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Nvidia's 8800GT pricing treats Europeans as second-class citizens
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007 09:05
Nvidia's 8800GT pricing treats Europeans as second-class citizens
Is it $199-249 or $259-399?
The Inquirer
By Theo Valich: Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 12:11 PM

WHILE THE PERFORMANCE OF Nvidia's Geforce 8800GT is excellent, it is hard to chew on the fact that once again, Europeans are treated as second class citizens.
Nvidia touted a 250 dollar range for the 512MB card and $199 for 256MB one. As usual, the MSRP is the most problematic thing at launch. It is very hard to find a product that actually respects MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price). As we know, when there is a limited number of cards, e-tailers and retailers attempt to scrounge every extra dime.

We have checked the prices on popular price engines such as Froogle, Geizhals.at, Pricewatch.com and popular e-tailers such as NewEgg, OcUK, Alternate and others.

In the US and A, the price ranges between 260 and 300 USD, with some overclocked boards costing less than stock-clocked product from competing manufacturers. The same thing happens in Europe, but with a different pricing bracket.

In most cases, EU residentshave to shell out between 244 and 275 EUR, which translated into the ever-falling American dollar, results in a price range between 351 and 395 USD - quite close to the 400 dollar range that some reviewers mention.

The US prices are bumped by local tax, which adds between 15 and 30 USD on the final price, but that is still way off the prices Euroland has to shell out... More    Comment in the Forum
 

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