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Post by Dan @ 03:42pm 25/10/12 | 67 Comments
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.



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Latest Comments
DeadlyDav0
Posted 03:48pm 25/10/12
F***. Thats some crazy low prices for retail store to sell online for. EB probably shutting them down as we speak.
Nerf Lord
Posted 03:51pm 25/10/12
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.
Eorl
Posted 03:55pm 25/10/12
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.
Khel
Posted 03:59pm 25/10/12
So I'm guessing this is just via their website, and doesn't apply in-store?
Nerf Lord
Posted 03:59pm 25/10/12
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)
Pirroh
Posted 04:10pm 25/10/12
Bought a couple of games and pre-purchased AC3, goddammit.
Nerf Lord
Posted 04:17pm 25/10/12
Yeah after saying "I don't trust it", I immediately bought dishonoured. heh.
HurricaneJim
Posted 04:21pm 25/10/12
Wonder if Harvey Norman is going to scream....
Khel
Posted 04:25pm 25/10/12
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***.
Phandaal
Posted 04:35pm 25/10/12
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.
Eorl
Posted 04:55pm 25/10/12
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.
eski
Posted 05:04pm 25/10/12
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!
Eorl
Posted 05:18pm 25/10/12
Even Dishonored is still cheaper at this place, and only $2 for shipping unless you spend $60 or more and its free.
Khel
Posted 05:23pm 25/10/12
Thats true, some of the PC prices are pretty nice, I was only looking at 360 and PS3 prices before.
reload!
Posted 05:29pm 25/10/12
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.
eski
Posted 05:30pm 25/10/12
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
Eorl
Posted 05:32pm 25/10/12
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.
eski
Posted 05:37pm 25/10/12
No Steam, No Sale!

I have a feeling I might be regretting that attitude one day......
Trauma
Posted 05:41pm 25/10/12
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.
eski
Posted 05:53pm 25/10/12
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?
Trauma
Posted 05:59pm 25/10/12
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.
koopz
Posted 06:02pm 25/10/12
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



Fixah
Posted 06:28pm 25/10/12
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...
Khel
Posted 06:49pm 25/10/12
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.
Deviouz
Posted 06:55pm 25/10/12
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
fpot
Posted 07:00pm 25/10/12
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!
BladeRunner
Posted 07:38pm 25/10/12
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!
Nerf Lord
Posted 10:38am 26/10/12
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.
Khel
Posted 11:39am 26/10/12
I didn't really think this through


That will be the epitaph carved on your gravestone
Nerf Lord
Posted 11:54am 26/10/12
I wish, my life is far too boring due to thinking things through far too much. :P
Nerf Lord
Posted 07:35pm 29/10/12
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.
Dodgymon
Posted 01:42am 30/10/12
Nope nothing yet.
BladeRunner
Posted 12:41pm 30/10/12
Nothing for me yet either.
Nerf Lord
Posted 02:03pm 30/10/12
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
Khel
Posted 02:12pm 30/10/12
So their 3 - 5 days was bulls***?
BladeRunner
Posted 02:33pm 30/10/12
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.
Eorl
Posted 02:35pm 30/10/12
Still cheaper than OzGameShop and same delivery time.
Khel
Posted 04:14pm 30/10/12
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.
Nerf Lord
Posted 04:17pm 30/10/12
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...).
Trauma
Posted 04:51pm 30/10/12
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.
BladeRunner
Posted 12:29pm 31/10/12
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.
Fixah
Posted 12:52pm 31/10/12
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.
Pirroh
Posted 01:49pm 31/10/12
So Max Payne 3 arrived in the mail today.
Pirroh
Posted 05:30pm 31/10/12
It was also the NTSC-J version too, works fine tho.
Nerf Lord
Posted 08:33pm 31/10/12
Thanks for confirming that it works. :D
missingo
Posted 12:08pm 02/11/12
2 of my games came in. all from Hong Kong.
Nerf Lord
Posted 06:51pm 03/11/12
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.
BladeRunner
Posted 08:12pm 03/11/12
Nothing wrong with a liquid diet Nerf Lord, Just put your steak in a blender.
koopz
Posted 09:55pm 17/11/12
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


Nerf Lord
Posted 10:42pm 17/11/12
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.
Pirroh
Posted 03:55pm 23/11/12
So my Assassins Creed 3 preorder went straight into backorder.
Trauma
Posted 03:59pm 23/11/12
So my Assassins Creed 3 preorder went straight into backorder.

Haha same. You get what you pay for I guess.
Eorl
Posted 05:45pm 23/11/12
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.
BladeRunner
Posted 06:37am 24/11/12
I have received no email about back order. I guess I may be lucky.
Trauma
Posted 12:54pm 24/11/12
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.
BladeRunner
Posted 08:59pm 25/11/12
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.
Fade2Black
Posted 09:03pm 25/11/12
OzGameShop have already sent my copy :P
Eorl
Posted 10:09pm 25/11/12
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.
ravn0s
Posted 10:52pm 25/11/12
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
BladeRunner
Posted 08:01am 26/11/12
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
Trauma
Posted 08:02pm 26/11/12
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.
Pirroh
Posted 03:29pm 27/11/12
I didn't get an email. Is your order still considered on backorder or did I miss out?
Trauma
Posted 12:29pm 28/11/12
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.
Pirroh
Posted 06:49pm 28/11/12
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.
Trauma
Posted 03:32pm 04/12/12
FYI, my AC3 took 7 days to arrive in mail.
Pirroh
Posted 05:31pm 04/12/12
Mine came in the post today too.
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