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.
|Mass Effect 3|
|Soul Calibur V|
R2190 (incl 10% tax)
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.