if warranty is the issue, they should just ask Mad Catz to make better quality peripherals that dont break every week. that will save us (them included) all a great deal of money.
I see a lot more relevant questions than people bashing Glo. I can't blame Europeans for stating they're still scratching their heads over this. Most people are. I appreciate his contribution and hope he doesn't get any flak for it (who knows, these days), but it really didn't do much to solve the equation for me, at least.
I have an idea ! it could explain everything ! the huge, the release to only 3 countries and the lack of game bundle too !
what uk, germany and france will be getting are in fact all the unsold stocks of the US special editions ! which means, that EA have to pay a local company or ship to another country to have the game removed from the US bundles, then get the package to europe ! that has to add a lot to the price !
that also explains the release to only 3 countries, because these unsold stocks cannot cover the mass market potential of a relealse to all the EU countries at the same time !
and finally, it also explains why there is no game bundled in with the peripherals : the game is actually made in Europe (box, manuals, DVDs, region locking) so they are already here ready to be shipped waiting for the "processed" peripheral boxes !
And, for the record, at the time of Samba de Amigo, i bought several packs of compatible peripherals in one single package directly from China for myself and my friends, but the shipping cost was not anywhere near the $100 that shipping Rock Band seems to cost, because everything tax included, costed me a little over $100 at the time...
This leads me to think that EA may really ship from China to US, then have some trucks run all around the country with the freight, and finally gets it on a ship to Europe, with a little quick stop in south africa just to be sure that they dont release the game too quickly here.
I understand the frustration really I do, but I think the OP put himself on a limb and think his post has a lot of validity to it. Shipping, warranties, repackaging in numerous languages all have to add up to more than an actual 23% over US markup.
Also, how come Steel Battalion and its huge controller (22 pound box !!) did not have this kind of extreme price difference at a time when dollars and euros were much closer in value ? US : $200, Europe : 200 €...
Fuel costs will play heavily into the price.
Realize this...in the U.S., we buy our fuel by the gallon. Y'all over in Europe buy it by the liter.
3.8 liters = 1 gallon (approximately)
Currently in my area, diesel fuel sells for $4.11 per gallon. A semi truck can hold roughly about 150 gallons of fuel, I believe. I could be wrong about that, but we'll go with these numbers solely for the sake of argument.
So, that 150 gallons x $4.11 per gallon = $205.50 in fuel alone.
Now with taxes levied in order to pay for the socialized health care system in Europe, let's assume the same diesel fuel is $7.00 per liter there.
150 gallons x 3.8 (remember, 3.8 liters = 1 gallon) = 570 liters.
570 liters x $7 per liter = $3,990 (for the record, if Europe bought fuel by the gallon and the price was $7 per gallon, the cost would only be $1050.)
That's just it. Fuel costs alone are going to massively drive up the price.
Is the price fair? Not at all. But, it's simple economics. You have to pay to move the product from the factories to the warehouses to the store. The manufacturer puts up the money up front, but in the end the consumer will always foot the bill.
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i would pay $500 for rock band if thats what it costed. im loving this game so much that im looking to buy a full-sized electronic drumset that i can mod to work for rock band.