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largeun (9) 08-26-09  04:08am
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Regional Pricing

I see that VB still practice regional pricing.

Could someone from VB please explain to us non US dudes WTF this form of prejudice continues?

I would love to rejoin but I'm dry buggered if I will pay the regional price.

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lk2fireone (194) Why is that that all UK blokes love to get buggered so much? Is dry buggered better than wet buggered? At least in the US, if we are getting screwed, we say ouch (at least some of us, anyway).

Anyway, I agree that regional pricing is stupid and unfair. Glad to see some Brit members at PU, adds more flavor to the posts.

08-26-09  04:51am

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largeun (9) REPLY TO #1 - lk2fireone :

Lol

We like to make a lot of noise. Maybe it's all that suppressed public school caning mentality?

Actually, I am an ethnic but sadly live here and have to suffer the usual 'premium' living costs.

In the future I shall try to mask the whimpering and accept whatever the majority want to do, you know, like a good Brit.

08-26-09  05:06am

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wiild1 (Unverified) Wow!? Euro16/month for basic package is expensive!! wasn't the basic price USD10/month before? They have doubled the price? stupid.
08-26-09  10:49am

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largeun (9) REPLY TO #3 - wiild1 :

That's the problem. We get screwed every time here in the UK.

I used to be a member there with DVD res (5 months ago) and it was like £13 or even less.

I don't think it's worth more in terms of quality and exclusivity. Sure, for sheer amount nothing comes near it.

Cheers

08-26-09  11:07am

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morgentau (12) REPLY TO #1 - lk2fireone :

Here are the current prices as seen fom Germany. Are the US prices the same amount in USD?

Premium

12 Months
6.66/Month
+ 6 Months Free (18 Months Total)
Billed every 18 months at 119.96

3 Months
11.99/Month
+ 1 Months Free (4 Months Total)
Billed every 4 months at 47.96

1 Month
23.96/Month
Billed every month at 23.96

Basic

12 Months
6.66/Month, Billed every 12 months at 79.96

3 Months
9.59/Month, Billed every 3 months at 28.76

1 Month: 15.96/Month, Billed every month at 15.96

08-28-09  05:32am

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lk2fireone (194) REPLY TO #5 - morgentau :

The prices you show are much higher in Germany than in the US. You are being charged around 43% higher prices for the same membership (some memberships you are being charged an even higher premium than 43%).

The price offered through PU/TBP can have a slight discount from the regular price, depending on the membership option chosen):

United States prices:

Basic
1 month: $15.96/month recurring (billed every month at $15.96)
3 months: $9.59/month recurring (billed every 3 months at $28.76)
12 months: $6.66/month recurring (billed every 12 months at $79.96)

Premium
1 month: $19.17/month recurring (billed every month at $19.17)
3 months: $11.99/month recurring (billed every 4 months at $47.96)
12 months: $6.66/month recurring (billed every 18 months at $119.96)


So for the premium membership, even though it states a 3-month recurring membership, it's really a 4-month recurring membership.

So for the premium membership, even though it states a 12-month recurring membership, it's really a 18-month recurring membership.

08-28-09  06:39am

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largeun (9) REPLY TO #6 - lk2fireone :

Well, I rejoined and got hit with the regional pricing bollox.
I paid for the premium one month at the EU equivalent of $, 19EU/month.

Pissed me right off.

Needless to say, I won't be joining that site again.

09-04-09  08:09am

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lk2fireone (194) REPLY TO #7 - largeun :

I read some reply or post at PU from a member that said if you email the billing agent, CCBill or epoch, requesting the same price for a membership to a site that U.S. members pay (the equivalent in euros if you live in Europe), the billing agent will sometimes give you the lower U.S. price. Or you could try an email to the paysite itself, requesting the lower price that U.S. members pay.

If you do a search on Threads for the word "regional", you come up with 10 different threads, at least some of which are directly on the topic of regional pricing:

Currency problems - protests does it - sometimes.

Sites that charge more in EUR than in USD

Regional Pricing

Currency traps and tricks
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I don't know how much practical advice you will find if you read those threads, but maybe it would pay you to skim them. If nothing else, you will find that other PU members are as angry as you at having to pay higher prices than U.S. members pay.

09-04-09  08:57am

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largeun (9) REPLY TO #8 - lk2fireone :

Tried contacting Videobox but received no response.

Clearing out cookies etc has no effect and this is definitely regional pricing.

Either way, I have now canceled my mebership and will not be rejoining.

As an example of customer support: I contacted DDF about regional pricing and discounts for multiple site membership and they came back to me instantly and sorted me out a package.
Sure, they update slowly, dig up old content and are generally a touch expensive but they give a shit and that goes a long way in my books.

I shall stop whinging now and go find some lube.

09-04-09  09:06am

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