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January 8th, 2008, 20:30
Originally Posted by zakhal View Post
Based on monthly average the last time euro was 1.20284 USD (20% VAT) was in march 2006. In december 2007 it was 1.45517 USD (45% VAT???).
I wasnīt talking about the exchange rate. You misunderstood me. Or you have no clue what VAT (aka. sales tax) is.
The shop calculates a net price which includes his margin. Then the sales tax comes on top of it. The result is the final price which is displayed to end customers, for example 54.95 € for Hellgate London.
VAT in Finnland is 22%. Itīs added on all goods and services which are used in Finnland or are imported into Finnland, apart from a couple of exceptions with lower rates.
The US prices usually do not include this sales tax. Itīs added when you check out, if it has to be paid. So if you want to compare the prices you have to either add VAT to the US prices or deduct it from the Euro prices.

I guess they are just slow to take account the currency changes (its not like anyone forces them to do it). Perhaps once per year or two. I know one online shop in america that does it perhaps twice per year and the prices became real low during the last year (20-30€ for new games). Made me buy more than few of their games.
Why should they have the same price in dollar and Euro? Itīs more clever to take what you can get in each market.
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