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LOG
02-10-2010, 07:22 AM
They pay more for less (http://thehardline.gamerlimit.com/2010/02/steam-implies-americans-gamer-40-poorer-than-australians/)

Also, the gaming industry is expected to go up 6% in 2010. (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6250157.html)

Mac H.
02-10-2010, 07:40 AM
We pay more for everything.

It is a rip-off.

It certainly isn't to do with shipping costs or any of that nonsense - it pretty much applies to any software.

For example: Final Draft Software: $249 USD (= $283 AUD)

But if you buy it from the authorised local reseller it is:
Their claimed "Market Price" = $425 AUD (Almost double!!)
They claim that their special 'discount' price is $349 AUD.

They just rip us off. Most of us respond by simply buying from overseas directly via silly tricks to avoid being bounced back automatically to the 'authorised' local distributor.

But they don't care.

Mac

whistlelock
02-10-2010, 12:36 PM
Maybe it's a taxation thing designed to encourage or protect local software developers?

SPMiller
02-10-2010, 04:09 PM
"Software" and "shipping costs", lol. Software is one of the very few products that can avoid getting hit by shipping costs, and Steam is exclusively an e-retailer, as far as I know. Bandwidth down under can't possibly be that bad.

JimmyB27
02-10-2010, 04:36 PM
We pay more for everything.

It is a rip-off.

It certainly isn't to do with shipping costs or any of that nonsense - it pretty much applies to any software.

For example: Final Draft Software: $249 USD (= $283 AUD)

But if you buy it from the authorised local reseller it is:
Their claimed "Market Price" = $425 AUD (Almost double!!)
They claim that their special 'discount' price is $349 AUD.

They just rip us off. Most of us respond by simply buying from overseas directly via silly tricks to avoid being bounced back automatically to the 'authorised' local distributor.

But they don't care.

Mac
Same thing over here (UK). I've seen technology type items for sale where the price in pounds is almost the same as the price in (US) dollars.

SPMiller
02-10-2010, 08:06 PM
Maybe it's the series of tubes they had to lay under the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to bring the interwebs to limeys and Aussies :rolleyes: