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#1 Aug 26 2009 at 7:47 AM Rating: Good
One of our chains is starting to take pre-orders.

Future Shop FFXIV Preorders

Now I know release dates are a dime a dozen but its listed as Dec 31, 2010.

The things you find while looking for old copies of FFXI.
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#2 Aug 26 2009 at 8:23 AM Rating: Good
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70 USD Oo
That better be lower for the PC ><
#3 Aug 26 2009 at 8:37 AM Rating: Decent
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NuclearMayhem the Braindead wrote:
Now I know release dates are a dime a dozen but its listed as Dec 31, 2010.


That date is purely a placeholder.
#4 Aug 26 2009 at 8:45 AM Rating: Excellent
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I think that's more an indicator of how dumb the store is than the release date.
#5 Aug 26 2009 at 10:08 AM Rating: Excellent
Maldavian wrote:
70 USD Oo
That better be lower for the PC ><


Actually thats in Canadian Dollars. Its the high range that we pay for our games that usually range from $50 for a Wii game to 60/70 for a PS3/360.
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#6 Aug 26 2009 at 10:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Ya, i wasn't impressed when they increased the price of our games to $70.
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NuclearMayhem the Braindead wrote:
Maldavian wrote:
70 USD Oo
That better be lower for the PC ><


Actually thats in Canadian Dollars. Its the high range that we pay for our games that usually range from $50 for a Wii game to 60/70 for a PS3/360.


Once upon a time, we Americans would have been able to make very funny jokes about Canadian "dollars."

Curse you, failed Reaganomics!
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the price of the game aside, americans don't realize how cheap things are.

If someone makes 50k a year they can live twice as well in the states as they can in Canada.

I see the commercials for american food and my mouth drops everytime i see how cheap it is. If i could eat for that cheap i would be saving a boatload every year. Not to mention the average house up here is like 300k(yes average) and our mortgage interest is not tax deductable like it is down there.

Games are the tip of the iceberg. It doesn't cost an extra $10 per game to ship it up here for bestbuy/futureshop to sell it... but they charge us that anyways.



Edited, Aug 26th 2009 12:52pm by boriss
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boriss wrote:
the price of the game aside, americans don't realize how cheap things are.

If someone makes 50k a year they can live twice as well in the a few states as they can in Canada.


Enjoy Kentucky. Lots of guys in funny white suits there.
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boriss wrote:

If someone makes 50k a year they can live twice as well in the states as they can in Canada.
Edited, Aug 26th 2009 12:52pm by boriss


Nice about the health care in Canada though.

Without health insurance a single trip to a hospital by ambulance and an overnight stay can cost over $9,000.

Trust me, BTDT.

Not to mention that most life insurance people get here is totally sucked dry if that person ends up in the hospital with a bad disease. Just the health insurance deductible is enough to wipe out an average life insurance policy if the person has cancer or some long term illness.

300k as an average house sounds a lot like average houses in the places I've lived.

The house I used to live in the suburbs was 275k when I moved into it...oh...well over a decade ago.
They started building new houses in that area and some of them are going for over 500k. It's in a no-name town that has nothing that great about it.

Housing prices here have completely skyrocketed in the past few years, forcing a lot of people into foreclosure and making them rent instead. And the hike in demand for apartments and in property taxes makes apartment prices go up 15-20% a month each year.

But our salaries aren't going up.

I don't know how expensive food is in Canada though, sorry, but 300k for an average house sounds like the average house I've seen in the U.S. too. (Although Canadian sales tax is much higher than average U.S. sales tax)

10$ more for a game doesn't really seem like a big deal.

That extra 10$ could be to get the game through customs and it also has to switch postal carriers.

How is the job market about there compared to the U.S?
During the recession there were representatives from several Canadian companies here in Philadelphia offering to PAY recent graduates and unemployed people to move up to Canada to to GIVE them jobs.

And in the U.S. people are being fired laid-off left and right.

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They might be saying $70 just because they don't know what the real price will be yet. They're putting it at the high end of the pricing scale so they don't ***** themselves if it turns out to be that much. From what I've seen, not many games are actually launching at $70, and if they do you can usually get them for a fair price at Amazon or somewhere else.

That better be it, anyway. Not that it would stop me from buying it.

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Finaa wrote:
That extra 10$ could be to get the game through customs and it also has to switch postal carriers.


That would be correct. It's the reason why the company i work for no longer distribute video games to Canada. Canada is more strict with their customs then Mexico/South America. And mistakes lead to penalties which eats away at the already low profit margin.
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boriss wrote:
the price of the game aside, americans don't realize how cheap things are.

If someone makes 50k a year they can live twice as well in the states as they can in Canada.

I see the commercials for american food and my mouth drops everytime i see how cheap it is. If i could eat for that cheap i would be saving a boatload every year. Not to mention the average house up here is like 300k(yes average}




Hahahaha

Oh man, you're funny.


I don't think I've even seen a respectable house in California go for as low as 300k. Most of them are in the 400k-1.5m range.
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I think that Briss has a skewed perspective of the U.S economy due to the border states that Canada shares with the US.

Being an MI resident living less than 20 miles from Canadian border I can see how he'd think the low cost housing industry would seem like a dream come true (average 3 bedroom 2K sq.ft. house up here is $250K an honest to goodness dream deal in other areas.) Housing here is so bad due to the "Big 3" (GM Ford Chrysler) flopping around like dead fish over the course of the last 10 years. We lead the nation in unemployment because 70% of our employment market here is tied to the auto industry (think of that California town that turned into a ghost town when the dot-com bubble burst in the late 90's) which, as everyone should know, is more or less done for.

Anyways, $70 Canadian is roughly $63 USD which, last I checked, is also the high end ($59.99) for U.S. PS3 games. So I think you might've jumped the gun there a tad.

As someone else mentioned, Canadians do pay a "royal"ly higher tax than the US, but they also have free health-care which, as every US adult older than 25 has been paying attention to news head lines, is something that the US does not (and probably will not) have. I'd glady trade the $1.7K (I wish I had the article bookmarked >.<) more per year that Canadians pay for taxes and get free subsidized healthcare. Without a doubt.
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