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Old 21st May 2012, 2:54 PM   #1
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Default JB Hi-Fi to sell Import Games

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/05/jb-...ames-in-store/

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Recently JB Hi-Fi has decided to bypass local distributors and sell a selected range of imported video games in-store at reduced prices. We spoke to Scott Browning, Marketing Director at JB about the decision, who confirmed that JB Hi-Fi has gone down the parallel imports route, and explained some of the reasons why.

“I can confirm that JB Hi-Fi has recently began to source some titles directly from overseas import wholesalers instead of the traditional local distributors,” he said.

“In some cases consumers could purchase titles cheaper from overseas than we could locally via the licensed distributor. We have decided to act in accordance with our cheapest prices promise and source selected popular titles directly from overseas wholesalers in order to provide these prices to our customers.

We asked why JB Hi-Fi was so explicit about its decision to sell parallel imports, considering the fact many other specialist retailers have done the same, but showed a more ‘discretion’ whilst doing so.

“Our policy is to be transparent and pass these savings directly on to our customers by observing global pricing realities,” said Scott Browning.

“For JB Hi-Fi it is a critical matter of maintaining trust with our customers that we are prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve a globally competitive retail offer.

“We remain very positive about the outlook for retail gaming in Australia.”
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Old 21st May 2012, 2:56 PM   #2
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hopefully this gives Origin and Steam some much needed competition because right now those 2 are gouging au customers
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Old 21st May 2012, 3:02 PM   #3
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good, hopefully when they start cutting out the greedy local distributors prices will drop significantly for local customers
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Old 21st May 2012, 3:34 PM   #4
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Sounds interesting.

At least JB HiFi are doing something proactive (they've done the same thing in the camera space too).
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Old 21st May 2012, 4:45 PM   #5
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sounds good if prices remain the same as imported games from ozgameshop etcetc
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Old 21st May 2012, 4:49 PM   #6
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Ever since I found that I could buy a genuine cd key for like $40-50 where I have to pay $99 on EB Games, I stopped shopping in retail
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Old 21st May 2012, 4:58 PM   #7
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OMG, an Australian retailer showing some innovation!

It will take years for HN & EB to ever catch on to this, and by then it'll be too late.

JB could dominate the local market if they offer games for the same cost as the yanks and brits..
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Old 21st May 2012, 5:28 PM   #8
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OMG, an Australian retailer showing some innovation!

It will take years for HN & EB to ever catch on to this, and by then it'll be too late.

JB could dominate the local market if they offer games for the same cost as the yanks and brits..
Would definitely buy local if the prices are very close.
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Old 21st May 2012, 6:02 PM   #9
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I was under the impression parallel-imports weren't allowed (in a bulk/big business sense)

That being said, if they can offer games at or close to the sites like ozgameswarehouse then I will buy from them 100%
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Old 21st May 2012, 6:07 PM   #10
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finally....cheaper games! hopefully!
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Old 23rd May 2012, 2:51 PM   #11
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This is one of the reasons that JB will be a retailer that will survive. They don't just rest on their laurels like the rest it seems
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Old 27th May 2012, 10:26 PM   #12
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I was under the impression parallel-imports weren't allowed (in a bulk/big business sense)
It used to be the case but they changed the law to allow it a few years ago. Most of JB's music cds are parallel imports.
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Old 27th May 2012, 10:45 PM   #13
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Bring it on.
This is what we as aus customers need.
What I hate is that the US can get stuff cheaper, when it is a digital download it should be the same price.
Go JB.
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Old 27th May 2012, 10:46 PM   #14
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Isn't this similar to what HN's have been doing recently with their online game shop?
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Old 27th May 2012, 10:49 PM   #15
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OMG, an Australian retailer showing some innovation!

It will take years for HN & EB to ever catch on to this, and by then it'll be too late.
HN will just complain to the gummint. Again...
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