View Full Version : Why the price difference?

05-02-2002, 07:30 AM
Okay, I know we brits have bemoaned this before but I want to vent!!

I just got back from a vacation in FL. Luckily I was able to buy about 19 of the figures. However, I was horrified to see the costs for stuff over there. Here's a comparisson of approcimate costs, with the UK prices in dollars to show the inbalance

Basic figures 6 9
Deluxe 11 12
Slave 1 23 45
Reek 15 21
12" 20 25-30

These are based on high-street prices, but only about half the range will be available - if at all. If you go to specialist shops it goes up even more. Does anyone know how Hasbro and retialers get away with it?

05-02-2002, 07:39 AM
Its not Hasbro's fault, their job is to get the product out there and name a suggested retail price, whatever the price the figures end up having is up to retailers and stores. Prime example, everyone here has told me about how KB toys now has the figures on sale for $5.99 yet when I go to the store theyre still $8.99.

05-02-2002, 09:47 AM
well also it depends on where you shop, tru,kmart and others are cheaper, comic stores on the other hand allways sell for more. another factor is as im sure you'd know(i found out the hard way when i was in edinburgh)
something that cost you 3 pound 99 pence over there will cost us like $6.25 or something. 12"s at tru, kmart, etc, only cost $19.99 and delux$9.99,basic, 5.99. unfortunatly some others like kaybee, and target will charge alot more for the same figures, your pound is alot stronger than our dollar, so shouldnt it be even if you did pay like say $21.00 for a "12, you still get it for cheaper if you work it out to the true value of pound versus dollar?

05-02-2002, 11:50 AM
Economics, my dear Watson. It costs more (apparently) to ship to the UK than to ship to the US, hence the price difference.

05-02-2002, 02:40 PM
I stand chastised for my economic shortfalll.

Still not happy about it!

05-02-2002, 03:50 PM
Not to be mean, but you're bloody Pound is so high at present vs. the dollar.

Last I checked the Pound was weighing in at 1 Pound = 1.53 U.S. Dollars. So if it costs 6 bucks US, multiply that by 1.5 and you get...tadaaaa - 9 Pounds. That's what happens when you're an importer and your currency is stronger.

Hasbro has to make so much per figure, the store has to make so much, and with the import tax, tariffs, etc., combine that with a strong enconomy and the poor residents of the strong economy have to pay more. Strong economies are great for personal vacations and other things, but not for imports.

And I still haven't figured out why the Stirling Pound is still going so strong? I have to pay a small fortune to order my Glasgow Rangers stuff:)

05-02-2002, 09:31 PM
not to get off the subject but why in the world would you want rangers stuff?...CELTS BAYYYYYBEEEE!! CELTS CELTS CELTS!!!

05-02-2002, 09:47 PM
KB Toys is only good for toys you were looking for 9-18 months ago (which KB will then be selling for rediculously low prices). But as for new stuff, just walk away.

05-02-2002, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by tjovonovich
Last I checked the Pound was weighing in at 1 Pound = 1.53 U.S. Dollars. So if it costs 6 bucks US, multiply that by 1.5 and you get...tadaaaa - 9 Pounds. That's what happens when you're an importer and your currency is stronger.

I'm not sure what you mean by this, because if something costs $6 in the US, it costs only 4 pounds in Britain, because a Pound is worth more than a dollar. I'm not sure what are U.K. brethren pay for a standard SW figure at a retail store, but I'm sure its more than we do, because of the price mark up due to importing, shipping, etc. I'm not positive though. Like if they're paying 6 pounds for a figure, its like us in the states paying $9 a figure.

corporal AMF
05-02-2002, 10:52 PM
Economics and tariffs are a problem right here....I believe that plastic toys or dolls got a 0% import duty in USA, but it's higher in UK, so there you got higher cost in freight, import duty and finally a bigger profit in retailers (because of a stronger currency)...

Believe me ...making the conversion from dollars to pounds is just the start....:(

05-02-2002, 11:07 PM
And really its a double import cause they go from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China (somewhere over there) to the US, then to UK.... right? (or do they go straight from the assembly line to the UK without setting foot into the US?)

Went to The Universal Currency Convertor (http://www.xe.com/ucc/) & got these values. So a figure at WM will cost roughly the valu below.

1 USD = 0.683860 GBP 1 GBP = 1.46229 USD


5.88 USD = 4.02148 GBP

According to this, it would be cheaper in the UK, but add the cost of shipping & taxes, etc, & it eventually works out to about the same thing.

Unlike our friends to the north the Canadians!!!!!

1 USD = 1.56261 CAD 1 CAD = 0.639954 USD
5.88 USD = 9.18816 CAD

so a WM figure in the US costs 5.88, which is exactly equal to 9.18 in Canada, add taxes, import, etc, & they have to pay a higher price..... (man you guys get royally shafted up there!)

but maybe it all evens out in the end.......

05-03-2002, 12:05 AM
Wolfwood is right about the conversion. When I was in England every sounded cheaper than it was. If it was Five pounds. That was actually about 8 dollars . . .

Anyway, it's not Tarriffs or anything like that. It's Hasbro's clever little ploy at revenge against the Brits for shoving those wretched Royals down our throats. See, over here in the states we tend to look down on welfare recipients. We, uh, don't put them on the cover of every magazine . . . .

05-03-2002, 06:00 AM
Trust me - we're not all royalists!!!!

I guess I knew all the financial bits - I was just having a winge!! I only had room for figures in my case which meant I saved 2 pounds each. I really wanted Slave 1 which would've been about $23 instead of the $45 we pay over here.

Darth Nihilus
05-03-2002, 10:02 AM
Spare a thought for us poor Aussies - our dollar is worth almost a third of the British pound and half the US dollar. Although I will say after conversion that our prices are near comparable to the US - average retail here is about $14.99, a little more than $7.50 US.