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Azrael
post Oct 30 2004, 01:48 AM
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Those of us in Oz seem to get the raw deal when it comes to the cost of Shadowrun products. I decided to go out today and price up expanding from the core set of books to things like MJLBB etc and these are the Oz prices - can someone tell we roughly what they go for in the states?

Year of the comet : $57
Threats 2: $41.25
Sprawl survival guide: $57
MJLBB: $50
Third edition: $66
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post Oct 30 2004, 02:00 AM
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Most sourcebooks retail for $19.99 or $24.99. The third ed core retails for $29.99.
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Kanada Ten
post Oct 30 2004, 02:28 AM
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1 US dollar = 1.3344 Oz dollars

So SR3 should cost only $40.02 Oz.
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post Oct 30 2004, 02:49 AM
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QUOTE (Kanada Ten)
1 US dollar = 1.3344 Oz dollars

So SR3 should cost only $40.02 Oz.

Until you consider things like shipping costs, import taxes, etc. Amittedly, though, those probably don't amount to $25 per book.
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post Oct 30 2004, 03:41 AM
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Until you consider things like shipping costs, import taxes, etc. Amittedly, though, those probably don't amount to $25 per book.

It doesn't seem to affect the price of the UK books that much either, or does it?
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post Oct 30 2004, 04:03 AM
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Yeah but we're getting about a dollar eighty to the pound at the moment so that kinda helps somewhat.
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post Oct 30 2004, 11:35 AM
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QUOTE (Azrael)


Year of the comet : $57
Threats 2: $41.25
Sprawl survival guide: $57
MJLBB: $50
Third edition: $66

the joy on your players' faces as the team finally stops that master shedim: Priceless :D
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post Oct 30 2004, 02:19 PM
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Also I don't think we have to pay VAT on books here in the UK either. Thats the reason things like GM screens and boxed sets cost more, they're not classified as "books".
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post Oct 30 2004, 07:35 PM
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The high costs of RPGs in Australia have nothing to do with the manufacturers, and everything to do with increased shipping costs, exchange rate, and other import/distribution fees.
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post Oct 31 2004, 06:49 AM
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30% of the price in shipping and crap? Seems a bit ludicrous. But, I know there is nothing much I can do about it, just nice to know how much worse off we really are.

Thanks for the info guys.
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post Oct 31 2004, 06:20 PM
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The size of the industry in Australia is also a contributing factor.

Since Valhalla closed as far as I know tactics is the only remaining true gaming store in Perth (ok there are some that do mostly board games and have a shelf for RPG and2 branches of games workshop but they donít have much general RPG resources)

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post Nov 1 2004, 12:06 AM
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I just got SOTA64 through mailorder (closest gaming store is 1600 km I believe) from Melbourne for $50. $A50 - GST is A45.45.

SRP is A33.34 (or US24.99)

A quick search reveals the following prices (US then AUS $)
21.95 29.29
19.99 26.67
17.49 23.34 - Stiggybaby's

How much is international mail? We should do a bulk shipment to Oz for new books.
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post Nov 2 2004, 12:44 AM
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I recently sent a 17lb package from San Francisco to Germany. $150. The FedEx site claims that the same package would cost $170 to Melbourne (assuming 3004 is a reasonable Australian postal code, which I have no idea about, but it's what I found.)

On the other hand, it's worth pointing out that amazon.com sells SR3 for $21 (and SOTA64 for $14). And according to their Australia shipping info they'll charge $12 for shipping, or $7+$5/item. Which admittedly is US$, not A$.
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