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Dan
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Brisbane, Queensland
13765 posts
Australian video rental chain Video Ezy appears to have added videogames to their online retail catalogue, and rather astonishingly the prices are well below traditional Australian retail stores for both PC and console titles (Thanks Koopz for the tip, via: TOG Forums).

Over at videoezy.com.au/games right now, you can find new release games such as Dishonored on Xbox 360 for AU$51.16, and PC for AU$30.36, XCOM: Enemy Unknown on PS3 for $54.36 and PC for $33.56 (subject to shipping charges, which are presently free for orders over $60), and a raft of major upcoming titles available at discounted prices that rival most online CD-Key sites.

The Video Ezy site does not appear to mention the game disc's regional origins, but all game box-art displayed there features either PEGI or BBFC classification stickers, which implies grey imported distribution from the UK or Europe.

If the company is in fact grey importing, then some of the release dates for upcoming titles do seem suspiciously optimistic and should probably feature some kind of reasonable delivery time warning. But at those prices, it's hard to complain, and we hope they can keep it up.

Anyone pioneering their service let us know how your delivery times go.

Update; We've been informed that Video Ezy sister company WOWHD, also has a similar site with the same price points and distribution details, which is presumably just another outlet for the same stock.
03:42pm 25/10/12 Permalink
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03:42pm 25/10/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
3047 posts
F***. Thats some crazy low prices for retail store to sell online for. EB probably shutting them down as we speak.
03:47pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6652 posts
I fear that the site may not be legit. Thief 4 is listed, yet it's been pushed to a next-gen console game and there hasn't been another word on it for years, so it seems doubtful that these guys have some shipping arrangement.
03:51pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
7819 posts
Looks to be just a pre-order like EB Games, however it seems to be legitimate according to some twitter posts on Video Ezy's page. Apparently delivery is between 3-5 working days once available, though I won't be complaining when I'm saving nearly $60 on Far Cry 3.
03:55pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20059 posts
So I'm guessing this is just via their website, and doesn't apply in-store?
03:59pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6654 posts
Hrm. It seems very suss (Chivalry for $16 when it's a new release at $25 on steam), but at that price for dishonoured maybe I should just grab it... (Honestly have only started really spending on games and not pirating them when at my broke'est, don't know what's wrong with me :P)
03:59pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Pirroh
Melbourne, Victoria
714 posts
Bought a couple of games and pre-purchased AC3, goddammit.
04:10pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6655 posts
Yeah after saying "I don't trust it", I immediately bought dishonoured. heh.
04:17pm 25/10/12 Permalink
HurricaneJim
Brisbane, Queensland
1246 posts
Wonder if Harvey Norman is going to scream....
04:21pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20060 posts
Not that I want to s*** on Video Ezy's efforts, and its awesome to see more Australian retailers getting onboard, but tbh if I still have to order it from a website and wait 3 - 5 days for delivery, I'm likely to just order it from Ozgameshop instead, cos they have pretty much the same prices and I've used them before and they have a bigger range.

If I could walk into one of their stores though, and buy games on the spot for those prices, that'd be a whole different story, I'd be all over that s***.
04:25pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Phandaal
Melbourne, Victoria
42 posts
JB usually have new release games quite cheap ($69) compared to EB games, and good old EB will price match so there is that.

It's not quite 50 bucks, but for the convenience of walking into a store and buying something, coupled with EBs 1 week no questions asked return policy, means that is how I prefer to buy my console games at the moment.
04:35pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
7820 posts
True Khel, though OzGameShop are definitely not offering those PC prices, so I think I'll be shopping there for what seems to be a selection of the bigger releases.
04:55pm 25/10/12 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
1210 posts
Do you guys even shop around?

dishonored -
cdkeys.com.au - $19.98
intkeys.com - $47.99
greenmangaming.com - $52 w/ 20% off voucher on front page

I can vouch for all of those sites.


edit - DERRRRRP, ummm, I cant read good.

bioshock infinite for $37
far cry 3 for $25

:o Jesus!
04:58pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
7821 posts
Even Dishonored is still cheaper at this place, and only $2 for shipping unless you spend $60 or more and its free.
05:18pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20062 posts
Thats true, some of the PC prices are pretty nice, I was only looking at 360 and PS3 prices before.
05:23pm 25/10/12 Permalink
reload!
Brisbane, Queensland
6951 posts
good on them for doing something to try and survive. was shocked to see an actual video ezy store somewhere the other day, was sure they had packed it in years ago- presumably from being sued after stealing the qgl logo.

blockbuster should attempt something similar if they plan on sticking around.
05:29pm 25/10/12 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
1212 posts
Thats true, some of the PC prices are pretty nice, I was only looking at 360 and PS3 prices before.



That makes me feel better, I did the same thing :S
05:30pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
7822 posts
Well so far I've got Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and BioShock Infinite for $90. I reckon that is a pretty sweet deal right there.
05:32pm 25/10/12 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
1214 posts
No Steam, No Sale!

I have a feeling I might be regretting that attitude one day......
05:37pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
2950 posts
F***. Thats some crazy low prices for retail store to sell online for. EB probably shutting them down as we speak.

How exactly?
Wonder if Harvey Norman is going to scream....

Who cares.

Far Cry 3/AC3 prices are great and I'm willing to buy Ubisoft again since they dropped their DRM. Can't say I expected Video Ezy to become relevant to my interests again. Also the prices are extra low atm because they have 20% off all games till Oct 29. Thx AG/Koopz for heads up.
05:41pm 25/10/12 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
1216 posts
I started buying games overseas when the currency reached parity with the US$ and we could start importing games at US prices. Now looking for the best deal on the web has become a matter of course, and Ive pushed so far under the US prices that even $50 for a game seems like a lot these days.

I would argue that the brick and mortar stores trying to stick with their over inflated pricing strategies has resulted in disaffected Australian gamers paying the lowest prices ever. I remember buying games as a kid in the '90s for $60-80 a throw, it astounds me to think that now I expect to pay about half of that for products that are far more expensive to produce. Viva la Revolucion!

Anyone remember what 2600 games used to go for when they got released?
05:51pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
2951 posts
Yea I gotta say getting Far Cry 3 and AC3 for $25 and $27 respectively does feel too low, but I'm not going to turn it down either. My limit is $50 for a AAA game, only time I have gone over that is when I wanted a game right away and bought it locally, maybe 2 times in the last 2-3 years.
05:59pm 25/10/12 Permalink
koopz
Brisbane, Queensland
9736 posts
If the company is in fact grey importing, then some of the release dates for upcoming titles do seem suspiciously optimistic


I just bought a 55 inch Kogan screen for my bedroom to replace my old one.

I most certainly find any delivery date for any online shopping 'optimistic'.

although.. +1 for Coles. Here where I live they have a great service I never want to stop using



06:02pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Fixah
Brisbane, Queensland
7128 posts
wow that is cheap..$25 for max payne 3 on the 360? wasn't that released just recently? might order that, and sleeping dogs, AND the new hitman...
06:28pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20063 posts
Anyone remember what 2600 games used to go for when they got released?


I remember them being about $20 - $30 each on average, maybe a bit more if it was a really high profile one, and I remember picking up a bunch of budget ones for about $10 each. So yeah, Max Payne 3 for about the cost of an Atari 2600 cartridge.

I remember paying close to (or even over) $100 for some mega drive games though, but I dunno if that reflected the price of them overseas or we were paying way more back then as well.
06:49pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Deviouz
Melbourne, Victoria
269 posts
I remember paying $169.00 for Street Fighter on the SNES on release, also remember paying a hell of a lot for Intellivision games from brashes in the 80s lol
06:55pm 25/10/12 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
21661 posts
Virtua Racing was $200 when it came out on the Mega Drive. At the end of the console's life the Mega Drive was selling for $50 but I remember seeing Virtua Racing still selling for $200. Lucky it was a f*****g top game at that price!
06:58pm 25/10/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
942 posts
Farcry 3 and Assassins Creed 3 are very tempting to get. I assume that they are so cheap because they will be buying a pallet load of them.

Stuff it, I will buy them. Down with aussie tax!
07:38pm 25/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6656 posts
No Steam, No Sale!I have a feeling I might be regretting that attitude one day......

I didn't really think this through, I just presumed that dishonored would be a steam key in an envelope, and don't even have a dvd drive any more... :/

edit: It appears that it's a steamworks game, woo.
03:30am 26/10/12 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20067 posts
I didn't really think this through


That will be the epitaph carved on your gravestone
11:39am 26/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6658 posts
I wish, my life is far too boring due to thinking things through far too much. :P
11:54am 26/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6685 posts
Anybody else received any notification of orders being shipped? Mine says awaiting stock, though I thought that it said in stock when I made the order. The address was also set to the ACT, which was weird, but I fixed it. Might be worth double checking to see if your address saved properly.
07:35pm 29/10/12 Permalink
Dodgymon
Brisbane, Queensland
2192 posts
Nope nothing yet.
01:42am 30/10/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
952 posts
Nothing for me yet either.
12:41pm 30/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6692 posts
I got in contact with support via email due to having my address set wrong (thankfully did that before finding that I could update it online, because they said that updating it online won't change finalised orders). Reading through the ozbargain thread, it looks like it will just take about 2 weeks due to ordering from the UK. http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/82687?page=1
02:02pm 30/10/12 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20090 posts
So their 3 - 5 days was bulls***?
02:12pm 30/10/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
953 posts
When they get here from the UK it will be 3-5 days. When they have stock on hand it will also be 3-5 days.
02:33pm 30/10/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
7854 posts
Still cheaper than OzGameShop and same delivery time.
02:35pm 30/10/12 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20093 posts
When they get here from the UK it will be 3-5 days.


Thats a bit deceptive though isn't it, if they say 3 to 5 days, but really mean 3 to 5 days plus 2 to 3 weeks?

Maybe they just got way more traffic and orders than they were expecting and are snowed under, but I dunno, seems to be at least a little bit of a bait and switch.

But then CDWoW made me extremely wary of online retailers, after I ordered a few things from them that were listed as in stock, only to end up waiting a month for them because they weren't really in stock, so I guess that sort of thing just annoys me.
04:13pm 30/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6695 posts
I never really counted on fast delivery anyway, just cheap prices, so I'm personally not too torn up. It might have been a bit misleading though (for all I know, by the time that I got around to paying for it they might have changed the ETA...).
04:16pm 30/10/12 Permalink
Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
2954 posts
Yea I never bought the 3-5 days, expected 1.5 - 2 weeks based on past experience. Sure they could be a bit clearer there but can't complain at that price. Also double checked my address details, no issues for me there.
04:51pm 30/10/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
958 posts
I assume they only recently started this. It will take time for stock to get here and put it in a warehouse. New games arrival times are dictated by the fact they get them from the UK, they can't magically teleport them here to their warehouse. After a while they will have a bunch of stock on hand ready to send after processing.
12:29pm 31/10/12 Permalink
Fixah
Brisbane, Queensland
7135 posts
When i used import I could get them in 4 days from the UK with UPS express shipping at an extra cost. Except gamers are either too eager and can't wait for their games so they buy retail or they'd rather wait and get the cheapest price.
12:52pm 31/10/12 Permalink
Pirroh
Melbourne, Victoria
717 posts
So Max Payne 3 arrived in the mail today.
01:49pm 31/10/12 Permalink
Pirroh
Melbourne, Victoria
718 posts
It was also the NTSC-J version too, works fine tho.
05:30pm 31/10/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6720 posts
Thanks for confirming that it works. :D
08:33pm 31/10/12 Permalink
missingo
Sydney, New South Wales
173 posts
2 of my games came in. all from Hong Kong.
12:08pm 02/11/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6747 posts
My dishonoured order was just despatched (on a Saturday, impressive effort by them). By my calculations it will arrive when I'm at the dentist, which makes me wonder if I really need teeth.
06:51pm 03/11/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
964 posts
Nothing wrong with a liquid diet Nerf Lord, Just put your steak in a blender.
08:12pm 03/11/12 Permalink
koopz
Brisbane, Queensland
9770 posts
personally, I'd settle for a $30-40 program from the studio to ligitimise my warezed copy if I liked the game enough to keep it


09:55pm 17/11/12 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6849 posts
I got dishonored. Unfortunately I don't really like it, characters are all boring and poorly written, and I didn't like city 17 the first time.

The rat plague/outsider/heart/whales/powers are sort of interesting though.
10:39pm 17/11/12 Permalink
Pirroh
Melbourne, Victoria
720 posts
So my Assassins Creed 3 preorder went straight into backorder.
03:55pm 23/11/12 Permalink
Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
2995 posts
So my Assassins Creed 3 preorder went straight into backorder.

Haha same. You get what you pay for I guess.
03:59pm 23/11/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
8090 posts
So my Assassins Creed 3 preorder went straight into backorder.

Same, though I've just decided to cancel and ask for a refund, CJS have it for $32. Might do the same for Far Cry 3 but we shall see, I'll have the Wii U that day anyway which will keep me busy.
05:45pm 23/11/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
1014 posts
I have received no email about back order. I guess I may be lucky.
06:37am 24/11/12 Permalink
Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
2997 posts
I have received no email about back order. I guess I may be lucky.

Check your order status on their webpage, I got no e-mail either.
12:54pm 24/11/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
1022 posts
I sent an email to them asking to cancel my order, I doubt I would have got either AC3 or FC3 until after the new year. I just went on ebay and bought Farcry 3 from Dungeon Crawl since Steam did not have it listed.
08:59pm 25/11/12 Permalink
Fade2Black
Brisbane, Queensland
5150 posts
OzGameShop have already sent my copy :P
09:03pm 25/11/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
8111 posts
I sent an email to them asking to cancel my order, I doubt I would have got either AC3 or FC3 until after the new year. I just went on ebay and bought Farcry 3 from Dungeon Crawl since Steam did not have it listed.
Pretty sure Steam have it, but I might wait to see what CJS/Green Man do. Definitely cancelling order though, if I pre-order a game and it instantly goes to back order there is no hope for a swift delivery.
10:09pm 25/11/12 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
16252 posts
I just went on ebay and bought Farcry 3 from Dungeon Crawl since Steam did not have it listed.


http://store.steampowered.com/app/220240/

looks like it has aussie tax though
10:52pm 25/11/12 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
1024 posts
I looked but only saw FC2 lol. Oh well I am getting it cheaper from Dungeon Crawl anyway. $47.95 plus free post.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Far-Cry-3-III-PC-Game-BRAND-NEW-SEALED-/400344968480?pt=AU_PC_Video_Games_Games&hash=item5d366b6d20
08:01am 26/11/12 Permalink
Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
2998 posts
Got an e-mail today saying they just got AC3 in stock and is being processed. Not too big a delay and given their prices when to started their imports. I imagine they got swamped, I'm giving them a pass here.
08:02pm 26/11/12 Permalink
Pirroh
Melbourne, Victoria
721 posts
I didn't get an email. Is your order still considered on backorder or did I miss out?
03:29pm 27/11/12 Permalink
Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
2999 posts
I e-mailed them to find out the expected time for stock to arrive, they apparently have it now and are shipping them out, I have not had an e-mail saying that it's been dispatched yet.

Edit: Site says it has been dispatched (27th), no e-mail yet though. Check your orders on their site.
04:54pm 27/11/12 Permalink
Pirroh
Melbourne, Victoria
722 posts
Yeah just had a look now and it says its been dispatched. Not bad at all considering the price.

EDIT: No email about it however.

Double Edit: Looking back I don't think I got a dispatch email when they sent out Max Payne 3 either.

Triple Edit: Received a dispatch email five minutes ago.
02:23pm 28/11/12 Permalink
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Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
3005 posts
FYI, my AC3 took 7 days to arrive in mail.
03:32pm 04/12/12 Permalink
Pirroh
Melbourne, Victoria
724 posts
Mine came in the post today too.
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