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PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Elite to share price in Canada - but which is the better value?

Along with the U.S. price drop, Canadian retailers have also been instructed by Sony to reduce the price of the 60GB PlayStation 3 to $549 – the level previously occupied by the 20GB version.

Platformers.net is carrying a leaked upcoming flyer image from Best Buy showing the PlayStation 3 selling at $549, representing a $110 price drop.

Earlier this year, Canadian retailers even raised the price of the PlayStation 3 from the initial $549 and $659 – for the 20GB and 60GB, respectively – to $599 and $699.

Interestingly enough, the upcoming Canadian price of the PlayStation 3 after its drop will be exactly on the same level as the Xbox 360 Elite, which also retails for $549.

It is unclear if Microsoft will change the pricing on its Xbox 360 Elite model in Canada to reflect the position of its U.S. counterpart. In the U.S., the Xbox 360 Elite sells for $20 less than the new PlayStation 3 price.

Although more storage space is almost always welcomed, the Canadian market benefits significantly less from the added 100GB on the Xbox 360 Elite’s 120GB hard disk drive. U.S. gamers have access to a decent library of movies and TV shows on Xbox Live Marketplace, but Xbox Live accounts in Canada have no such service.



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I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By VoodooChicken on 7/9/2007 9:11:22 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't been up to Canada this millenium. I'm in the Dallas, Texas area, and our tax is 8.25% (as low as 6.25% in some of the suburbs).




RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By michal1980 on 7/9/2007 9:13:30 AM , Rating: 1
"FREE" Health care costs money.


RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By aos007 on 7/9/2007 11:57:22 AM , Rating: 3
Actually the 6 percent or so that is the federal sales tax only nets a few billion a year - nowhere close to 70+ billion health care budget. Health care is paid by the federal government from general revenues (mostly income taxes), but administered by each province. The other (roughly) half of the sales taxes - for the provinces that have them, which is all except Alberta - goes to the province own general revenue which spends it on other things (education, transportation, whatever).

We pay for health care mostly through income tax and also - contrary to belief - we also have to personally pay monthly premiums! E.g. $55 a month in BC. These are typically picked up by employers or by the province if the person is destitute. $55 a month is much less than in US but it's nothing to sneeze at if you are self-employed or unemployed - plus it's MANDATORY to pay it.


RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By Tsuwamono on 7/9/2007 2:55:08 PM , Rating: 2
actually Alberta doesnt have a PST they only have GST(federal) because of the revenue they make off oil and the fact that even cashiers there make 30g a year so their income tax revenue is ridiculous.

Most other provinces have something around 6% PST. and the GST is currently 8% so that adds up to 15% which is pretty standard.

as for the paying premiums i dunno what your talking about because i have never paid a premium for health care. I have paid for dental however but not health care and i have lived in both Ontario and Quebec. As far as Mandatory things go the only thing mandatory is that you have car insurance if you have a car and you pay your taxes. I know of no premium and i have never had to pay a premium.


RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By Tsuwamono on 7/9/2007 2:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
oops sorry i got the sales tax numbers reversed. GST is 6 and PST is 8 generally.


RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By inflames99 on 7/9/2007 9:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
GST was 8%, it is now 7% for a combined 14%. it was dropped by the harper government last year.


By inflames99 on 7/9/2007 9:05:59 PM , Rating: 2
oops gst was 7 now 6


By InsaneGain on 7/9/2007 1:37:43 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18674951/
"America ranks last among six countries on key measures, group finds...Germany, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada all provide better care for less money, the Commonwealth Fund report found."


RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By Flunk on 7/9/2007 9:29:46 AM , Rating: 2
It's actually 14% where I live (Ontario).


RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By ATC on 7/9/2007 10:15:52 AM , Rating: 2
It's 6% in Alberta


RE: I had no idea sales tax was that high!
By InsaneGain on 7/9/2007 1:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
There is no sales tax in Alberta. The only tax is the federal 6% tax which applies across Canada.


By ATC on 7/9/2007 3:45:00 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There is no sales tax in Alberta.

Actually there is; it's 6%. That's what I meant by the 6% (total taxes which are 6%GST and no PST). GST is a sales tax, it's just not a provincial sales tax.

Incidentally, I guess this price is effective immediately. Future Shop online is already $549.


By pekingu on 7/9/2007 11:57:23 AM , Rating: 2
here in Europe vat ranges usually between 15 to 25%
but as i have heard countless times from you
you get wht you have paid for.


By Goty on 7/9/2007 12:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
Just because sales tax is low in comparison doesn't mean that you won't make up for it in property, income, and other miscellaneous taxes that get slapped on to your paycheck.


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