Regional Pricing is when you pay more than in the US

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#1  Edited By IvanGrozny  Online
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Thanks to the brilliant thinking of many c*cksucking greedy corporations, Regional Pricing is when you end up paying more than in the US.

Theoretically, it should be viceversa since the US is the strongest and wealthiest electronic consumer in the world. Other countries, whose people's income is less, should be paying... well... less, right? RIGHT?

But most of the time, we, non-Americans, end up paying more. How does it usually happen?

For example, us, Canadian bros.

Historically, 1USD = 1.01 CAD.

But then the financial crisis of 2007โ€“2008 happened, also known as Real State Bubble, provoked by the greed of c*cksucking US banks. As a result, the global world economy slumped.

A CAD, as many other currencies, fell in value.

In 2008, 1USD = 1.30 CAD

So the game corporations said, "Nah Canadians. Your money is no longer as good as it was. You are poorer now, so please pay 80 CAD for your games"

80CAD = 61USD, so technically we still would pay more than in the US, but whatever...๐Ÿ˜’

Years later, the Canadian economy started recovering, so nowadays, 1USD = 1.21 CAD, but the game still cost 80CAD. So now, we pay 66USD plus taxes

So, what will happen if the US dollar value is keep dropping? Are we supposed to pay 70-80USD for our games in the future? The c*cksucking corporate game dev is always eager to adjust their prices UP for a region, but they are really slow to set them back DOWN.

F*ck your regional pricing, i would rather pay a regular USD prices converted by the current exchange.

So:

1) If you are Non-American, please share your sad story and tell us how much money you pay for your games

2) If you are an American, APPOLOGIZE FOR YOUR COUNTRY ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 

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#2 Basinboy
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Two things:

(1) As an American, there are a bevy of other actions we should at least acknowledge if not apologize for. Not to exhaust everyoneโ€™s attention span but just research sponsored American efforts (both government and NGO) to overthrow or subvert foreign regimes. Spoiler: it typically doesnโ€™t end well for anyone involved.

(2) Per game pricing, suck it world. USA No.1.

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#3  Edited By Telekill  Online
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Hey... I'm American. I won't apologize. I don't apologize for what I haven't done but do take responsibility for my own actions. That should tell you everything you need to know about where I stand politically.

Now, your theory here isn't exactly correct but I don't expect someone on Gamespot forums to be versed in economics. What you've seen in the past will be coming to an end soon thanks to all the stimulus checks and the current administration's trillions of dollars in ideas they are going to implement. Then we have the potential for a hot war with China and the trillions needed for that.

The American dollar is going to be collapsing soon. It's one of the reasons so many have been buying up crypto (decentralized currency), homes, land, assets... it's because they know American money is about to become worthless.

At that time, assuming your country isn't brought into the war with China as well as this isn't just America vs China... you can then say you're on equal if not better footing than us Yanks. So there ya go.

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#4 NfamousLegend
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Perks of being the modern empire I guess lol.

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@Telekill: Despite I'm also American, I don't like our Countryman has become but that's just my own opinion how I feel. And yeah, I too didn't do anything wrong, so why should I apologize for what I didn't do? This is out of my league lol.

Anyhow, back on topic. The argument is basically that people in the US/Western Europe feel like they're being ripped off! Regional pricing does not always mean cheaper games for poorer countries, sadly. There is a lot of foul-play involved, so keeping the same price globally would mean that there is not much to cheat consumers not fuffing about with VPNs to get Korean launch dates or Russian prices or something, and distributors not artificially increasing game prices, knowing that consumers don't have an alternative. If you charge the same price in the far east as you do in the U.S, you'll get very few sales in the far east. If you do things the other way round, and set a universally low price, you're going to see far less revenue than otherwise. This isn't to say that the way regional pricing tends to be done is actually fair, but it seems sound in principle.

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#6  Edited By GirlUSoCrazy
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Import games if it's cheaper, they're not region locked. Use a VPN and buy through the US store.

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#7 IvanGrozny  Online
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@davillain-: @Telekill: @Basinboy:

Jeez men, ease up. i was just talking about game prices ๐Ÿ™„

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#8  Edited By madrocketeer
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It's called base human nature. That is, to get away with things so long as they face no consequences for it. These publishers jack up game prices because they know they can, and won't face any consequences for doing so.

And if you think you have it bad, ask people in Australia and New Zealand how much games cost over there. Personally, I loved living in New Zealand and plan to go back there someday, but man, game prices was one of the gorse bushes I had to push through to get to the good bits.

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#9 WonderWinner
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NA has it easy. South America is terrible for games now.

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Lick my butt and suck on my balls

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#11 pelvist
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We get stiffed in the UK too and its not just on digital or electronic goods. Fore example I just ordered a Bug-a-salt 3.0 and it cost more than double the price you'd pay in the US for one.

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@davillain-: Oh man... don't get me started on how I feel about the current state of Americans... it's depressing.

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#13  Edited By with_teeth26
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Companies, probably: You are right! we should increase the price of games in the US.

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#14 flashn00b
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Game prices in Canada are kind of why i'm under the impression that PC gaming's a non-option. Whatever upfront price you're paying for a new computer (assuming MSRP), you'll likely spend less money overall due to Steam Sales. Even so, those sales will start feeling less like sales and more like "This is how much I should actually be paying for when it comes to game prices"

Friendly reminder that Sony's push for the $70 AAA game translates to 90 Canadian if Demon's Souls Remake is of any indication.

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Yeah it sucks that games here in Canada are $80 and the increased ones are $90. Then you add on our 13% sales tax and the games are $90+ and $100+ respectively. PS4 still going for $380 here. PS5 is $630 and XSX is $600 all before taxes.

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#16 Nirgal
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Canada is still quite wealthy, my country is super poor and the prices are way lower than in the US. Not that it matters much right now since epic simply gives games away.

But when you really want an specific game it helps.

Anyway, to put thing in to context, they are actually only cheaper in absolute terms. In terms of purchase parity, like how much money the consumer actually has. They are roughly the same.

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#17 Howmakewood
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80โ‚ฌ(97,5usd currently) for digital on console is just ridiculous, its not that I cant afford it, but why should I pay more to get less?

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#18  Edited By JasonOfA36
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I'm in the South East Asian region and games here cost a lot cheaper than most countries, so I can't complain. But I feel like it's gonna come to an end since publishers are getting greedier by the minute.

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#19 Epak_
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@howmakewood said:

80โ‚ฌ(97,5usd currently) for digital on console is just ridiculous, its not that I cant afford it, but why should I pay more to get less?

PSN prices for new releases can be wack.

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#20 Eoten
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Okay. So produce your own games and charge what you want. Canada has plenty of studios and publishers. Do their games cost more in Canada as well? What about Japanese made stuff?

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@Epak_ said:
@howmakewood said:

80โ‚ฌ(97,5usd currently) for digital on console is just ridiculous, its not that I cant afford it, but why should I pay more to get less?

PSN prices for new releases can be wack.

aye, good thing the physical deals been pretty good for most games even on launch, like Returnal for 50

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#22 Litchie
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If a game is $60 in the US, it's โ‚ฌ60 euro here. That's not right at all, but they don't give a shit. Right now, $1 = โ‚ฌ0.82. That means that games that are $60 in the US should be around โ‚ฌ50.

For some reason, it's even worse for PS5 games. They are $70 in the US, and โ‚ฌ80 here. Makes no sense at all.

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#23 deactivated-60cb3701bc83b
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I remember Destiny's season pass being $70 in America and ยฃ70 in the UK, it was baffling how shameless they were.

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#24 deactivated-60c3d23d2738e
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You pay more because you are a socialist country with socialized healthcare. Your tax rate is way up there. Go to school and learn economics and government and then get back to me.

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#26 Epak_
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@howmakewood said:
@Epak_ said:
@howmakewood said:

80โ‚ฌ(97,5usd currently) for digital on console is just ridiculous, its not that I cant afford it, but why should I pay more to get less?

PSN prices for new releases can be wack.

aye, good thing the physical deals been pretty good for most games even on launch, like Returnal for 50

Yup, paid full price for R&C though.

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#28 faponte13
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@ivangrozny: you pay more for games we have shitty Healthcare for the majority of a Americans.

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Thanks Obama!

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#30 PurpleMan5000
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I think most of the difference is that sales tax is built into the price in most countries, and in the US, it's added at the register. So most companies are going to take their price that includes the tax and round it up to the next $10.