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Topic # 14623 12-Jul-2007 13:21
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So with the PS3 prices being lowered to be similar to Xbox prices in both Canada and the US, do we anticipate that similar price drops will happen in our fair country?  Somehow, I don't think it will - not when there's a chance for price-gouging by our retailers.

Link: Canada story      Link: US story

It does amuse me somewhat that, when our dollar is soaring as it is now, economists predict that electronics prices will drop.  I don't know about you but I don't think I've seen evidence of that happening.




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  Reply # 77859 12-Jul-2007 16:10

Well you will be happy to read the following article regarding price cuts down under which I presume will also affect NZ accordingly.
http://www.smarthousenews.com.au/Games_And_Devices/Console?Article=/Games%20And%20Devices/Console/D3L4X5G4

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  Reply # 77861 12-Jul-2007 16:12

Its also been mentioned on Engadget.
http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/10/pal-markets-to-see-ps3-price-drop-on-july-12th/

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  Reply # 77886 12-Jul-2007 19:42
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nah from history when import prices drop the retailers ride the profit, when ANYTHING costs more they cash in on the customers. sick!




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  Reply # 78065 14-Jul-2007 13:20
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And with our exchange rate you would expect the price to lower...dirty retailers

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  Reply # 78945 20-Jul-2007 10:41
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I was under the impression that _console_ prices were set by ..... manufacturers (i.e. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo).

There might be a very subtle variance in price between the main retailers, but basically they are all the same - excluding one-off specials (like the $99 PS2 opening day special at the local Noel Leeming a while ago - those sold out shortly after the store opened, surprise, surprise).

If we're getting "over charged" for a console in NZ (compared to the US or Japan), then you can blame the appropriate manufacturer for that, not the retailer.

One of the (minor) disadvantages of being on the other side of the world and having a small economy (relatively).

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  Reply # 78957 20-Jul-2007 11:12
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Look at the price of the wii in aus.. its $399.. over here its $499.. whats up with that!!

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  Reply # 82341 14-Aug-2007 14:36
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Definitly makes you think about getting one bought in from the US or HK.

At current exchange rate you could almost bring 2 in for the price of one here.

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