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Post by Dan @ 03:37pm 05/01/12 | 17 Comments
We still don't have an official date for the local Australian launch of one of 2011's biggest games -- BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic -- but if importing a copy yourself from an overseas retailer wasn't an appealing option, everyone's favourite brick and mortar games store has noticed the demand and is getting in on the action, now selling grey imported boxed copies of the game at your nearest outlet.

Kotaku have had a chat with reps from EB as well as NSW fair trading to sniff out any potential pitfalls of buying the game this way, and concluded that any minimal risks there may be are the responsibility of EB Games.
According to NSW Fair Trading, this doesn’t just apply to issues where the game’s key doesn’t work. If consumers are having online issues, such as lag from playing on overseas servers, the retailer still has to provide a refund if the consumer isn’t satisfied.

EB, however, seems to have accepted this responsibility. EB is informing consumers who purchase Star Wars: The Old Republic that the game is an import version, and claims that any issues players have will be resolved quickly and effectively.
Of course that responsibility comes at a price and these imported box copies are currently selling for AU$78 -- making importing yourself from Amazon or purchasing a key from the myriad online sites still the most frugal option -- but at least this time, the higher local price is somewhat justified.

For more info on Star Wars: The Old Republic, swing by our in-depth review or drop in on this forum thread to hook up with the AG SWTOR community.



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Sc00bs
Posted 04:13pm 05/1/12
whats a grey import? is Eb buying games directly from another shop overseas for cheap then selling them over here? :/
blahnana
Posted 04:15pm 05/1/12
So if they can do this, why can't they go to bat for us and grey import other games?, he asked rhetorically.

Raider
Posted 05:25pm 05/1/12
so basically they realise so many aussies are just buying keys online and they're losing business so they're trying to get keys, jack up the prices and make some easy mular?

sounds like EB
Mosfx
Posted 05:37pm 05/1/12
I'd buy from them just because it's easier now, smart move.
EniGma
Posted 05:45pm 05/1/12
So if they can do this, why can't they go to bat for us and grey import other games?, he asked rhetorically.


I believe they do and have been for a while (ever wondered why some pre-owned games are only marginally cheaper. Also they seem to be nearly brand new?). But it's not to pass on the savings, instead to increase their profit margin.
It's the AUS vendors fault really, their prices are retarded.

Everybody wants a piece of the cake.

the above comment is just an opinion and could be completely false
greazy
Posted 07:22pm 05/1/12
so basically they realise so many aussies are just buying keys online and they're losing business so they're trying to get keys, jack up the prices and make some easy mular?

sounds like a company
Fixed for you!
Tollaz0r!
Posted 08:06pm 05/1/12
Still a rather large Aussie tag, so no deal. Too little, but probably not too late.
Dan
Posted 08:39pm 05/1/12
I believe they do and have been for a while (ever wondered why some pre-owned games are only marginally cheaper. Also they seem to be nearly brand new?). But it's not to pass on the savings, instead to increase their profit margin.
They def don't grey import most games, because everything else they sell has Australia classification badging. Grey imports would have PEGI, BBFC or ESRB ratings and there'd be serious legal ramifications if they were re-packaging to that degree.

They do sell secondhand games for the price of new, or close enough though, and that's scummy enough.
Andy
Posted 12:34pm 06/1/12
To people worried about lag, you do realise that no western MMO has true oceanic servers? Even WoW's oceanic servers are just US west coast servers. My latency to the swtor has been fine (200ms) which is about 100ms better than I ever got to a WoW server.
ravn0s
Posted 12:46pm 06/1/12
WAR had servers hosted in australia for a little while.
Timmeh
Posted 03:39pm 07/1/12
Is this nsw only?
Timmeh
Posted 03:44pm 07/1/12
It is QLD as well, I can confirm.

I didnt get a copy though.

I asked if they had any grey imports of SWTOR
Dude: Yes, a couple but were keeping them for pre orders.
Me: So they are waiting for people to pick up?
Dude: No, they are for extra pre orders.
Me:? okay, so if i pre order it right now can i take one of these copies?
Dude: No, your copy will be on the next shipment.

Im thinking he maybe keeping them aside for friends or himself.

So the next shipment at all of Brisbane Metro stores can be anywhere from the 9th to the 30th.
Outlaw
Posted 09:24pm 07/1/12
EB is such an attention whore
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:35pm 07/1/12
Why buy it from EB anyway. How much are they charging?
Mordecai
Posted 10:52pm 07/1/12
Why buy it from EB anyway. How much are they charging?

Original post says AU$78
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:40pm 07/1/12
Well I could have read the OP, but instead I just ask questions. $18 for a box eh?
WirlWind
Posted 01:20pm 08/1/12
For anyone thinking about getting this but not wanting to deal with the latency (which is bearable anyways imo) then I suggest you wait to get the game until it launches in March.

They will be opening local servers (aka physically in Australia, not re-badged US servers!) for us to play on.

They also mentioned that anyone who imports the game will most likely be allowed to get char transfers to the new oceanic servers come launch.
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