Steam will soon be priced in Australian Dollars!

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  1. ADV

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    FYI
    Apparently it goes live November 21st 2018.
    Any developer who neglects to change currency for AUS market will become unavailable.
    Pricing is up to developer, steam has no say in the final price.

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    https://www.pcgamesn.com/steam-australian-dollars

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    Just received email today (5 hours ago), and probably you will to.

    Does this mean an increase in price as well as conversion?
     
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  2. walker_2003

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    We will get just as if not more ripped off but at least it will be easier to work out how much by.

    If something was say $60usd and it converted to $86aud they would likely round to $90
     
  3. Sledge

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    But people in euro get charged the same in their currency $20US = 20EU, so we should be charged $20AU ..... cough cough yeah right... /s
     
  4. Sphinx2000

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    Still, I like this move (finally) don't have to convert all the time.
     
  5. Drizz06

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    Only shop on steam during the sales events so hopefully it won’t get any more expensive
     
  6. shippuuden

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    meh ill stick to gp2 n stuff
     
  7. Dingarth

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    Is it linked to exchange rates? Its gone live but the pricing looks weird. I had something in my cart for 19.99 and its converted to $28.95.
     
  8. Tinian

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    Make no difference to me as if there's something I want, it's a case of
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  9. power

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    only complain when they start rounding up.
     
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  10. Murmandamus

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    The email about steam wallet balance said they'd be using market rate at time of conversion. Looks like they did the same for all prices.

    I checked a few prices on xe.com and it looks like a direct conversion. The ones I looked at had a slightly lower price than the direct conversion, so we haven't been screwed over on that front at least.
     
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    I'm amazed it's taken them this long to use local currency. I never understood why they didn't.
     
  14. Sphinx2000

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    Looks like Publishers still set the Australian steam price (instead of a simple conversion) surprise fucking surprise!... :o

    This is why some games are now not available on steam until publishers advise steam the AU price they want to charge:
    https://www.pcgamer.com/steam-now-has-australian-pricing-but-lots-of-games-are-now-unavailable/

     
  15. neRok

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    I think you are confused. Fees on international transfers are the norm, even if the currency charged is AUD. There are only a handful of credit cards available that do not have international transaction fees: https://www.finder.com.au/foreign-currency-international-fees-for-credit-cards
     
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  16. Sledge

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    A game that was 99c US is now $1.50AU GG
    That's more than currency conversion
     
  17. dexster

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    doom was 20usd now it is 35aud.... fantastic
     
  18. bart5986

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    And I have two of those no fee credit cards.

    Again, why would you have something else?

    The last thing I want to do is give a bank money.

    Also there are other debits cards as well

    See here

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/wiki/cards_with_no_overseas_transaction_fees
     
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  20. flinchy

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    pretty sad times. steam and cheap pricing parity with USA was such a great piracy deterrent, and even kept me away from grey market. but if they're immediately going straight to gouging.... some games are even cheaper in AUS physical retail stores now...
     
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