Posted on October 10, 2007,

Canadians Paying More Than They Should for PSN and Xbox Live Games

united-states-canada.gifThose crazy currency exchange rates. You don’t know where they’re going to go next. At least, that’s in part what Sony and Microsoft are banking on when it comes to the Canadians.

As anyone in the United States and Canada who has purchased a book knows, things seem to cost more in Canada. Traditionally, for the most part, this has been because their currency has been weaker than the U.S. dollar. Right now, on the other hand, it’s the other way around. Point in fact, the Canadian dollar is pretty strong.

The other reasons are also attributed to distribution, and so when you buy things like video games in stores up there, Canadians are used to paying more. But stores online, on the other hand, rely on credit card companies to handle the exchange rate for customers so that there is the most immediate rate available. Microsoft and Sony’s online console stores, on the other hand, have a set price.

What does this mean in terms of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network charging more for their downloadable software in Canada than here in the U.S.? They’re overcharging their customers.

Ars Technica made a really neat chart for comparison which I’m going to rip off and stick below:


One might think that at some point in time, the Canadian consumers would start to get bothered by this not-so-small difference in price and say something. I know I would.

via Ars Technica

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3 Comments on Canadians Paying More Than They Should for PSN and Xbox Live Games


On October 11, 2007 at 2:52 pm

YA im canadian, and this goes for alot of US products that are also sold in Canada, The canadian dollar is worth more so why arent we seeing this change in prices. We arent living 5 years ago. I get my games mostly used anyhow, but the points and Xbox live prices suck. US companies love the profit now.

If i lived close to the Border, i would also do what the USA used to do, cross to get some deals, either way someone has to loose.


On October 11, 2007 at 3:09 pm

the CAD is only approx. 1 cent more than the USD, you guys are gettin ripped goooooood :D


On October 20, 2007 at 7:52 am

you must not doing the math then, it may only be 1 cent more, but for instance if you are buying an xbox live subscription, you are paying 59.99 Canadian for that subscription, while american consumers are paying 49.99 American, 10 dollars more for an online subscription.