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    Thumbs down Steam now in € & £ availabe

    Steam has now a localized paying system. Instead of using $ in the whole world, they added EURO (€) and pound sterling (£).

    Sounds nice? Yes, for our english friends, cause they used the right changing rate. The prices in £ are now better then they where before when u still had to pay in $.

    But for the other europeans its like Valve send a big and fat YOU. The prices stay the same, but now u have to pay in € instead of $. Merry christmas Valve!

    Example:
    Before: GTA4 $49.99 = €34
    NOW: €49.99


    I wont use Steam anymore cause they showed that they just cant calculate.

    U can read more here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forum...d.php?t=770231
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    dolar is dead thats why valve figured out that they can rape europeans now :P

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    HAHAHAHA they can stuck GTA4 up theirs... This is totally unfair. And this is going on for ages. And then they'll again wonder why piracy started increasing. They're ripping of european buyers plain and simple.
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    Bah, games on Steam started to get very attractive price wise at least with the recent fall of the dollar. Now I'll just buy my games in a normal brick an mortar store where they are actually cheaper than on Steam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w0mbat View Post
    Steam has now a localized paying system. Instead of using $ in the whole world, they added EURO (€) and pound sterling (£).

    Sounds nice? Yes, for our english friends, cause they used the right changing rate. The prices in £ are now better then they where before when u still had to pay in $.

    But for the other europeans its like Valve send a big and fat YOU. The prices stay the same, but now u have to pay in € instead of $. Merry christmas Valve!

    Example:
    Before: GTA4 $49.99 = €34
    NOW: €49.99


    I wont use Steam anymore cause they showed that they just cant calculate.

    U can read more here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forum...d.php?t=770231
    lol dont flip out.. steam dollar prices where without tax... i usually payed between 10-15$ tax, so game really where between 55-60$. I payed for L4D 45$ (-10% preorder discount) after the conversion 42.xx€ now its in steam store 44.99€.

    Without the discount i would have payed more in € then now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet331 View Post
    lol dont flip out.. steam dollar prices where without tax... i usually payed between 10-15$ tax, so game really where between 55-60$. I payed for L4D 45$ (-10% preorder discount) after the conversion 42.xx€ now its in steam store 44.99€.

    Without the discount i would have payed more in € then now.
    Well the Euro to Dollar conversion is now like this:
    Code:
    Euro: Dollar
      1 : 1,46
    In that case the price has been increased considerable even when you take the tax into account.
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    that price is ridiculus

    i paid 36€ for the game in a shop here in germany
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    I don't know why any Europeans pay the same in Euros or Pounds that Americans pay in dollars for any hardware or software. Personally, I wouldn't support any hardware or software company that was raping me over an exchange rate.

    Simple math. If I can buy a game here for 40 CDN, then it should cost 14 Euros, especially if the game is made by a CDN company.

    Don't be ripped off. Buyer beware.

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    Damn man, this conversion rate scam is borderline criminal. At least with computer components and other stuff they could at least have the tax, import excuse but what excuse do they have now? This bit of information is more valuable in Europe than in the US or what???


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    If Steam wants to sell they have to lower their price at least to the same level as retail DVDs.

    To be honest, it is not worth paying more if I can get it cheaper ordering DVDs online or driving 20 minutes to the maul

    Quote Originally Posted by clonez View Post
    that price is ridiculus

    i paid 36€ for the game in a shop here in germany
    disc and all
    Yep, I paid like 32€ shipped in UK
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    Hmmmm. Might it be possible that the price now includes VAT?

    The steam-prices now equal those in retail-stores, on the other hand you don't get a CD, Booklet and stuff so I'd expect the Steam-Version to be at least 5 Euro cheaper...
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    Yes, now its including VAT. No, retail prices are way lower.

    €1 is about $1.45 but Steam says €1 = $1 and even w/ VAT its just for the lulz.
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    Is it possible to use paypal in these countries? Besides that, if it's only a few dollars more, I think the convenience of steam is still worth it to me. Also take into account gas prices to get to the store and back could offset the price. That's not the point though. Their system isn't perfect but hopefully it'll get better because Steam and Valve both rule tremendously. :-)
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    Really? Last time I visited a retail-store (should be "a few" weeks back ) all games were at 50 Euro or above. Have prices really improved? I can hardly believe it ^^ Though I already heard that Saturn was selling GTA IV for 36 Euro on release-day.

    1 $ = 1 € is nothing new for us europeans Where's the Steam-group "The Rest Of The World"?

    Pre-release-prices on amazon.co.uk are really cool, bought Left 4 Dead for 32 Euro inkl VAT and shipping (bought two DVDs by Jeff Dunham as well) It's a shame I wasn't able to play it that much up to now, damn study xD

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinas View Post
    Is it possible to use paypal in these countries? Besides that, if it's only a few dollars more, I think the convenience of steam is still worth it to me. Also take into account gas prices to get to the store and back could offset the price. That's not the point though. Their system isn't perfect but hopefully it'll get better because Steam and Valve both rule tremendously. :-)
    Jepp, you can use paypal here as well. But you can't add the price for the gasoline to the retail-price. Then you'd have to add the price for your internet-connection to the steam-price
    Additionally here in germany you can reach many great shops via foot or bicycle

    Quote Originally Posted by BenchZowner View Post
    I'd rather pick the game from play.com
    Never had a decent download rate from Steam as well...
    What connection are you using? I have a 4 MBit and 6 Mbit connection at hand and both are maxed out when I download something from steam. When you've got a 20 MBit connection I'd understand why it's never maxed out
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    I'd rather pick the game from play.com
    Never had a decent download rate from Steam as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinas View Post
    Is it possible to use paypal in these countries? Besides that, if it's only a few dollars more, I think the convenience of steam is still worth it to me. Also take into account gas prices to get to the store and back could offset the price. That's not the point though. Their system isn't perfect but hopefully it'll get better because Steam and Valve both rule tremendously. :-)
    For me the retail price is quite a bit lower than this, even during summer time when the euro to dollar conversion was around €1=$1,55 the prices in the retail stores where reasonably competitive (read: only a little more expensive than Steam). Besides, it takes me 15 minutes by bike to get to the nearby MediaMarkt and there prices are usually the lowest compared to other brick and mortar stores (they are actually very competitive with online stores with certain product categories). So going by car is not even needed for me, it would actually take me longer to get there by car than by bike (that's what it's like to live in a city here).

    @FischOderAal: What retail stores do you usually visit? Many of them can be pretty expensive, but if you know where to look then you can get some pretty competitive pricing. Saturn and MediaMarkt usually have very good pricing, they are the same company so no surprise there.
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    this is ing hilarious
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    lolno.

    I bought GTA IV on Steam for 50 dollars, it was actually cheaper than in stores. Now it's way more expensive than in stores..

    Oh well, so much for that.

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    @ fischoderaal

    i got my copy from media markt last monday, its the normal price, no special offer (i guess its because nobody is buying it because of the system needed+ bugs. other pc games are minimally cheaper, too though, but not that much)

    @ helmore
    jep, mediamarkt and saturn are from the same holding, each of them is specialized on different product categories so they dont steal each others revenue

    you notice that in the newspaper ads, e.g. on of them has got the cheap cameras >200€, the other <300€ (thats why you wont find gta4 for 36€ at saturn, but at MM you will)
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but say I work a job in the USA where I am getting paid $7 per hour, wouldn't I make €7 per hour working the same job somewhere in Europe? When I was visiting Europe that is how I understood it. I figure you have to look at prices locally not globally otherwise you're always going to be able to complain about paying more than somebody. If my first question is true than a European is not actually making more money than an American unless they are in fact buying everything from overseas, like earlier this year when there were a whole lot of Europeans flying to New York to shop.

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    No, salaries in USA are better than in EU And most prices are better than in EU (EU has a huge VAT/sales tax and generally demand is smaller). For example, we don't have a popular hardware store that people all over EU buy stuff from, like Newegg in US.

    Well, it is out of this topic I guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    No, salaries in USA are better than in EU And most prices are better than in EU (EU has a huge VAT/sales tax and generally demand is smaller). For example, we don't have a popular hardware store that people all over EU buy stuff from, like Newegg in US.

    Well, it is out of this topic I guess
    Wrong. Its the other way around in a lot of cases. The thing is though more salary in europe, but more taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xb1az3x View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but say I work a job in the USA where I am getting paid $7 per hour, wouldn't I make €7 per hour working the same job somewhere in Europe? When I was visiting Europe that is how I understood it. I figure you have to look at prices locally not globally otherwise you're always going to be able to complain about paying more than somebody. If my first question is true than a European is not actually making more money than an American unless they are in fact buying everything from overseas, like earlier this year when there were a whole lot of Europeans flying to New York to shop.
    Sry, but u are wrong.
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    If he is so wrong, then how come the basic necessities in Europe are also so much more expensive than everywhere else?
    My holiday around 4 countries there cost me an absolute load for just meals, transport, and drinking. On top of that was the touristy costs.

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    well when they accept debit cards ill enjoy it
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