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post #21 of 31
Yeh while i'm not too happy about how much stuff costs here, I count my blessings....hey i could be living in the UK !!!
post #22 of 31
The only thing I'm finding is more expensive at the moment are the water cooling parts and the games. The hardware prices are very competitive. For example, the HD4870 is available from $329 here where as it is $299 in the US. Considering the exchange and shipping costs, I'd say it's alright.
post #23 of 31
That really sucks man...sorry to hear that.
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The only thing I'm finding is more expensive at the moment are the water cooling parts and the games. The hardware prices are very competitive. For example, the HD4870 is available from $329 here where as it is $299 in the US. Considering the exchange and shipping costs, I'd say it's alright.
If they ship from China to the States then it should be the same as shipping it here (Australia), what about downloadable games, no shipping charges there but COD4 still costs twice as much to download here as it does in America (and other places). It's because Aussies are suckers and pay it, and the importers sell just as many games and would rather make the bigger profits ( and who blames them). If we all, on mass, boycotted a few new games until the prices were on par with the USA maybe they would change their tune, but mum and dad down at the local Kmart are still going to pay their $99 for juniors birthday present, ignorance is bliss, especially for greedy companies!
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connect to steam via a proxy and then buy the games
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What if you just have someone in the U.S. buy the stuff and send it to you? Not downloads, but other stuff.
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Can't you guys find a way around this though? Like go through some proxy to 'fool' the system into thinking you're in America?
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post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by Benny99 View Post
Hmm bad plain i guess lol

Im on Optus 40gig (20 on 20 offpeak)

70 bucks a month for 8 mbps
or you can go with exetel

http://www.exetel.com.au/


$40 bucks a month for 8 GB on-peak(12pm-11:59pm) and 48 gigs off peak(12am-11:59am) can't go wrong . But that is ADSL 1. The ADSL 2+ plans are still very good though.

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connect to steam via a proxy and then buy the games
Can you didn't know that. Will try it. But you need a good proxy site to do this. Some sites block proxies from accessing their servers.

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Can't you guys find a way around this though? Like go through some proxy to 'fool' the system into thinking you're in America?
Will try it but steam doesn't offer a lot of games that you can buy in retail . Although, its a great way to distribute

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Main reason is Import taxes plus our population is only 21 million this is a key factor as the demand isnt High so this lifts the prices.

If you compare the US dollar to Aus its pretty much between 93-96 Cents , so you would think it would be close in price but nope . Its like between 93-96 Cents to 1 US dollar shows how weak the US dollar is atm.
What about Canada? I used to live there and the poplualtion was only what 25 million when I last left. 4 million shouldn't really make much of difference. Although, demographically we don't know the age group. Tarrifs? maybe but a lot of products come from china and Japan. Games are still expensive here. I try every way to get them from overseas.
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Yeah, another good point is that frys is a good store to buy games too.

The one I went to was massive. They had shelves of games.
Move country for gaming
post #30 of 31
Has anyone in Australia use Direct2Drive to download games?
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