I was irked at first, but EB Canada never gets much of the preorder stuff to begin with (no Scribblenauts hat, no Bionic Commando lunchkit...), so I didn't really expect them to this time
I cross the border every two weeks and all i can
say it's totally useless.
It's there only because the US are affraid of us (non-sense)
and because the Canadian Government collects more taxes.
More than 90 % of the Canadian population lives
within a hundred miles from the US border.
Why? The exchange rate. Right now, you can buy a USD for about $1.11 CDN. This also means that a $1 CDN ~ 0.9 USD.
TB:RB sold for $60 CDN in Canada, and $60 USD in the States. Converging to Canadian dollars, that means we paid $54 USD up here in Canada. Sales Tax in Canada is 13%, and I think it's about 8% in NY (close to where I live).
So the grand total for TBRB in Canada is $61.02 USD, and in the US (by me anyway) it would be $64.80. That savings is just about 2 songs, so we didn't really get ripped off (especially since it sounds like it's a real pain to actually get the promissed 3 songs). You can use that money to buy anything you want (not just a selection of songs on TBRB).
DLC Note: DLC is also sold in CDN so a $2 song here is $2.04 USD after Tax. So we pretty much pay less for DLC too (assuming DLC is taxed in the States). Compared to US DLC taxed @ 8%, we get a free song for every 17 songs we download (if taxed in the US @ 8%).
So, if you buy TBRB in Canada, and download 17 songs, you will finish ahead of those who got the 3 free song promo in the US. Savings from every other song you buy (I think I heard that there might be ~ 300 songs licenced), will be gravy.
In short..we usually finish ahead on Video Games.
Last edited by Northern_Blitz; 09-15-2009 at 11:48 AM.