06-13-2017 06:48 PM - edited 06-13-2017 07:12 PM
Future games for the Nintendo Switch are priced at $99 CAD - $20 above the conversion rate from the $59 USD MSRP price.
This is extremely anti-consumer, and I would be interested to know whether Nintendo is setting this price, or Best Buy is.
The main argument I've seen is that Best Buy is trying to protect themselves should the CAD tank and game prices go up. This is extremely anti-consumer. It is unethical to charge $20 above the MSRP conversion rate and expect the consumer to bear the risk.
06-13-2017 07:03 PM
06-13-2017 07:10 PM
Absolutely - that's why I want to know if Nintendo is setting this price or the retailers are.
It's extremely telling that games that are releasing within the next month or two are the proper $79.99 price, while most games releasing late 2017 or further are $99.
06-13-2017 08:56 PM
What makes it extra funny is the dollar has actually been doing pretty good lately. For example it actually went up today!
06-14-2017 05:03 AM
06-14-2017 05:21 AM
That's exactly why an explanation is needed. If Nintendo is setting these prices, then that's a different issue.
However, I highly doubt that's the case, as most Nintendo Switch games are still priced at $79.99, especially at release. Furthermore, retailers in the US have the correct MSRP of $59.99 USD, which is nearly exactly $79.99 CAD.
We're just getting gauged.
06-14-2017 06:58 AM
It is Nintendo that set these prices depending on region. There is a bunch of things that causes the price to go above just the exchange rate. You still need to account for inflation, remanufactuing of the game (dual languages), must meet cetrain reglatory rules, what consumers are willing to pay without saraficing profits (market size), and the biggest one if they have DLC and if it's included in that price. Why I say DLC is the biggest one is look at BF1 the base game is 80 but the one that comes with DLC is like 100-120 I believe. If you look at the cost of the game the only place that has it for that cheap is the US since AUS and EU are about the same price as CDN.
06-14-2017 10:43 AM
These prices were 100% set by Nintendo, as they've been doing the same thing for the past couple of years. We saw the same thing with Pokemon Sun and Moon last E3, and, more recently, with Breath of the Wild earlier this year. Each time, the price went down in the end to a more standard price, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. WIth Best Buy, you can always cancel the order, or return it if you live close enough to a store. I would just recommend checking the order after it ships to double check the price you were charged, as Best Buy stopped sending invoices with their orders.
06-14-2017 10:47 AM