games cost 60 EUR that's 85 USD if you believe this site http://www.xe.com I guess games are just cheaper in the US. 

#9 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1230 posts) -

It's the same fucking thing here in Europe and it is truly terrible. I buy everything at G2play.net, which sell asian versions of games for about half the price - the price they should be, and the american price. I don't really care how much of that money actually reach the developer, because I simply refuse to buy a game at 50 euros when the american version is 50 dollars. Also, you get the games on Steam in most cases.

#10 Posted by mrfizzy (1513 posts) -

@Inkerman said:

In Australia we're used to getting fucked over for prices on games. When a game is $60 in the US it'll probably be upwards of $90 here in Australia. MW2 was $100 at release here in Australia, and by then I think our dollar was at parity with the American, and it is now above the American dollar, yet games here are still hideously expensive. But that was always retail. Looking at people complain about the price for Skyrim on Steam today ($60US) I saw that Skyrim was $89.99US on our Australian steam store, and realised that even Steam was fucking us over. Theoretically there should be no extra costs for us over the Americans, as there is no transportation costs or import duties on downloaded games (I would assume). Then I found these gems in $US; Modern Warfare 2 on the US Steam store = $29.99 Australian Steam Store = $89.99 (I shit you not) Medal of Honor US = $19.99 AUS = $69.99 RAGE US = $59.99 AUS = $89.99 I know it may be the publisher's fault or something, but WHAT THE FUCK? Why are we paying upwards of 50% more for our games!?

Dude Steam has nothing to do with it, in order to sell the games here they need to agree with existing publishing contracts etc. It doesn't mean it isn't a rip, of course it is but just do what 90% of Aussies do and order online from overseas. Personally i use thehut.com.

#11 Posted by probablytuna (3524 posts) -

Couldn't agree more OP. I just pre-ordered Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition from Ozgameshop for $49 as opposed to $99 from retailers. If it arrives safe and sound, I will probably shop more often from that website.

#12 Edited by Korwin (2813 posts) -

I bypass region detection with a proxy... side steps both regional price gouging and censorship. Annoying hoop to jump through but worth the extra time.

Edit: Typo

#13 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

$90 for Modern Warfare 2? That is just wrong.

#14 Posted by ZombieSpace (286 posts) -

Yeah it kinda sucks paying about 110$ per game when they are new, have not bought a game for my xbox since Red Dead and Alan Wake.

#15 Edited by Red12b (9073 posts) -
@SpikeSpiegel said:

$90 for Modern Warfare 2? That is just wrong.

In new zealand EB games tried to get away with selling Blops standard edition, Standard, no extras, just the game, for one hundred and fifty dollars. 
 
 

$150!

 
 
The JB Hi-Fi across the street was selling it for $80 
 

$150!....

#16 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5137 posts) -
@Red12b said:
@SpikeSpiegel said:

$90 for Modern Warfare 2? That is just wrong.

In new zealand EB games tried to get away with selling Blops standard edition, Standard, no extras, just the game, for one hundred and fifty dollars. 
 
 

$150!

 
 
The JB Hi-Fi across the street was selling it for $80 
 

$150!....

Do people actually pay that much?  And how much did the prestige edition cost?  (It was $150 here in the US)
#17 Posted by Devoid (429 posts) -

@Red12b: $150? WHAT

Jesus Christ, that's ridiculous. But yeah, game prices here are stupid high for no real reason. It's mainly just EB games being able to get away with it, I guess.

I'll almost always get games online now, but if I want to get something on release day, I go to JB Hi-Fi.

And isn't Steam's pricing some legal BS between itself and the retail stores? Like they're not allowed to charge what they want to or something.

#18 Posted by Red12b (9073 posts) -
@PeasantAbuse said:
@Red12b said:
@SpikeSpiegel said:

$90 for Modern Warfare 2? That is just wrong.

In new zealand EB games tried to get away with selling Blops standard edition, Standard, no extras, just the game, for one hundred and fifty dollars. 
 
 

$150!

 
 
The JB Hi-Fi across the street was selling it for $80 
 

$150!....

Do people actually pay that much?  And how much did the prestige edition cost?  (It was $150 here in the US)
I hope not, I was in the store and saw a mother and her 15 year old kid talking a bout the game, I told them to go to JB hi-fi, 
 
fucking hate EB games. I think it's the equivalent to your gamestop. 
#19 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5137 posts) -
@Red12b: Yeah I think all of the EB Games here turned into Gamestops, but I could be wrong.  Good on you for letting those people know about the other store, $150 for standard Black Ops is fucking outrageous.
#20 Posted by mrfizzy (1513 posts) -

@Red12b said:

@PeasantAbuse said:
@Red12b said:
@SpikeSpiegel said:

$90 for Modern Warfare 2? That is just wrong.

In new zealand EB games tried to get away with selling Blops standard edition, Standard, no extras, just the game, for one hundred and fifty dollars.


$150!



The JB Hi-Fi across the street was selling it for $80

$150!....

Do people actually pay that much? And how much did the prestige edition cost? (It was $150 here in the US)
I hope not, I was in the store and saw a mother and her 15 year old kid talking a bout the game, I told them to go to JB hi-fi, fucking hate EB games. I think it's the equivalent to your gamestop.

Yeah it isn't just like Gamestop, it IS Gamestop, exact same company just trading under a different name. As for buying games at retail, thank god for JB Hifi is all i can say.

#21 Posted by TobbRobb (4554 posts) -

In Sweden a new console game goes for $110. $90 if I'm lucky. And steam games go for $70.

#22 Posted by Elazul (1327 posts) -
@Rhaknar said:
its the same in europe, usually something that costs 50bucks also costs 50euros, when we know it should be like 35 or something if the conversion was right.  Sucks but you can always get around it.
@Ertard said:

It's the same fucking thing here in Europe and it is truly terrible. I buy everything at G2play.net, which sell asian versions of games for about half the price - the price they should be, and the american price. I don't really care how much of that money actually reach the developer, because I simply refuse to buy a game at 50 euros when the american version is 50 dollars. Also, you get the games on Steam in most cases.

Man, is that shit STILL going on in Europe? I'm in the UK and most new 360 and PS3 games can be found for £40 now, which is pretty much on par with american pricing (£40 = $65 as of today, and our prices include tax unlike the US). Hell, I got Mortal Kombat the day before it came out for £28.99, which is about 15 bucks less than American pricing.
#23 Edited by Gargantuan (1880 posts) -
@TobbRobb said:

In Sweden a new console game goes for $110. $90 if I'm lucky. And steam games go for $70.

But prices has been stable here for a long time, it's just that the US dollar is worthless right now.
#24 Posted by TobbRobb (4554 posts) -
@Gargantuan: Yes, I'm not really complaining, I'm used to the prices by now "and I have enough money to support frequent gamepurchase", it's just hard no to be a little jealous of what Americans seem to believe is the insurmountable $60.
#25 Posted by Tebbit (4447 posts) -

@Red12b said:

@PeasantAbuse said:
@Red12b said:
@SpikeSpiegel said:

$90 for Modern Warfare 2? That is just wrong.

In new zealand EB games tried to get away with selling Blops standard edition, Standard, no extras, just the game, for one hundred and fifty dollars.


$150!



The JB Hi-Fi across the street was selling it for $80

$150!....

Do people actually pay that much? And how much did the prestige edition cost? (It was $150 here in the US)
I hope not, I was in the store and saw a mother and her 15 year old kid talking a bout the game, I told them to go to JB hi-fi, fucking hate EB games. I think it's the equivalent to your gamestop.

I remember seeing that, it's shocking! MW2 standard edition costing $129 - $139 (PC / console) was bad enough but $150 was just ridiculous. Especially when every other retailer - like Dick Smith, JB, Mighty Ape were all selling it for significantly cheaper.

It was at that stage that I realised EB Games is selling games to people who are idiots, and I didn't want to be part of that.

#26 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1230 posts) -

@Elazul: Yes, and I'm in Sweden as the other two guys below me are. I don't play console games, which I'm quite happy for, since there would be no way of getting around the stupid prices. Thanks to globalization and shady Singaporean (?) webshops I can get retail Asian games that are scanned and just download it.

#27 Edited by Legend (2646 posts) -

Edit: lol, mobile site just messed up my post. I had to come to the full site on my laptop to edit it.

I think the best thing to do is stop buying games that are overpriced, and encourage other fellow Australian gamers not to buy them. If you keep buying them, they'll keep screwing you over. Simple as that.

#28 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5135 posts) -

The prices are set by the publishers. Steam has nothing to do with them.

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