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Price rises coming in UK, rest of EU and Canada

01-08-2015, 06:26 AM
#1
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Price rises coming in UK, rest of EU and Canada

Just announced on Pocket Gamer:

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Apple has warned that prices on the App Store will increase in certain territories within the next 36 hours, due to adjustments in VAT and foreign exchange rates.
01-08-2015, 06:39 AM
#2
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+ $ + freemium cr**s

01-08-2015, 06:42 AM
#3
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Thought something had happened. When i bought Drop Wizard it was 99p (normally 69p). Again the price rise doesnt matter to me, bit more money for the dev and the games still a bargain

I mean 1 for this excellent game (puts on old mans hat). Back in the 80's most games were pretty dear, you had a range of cheap budget games at 1.99 but it was like russian roulette not knowing if you'll get a dire one you would play for a few minutes etc.

Hopefully a price rise 'might' encourage more premium games, its not a huge price rise as the cheapest games will still be 1 which is great value
01-08-2015, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by psj3809 View Post
Thought something had happened. When i bought Drop Wizard it was 99p (normally 69p).
I don't think that's related to the rise. Other apps are still available at 69p so I think the dev is just using the alternative pricing tiers which already allows a conversion rate of $0.99=0.99=0.99.

I doubt that the alternate tiers will change, but I suspect we'll see 79p or maybe 89p as the new minimum price on the main tier pricing.

As much as I'd like it to encourage more premium games, I doubt that it will. The same price changes will apply to IAPs as well as app prices.
01-08-2015, 07:07 AM
#5
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Location: uk
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Originally Posted by psj3809 View Post
Thought something had happened. When i bought Drop Wizard it was 99p (normally 69p). Again the price rise doesnt matter to me, bit more money for the dev and the games still a bargain

I mean 1 for this excellent game (puts on old mans hat). Back in the 80's most games were pretty dear, you had a range of cheap budget games at 1.99 but it was like russian roulette not knowing if you'll get a dire one you would play for a few minutes etc.

Hopefully a price rise 'might' encourage more premium games, its not a huge price rise as the cheapest games will still be 1 which is great value
I dunno how it works but would the devs actually get more money or apple and the tax man?
Husband is self employed and when his costs have risen to due changes in vat etc he's had to increase some of his prices, he never actually made any extra money as it was to cover higher vat or higher costs due to higher vat. His is a different business though but wondered if the same would apply here.

I'm not fussed about paying a bit extra. I've noticed more and more titles being 99p instead if 69p so figured it would go that way soon anyway.
01-08-2015, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by mr_bez View Post
I don't think that's related to the rise. Other apps are still available at 69p so I think the dev is just using the alternative pricing tiers which already allows a conversion rate of $0.99=0.99=0.99.

I doubt that the alternate tiers will change, but I suspect we'll see 79p or maybe 89p as the new minimum price on the main tier pricing.

As much as I'd like it to encourage more premium games, I doubt that it will. The same price changes will apply to IAPs as well as app prices.
Ahhh okay i thought that was the new price for the cheapest games. If games went up to 79p or 89p thats not too bad, i wont re-mortgage the house
01-08-2015, 10:45 AM
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Only EU right?
01-08-2015, 03:11 PM
#8
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It's on right now

Sol Invictus is 0.99$ and 1.14€. Damn that's a huge increase over the usual 0.89€...

(0.99$ is 0.84€ in real life apple...)

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Last edited by killercow; 01-08-2015 at 03:14 PM.
01-08-2015, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by killercow View Post
(0.99$ is 0.84 in real life apple...)
That's not Apple being unfair. That's them accounting for the raised VAT now they're having to pay our local rates rather than Luxembourg rates.

The $1/1/1 tier on the other hand is Apple being unfair, but that's a different subject.

The prices are all over the place in the UK App Store right now. There are still 69p apps, and most other prices look normal, but there's also a 9.19 and 2.63 and 3.44.

Last edited by dancj; 01-09-2015 at 04:23 PM.
01-08-2015, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by dancj View Post
That's not Apple being unfair. That's them accounting for the raised VATS now they're having to pay our local rates rather than Luxembourg rates.

The $1/1/€1 tier on the other hand is Apple being unfair, but that's a different subject.

The prices are all over the place in the UK App Store right now. There are still 69p apps, and most other prices look normal, but there's also a 9.19 and 2.63 and 3.44.
Yeah I knew but it's still quite an awful lot more than I expected.

Edit:
Mind you, Sol Invictus' pricing might be a mistake. I've been talking with some EU folks and it seems like the normal pricing should be 0.99€ for 0.99$.
I certainly hope so.

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Last edited by killercow; 01-08-2015 at 05:08 PM.