Price difference between US and EU

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by Bratatat, May 19, 2017.

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  1. Bratatat

    Bratatat New Member

    ;-;

    So the Blackwidow Chroma v2 costs 169.99$ in the US, which is equal to about €152.
    Yet in EU, the Blackwidow Chroma v2 is being sold for €189.

    That's €37 difference, or 41.4$...

    Countryist xD
     
  2. MissSwaggy

    MissSwaggy Active Member

    Economy status plays a part xD
     
  3. Bratatat

    Bratatat New Member

    The euro is more stable than USD I'm pretty sure. I guess the price difference is just because razer is located in the US.

    I mean, yes they can take fees for USD & EUR conversions, but the EUR is worth a lot more than USD rn.. Withdrew 470$ USD from a site recently, it was only €398 after I converted it with paypal :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
     
  4. PTSinger

    PTSinger Well-Known Member

    If I were to make a guess, I would say that it would be import fees and distributor costs in Europe.
     
  5. kajira

    kajira Well-Known Member

    I'm relatively certain you are correct. Not to mention that there's a process to be allowed to ship items into other countries that needs to be repeated for each new item - and from what I've heard, that process costs money each time it needs to be repeated. Though, I'm sure there are many factors.
     
  6. t33b33

    t33b33 New Member

    This bothers me as well. I am from Croatia and when I see the price in the US is lower than EU, and then Razer wants me to pay additional 40€ for shipping and I lose all interest.
     
  7. Razer|Gwynbleidd

    Razer|Gwynbleidd Administrator Staff Member

    Hey Bratatat,

    The price difference between US and EU is something Insiders often ask about. The reason is very simple :)

    In the US, the VAT is not included on any price tag as it depends on the state you live in. You often have to add 15 to 20% to the original price after you've entered your shipping address.

    In the European Union, the law mentions that the VAT should always be included on the price tag. It means that once you add the product to your cart and enter your shipping country, the price stays the same.

    To summarize, the prices you see are 169$ excl. VAT and 189€ incl. VAT. In the end, both final prices are very close, give or take a few dollars depending on the state you live in.
     
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  8. Worst_Teammate

    Worst_Teammate Active Member

    Every electronic pieces look cheap in the US. But they're not anymore once you get to the checkout.
     
  9. Dunyas

    Dunyas Member

    Yeah, each state in the U.S. collects taxes at the time of sale on the advertised price, but also has their own rate. So it's different depending on the state you live in, but the overall average is 8.5% of the final price you pay for all products and services unless otherwise exempt. (This means that in the U.S. we also pay taxes on shipping which I'm not sure if that's the case in the EU) I know a lot of European tourists get confused by this as the prices on the shelves are not what you pay at the register.

    It's still more expensive to purchase in the EU by quite a bit (more like 24€ in the given calculations on the Blackwidow v2), but you also have to realize the taxes and duties overall are greater; and the logistics and marketing costs for the EU tend to also be higher. A lot more variables determine the final prices of the same product in different countries than simple exchange rate.
     
  10. PTSinger

    PTSinger Well-Known Member

    I forgot about taxes, having been here in Australia for the past 6 years. Thanks for the info!
     
  11. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    8-27% VAT in the EU and EEA just in case you were curious.

    In short, blame your politicians and/or the EU for your expensive goods.
     
  12. Vaypron

    Vaypron Well-Known Member

    Yea, we all love people who do that...
     
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  13. Dunyas

    Dunyas Member

    I was going for more of a 'Don't hate the player, hate the game' thing, but if you want to put it on the people making the rules...

    Going deeper into it, you have to look at what you get for what you pay for. You might have to pay a bit more for your keyboard in the EU, but your healthcare system isn't a complete suck-fest mainly because of it.
     
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