Canada game prices to "may" raise to $65!!!(+/tax)

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#1 Edited by Jakandsigz (4512 posts) -

http://www.justpushstart.com/2014/01/game-prices-increase-canada/

Although another source I say is for pre-orders, this is the first of the "newer" sources that state it will be permanent without mentioning pre-orders.

Which is the reason i put "may' as apparently there is a clash between sources on whether this will be only for pre-orders, or this will be a final stay with official game prices. A trend I hope will not happen as certain shared retailers with the U.S. might get ideas and do the same thing.

Now according to http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2014/01/20/pslssa-eb-games-canada-raises-prices-of-many-pre-order-titles-by-5-other-retailers-may-follow/ It's pre-orders as well as 6 others I found. although MORE say straight out it will be an end all be all price for games in canada.

Regardless it is still a factual price increase of inconvenience, as the pre-order price argument is true regardless if it's the stay price or not, so it's clear that canada is going in that direction, with Bestbuy and Ebgames.gamestop pulling in front. Which are shared companies with the U.S. we all know this is coming, and I hope it does not, but the first steps are already there.

It may even go higher, but let us try and hope for the best with the price raises.

#2 Posted by Joedgabe (4987 posts) -

isn't that what it is in the first place with tax? o.o

#3 Edited by MonsieurX (26890 posts) -

@Joedgabe said:

isn't that what it is in the first place with tax? o.o

59.99 usually + taxes(depending of the province) but it gets up around 68$ in Quebec

Thing is the value of the Canadian dollar dropped a lot in the past year

#4 Posted by Jakandsigz (4512 posts) -

@Joedgabe said:

isn't that what it is in the first place with tax? o.o

No, but I mean separately.

#5 Edited by speedfreak48t5p (4941 posts) -

@Joedgabe said:

isn't that what it is in the first place with tax? o.o

$67 here in Easter Canada

#6 Posted by farrell2k (4601 posts) -

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

#7 Posted by Bishop1310 (783 posts) -

This has happened before in Canada. I live very close to a decent sized american border city (30 mins) I usually buy my electronics from the states and bring them back. I don't care if its money out of our countries economy I will not pay the retarded prices for some things here.

#8 Posted by lundy86_4 (41612 posts) -

That would suck.

This has happened before in Canada. I live very close to a decent sized american border city (30 mins) I usually buy my electronics from the states and bring them back. I don't care if its money out of our countries economy I will not pay the retarded prices for some things here.

We do a lot of our grocery shopping over the border... I rarely buy electronics, though.

#9 Posted by bbkkristian (14301 posts) -

America is next... I can feel it.

#10 Posted by kitty (113953 posts) -

America is next... I can feel it.

don't jinx us >__>

#11 Posted by darkspineslayer (19010 posts) -

I won't go higher than $60 for a console game. I'll wait, or make purchases elsewhere.

#12 Posted by AdobeArtist (22386 posts) -

And prices will continue to drop anyway. I can just wait till the game I want hits that $30 mark or less, as I'm already doing with $60 games. So in the grand scheme, for those that don't buy day 1 that is, this makes little difference.

#13 Posted by Solid_Max13 (3389 posts) -

Games here in Canada are usually 59.99 +tx where i'm from (Queblecch) Games come to around 67-68$ with taxes in other places such as Alberta its about 61-62 much better.

#14 Posted by SOedipus (6739 posts) -

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

Our health care system sucks.

#15 Posted by cainetao11 (14355 posts) -

@MonsieurX: thanks. That was the first thing I was going to ask, where the Canadian dollar was.

#16 Posted by lostrib (26142 posts) -

people still buy games at full price?

#17 Posted by CrownKingArthur (1965 posts) -

is this just for console games?

in canadia, when you buy games on steam, do you pay in american dollars?

i like paying for video games in american dollars.

#18 Posted by Jakandsigz (4512 posts) -

And prices will continue to drop anyway. I can just wait till the game I want hits that $30 mark or less, as I'm already doing with $60 games. So in the grand scheme, for those that don't buy day 1 that is, this makes little difference.

You seem to think games costing $60 are somehow only for day one and first month releases when games usually remain $60 for quite a long time new.

#19 Posted by Solid_Max13 (3389 posts) -

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

It's half/ half right now great hospitals low staff, our government is a joke they pretty much admit they're corrupt lol.

#20 Posted by CrownKingArthur (1965 posts) -

@AdobeArtist said:

And prices will continue to drop anyway. I can just wait till the game I want hits that $30 mark or less, as I'm already doing with $60 games. So in the grand scheme, for those that don't buy day 1 that is, this makes little difference.

You seem to think games costing $60 are somehow only for day one and first month releases when games usually remain $60 for quite a long time new.

It's OK AdobeArtist, I know exactly what your message was. I read it loud and clear.

Basically, it doesn't affect you unless you're buying a game which hasn't yet had a price drop.

Crystal clear. Easy peasy. No worries.

#21 Posted by farrell2k (4601 posts) -

@SOedipus said:

@farrell2k said:

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

Our health care system sucks.

The Canadian health care system has a 94% approval rating and better outcomes than in the US. You want to see bad? Spend a few years here in the US.

#22 Posted by TrappedInABox91 (266 posts) -

Fuck it. I'm still in my $40- 3DS rage. If true, I'll be pissed when I actually want to move next gen.

#23 Posted by Alucard_Prime (2398 posts) -

That sucks but it's not a surprise - almost every type of good & service has increased in price since the recession, yet videogames who appear to be almost recession-immune, have not had a price increase all this time....I guess it's time to face the music.

#24 Edited by Shielder7 (4329 posts) -

@SOedipus said:

@farrell2k said:

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

Our health care system sucks.

Don't like it leave and see how you like paying an arm and a leg for doctors visit.

#25 Posted by Shielder7 (4329 posts) -

And prices will continue to drop anyway. I can just wait till the game I want hits that $30 mark or less, as I'm already doing with $60 games. So in the grand scheme, for those that don't buy day 1 that is, this makes little difference.


Pretty much this there are very few games I buy day 1 anymore. It bugs me to no end paying 60$ for a game than seeing it drop 30$ on Amazon in a month. Not to mention if you wait for GOTY you get the whole package. However I still remember when SNES games were 99$ and they didn't exactly drop very quickly. although if you buy the game day 1 and DLC you're probably paying over that.

#26 Posted by silversix_ (12538 posts) -

Already paying $68 with taxes

#27 Edited by Pikminmaniac (8266 posts) -

My GOD! That'll be $73.45 with tax here in Winnipeg!

#28 Edited by SOedipus (6739 posts) -

@SOedipus said:

@farrell2k said:

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

Our health care system sucks.

Don't like it leave and see how you like paying an arm and a leg for doctors visit.

Why? I pay taxes. I have a right to complain. Especially with all the crap I've seen. I work in healthcare, and I've worked in a lot of countries. In the States it's a business so you get what you pay for. It sucks for those who aren't well off. In Canada it's all about luck. You better hope your doctor isn't booked solid or that the walk-ins or emergency aren't busy if you need to go there and that there's someone competent doing the rounds.

#29 Posted by joel_c17 (2763 posts) -

$100 and sometimes $110 in australia. Stop your complaining.

#30 Edited by metal_zombie (2284 posts) -

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

i know right lol

#31 Edited by foxhound_fox (85236 posts) -

So?

There was a couple times last gen that they were $69.99 before tax (which at the time was 14% in my province). I paid $79.79 for Mirror's Edge and felt fulfilled in paying that after the first playthrough.

I remember the days of $99.99 CAD N64 games. That's $135 in modern Canadian money. Before tax. People need to stop bitching and either pay for their games or just wait a few months like the rest of us.

Edit: The reason why this happens is because the Canadian dollar loses it's parity with the US dollar. It's currently sitting at $0.89 USD. In 2007 (IIRC, when games were $70) it was in the ~$0.70 region.

#32 Posted by blangenakker (1718 posts) -

@joel_c17 said:

$100 and sometimes $110 in australia. Stop your complaining.

I haven't bought a retail game in a long time so are the prices still that high?

#33 Posted by Heil68 (40432 posts) -

And prices will continue to drop anyway. I can just wait till the game I want hits that $30 mark or less, as I'm already doing with $60 games. So in the grand scheme, for those that don't buy day 1 that is, this makes little difference.

I agree. With my backlog I can wait for most games to drop to $30 or under new, before I buy them. There will still be a few games that I buy day 1 at full price but I'm not worried about prices of games going up.

#34 Posted by lamprey263 (21015 posts) -

just shop on Amazon.ca then

#35 Posted by joel_c17 (2763 posts) -

@blangenakker: yeah i try to avoid it - yep some big name games can go as much as 109. I believe fallout 3 was 119 when it launched - but that might have been with a fancy case or something.

#36 Edited by farrell2k (4601 posts) -

@SOedipus said:

@Shielder7 said:

@SOedipus said:

@farrell2k said:

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

Our health care system sucks.

Don't like it leave and see how you like paying an arm and a leg for doctors visit.

Why? I pay taxes. I have a right to complain. Especially with all the crap I've seen. I work in healthcare, and I've worked in a lot of countries. In the States it's a business so you get what you pay for. It sucks for those who aren't well off. In Canada it's all about luck. You better hope your doctor isn't booked solid or that the walk-ins or emergency aren't busy if you need to go there and that there's someone competent doing the rounds.

Luck in Canada??? Nonsense. Canadian healthcare is fantastic.

#37 Posted by Shielder7 (4329 posts) -

@SOedipus said:

@Shielder7 said:

@SOedipus said:

@farrell2k said:

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

Our health care system sucks.

Don't like it leave and see how you like paying an arm and a leg for doctors visit.

Why? I pay taxes. I have a right to complain. Especially with all the crap I've seen. I work in healthcare, and I've worked in a lot of countries. In the States it's a business so you get what you pay for. It sucks for those who aren't well off. In Canada it's all about luck. You better hope your doctor isn't booked solid or that the walk-ins or emergency aren't busy if you need to go there and that there's someone competent doing the rounds.

So have I dumb ass, and you're right In the States it's a business which is exactly the problem. I broke my arm when I was 19 and had to get 2 plats put in and you know what that would of cost me if I was in the States? 100k and that's before PT, even if I had insurance in the States they would of fought me for every treatment. FYI not too many people have a 100k laying around even the well off especially a 19 year old.

I've never had to wait more than a couple of hours at a hospital usually it's 15-30 mins and I live in the GTA, our healthcare isn't the best but it's a hell of a lot better than the US unless you got a million dollars sitting around for a rainy day.

You say you worked in a lot of countries good go back and GTFO of mine.

#38 Posted by BeardMaster (1438 posts) -

Based on current exchange rates $60 US = $67 CAN

So this would just mean games cost about the same in both countries.

#39 Edited by SOedipus (6739 posts) -

@SOedipus said:

@Shielder7 said:

@SOedipus said:

@farrell2k said:

Ah well, at least you still have better health care than us stupid Americans.

Our health care system sucks.

Don't like it leave and see how you like paying an arm and a leg for doctors visit.

Why? I pay taxes. I have a right to complain. Especially with all the crap I've seen. I work in healthcare, and I've worked in a lot of countries. In the States it's a business so you get what you pay for. It sucks for those who aren't well off. In Canada it's all about luck. You better hope your doctor isn't booked solid or that the walk-ins or emergency aren't busy if you need to go there and that there's someone competent doing the rounds.

So have I dumb ass, and you're right In the States it's a business which is exactly the problem. I broke my arm when I was 19 and had to get 2 plats put in and you know what that would of cost me if I was in the States? 100k and that's before PT, even if I had insurance in the States they would of fought me for every treatment. FYI not too many people have a 100k laying around even the well off especially a 19 year old.

I've never had to wait more than a couple of hours at a hospital usually it's 15-30 mins and I live in the GTA, our healthcare isn't the best but it's a hell of a lot better than the US unless you got a million dollars sitting around for a rainy day.

You say you worked in a lot of countries good go back and GTFO of mine.

Wow, I am so sorry I offended you. I will certainly leave your country.

#40 Posted by Shielder7 (4329 posts) -

Based on current exchange rates $60 US = $67 CAN

So this would just mean games cost about the same in both countries.

The fluctuates a lot it's actually lower than it's been in awhile, I doubt it will stay this low for very long and has even gone over the US dollar a few times in the last couple years.

@SOedipus said:

Wow, I am so sorry I offended you. I will certainly leave your country.

Don't let the door hit you in the *** on the way out.

#41 Posted by Gargus (2147 posts) -

So? Just don't buy games at launch, wait a month till they come down in price, have a sale or whatnot.

In all of 2013 I only pre order and or paid full price for maybe 8 games and those were like special editions of nis/atlus/xseed games. Everything else I just waited a little bit on and got them at half the price on a sale, price drop, or used.

If you pay MSRP for all of your games youre a sucker.

#42 Posted by Angrypcgamenerd (3 posts) -

Great.... If this continues to increase prices, my advice is to buy a 1 or 2 TB hard drive and buy digital copies instead. At the moment, the following games have increased in price: Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2, Watch Dogs, Thief, Dying light, Wolfenstein: A New Order, Mad Max, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and so on - but it only affects American-made games. So what-ever you do, do not buy American-made games or the X-box One/X-box (or anything made in America) until the Canadian $ goes strong.

#43 Posted by 22Toothpicks (11126 posts) -

Game prices are one of the many reasons that my transition to PC gaming has be so pleasant for me.