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PS2 Just Too Damn Expensive?

The Consumers' Association have criticised Sony over their pricing structure for the PS2 and yet again it would appear we are living in 'Rip Off Britain'. In Japan, the unit costs just £240 and in the US, it will sell for the even lower figure of £199. However, in Europe it will sell for £299.

Sony blame VAT and high transport costs for the vast difference in price, but this would only account for around £34 of the cost, where the other £66 comes from is unclear. Also, whilst petrol costs are higher in this country, the US requires goods to be transported over a much greater distance meaning that the costs balance out.

While Sony aren't the only company to use the $1=£1 exchange rate, they are a key figure in ensuring that you can't import the cheaper US goods. By region locking both the games and DVD side of things, Sony have pretty much forced the British to buy the British unit. So, yet again we're going to be punished for the heinous crime of living in the wrong part of the world.

The full story can be read over at Yahoo and a big thank-you must go out to DVD Reviewer for putting me on to the story.

Carl Prescott

Last updated: 19/04/2018 19:53:39

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