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NZ Graphics Card prices

In New Zealand the normal retail price  for a RTX 2080 was around NZ$1300 (US$880) before the RTX 3080 was announced.    The RTX 3080 by major NZ tech stores average is about NZ$1600 (UD$1080).     Both cards retail for NZ$1033 (US$699).   

 

Why the hell is this bullshit the case? 

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Cuz logistics. It's a joke that Australians pay a lot more for stuff cuz they're so far away from everyone else

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Ouch. And I thought our ~$200 markup in Canada was bad. It does cost more to ship something to NZ, but I'd assume that's mostly just retailers taking advantage of the hype and exchange rate to overcharge because they know people will pay. MSRP is still just a suggestion, after all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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9 minutes ago, piratemonkey said:

Cuz logistics. It's a joke that Australians pay a lot more for stuff cuz they're so far away from everyone else

wdym, AMD makes their CPU in Malaysia

and yet it's sold higher than converted MSRP here at launch

 

this is retailers marking up prices if you ask me

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Import fees and taxes plus local support. If you want to pay US prices then buy from the US, get it shipped with insurance and see how much that'll cost. If you need to warranty your card then you will need to send it back with insurance at your own cost as well as wait weeks if not months to get it back. I'd gladly pay a bit more for local support.

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1 hour ago, piratemonkey said:

Cuz logistics. It's a joke that Australians pay a lot more for stuff cuz they're so far away from everyone else

Isn't Australia closer to where ASUS and MSI, etc would be making their cards than the US? 

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Your prices have the tax rolled into them, don't they? That's 1/4 of it right there. Then there's logistics, possible duties, business taxes, overhead, etc. 

 

3 hours ago, bellabichon said:

Ouch. And I thought our ~$200 markup in Canada was bad. It does cost more to ship something to NZ, but I'd assume that's mostly just retailers taking advantage of the hype and exchange rate to overcharge because they know people will pay. MSRP is still just a suggestion, after all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

It's not really a markup. Especially since none of the card prices in Canada are for the same Nvidia card. Prices generally follow the exchange rate. 

1 hour ago, Liquiditi said:

Isn't Australia closer to where ASUS and MSI, etc would be making their cards than the US? 

Doesn't matter. Shipping to the US is significantly cheaper because a lot more gets shipped there, thus there's more capacity. Lower capacity increases shipping costs. 

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2 hours ago, vong said:

Import fees and taxes plus local support. If you want to pay US prices then buy from the US, get it shipped with insurance and see how much that'll cost. If you need to warranty your card then you will need to send it back with insurance at your own cost as well as wait weeks if not months to get it back. I'd gladly pay a bit more for local support.

Assuming customs miss the package and not tax it...

 

For me in Europe, RTX 3080 at $699 -> $=€ -> 699€ -> 699€+22% VAT = 850€

 

Which is what they are selling at in general. Some are actually around 700€ which is surprising a bit. But it's ugly weird shaped Gigabyte Eagle...

 

The thing is, if I import something from US, I'm fairly certain customs will halt the package and then I have to pay 22% VAT + customs manipulation fees and delays shipment even further which often makes it more costly and foddly than just buying it in European shop that has done all this and has lower price coz they buy in bulk anyway.

 

And customs, at least in my country seems to track shipments to individuals and chances of them mising one are next to none as they always processed them for me. And if they by any chance did get past once, they never will after that point. Oh well.

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Most 3080s in Australia look around $1300-1400, import and tax should be closer to $1200 here, honestly for what we get sometimes that's not too bad for a new product launch 

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3 hours ago, it_dont_work said:

Most 3080s in Australia look around $1300-1400, import and tax should be closer to $1200 here, honestly for what we get sometimes that's not too bad for a new product launch 

As a kiwi I've definitely timed my Australian holidays with new GPU or console purchases - you can even get the GST refunded at the airport when you leave. :D

 

But you're right the gap definitely ain't what it used to be. I think we forget sometimes that the US prices don't include taxes, and the reality is NZ and Aus are relatively small markets far away. Now I'm living in Europe and once you convert the currencies and compare with back home, the difference is quite often negligible. I don't think RRP is as unequal as people make it out to be, rather it's the scalping.

 

 

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