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Old 05-19-2008, 10:51 AM
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Why are BluRay movie prices in Europe so much higher than in the US ?

Two examples (incl. VAT):

"I am Legend" [W.Smith]

Amazon US $18.95 = SFr. 19.90
Amazon UK 17.98 = SFr. 36.80
Amazon DE 28.95 = SFr. 46.80
Streetprice UK 21.99 = SFr.45.-
Streetprice Switzerland SFr 44.90

"The life of others" [a German movie] (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/)

Amazon de: 26.95 = SFR 43.50
Amazon uk: 15.28 = SFR 31.40
Amazon us: $25.95 = SFR 26.80
Streetprice Switzerland SFR 49.90

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Old 05-19-2008, 10:54 AM
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Probably because you're economy isn't floating in a ceptic tank like ours is...
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:32 AM
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Probably because you're economy isn't floating in a ceptic tank like ours is...
Well, its more likely because we have a capitalistic financial system and not some Socialist derivative like Europe does.

Capitalism = Free markets = Lower prices

Sorry, but thats the deal. I know everyone hates the USA, but you cant beat free markets.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:36 AM
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The US has many socialist aspects. It's nowhere close to pure capitalism.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:38 AM
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Yeah it's the same in Australia.
It's 40aud here which is around 37usd a disc.
Solution: Import a player. I did no regrets.

I know alot of people will say: support your local economy blah blah blah but I would support them if they became more competitive. Otherwise my money will continue to flow to the states.

for fox/new line releases I'm kinda locked to the states though, thats fine with me.

Basically the suppliers realise that most people are content with paying those prices and not many people would be willing to import, so they'll continue to charge higher prices.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:47 AM
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I dont mind prices being high per se, I am perfectly happy to pay 40 SFR (~40$) for a bluray, it is a truly awsome experience to see a movie inf full HD.

I am prepared to pay extra in comparison to DVD, but I am not prepared to pay (too much) extra compared to other countries ...
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Capitalism = Free markets = Lower prices
= Regions Codes ...

... so much for truly *free* markets
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the thing is, average joe wouldn't know a thing about importing and would gladly hand over 40 dollars at the counter.
But for most people on this forums, we probably import movies (and sometimes a player too).
However, enthusiasts only comprise of like less than 5% of the market, so studios/distributors are not losing any (noticeable) amount of money by setting a higher pricetag.

higher pricetag = more profits.

Now if more (something like 60%) of the population start importing, you can bet your life that the local distributors will start lowering prices.

I buy my BD's for at most 25 dollars (US), incl shipping, and I offer my friends the region free titles (they don't have a region A player). They seem to be very suprised that I can offer 25 dollars for a BD when it's 40 dollars in Aus, so much so that they think I'm selling them a bootleg!
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:02 PM
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Well, its more likely because we have a capitalistic financial system and not some Socialist derivative like Europe does.

Capitalism = Free markets = Lower prices

Sorry, but thats the deal. I know everyone hates the USA, but you cant beat free markets.
I hope you thought about the constant copyright infringing Chinese market. I tend to think that too much of a free market will lead to bad happenings. When Teddy Roosevelt was in office, he and his administration broke up large companies, keeping big powers at a minimum. But ever since those days had long since gone away, so has our economy.

I seriously think there just needs to be one world-wide currency. Uniformity of currencies would really lessen monetary troubles in this world.
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:40 PM
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The US has many socialist aspects. It's nowhere close to pure capitalism.
100% correct...but its damned closer than any other countries.
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