Valve: Aussie customers need Aussie prices!
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Currently one Australian dollar is worth approximately seventy five US cents. Which means that when purchasing Steam games in American dollars, Aussies need to add about 25% to the price they see on screen to bring it up to the exchange rate price.
In addition, Aussie customers will soon be paying GST on Steam purchases. Which is a move by the Australian government and not Valve's concern. However when in conjunction with having to pay American prices, it contributes to games becoming unaffordable for the average Australian.
For example: I want to buy a game that's priced at $75 (USD) so taking the exchange rate into consideration I head over to Google and search "75 USD to AUD" and find I'll be paying $100 (AUD). Now add 10% GST (when it's introduced) and I'll find I'm up to a total of $110 for a $75 game; and that's before the financial institutions slap on their currency conversion fee.
Russians pay in rubles for Russian set prices. Canadians pay in Canadian dollars for Canadian set prices. Even our neighbours in New Zealand pay New Zealand dollars for New Zealand set prices; so, Valve: Why don't Aussies pay in Aussie dollars for an Aussie price? Why isn't our economic situation considered when setting prices like it is everywhere else? It's just not good enough.
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