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Peta Smargo and his CoP

Question Is Peta Smargo right? Should GSC lower their price?
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Smargo has a point!
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  09:24:00  22 April 2010
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C4mC0m
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Peta Smargo and his CoP

I have a friend (same school as me) called Peta, he has the cracked version of the two previous STALKERs and has decided to buy CoP. We live in New Zealand (a small country) and our only dedicated game store in the south island didn't stock CoP (I don't know why he tried to buy it from there, MW2 $150! CoD 4 $120!) so he ordered it from them. He waits more than a month and still no CoP, so I asked hum the other day and this is what he tells me: Because CoP is $50 on steam so retailers don't want to stock it and sell for more than $100, because they'll (EB games) will lose money because no one will buy it. He says GSC are being cheap and should lower the price at the stores. Is what he is saying true? But why should GSC have to lower their prices, they're a small Ukrainian developer and they need money to make STALKER 2! So if Peta Smargo (not his real time, to protect potential back lash) is reading this, shame on you!
  09:49:10  22 April 2010
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SetaKat
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Well, I'm from NZ to (north Island), and when you ship dvds from Ukraine -> USA -> Australia/China/Some process point in the Pacific region -> New Zealand, it actually stacks up to a fair amount of cash. When you take into account exchange rates and all that, along with all the shipping costs, you can easily look at 100-200% markup when compared to steam. Because steam offers software online, its usually at slightly less than 80% markup (paying for website, employees, management (wtf do they do?)). As time goes on, it becomes cheaper in an attempt to sell it.

Basically, the game is already at a fixed price, its just that the cost in stores takes into account shipping and handling, along with having to pay various other costs (maintance, employees, etc). There isn't a lot that can be done to reduce the price. Plus DVD's offer an advange on steam: you don't lose everything due to your computers hard drive kicking the bucket (ie destroying itself), or a virus corrupting data.
  10:48:45  22 April 2010
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Heh, Im a kiwi too, but I currently live in Australia. Are prices really that bad back home? or is it just the south Island (Im a JAFA... dont hurt me!)
  10:59:27  22 April 2010
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SetaKat
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Think its South Island, CoP and games listed by OP are about $90-$110 at my home town in Northland, which doesn't exist as far as 90% of Aucklander's are concerned... Unless its holiday time, then it magically springs into existence for the weekend/holidays. Freezing in Waikato atm.
 
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