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UK Wii Points Rip Off

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by 79Aust, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. 79Aust

    79Aust Bodies Old, Minds Willing

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    Why is the Uk getting ripped off for Wii points?

    £19.95 is the Highstreet price at stores such as Virgin, Game etc, seen in Bristol Cribbs Causeway today.
    Amazon are selling them at £14.99, with the cheapest seller at £14.79.

    With the current exchange rate off www.fxtop.com, 2000 Wii points in the United States cost $20.00, which equates to £10.19.

    Who is going to stamp out this monopoly in the UK market and allow fair trade????
     
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  2. Mugato

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    My local woolworths in Putney are selling them at 13.99
     
  3. Sovieto

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    just like we get ripped off with the wii and the wii in japan, this person explained it to me, its based more on the economy or something, anyways, how much is a game like mario at your place?
     
  4. Wii17

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    here 1000 is $15 which is us $10 when in us it's $5 =(
     
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    I think I might check out my Woolworths store then.

    And to answer one of the questions raised, in the UK a standard DS games RRP is £29.99 and a Wii game RRP is £39.99

    Even so, I get DS games for £24.99 and Wii games for £29.99-£34.99
    I am very tight when it comes to money, never spending more than I need to.
     
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    Because its the UK and we pay more for everything. I bought my Wii from Amazon.de and with international shipping costs it was still a fiver less. I think only Australia and New Zealand pay more for the Wii and games.
     
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    ya it sucks balls we pay top dollar and get nothing in return, no star cards no wii points nothing i feel jipped
     
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    No, 1000 = $10 USD.
     
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    Yeah, we're being ripped off. As usual. Everything costs more in Europe, and my guess is it's due to higher taxes than in America. These days I spending a lot more on Amazon and Play than in shops...

    By the way, 79aust- are you sure Game was selling them at £19.95? The Game stores in my town sell them for £14.99.
     
  10. micster

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    Being sold in HMV for £14 ...
     
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    yeh i bought 1 from woolworths for 13.99 the cheapest i've seen. Its outragous how the shops that specialise in gaming such as GAME and GameStation are selling them for 19.99. Aren't they suppose to be giving gamers a cheaper offer compared to the supermarkets?

    Although at GAME the "new" gamecube controllers for Wii are the cheapest i've seen, 9.99 if i remember correctly.

    UK does get ripped off in this market look at the retail price of wii in america, $250? Thats £127 at the current exchange. we are paying £50 more!
     
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    nintendo europe star points will be traded for Wii points hopefully ~1:1

    but yeah, it sucks super monkey balls
     
  13. 79Aust

    79Aust Bodies Old, Minds Willing

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    I've now just been online and brought 2000 points (2 x 1000) at £6.99 per 1000. if I buy more points, i.e. 3000 @ £21 or 5000 @ £35, I pay £0.07 per point but if I buy less I pay £0.0699 per point.
    Is it me or shouldn't more mean less??????

    These points, in the UK are a real monopoly, HMV does appear to be the most competitive place yet with most Wii games at £34.99 and yes the points their are £14.00.

    I still think that to many people are riding the market here and I hope they get caught out.
     
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    ha, if only.
     
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    The exchange rate is extremely good at the moment so it looks like we're at the poorer end of the deal in the UK. If it was the other way around it wouldn't look so great. I say take advantage of the great exchange rate while you can. I am :D
    And when it comes down to the UK market a large trend happens to be using the American value and applying that to the Euro value. So if something costs $250 it'll also cost 250 Euros. Then convert Euros to £ and you have roughly what they'll charge. Happens all the time. Damn Euro and cheap Dollar!
    Also, VAT = 17.5% so that's a factor.
     
  16. 79Aust

    79Aust Bodies Old, Minds Willing

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    Now that sounds like a statement from Richard Branson?
    Mr. 'I do it for the people', and hey look what happened? I became one of the worlds richest men.

    How on earth could that be??

    Because were getting screwed!!!!

    VAT at 17.5% still only makes it about £12.00, not the £14.00 we have to pay in the UK???
     
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    I can't remember the last time I bought something in a shop! If it's the same price on Play as it is in Woolworths then I'll bike up on a Saturday morning and buy it, like I did with my second Wii nunchuck and Brain Training.
     
  18. Hotspur Warrior

    Hotspur Warrior Mmmmmm. Wii.

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    I wouldn't mind it if worked out that we were paying about a pound or two more than the US, but we're actually paying nearly 50% more! It's absolutely ridiculous. The Wii Points system has to be reviewed by Nintendo, from cost of purchase to price of VC games.
     
  19. 79Aust

    79Aust Bodies Old, Minds Willing

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    Just remember as well that you buy points to buy Classic Games that hey you will probably need a classic controller for as well, this Wii thing is starting to get costly?
     
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    Here in Aus its Like $30 for 2000 Points. I have screamed Boycott until they reduce the price.
     

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