Sony Bans European Hardware Imports from Lik-Sang
October 20, 2006 3:23 PM
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UK High Court rules that sales of Japanese PSPs to the region are illegal - expected to follow suit with the PS3
European gamers have been dealt yet another blow by Sony. After being informed that they would have to
wait until March 2007
to receive the PS3, followed by being
European VP Jamie MacDonald's assertation
that they "didn't mind waiting" for the console, the UK High Court has granted Sony a judgement that could set a nasty precedent for those hoping to avoid the wait by buying a PS3 from another country.
The UK High Court has ruled
that the online importer
's sales of Japanese versions of the Playstation Portable to the UK and European Economic Area are illegal. While gamers might not fret over this, it does set a rather bold precident for Sony to request a similar ruling preventing the import of their "soon to be released" (in North America and Japan) Playstation3 console.
's marketing manager, Pascal Clarysse, was
clearly annoyed by the ruling.
"Fighting multiple lawsuits in different countries at the same time and paying high premiums to expensive lawyers is an overwhelming situation for a small company like Lik-Sang. Launching separate court actions with separate claims and different judges is completely unnecessary, except for the fact that it helps reaching one single target: outspend Lik-Sang to death. 'Pay Beyond.'"
is currently exploring its legal options; but with this recent ruling against them adding to
eBay's tightening restrictions on pre-order sales
, European gamers may not see the Playstation3 through any channels until the official launch next spring.
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RE: How is that?
10/20/2006 5:35:19 PM
I still think it would be a problem if the product would be a fake, copy or pirate version. If it is the original product, why should the court care? What about competition? Free market?
Or is it because they sell the console (let's say) for 200 pounds in UK, but imported from another country including taxes would cost (let's say) 150.....it's then a question of price (and profit), not cost.
The court should be looking into the consumer rights, why should we be ripped off? Why should we buy for more when it costs less on other countries?
Why a monitor X (Dell for example) costs 800 dollars in US, 1000 pounds in UK and 1000 euros in Europe?
A customer in UK could import it, pay its taxes and have spare money. They all come from the same place, why the difference? I know the companies are not doing charity, but why not a Global Price if the cost is the same?
RE: How is that?
10/21/2006 8:04:20 AM
As for monitors there are specific reasons for the price difference. There is a EU tax on flat screens from outside the EU set up to protect regional production (and jobs).
Also when you compare prices you never see the US sales tax as it depends on which state in the US you are in and it's therefore added at ordering time.
Still prices are higher in the EU but so are wages. The guys doing the handling and all of the stuff you buy proberly earn double of what the people in the US does if not more. That reflects on the price you pay.
RE: How is that?
10/21/2006 2:08:48 PM
3 years ago, I needed a new laptop. It was 1000 dollars cheaper in US than in Europe. I have a friend living in Boston (works at MIT). So I bought a ticket for 400 dollars (FRA-BOS-FRA) with Lufthansa, spent the weekend with my friend, bought a Toshiba laptop at local Compusa and came back home. Savings? 500 dollars, plus the joy of spending a weekend in Boston (and collected some milleage).
Manpower is more expensive in Europe, but that accounts for less than 5% of a manufactured product cost. That and sales taxes don't explain the difference.
Crucial sells RAM sticks exactly for the same price in US, UK and Europe mainland. They just use the exchange rate and different sales taxes. The others could do the same.
Dell hardware are made in Ireland or Eastern Europe (cheaper manpower), components como from China. In US, they probably come from Mexico. That still does not account for the huge price difference.
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