Unexplained 20% price increase

Discus and support Unexplained 20% price increase in XBoX Games and Apps to solve the problem; Hi, I am a bit confused and annoyed on why everything in my Windows 8 and Windows Phone app store has increased by 20% just recently. Is this is a bug?... Discussion in 'XBoX Games and Apps' started by Mickelworth, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. Mickelworth
    Mickelworth Guest

    Unexplained 20% price increase


    Hi, I am a bit confused and annoyed on why everything in my Windows 8 and Windows Phone app store has increased by 20% just recently. Is this is a bug? I am located in Australia. For example, Spider Jack on the Windows Phone is now $1.20 when it used to
    be $0.99. And other games that used to be around $5 are now over $6. I know a similar bug happened elsewhere in the world some time ago. Or is this just another way of squeezing us Aussies on game prices?

    :)
     
    Mickelworth, Apr 30, 2015
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  2. An increase in price

    Hey Christian,

    I understand your sentiment but the simple answer is convenience. Digital games require no physical copy. So, the first convenience is you don't need to get up to change discs. The second convenience is the comfort of buying from your home. You don't need
    to get dressed, travel to the store, waste gas, etc.

    Because of such convenience, the prices may remain higher for longer than usual. However, Xbox has very generous sales throughout the year. Especially during holidays like Christmas. There are so many games over the year that I have been able to purchase
    the ultimate editions for 50% off. There are positives to digital games. I'm sure eventually everything will be digital. It is just more convenient.

    Best,

    Nozzle Unexplained 20% price increase :)
     
    At the Nozzle, Apr 30, 2015
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  3. brandiesel1
    brandiesel1 Guest
    An increase in price

    €69.99 here for digital. Some discs are €74.99
     
    brandiesel1, Apr 30, 2015
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  4. SpeckledEagle Win User

    What if.. dare I say Microsoft.............did

    Microsoft increased the price of Live by like 20% and made the dashboard suck and full of ads.
  5. signoftheserpent Win User

    Discs from CeX... Scratched.

    CEX are amazing. Who else would have the foresight to increase the price of their 20 used copies of BO2 by £3, thereby guaranteeing they will sell!
  6. At the Nozzle Win User

    An increase in price

    Hey Christian,

    I understand your sentiment but the simple answer is convenience. Digital games require no physical copy. So, the first convenience is you don't need to get up to change discs. The second convenience is the comfort of buying from your home. You don't need
    to get dressed, travel to the store, waste gas, etc.

    Because of such convenience, the prices may remain higher for longer than usual. However, Xbox has very generous sales throughout the year. Especially during holidays like Christmas. There are so many games over the year that I have been able to purchase
    the ultimate editions for 50% off. There are positives to digital games. I'm sure eventually everything will be digital. It is just more convenient.

    Best,

    Nozzle :)
  7. brandiesel1 Win User

    An increase in price

    €69.99 here for digital. Some discs are €74.99
  8. Obsessive Power Win User

    An increase in price

    Hi,

    Firstly, generally speaking, publishers sell their digital versions for higher prices on the Xbox Live Store. This is so that Microsoft and the game publishers don't tread on the toes of retail stores. After all, Microsoft relies on these stores to help
    sell it's consoles.

    Secondly, you're not taking tax (or VAT) into consideration. In the U.S, the price displayed on the store page on the Xbox Marketplace, isn't the final price. A $60 game isn't a $60 game at checkout. The tax is added later, plus it varies, from state to
    state. A currency conversion won't help with this omission.

    VAT in Norway is 25% is it not? I'm from the United Kingdom, so you're paying 5% more VAT on your game purchases than I am as here it's 20%. I'm pretty sure, like mine, your Xbox Store shows prices including VAT.
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