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NCsoft Explains Price Discrepancy on GW2's NA and EU Collector's Edition
Recently, many Guild Wars 2 fans are raising their concerns about the pricing discrepancies between the U. S. and European Collectors' Editions. As announced, the price for the U. S. version is $149. 99 while the European version is being sold for £129. 99/EUR149. 99. The problem being that according to current exchange rates, £129. 99 /EUR149. 99 equals to $ 207/ $ 200, making the U. S. version looks much cheaper.
NCsoft explained to PC Gamer over the price discrepancy that, "Currency fluctuations, distribution costs, taxes and market conditions in addition to the cost of goods are all contributing factors when setting pricing. These vary dramatically between NA and EU and our pricing is buy Guild Wars 2 cd key competitive and adjusted accordingly. "
According to PC Gamer's speculation, the extra cost attributes to the shipping costs if the CE version is manufactured in the us, but it's still a large difference even if we count the shipping costs in. Then, NCsoft points out that the European pricing of EUR149. 99 has already contains VAT taxes (20%) while the NA pricing is pre-tax.
The Collector's Edition includes a statue, five art prints, a 112-page Making of Guild Wars 2 hardback book, a Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD, and five in-game items. Players can pre-purchase from April 10th.