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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:33AM Lordkrall said

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@Fabius Bile

Haha ;) Funnily enough I think it would be much cheaper to just buy it in the US and then have it shipped here. Rather silly, don't you think?
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:36AM Fabius Bile said

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@Lordkrall first make sure that the purchase of the US edition doesnt lock you into US only servers...unless you are willing to play there, of course...
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:38AM Lordkrall said

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@Fabius Bile

I wont buy it, not really interested in the game, might try a trial if one comes, but won't pay for it. Just finding the whole pricing ridiculous. Thanks for the warning though, there are most likely others not thinking about that :)
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:45AM Lenn said

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@Fabius Bile Anyone can play on any server.

http://www.swtor.com/preorder/faq#q209655
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 8:53AM Sente said

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@Lordkrall

I believe the Euro-zone price is 150, so they just make a simple conversion of 10 SEK = 1 Euro which is pretty common, although the current exchange rate is closer to 9 SEK = 1 Euro.

And applying the conversion 1 USD (no sales tax) = 1 Euro (incl VAT) is pretty common also, again often meaning that it ends up being more expensive on European side.

An equivalent price in Sweden compared to the US price would be about 1210 SEK, since about 240 SEK of that is tax to the Swedish government - neither any reseller nor EA/Bioware gets to keep that money.

Legally you would be required to pay both customs (up to 20% of package value) and VAT (25%) if you order something from the US - which of course sometimes is bypassed in various ways. VAT is caclulated on package value + customs fee.

So you may end up paying more than $200 anyway if you order by mail, unless you manage circumvent the legal requirements.

If someone sends it to you as a gift then the value has to be below 500 SEK to avoid duty and tax.

If you are travelling to US and buy things there you can bring home stuff worth up to 4300 SEK without paying duty and tax.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:12AM Cirocco said

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What do you know...I see a notice in my morning email that Star Wars: The Old Republic is now available for pre-order, and so after sipping a mug of mocha coffee, I snag an order of the Digital Deluxe Edition. Done is done.

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:14AM RadiantNova said

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I've pre ordered the standard edition. The Collector's Edition was a bit too pricey for me at $150. Amazon said the order should ship by January 4, but I'm wondering if this is a placeholder date because the release date said December 31, 2011. Either way, I can't wait to play this game.

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:26AM yab said

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No. Screw Origin.

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:28AM Jack Pipsam said

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Australia can't preorder!
We're not even on the launch list!

I am disgusted!

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:34AM Mad Dog said

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No way Im pre ordering with no release date..... Is there one??

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:35AM Kitanishi said

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So, basically same tactics they did with Dragon Age II?

Set ridiculously high pre-order prices and hope that production costs pay up with preorders alone despite the questionable quality and content of the game?

I am sorry, but after Dragon age2 I will never ever pre-order anything from Bioware ever again.

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 9:05AM Apakal said

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@Kitanishi

Exactly. I just hope everyone spending out the ass on pre-orders has really been paying attention to what they're getting into.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:43AM BubleFett said

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They just pulled the page out. hate to say.

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:44AM Seffrid said

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I don't have a problem with pre-ordering MMOs, but I wouldn't do so until (a) a firm release date has been published that is not more than say 3 months ahead, (b) enough of the game has been seen for me to know that I definitely want it, and (c) there is a real incentive to pre-order.

None of those pre-conditions has been met as yet in respect of this game. It's still pretty much vapor-ware really so far as the customers are concerned with no open beta information, no lifting of the NDA and no firm release date. There may have been a lot of screenshots/short videos and lore information published but there's been very little hands-on experience and those among the MMO media who have tried out the game have been mostly luke-warm about it.

From what I have seen of the game it's a very bland looking one and with the amount of delays it has experienced the chances are it will be very dated, incomplete and offering more the "same old, same old" MMO clone with single player storylines bolted on.

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:45AM BubleFett said

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oops my mistake wrong website take it back

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:45AM Ekphrasis said

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Disappointed with no pre-order for AU but I decided to order the Collectors Edition via Amazon. May as well order from the US and take advantage of the good exchange rates (hopefully they stay that way).

Although - Why is it so much effort for AU?
The guild search/creation allows you to (advanced) search for 'timezone' which consists of EU, US East and US West - but clearly they don't recognise that there is an entire other region as well. If they'd listed it as something like preferred server location then fair enough. We are also excluded from game testing based on our region, not given any option to pre-order in Australia where the rest of the world can and I have no doubt that server maintenance/downtimes will occur during our prime time. =|

Ah well, that's the way of it I suppose. Perhaps one day there'll be a release that is fair and equitable for all - regardless of geographic location.

Good luck to everyone pre-ordering - hope you all snag a copy !

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 8:57AM hundred said

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@Ekphrasis

Yes, but you have koalas, doesn't that even it out? I would much rather have a koala than a pre-order for swtor.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 11:35PM Bezza said

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@Ekphrasis

it's the same old story matey, virtually every MMO producer to date does the same thing, I have yet to see a major MMO release that had pre-orders for Oceanic Region and had a guild setup or Oceanics or a Server titled (not-located just designated for) Oceanics.

We are the 2nd class citizens of the MMO comunity. We will have to band to gether and lobby the devs endlessly to get any kind of recognition at all. Look at trion and Rift, it has taken till only recently to get a Shard designated as Oceanic and as a consaquence the local community has now been torn apart and had to move servers. The same thing will happen here with SWTOR, when we do get the game, we will all have to vote on an Unofficial server, our community will build on that server and maybe after 6 or 9 months of begging we might (might!) get a server designated as a Oceanic server. Thats not to be confused with haveing a real Oceanic Server, thats a US server designated as a Oceanic one.

We go through this with every significant MMO release. It's the same stupid process just beacause Developers are centered on their big communities and they dont give a damn about us.

I had hoped Bioware might be differant, but I am starting to recognise that such a hope is foolhardy. They are no differant than the others, it wouldn't cost them hardly any effort to designate a server as oceanic and allow a Oceanic catagory guild and support our community. But they dont care. I hope to be proven wrong, but you'll see, time will show they are just another company looking after the northern hemisphere players.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:52AM Mikkhail said

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no release date is no release date!

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:54AM (Unverified) said

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Oceania can't pre-order
2/3 of Europe can't pre-order

oh and also the REST OF THE WORLD.

And the fact that they have limited DIGITAL COPIES is just ridiculous and makes no sense

The whole POINT of digital distribution is that there are no physical limitations to buying games

What is even going on, is it 2004 again

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