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Game prices around the world

 

I’ve posted a few of these over the years and after some recent discussions it felt like it was time to once again do a comparison of videogame prices around the world.

Generally we feel ripped off in sunny South Africa but that isn’t always the case and some other countries actually pay quite a bit more than us for the exact same product so let’s take a quick look at some new and relatively old titles and what people pay in the main countries of the world.

 

USA

UK

Oz

Japan

Germany

South Africa

Mass Effect 3

R478

R478

R894

R641

R707

R500

Soul Calibur V

R478

R492

R811

R695

R666

R500

BF3

R398

R492

R529

R445

R538

R556

MW3

R398

R529

R811

R663

R492

R648

FIFA 11

R239

R221

R480

R602

R338

R372

Total

R2190 (incl 10% tax)

R2212

R3525

R3046

R2741

R2576

All prices have been converted to South African Rands at a current exchange rate of R7.96 to the USD, R12.36 to the GBP, R8.28 to the AUD, R0.10 to the JPY and finally R10.24 to the EUR

The highest prices are in Red and don’t forget the American prices are excluding their awful tax system.

I’ve used the Xbox 360 price on all titles (if possible) and the following online retailers

  • USA = Gamestop
  • UK = Play
  • Oz = EB Games
  • Japan = Rakuten
  • Germany = Amazon Germany
  • South Africa = kalahari.com

 So as we can see the Australians are still being ripped off in massive fashion, especially on new titles. I mean R400 more for Mass Effect 3… that hurts. We’re only the most expensive on one title and surprisingly that’s an EA title which is disappointing.

The Modern Warfare 3 premium outside of America is a joke and while I think the game is fantastic it doesn’t deserve a premium.

So there you have it, if you want the cheapest games you need to move to the States or the UK but we fared really well coming in 3rd. If you live in Australia then I feel for you… but hey, at least you have giant bouncing rodents to keep you occupied while we play Mass Effect 3 and Soul Calibur V.

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer


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