If you thought that the Xbox Series X was expensive at $499 / £449, then spare a thought for gamers in transcontinental Turkey who will have to stump up an eye-watering $1200 to get the next-gen Xbox.
Reddit user azyrr is clearly not happy about the price announced by Microsoft for his local region; it definitely seems like Turkish gamers are getting the short end of the stick here.
According to azyrr, here's how the pricing works out in Turkey:
The Xbox series X is officially announced in Turkey. It's an eye watering $1200 (tax included). The worst part is even taking tax into account with the US base price ($500) it should be $940. Microsoft just decided to add $240 on top of that (%50 markup) because apparently why not.
The general tax included all fees, import too.
Here's the breakdown;
- 50% import tax
- 18% VAT
- 20% luxury tax
These are NOT cumulative btw, you calculate them from the base price and then add it on. So it isn't like 50% x 18% x 20%
Clearly, Turkey has an issue with its currency rate at the moment, and some new taxes have been introduced into the country recently, but it seems that Microsoft is not helping matters here with its profit margin on top of all this.
Sony is yet to reveal pricing for the PlayStation 5 in Turkey, but it likely won't be any better.
Do you feel a bit happier with the next-gen pricing in your region now?
“Microsoft just decided to add $240 on top of that (%50 markup) because apparently why not” - Except they didn’t. Instead you should ask this to your government. Import TAX situations are really bad in lot of places, even where I live but it’s not as bad as this (18% on top of 50%).
@Senua Exactly! They even said in the description that it was 50% import tax, 18% VAT and 20% luxury taxes, this is mostly local taxes. The product isn't usually the same price in all regions. Even if this is a little steeper than usual.
@themightyant I wonder what’s the price in Saudi since they have claimed it’s a “luxury tax”.
@Senua No idea, but to be fair they are luxuries.
Glad I don't have that here
Turkey is a country where you can't use Wikipedia, part of Bing/Google and certain apps and at the same time they want to be part of EU so tell me anything about it and I won't be surprised.
Yeah this is kinda dumb all the extra is taxes..
Like in canada is 599.99 + 15% (my provincial tax) not as bad as turkeys but still not a cheap hobby
@BlueOcean now they can use wiki(yes really)
1200$ dollars would buy alot of turkeys..
@berkekirsan I didn't know they changed that. One little step towards democracy, I guess.
Payback for renaming Constantinople to Istanbul.
It looks like Turkey's model of the new Xbox also has a slightly different case, with silver highlights instead of green; not sure why they changed that up: https://amzn.to/2SimP3F
@Fath that's messed up man funny but messed up
That's more expensive than Brazil. I'm impressed
@BlueOcean we can use wiki on turkey
This is how Dictators get rich...
Here in Brazil Series X will cost around $910 USD (pre-order price on Amazon, tax included) and that alone was enough to make it a distant dream to me. Series S is around $560, which is expensive, but more affordable and a weaker machine...
Gaming is already a hobby for the wealthy, but the fact that it is so much further inaccessible in some countries is really sad! The government’s tax situation is Wild there. They own the only beer Brewery, Efes, so they essentially have a monopoly. And of course they charge a ton for it, and alcohol of any kind is super expensive due to taxes.
@AlperenGuner Not when I was visiting.
For Poland everything costs like 4 times more than for others and monthly incomes are surprisingly couple times smaller, lol. Like for example you have to buy Series X for smth around 2000 currency and that's your monthly income <catastrophy> Good to live in Germany, phew...
@GamerDad66 yes dude our president becoming Hitler and we don't like him
@Fath lmao we can only buy this.
F**k xbox all my homies use Butterball Masterbuilt MB23011818 XXL 1650W Indoor Digital Electric 22-Pound Turkey Fryer with Accessories, Black
@Nermannn dude the monthly cost of our president's palace is 10 million think him and also since 2012 our president spent 50 billion dollars for f**kin syrians
@Terrin the problem is not just xbox being 1200 usd here, also 1 usd is 7,75 turkish liras and minimum wage here is 2,300 turkish liras.%50 of the country works for that money.And the turkish price is 9,300 turkish liras.so an average joe has to work for 4 months without spending anything to just buy a xbox
Turkey minimum wage 300$.
XBOX series X 1200$.
welcome to Turkey
@BlueOcean The current government has no interest in joining the EU anymore.
@cadenarcher Thanks for the update! 😄
@LifeRetro You are very lucky. 2300 pounds minimum wage in Turkey but Xbox series x is 9300 pounds!
@BlueOcean We can now use Wikipedia. It can be used on Bing.
But I can't say the same for google
i am from turkey and it is all because of our dctatorship goverment. President(!) steal all of our money. And i will buy xbox series x from another country that i have friends
@Yokstr all the problem is this f.. arabs and our arab lover president
@udiduf3 yes dude you're right
whatever we have allah(!)
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