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  • The prices at Steam were the reason why I bought [pre-ordered] W&G at the Telltale Store. That made me save 7 €. The convenience not to have to put the serial number(s) in isn’t worth 7 € for me... Also there was no chance to upgrade to the full S&M or Strong Bad season for a lower price at Steam.
    But Telltale games aren’t the only ones that are priced in a very... strange... way. Dunno whose responsible for that.

  • It's well known that Steam has a weird pricing structure, in part because of different tax rates and operating costs in different parts of the world, but probably also because they can afford to charge a little more in Western Europe. Their latest position seems to be that $1 = €1 although €1 is actually worth about $1,33 right now, so European customers effectively pay 33% more.

    Of course, the other side of the story is that currency prices are constantly fluctuating which is completely outside of Valve's power, so even if they start out with an equal pricing scheme, it's just a matter of time before prices begin to drift apart and people start complaining.

    I'd just say that European customers are best off ordering games directly off the internet and paying in dollars. When it comes to third-party games Steam is mainly a convenience, and usually not the only reseller, so if you want convenience at a slight markup, then Steam offers that, but if you want the lowest price you'd better go directly to the source (Telltale Games, in this case).

  • @Soultaker said: It's well known that Steam has a weird pricing structure, in part because of different tax rates and operating costs in different parts of the world, but probably also because they can afford to charge a little more in Western Europe. Their latest position seems to be that $1 = €1 although €1 is actually worth about $1,33 right now, so European customers effectively pay 33% more.


    Sure, but since the regional pricing [€ and £] was introduced in a time when the US Dollar was already weak compared to the Euro, they should have aligned the Euro prices somehow [for single products they did]. But again: It might be not only Valve’s fault, the other publisher have a say, too, I guess.

  • I almost ordered the W&G Season w/ Strong Bad 4 and Sam & Max 201 off Steam. [Im in the UK]

    But then stumbled upon this site, and it worked out so much cheaper! Plus I got the 50% off code which I used to get both seasons of Sam & Max and the Strong Bad season :) So glad I found this site and didn't buy on Steam!

    Oh and in my opinion what Steam should do is just set one price, in $, then each customer can just pay in their currency based on the current rate. Just like the Telltale site

  • Here is another example:
    US - $59,99
    EU - 59,99€ = ~$84
    Difference $84 - $59,99 = $24,01(!)

    That really sucks.

    I would like to get a response from Telltale about this because I assume they are the ones in charge of the pricing of their games.

  • Here are some more examples and they all show that US customers pays 30% less than European customers:

    Source: http://steamunpowered.eu/forums.php?m=posts&q=120
    Sam & Max 101: Culture Shock
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 102: Situation: Comedy
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 103: The Mole, the Mob and the Meatball
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 105: Reality 2.0
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 106: Bright Side of the Moon
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 202: Moai Better Blues
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 203: Night of the Raving Dead
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 204: Chariots of the Dogs
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max 205: What&襊s New Beelzebub?
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max Complete Season One
    EU: 29.99€
    US: $29.99 or 21.3€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £16.99 or 19.85€, 66.1% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max Complete
    EU: 59.99€
    US: $59.99 or 42.61€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £32.99 or 38.54€, 64.2% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max: Episodes 101 - 103
    EU: 19.99€
    US: $19.99 or 14.2€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £13.99 or 16.34€, 81.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam & Max: Episodes 104 - 106
    EU: 19.99€
    US: $19.99 or 14.2€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £13.99 or 16.34€, 81.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Sam and Max Complete Season Two
    EU: 34.99€
    US: $34.99 or 24.85€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £18.99 or 22.19€, 63.4% of Tier 1/EU price
    Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Season 1
    EU: 34.99€
    US: $34.99 or 24.85€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £18.99 or 22.19€, 63.4% of Tier 1/EU price
    Wallace & Gromit Complete Package - Episode 4: The Bogey Man
    EU: 34.99€
    US: $34.99 or 24.85€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £29.99 or 35.04€, 100.1% of Tier 1/EU price

    Wallace & Gromit Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees
    EU: 34.99€
    US: $34.99 or 24.85€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £29.99 or 35.04€, 100.1% of Tier 1/EU price

    Wallace and Gromit Episode 2: The Last Resort
    EU: 34.99€
    US: $34.99 or 24.85€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £29.99 or 35.04€, 100.1% of Tier 1/EU price

    Wallace and Gromit Episode 3: Muzzled!
    EU: 34.99€
    US: $34.99 or 24.85€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £29.99 or 35.04€, 100.1% of Tier 1/EU price

    Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures
    EU: 34.99€
    US: $34.99 or 24.85€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £29.99 or 35.04€, 100.1% of Tier 1/EU price
    Telltale Everything Pack
    EU: 69.99€
    US: $69.99 or 49.72€, 71.0% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £37.99 or 44.39€, 63.4% of Tier 1/EU price

    Telltale Texas Hold'em
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Bone Episode 1: Out From Boneville
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Bone Episode 2: The Great Cow Race
    EU: 8.99€
    US: $8.99 or 6.38€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £5.99 or 6.99€, 77.7% of Tier 1/EU price

    Bone: Out from Boneville and The Great Cow Race
    EU: 14.99€
    US: $14.99 or 10.64€, 70.9% of Tier 1/EU price
    UK: £8.99 or 10.5€, 70.0% of Tier 1/EU price

  • We do work with Steam to determine the prices for our games on their service, however, it's their policy to offer different price points based on territory. This way international customers always pay the same amount, no matter what's happening with the dollar.

    If you're unhappy with Steam's pricing you can always buy directly from Telltale. We charge in US dollars no matter where you're ordering from, so international pricing is based on the current exchange rate. You can visit www.xe.com to get an idea of how our prices translate into your currency.

  • How about us in Norway?
    We aren't part of EU and we don't use EUR, only NOK.

    Lets say the game costs 30 EUR / USD.

    30 EUR = 269 NOK
    30 USD = 192 NOK

    We are forced to buy games in EUR, is that fair?

  • Talk to Steam about it. Which prices are presented to which customers on Steam is completely outside of Telltale's control.

  • I know it's completely outside of Telltale's control which prices are presented to which customers on Steam, but maybe Steam would listen more on Telltale than they listen to their customers.

    People have tried to talk to steam about the 1€ ≠ 1$ problem since it began, but Steam don't respond.

    http://steamcommunity.com/groups/1e1us

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