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Yes the euro have been fluctuating, but compared to the ~30% drop over the last 2 years for the USD its not a big suprise that the .us price is alot lower, 2 years ago the euro and the dollar was almost on par, dollar was even worth more.
Originally posted by prisoner1138
when you look at a currency like canadian dollars for example, most of the time $1 USD is worth about $1.20-$1.30 CAD and has been like that for years with only the occasional hiccup in one direction or another. now i'm not saying that the euro is unstable, about to be worthless, or anything like that, it just bounces around in value a lot. and it has stablized a bit over the past year, and if it can maintain that, then the prices of the ps2 in europe and the us will probably be comparable again.
Besides the european price is set by SCEE as opposed to SCEA in the states, the shops in europe do not follow .us prices at all.
i never said shops in europe followed us pricing. if they did, there wouldnt be a problem. and besides, scee and scea are still sony. it's not as if scee manufactures their own ps2s to sell in europe, and scea to sell in the us.
sony simply used a blanket msrp pricing scheme that made sense at the start, and was never changed even though currency value has.
the prices have dropped in the same fashion in europe aswell, and if it wasnt for the usd drop the price would be the more equal, still its SCEE thats going to "earn" for the .eu sales. Blame GW Bush for taking the dollar with him down to the abyss
Yes, seems SCEE earns more in the EU than in the states... Anyway, don't blame this all on Bush, it can be blamed on the EU aswell, keeping the Euro so strong.
And talking about the "local currencies"... Why don't Sony do the same in countries outside the Euro region or US ? I am sure some Norvegian people would be VERY happy to get their PS2s' for 199 NOK, while British people wouldn't be that happy with their 199 GBP price... So suggestion from Sony that 199 everywhere is "good", is a bullshit, and stupid idea... Of course I don't say that Sony doesn't deserve 199 Euro for its PS2, but differences between the regions are getting bigger and bigger, so why does one have to pay almost 30 percent MORE than others ???
SCEE still have to pay euros to staff, ads etc, so I dont see why they would earn 30% more on the sales here in .eu than .us. none of us knows the "internal" price anyway, it might be in yen for all we know and then we would have to compare to the yen and yell "raise" or "pricedrop" after the yen, know wouldnt we ?
Also im not so sure about the diff getting bigger and bigger, the only time that seems to be a good time to buy one is when SCEA drops and you dont want to wait for the standard 1-2 .eu delay, or if the dollar drops to ~6SEK(currently ~7.2SEK for 1 usd) as some financial institutes seem to beleive.
struct: doesn't SCEA pay for staff and advertisements ??? I think the costs in the EU and US are the same all in all. Yes, as you also said none of us know the internal pricing, at least I don't. That is why I am asking here, if there is anyone who knows it, please tell us.
"the 30 percent difference": as prisoner said that time when Sony started this pricing the USD was almost the same as Euro. Since that as we all realised a lot of things have happened, and Euro is almost 30 percent overpriced to the USD. And as the price is the same, cost is the same, why is that difference in real VALUE ??? Phew, economic is harder to understand than modding some PS2s', he he he...
ofcourse SCEA needs to pay aswell, but the salaries, ads etc dont get cheaper in .eu just because usd drops in value.
( there is maybe a reason for the vast amounts of economics degrees vs moding degrees ? )