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Why is america cheaper than Europe?

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  1. daviduk200

    daviduk200 The XBOX 360 Guy

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    well my question is the title of the thread and i need to know why?


    i mean if you look at it,

    when america got the wii, it was $250 (and some people said it was a bit much, (i wish))

    but when we finally got it it was £180 now use the approx exchange rate of 2$2:£1

    americas wii costed $250 which is £125,
    Europes wii costed £180 which is $360

    but its not just with wii its with Playstation, xbox, games, dvds, food, cars, tvs everything,

    so i would like to know



    Why is america cheaper and why do some people still complain about wii being a bit more pricey than hoped?
     
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    About taxes and everything contribute to this.

    There is a lot of reasons for different products.
     
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    Taxes and also the Euro is greater then the US dollar right now...American money keeps falling more and more.
     
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    daviduk200 The XBOX 360 Guy

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    yeah but why do taxes make a difference,

    does europe have to pay more than america in taxes , we only have 17.5% tax which i think is still a bit much,

    also the price of our stuff keeps rising and rising
     
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    Our economy and taxes are very different.

    The prices keep rising because quality is improving, I mean would you expect a HD tv for the same price as a bog standard tv?
     
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    I think this is to do with a country's benefits? I may be mistaken.
     
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    I think it may also to do with how much specific countries pay for products, and also, how much imports would cost.

    That also depends on individual ties.

    Economy on a global scale is confusing, and to be fair, it also depends on what each country can get away with.

    A few months ago, in Zimbabwe, the local supermarkets went out of stock on a lot of things. A tin of ham cost as much as you'd make in a few weeks.

    I guess we should count ourselves lucky in that respect (or sneeky and manipulative - the companies and government, not the people).
     
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    daviduk200 The XBOX 360 Guy

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    im not on about tvs getting more exspensive like hd n stuff i mean like

    sweets

    freddo's used to be 10p per now they are 15p (freddos are like choclate frogs)
    and happy hippos used to be 20p now they are like 25p
    and stuff like that
     
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    It's cheaper in America because they pay less taxes.

    And people complain because they have to pay more. Duh.

    That's inflation. I'm not really sure how it works, but basically prices tend to increase over time (not counting price cuts, sales, etc.).
     
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    income in europe is larger though, also the american government tax waiters before they get tips, so if you dont tip a waiter they lose out, very harsh.

    isnt health care free in america?
     
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    No, they pay no taxes towards health care.

    When they need health care they pay there and then.

    We have to pay for the NHS with taxes so we dont have to pay a lump sum for every injury/illness.
     
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    also i mean american sites about wii say that the wii was more pricey than hoped and they complained at it being $250 (£125)

    but here in uk we didnt complain and ours was £180 ($360)
     
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    health care is free in canada but not in the USA. i think the tax in the USA is 20% but im not too sure. also many people have jobs that only pay minimum wage here in america (minimum wage is $6.75). so they dont make much and if stuff got too expensive then those people would be just about be forced to live on the street.
     
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    Actually, that's left mostly down to health insurance. If you don't have health insurance however, then you're basically on your own.

    It's why there's the age old joke of asking henchmen and the like if they get "dental".
     
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    whats funny about that joke lol.

    also yeah i think i get it but i also dont,
    i mean our min wage at 18 is around £5ish ($10) so we get payed more so they expect us to pay more for our stuff,

    but all this dental and health insurance and taxes make no sense to me.
    why cant it just be simple
     
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    You know, underhanded occupation, somehow has a dental plan for their incidious henchmen...

    Makes sense though doesn't it? (Well, in a way). It's basically a case of the more you earn = the more you pay. Not sure about what kind of proportion it's in though....

    We basically have an NHS. Means that anybody that is on benefits or is unemployed or in full time education (in essence, people without a job), can get healthcare for free (within reason).

    The American system, as far as I can tell, benefits only the workers. If you don't work (or can't work), and have not paid into the "pot", then you get no care (or rather substandard care, there is free surgeries dotted around the country, but those are mostly overstrained and reliant upon socially sympathetic doctors).
     
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    Helpfull Repped +1, but iv repped you to recently so it wont let me, for now.

    but, my plan is to, earn loads of money here sell my (my mums) house and get all the money turn it into dollars then ill have approx 2million dollars,
    then i can move to america, and have more money to spend on cheaper stuff
     
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    Nah, if in the Emergency room and no insurance, the good ol' gov't picks up the tab.

    It's not only the workers, as many companies are slowing down health insurance. If you don't work for arbitrary reasons, you live off of people's taxes. If you can't, you still have to find a way to pay for it. You do not get substandard care most of the time though.

    ANYWAYYSSS

    The console thing.

    Japan = NTSC. America = NTSC

    The US and Jap are the big money-makers in the electronics market. The PAL regions are an afterthought (and the wii/DS sales charts prove where the money comes from). PAL also must be translated into many more lanugages and different screen resolution, that's why games and consoles always release afterward, and tend to cost more.

    The majority if the price hike is imports/exports and the taxes on them.

    And when the US has a lower value dollar than the UK pound.... The us would have a HIGHER number than the UK...

    Hasn't anyone taken economics?
     
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    Lol. That would work (if you sold your mother's house, though I wouldn't advise it).

    Why 2 million dollars? Surely you'd need a heck of a lot work to get that much (considering living costs and all)...

    Heck, you'd be able to fund a low-budget movie on that!
     
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    lol well my house is valued at £450,000, thats $900,000,
    and i would have to sell all my pal stuff (dvd's, game's, consoles's)
    and id have to sell all my electronics, as different power n america and i couldnt be bothered with all the plug things. which adds to about another £50,000, so another $100,000,

    so thats $1 million, but yeah wel i wont save up £500,000 on work that would take me at least 7 years lol.


    ill just work for one year and live of that.
     

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