New EA Game Prices Rip-Off Canadians

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Hawkeye411, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    Why are EA and Apple charging Canadians $10.00 more per game for each of the new EA releases when compared to US prices?? This amounts to as much as 33.3% more for these games if you purchase them in Canada.

    Title--------------US Price---Canadian Price----~%Difference
    Tiger Woods------$39.95--------$49.95--------------25%
    C & C--------------$49.95--------$59.95-------------20%
    Harry Potter------$29.95--------$39.95--------------33%
    NFS Carbon-------$39.95--------$49.95--------------25%
    BF 2142-----------$39.95--------$49.95--------------25%

    Canadians have traditionally paid more for video games than Americans. However, I thought that this was due to the difference in the value of the dollar. Well, the Canadian Dollar is on par with the American dollar so this can't be the reason for the huge price difference. It appears to me that EA and Apple have decided to take advantage of Canadian consumers.:mad:
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  3. Hawkeye411 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    No, the prices are before taxes as listed on the and websites.
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Well, all I can say is, we get cheaper games, you get free health care, so who really wins?
  5. RichardI macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Southern Ontario, Canada
  6. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    The exchange rate is typically favorable toward American dollars. The same thing happens with books (Stephen King novel I have on hand, $7.99 US, $10.99 Canadian).

    It just so happens that the Canadian dollar is at parity with the US dollar right now. Don't expect US companies to drop the prices of all their goods accordingly - they're likely going to hold out and see if currency levels 'get back to normal'.
  7. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    The $10 fee is for being able to live in a country that's 10 times better than the U.S..
  8. Wayfarer macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    I find this imbalance disturbing and woefully upsetting. :(
  9. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    The dollar parity only happened last week. The 98- and 99-cent dollar only happened in the past month or two. Likely these prices were set long before that, published, sent to distributors, etc. If the prices are still not adjusted after a few more months, then you might see fit to complain.

    One could make this complaint about just about anything. It's time for a road trip to the States...
  10. MacinDoc macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    This has nothing to do with American companies waiting to see if things will get back to normal. Anyone examining the current market fundamentals will see that the Canadian dollar is set to surpass the American buck. The difference in book prices reflects the exchange rate from 7 years ago. This is simply a matter of greed. Only by refusing to buy products that are unfairly priced will Canadians get equitable prices.

    At least the price of Apple's new software is equitably priced. Too bad the older stuff like .Mac isn't (if you thought it was a rip-off in the U.S. that's nothing compared to Canada).
  11. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    You are not going to like this but it is not a rip-off.

    What happen is Canadians are eating the fact that they been dealing with inflations and yes it sucks but do you really expect prices to drop 25% over night? You have to be joking.

    People need to remember the value of there currency world wide has little effect on their lives. Even if thoug the Canadian currency is strong compared to the dollar it is not going to effect your day to day lives.

    Welcome to the true side effects of inflation this is a case and point of what it is like.
  12. ericsthename macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2005
    Vancouver BC
    No, actually you've completely mixed up inflation and floating currencies. You're talking about inflationary forces within a nation, whereas the forum is about the floating value of the Canadian dollar versus the value of the American dollar. Since the value of the CAD has risen by some 40 cents since 2001, the exchange rate of goods should reflect this change as well. Obviously as some others have noted, retailers don't update their prices with the daily closing values, but it has NOT been an overnight change as you stated earlier, in fact it has been a gradual increase over a period of years.

    The best way to explain this would be with an example:

    Inflation is when, say a chocolate bar costs 50 cents to produce, and is therefore sold at $1 in the year 2000. Due to INFLATION the costs of producing that same chocolate bar rise to 55 cents by 2005, so the chocolate bar is then sold at retail for $1.10

    Exchange rates would be as such:

    An American made chocolate bar costs 50 (american) cents to produce, but cannot be sold in Canada for $1.00 because the Canadian dollar is worth only 70 cents. This means that in order for the American company to sell their product in Canada, they have to adjust the price of the good to the same VALUE so that they can recuperate their costs and turn a profit.

    As you can see, both have an impact on the price of goods in an international market, but they are not to be confused.

    ...By the way, it's time to do a spellcheck:

    case in point
  13. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2006
    we pay higher taxes
  14. TJIrwin macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    London, UK
    Just be thankful you're not from the UK. Up until not long ago it seemed all that happened when something went on sale was a change from the $ sign to a £ one. Numbers generally stayed the same.
  15. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Yawn. Old news. Just buy another tube of Lube™ and remind yourself how proud you are to be a Canuck.
  16. lag1090 macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2007
    What the OP needs to understand is that the market is not always the fastest to respond to changes in currency exchange rates. EA probably determined the CDN prices a few months ago, factoring some predictions in exchange rate fluctuation into account. As a result, they keep the price static, as not to confuse consumers, while ensuring that if the exchange rate changes so it is not in their favor, they do not start losing money. This is typically how things work when you're selling goods overseas.

    In addition, there may be some kind of fees involved with selling the games in Canada that we don't know about. You never know what crazy things stores or the government will do to scrape up a few bucks.
  17. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2007
    Easy there tiger.

  18. Clipse79 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007
    It will take sometime if the buck stays the way it is for products to catch up with prices being close to or the same. Its not a overnight thing. Find a place in the US with free shipping and buy it from them
  19. redsteven macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2006
    I'd think most free shipping is going to be limited to continental US only : \
  20. Agent Smith macrumors 6502

    Agent Smith

    Mar 21, 2004
    Toronto, ON
  21. astewart macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2006
    I live in Canada and I got free shipping when I ordered my iMac through Apple :)
  22. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    There is plenty more to international trade than just the exchange rates of the currencies. I suggest you might want to do some research into that topic.
  23. FreedomFighter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    Can you purchase the game from the apple online store? that way you only pay on the conversion rate from canadian to U.S dollars, however you may have to pay more in shipping.

    At current conversion:

    $49.95 (U.S) = $50.05 (Can)
    $39.95 (U.S) = $40.05 (Can)
    $29.95 (U.S) = $30.05 (Can)

    so as you can see if the shipping is less than $10 than it would be cheaper to purchase through the apple online store:)
  24. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    GET OVER IT! :p

    Apple store here charges €59.95 or $84 per game.

    Even with our vat rate a direct currecy translation should be

    $39.95 (€28.36) + 21% vat = $49 (€35)

    So we are paying nearly double the cost and that's taking into account VAT added.

    Makes you $49.95 CAD seem much less of a big deal eh!
  25. Hawkeye411 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    You can only order from the US Apple store if you are an American.


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