Two things I'd guess at.
1: the money from the sim bundle probably wouldn't have bought many lunches. I don't know IG's split or whether Headup were the only publisher or not but assuming they weren't and the low amount of sales the bundle pulled in, I can't see that bringing much cash in. I guess the BTA split would be even smaller still so...?
2: It's Greenlight. If it makes a noise, hit it with a stick and see if anyone notices.
I suspect that even giving it away for free won't tip them over the threshold but who knows? Given the Steam audience, I don't think they'd have a hope in hell of being passed over most of the time so it all helps.
If they do, and it is included in the price, then you are right. If they don't, then I guess that it's easier to avoid taxes in Italy than it is in the UK.
I do know that the US is kind of a VAT\sales tax shelter, but in recent years, legislaion has tried to fix it and it may change in the following years (but will only affect those in the US).
BTW is VAT for digital downloads in the US zero?
THQ Humble Bundle is live. Line-up is confirmed and BTA is Saints Row The Third.
I screwed up... I forgot about the THQ bundle thing and I bought Saint's Row 3 over Fall Sale... but this way I suppose I ahve all the DLC now... darnit!
Oh well, I own every single one of those games and still may end up purchasing myself a copy of it anyway.
EDIT: I dropped a couple of dollars on it. I feel bad because I'm going to be lowering the average... but I'm super broke right now and have already purchased all of these games before... so this is just because I want THQ to survive so much right now!
This will be the third time that I've bought both Metro 2033 and Red Faction Armageddon.
It's a bit disappointing to see the base tier is again grouped in one single key. I already have a couple titles and I'd liked to be able to gift them, but value is through the roof so this is really a minor complaint.
heh. I didn't have Darksiders or RF: Armageddon and I could live without them, but I had to buy it. Also gifted it to a friend and I'm not sure he's interested in any of the games.
Darksiders is a good game, though I still have yet to beat it... it's on the top of a list for games next year to try again on. ;P
BTW there are reports of the SRTT key not activating in Germany.
I would have liked to gift it to my nephew because I think he'd enjoy Company of Heroes and maybe Darksiders, but Metro would probably give him nightmares (he's ten. He plays COD so war is apparently okay), so it would have been nice to be able to leave that out.
Sales tax is imposed on the sellers, and both seller and buyer need to reside in the same state. Some states do not have sales tax. The way the location of the seller is determined is the key in not paying sales tax.
About the adding of taxes: should a seller expect to get the same price from all buyers, or should they charge all customers equally?
The actual price (with VAT) of Bundle Stars is 5 pounds, which seems to be more reasonable price to set than 4.17 that non EU people see. Do they charge less from outside the EU, or more in the EU? (logically the same, but a different statement)
By using a proxy to pay, you do not change the amount the company gets, so they have no incentive to block you from using a proxy.
I'm not sure how I feel about what sellers should do, but smuggling should not be illegal (depending on local VAT/sales tax laws).
IndieGala has unlocked their first bonus game, King's Bounty: The Legend. Top post fully updated now.
Nice... Now I can give my Legend key to my brother in law... since I already have it.
I tried playing Darksiders with a game pad and ended up hitting a skill ceiling since I suck with controllers... Going to give it a shot on keyboard
BeMine6 is live:
PWYW: Eschalon: Book1, Ceville, Paranormal
5$+: Worms Reloaded, Dawn of Fantasy, Two Worlds Epic Edition, Gorky 17, Earth 2160
So did Dragon's Lair...somehow. For all the disdain it gets, I guess nostalgia won. Darkfall also got Greenlit...meh. It's a very "meh" game.
Kind of excited that The Light got Greenlit. It's technically free, but I haven't been able to get a hold of it since it's on a Russian file server that doesn't let non-Russians download it. Also - experimental game got Greenlit. Awesome!
new Get Loaded bundle featuring Sega games loaded up today for the next three days.
I still want Jet Set Radio... but too expensive and nothing else there that I want.