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whowho (7) 01-05-11  08:57am
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Currency issues

The following happens, when i try to join Bangbros from a european country (i would bet similar will occur for any country with non US-Dollar currency too):

- Bangbros tells me the price for monthly membership: 24.95 USD
- After hitting the button to proceed, i am directed to the Epoch site for credit card information, which is showing me the price for monthly membership now in my local currency (Euro): 27.47 EUR

As of todays exchange rate, 27.47 EUR equals to 36.30 USD. This is 11.35 USD more than what Bangbros listed me as the price in the first place.

I wonder who will receive this extra 11.35 USD, Bangbros or Epoch? Needless to say, that this currency trickery doesn't really support their otherwise good reputation. Other sites/billers go well by just charging USD or whatever their currency is, leaving the exchange to be appropriately done by the credit card company (Visa, Mastercard etc).

Contacting both Bangbros and Epoch support by email (1 month ago) at least gave me one reply from Bangbros to join by the reduced rate, which is also available through this site (and which seems to convert to Euro more accurate). Epoch didn't reply up to today.

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tangub (155) Have you tried linking to bangbros from TBP because they offer a discount join price of $17.95. When i click the join button i get the price £12.12 from epoch which is about equal to $17.95 usd. I don't understand why you're seeing a higher price because i've never experienced regional pricing difference with epoch....I've only come across that particular scam with CCBill.
01-05-11  10:42am

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It's called regional pricing and if you look in our forum, you'll see it's been discussed (at length ... on many occassions). I think we've even had a few poll questions where it came up. The point being, it has nothing to do with an exchange rate. It is a practice of charging a different rate depending on where the user is located. As you can guess, it's pretty unpopular.

I do think you may be the first one to notice this practice from Epoch. Most notice it through CCBill.

01-05-11  11:02am

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whowho (7) REPLY TO #1 - tangub :

Yes, as mentioned, following the link from here gave me a more accurate conversion, last time i checked (14.12 EUR, which is equal to the USD). Still, when going manually by www.bangbros.com, i get the "regional price" (27.47 EUR instead of an equal to 24.95 USD). I didn't join however.
01-05-11  12:43pm

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whowho (7) REPLY TO #2 - Khan :

Thanks, i didn't know about the "regional pricing" policy before.
Still, i consider it a type of trickery/scam, since Bangbros offered me a price which is changed by Epoch lateron. I could only accept this, if Bangbros gave me the "regional price" already in the first place, and i am not offered two different prices during the joining procedure.

01-05-11  12:51pm

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REPLY TO #4 - whowho :

For the record, we're certainly not advocates of regional pricing. I was just letting you know it was not a currency conversion issue ... which many people mistake it for when they first encounter it.
01-05-11  02:25pm

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