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We are slightly adjusting local pricing due to changes in currency exchange rates.

Due to recent significant changes in currency conversion rates, we need to re-evaluate and update the local price values for the products on GOG.com. When preparing for the launch of our local currency payment options we've monitored the conversion rates for 18 months, looking at the average, and rounding it to the closest 0.09. That's how we came up with - for example - the 4.49€ equivalent for the $5.99 price-tag (with 4.51€ being the average converted price out of the previous 18 months). With fairness and clarity in mind, we decided to stick to the prices calculated this way, and only update them if a really considerable change in currency exchange rates would occur.

Unfortunately, this happened much sooner than anyone would expect. There are evident changes in the conversion rates for almost all currencies used on GOG.com. Therefore, we are forced to adjust some of the local-currency prices of the GOG.com catalog items.The prices are changing only by a small margin that allows us to compensate for the recent shifts in currency exchange rates. Here's a representative example of the pricing changes:

For $9,99 games:
- the EUR price was: 7,49; is: 7,99
- the GBP price was: 5,99; is: 6,19
- the AUD price was: 10,89; is: 11,49
- the RUB price was: 359; is: 389

The changes will come into effect on Wednesday, October 1 at 12:00PM GMT. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may be causing you. Please remember that you have the option to switch your preferred currency back to USD in the site's footer.

We will continue to monitor the exchange rates and apply further updates. Hopefully, we'll see the rates reverting to their more beneficial state soon, so that the next small price update can be in everyone's favor. We will communicate any future adjustments in the forum thread for this topic, so please follow it if you're interested in the future development for local prices.
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sunshinecorp: Nice! Regional pricing just made games MORE expensive for me! Thanks! :)
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pacciulli: Yes, but...
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GOG.com: Please remember that you have the option to switch your preferred currency back to USD in the site's footer.
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pacciulli:
This is simply a placebo for games that are priced regionally. We're not just talking currency conversion here. For instance, Original Sin should be 39,99 dollars if everything stayed the same. But it's 39,99 EUROS and if you switch to dollars that goes up to 50! That's regional pricing. Not just "being able to pay in your local currency".
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RSnyden: I feel like the dollar is getting stronger. Maybe it's going to be 1$ = 1€ soon.
Thankfully there is still the option to buy in $, so it might come in handy.
In some cases, there's the arbitrary conversion of 1 = 1 already. Granted, GOG gives money back in shop credit. But what if you don't want to buy another game? What if you don't have enough money to get the one you want?
Post edited October 01, 2014 by sunshinecorp
Figured this would have to happen sooner or later. Given how the global marketplace "works", sooner was the safe bet. I'm also laying money on "frequent".
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sunshinecorp: This is simply a placebo for games that are priced regionally. We're not just talking currency conversion here. For instance, Original Sin should be 39,99 dollars if everything stayed the same. But it's 39,99 EUROS and if you switch to dollars that goes up to 50! That's regional pricing. Not just "being able to pay in your local currency".
Hm... my mistake then. I tought the regional price = more expensive in local currency only.
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IAmSinistar: Figured this would have to happen sooner or later. Given how the global marketplace "works", sooner was the safe bet. I'm also laying money on "frequent".
I hope GOG drops this regional pricing thing. Not worth it. Not for this little fluctuation here, in general. And publishers that insist on regional pricing should have their heads examined.
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bioshark: That's all good and nice, and I am sure nobody will object to the changes. But, the main question here is:

When will you guys implement a wallet system? :)
Please no. Storing credit cards and value makes them a richer target for hackers.
It seems the 6% incentive of paying in EUR has just disappeared...:-(
But who cares...JUST GIVE ME MORE OLDIES!
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So, why round to the nearest 0.09? I mean, any reason other than an attempt at psychological manipulation?
Video gaming is keeping me more informed on worldwide economics than I ever cared to be before.

I wish these changes could have been implemented in time to address Nordic's concern about the currency exchange rates being disproportionate (assuming this alleviates their concern). Hopefully we will see their return.
It reminds me I should import some US-only blu-rays on amazon.com before the euro gets back to the old 1$ = 1€ :(
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Austrobogulator: So, why round to the nearest 0.09? I mean, any reason other than an attempt at psychological manipulation?
I never understood why prices are set that way. When I see "5.99" I don't read "five" but "six", and when I see 499.99 I don't read "four hundred" either... I guess that works on some people, else stores worldwide would have dropped this practice aeons ago, and we would have less 1 cent coins weighing down our pockets.
Post edited October 01, 2014 by Erich_Zann
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JudasIscariot: Does this happen for you in a specific browser? Do you have cookie deleting scripts/add-ons/extensions/etc. that could override the currency option?
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awalterj: I'm using Chrome in privacy mode, I thought that perhaps the preferred currency was something the site remember every time I login to GOG as part of the settings in my account, not via cookies/cache from the browser?
Nope. As far I know it is kept only in a cookie (called gog_lc).
I seem to remember someone in blue mentioning in the "listening to your feedback" thread that they may eventually change it to be part of your account, but I can't seem to find the thread now.
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sunshinecorp: Nice! Regional pricing just made games MORE expensive for me! Thanks! :)
Free market did it. You're welcome :)
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awalterj: I'm using Chrome in privacy mode, I thought that perhaps the preferred currency was something the site remember every time I login to GOG as part of the settings in my account, not via cookies/cache from the browser?
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mrkgnao: Nope. As far I know it is kept only in a cookie (called gog_lc).
I seem to remember someone in blue mentioning in the "listening to your feedback" thread that they may eventually change it to be part of your account, but I can't seem to find the thread now.
Thanks for the info mrkgnao, I only like edible cookies so it looks like I'll have to wait until this feature will be part of the account settings here on GOG. It's not a huge deal to me, just a matter of added comfort that would be quite welcome.
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sunshinecorp: Nice! Regional pricing just made games MORE expensive for me! Thanks! :)
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zeffyr: Free market did it. You're welcome :)
Has anyone else noticed how the word "free" is becoming dirtier by the second the past few years? :D
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pacciulli: Hm... my mistake then. I tought the regional price = more expensive in local currency only.
Actually, regional pricing tends to make games cheaper in the old Soviet Union and South America, but it does vary by game. Of course, most games are not regionally priced.