VRexit: HTC Vive UK Price Raised By £70

“Pinch and a punch for the first of the month”, we used to say in the EU meatculture days. Now we all drift in the post-Brexit cybercloud, we get a pinch, a punch, and a price hike on cybergoggles for the first of the month. I can’t keep pace with modern life.

The price of HTC Vive cybergoggles today goes up up by £70, “due to recent currency valuation changes”. You know, how our currency’s done a falling-over since the referendum over leaving the EU. Good times. Proper japes.

Vives were previously priced at £689 for folks in the UK, which came out as £746.60 including postage and packaging. Now it’ll cost you £759 plus p&p, coming out to £815.69. Strewth! But hey, at least the p&p cost has gone down 91p.

Why the higher price? HTC explained in a statement:

“HTC continuously monitors and adjusts pricing to ensure we are providing our customers with the best value possible. Due to recent currency valuation changes and the current value of the GBP we are adjusting the price of the HTC Vive in the UK to £759 + P&P. The adjustment will come into effect on Monday 1st August.

“We are committed to providing the best possible VR experience with Vive and would like to thank our UK customers and partners for their continued support.”

This is to provide us with “the best value possible,” see! Lucky us.

And to think, Chief Brexiteer Boris Johnson did seem to so enjoy playing a VR dog simulator last year. Total legend. Proper lad. Epic bants.

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79 Comments

  1. meepmeep says:

    There’s a Black Mirror episode in here somewhere.

  2. ThePuzzler says:

    Ha! I saw this coming the moment our currency started to plummet and bought one before the price went up! Win for me!

    I can’t make it work, but it sure looks impressive!

  3. Spuzzell says:

    How.. I don’t understand, the bus said everything would be better once we rounded up all the foreigns and invaded Poland?

  4. Don Reba says:

    In order to serve you best.

  5. gbrading says:

    Things are more expensive: Yay!
    The economy is doomed: Yay!

    That’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Foreign Secretary. Yes.

    • CraftyBanana says:

      Come on man, don’t just go throwing facts like that around. I’d just about managed to forget we we’re living in a Spitting Image sketch, and you had to go and remind me of the country descending into insanity around us.

      • Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

        Hey, that wouldn’t be so bad, once you got used to being drenched in Roy Hattersley’s saliva.

      • Cinek says:

        People in this country have had enough of experts

  6. Ooops says:

    Given his recent Twitter feed, I would have expected John to write a delightful article out of this, but I must say I really enjoyed your take on the issue, Alice.

    • Jakkar says:

      I’ve suspected since the referendum that John had been banned from voicing any opinion on the matter on the RPS front page. I’d still like to have read it.

      • John Walker says:

        I think it’s safe to say Alice did a far more grown-up job than I would have.

        • Jakkar says:

          A far more respectably restrained job, certainly, but I think there comes a point at which maturity does involve a degree of shouting and throwing things. I’ll look forward to the next march of the idiot-brigade to trigger your opinions.

          • Distec says:

            Careful with that thinking. There may be times when “letting ‘er rip” is the most effective thing one can do. Other times I’m sure it’s a great to undermine yourself as others rally against you.

            If the last year of political upsets should have parted anything to you, it should be that getting on your indignant high-horse to rip into the “idiot brigade” may just come back and bite you in your ass. Yes, even if it makes you personally feel better.

        • Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

          Corbyn’s an interesting one. He’s not exactly perfect I’ll grant you, but given the hideousness of his opponents I’m forced to accept that he (or any left of centre Labour government) is the best option we have.

          As it stands right now, we have racial division, cultural warfare, economic disparity, a rapidly climbing poverty, a collapsing health service, and a series of laws set out to confer wealth to the elite and central banks. Now, even worse than all of this, the Vive is more expensive.

          It’s got to stop.

          Now JC may not be a perfect politician, or a perfect man. He isn’t even the best example of either of those that I can think of. But like Mr Sanders across the ocean, he gives a shit about his constituents, and realises the importance of a healthy society to the evolution of this species beyond Hutton each other with sticks and stealing one another’s wives. I respect and support this as the most humanitarian of policies.

          • Neutrino says:

            What utter bollocks.

            The highest 3,000 earners in the country pay more tax between them than a third of the entire remaining workforce.
            link to telegraph.co.uk So that’s your ecomonic disparity for you.

            About 80 percent of the entire public spending is on the welfare state, with the rest mostly on infrastructure and defense. Pensions, health care and education are all forms of welfare obviously. (Nothing is spent on perks for the rich btw).
            link to ukpublicspending.co.uk

            Rising poverty? We don’t even bother to measure (absolute) poverty in the UK because to all intents and purposes it doesn’t actually exist anymore. How many people starved to death in the UK last year? That’s right, none. Instead what the left is hand wringing about is ‘relative’ poverty, which is just window dressing on the same old socialist envy that someone else, or some other family, has done better for themselves and has more.

            The Labour Party doesn’t have enough MP’s even willing to serve in a cabinate let alone any competent enough to be allowed to. They would currently struggle to organise a village fete let alone run the country, but you want to put them in charge? What a joke.

            The Labour Party’s only interest is to get into power so that they can once again throw borrowed money at their public sector voters in order to stay in power, which they will do until they bankrupt the economy again at which point someone else will have to step up and sort out the mess while they carp from the sidelines, exactly as has happened the last two times they were in power.

            And the way they convince enough people to vote for them to get into power in the first place is by peddling the same tired old drivel that we are all living in some sort of 19th century Dickensian nightmare of downtrodden workers and oppressed women, with no money or food, manipulated and preyed upon by the descendents of evil feudal overlords.

            Some people though are stupid enough to swallow anything, especially if it panders to their own inadequacy. Try looking out of the window once in a while and comparing what you see with what’s reported on the news each night about how things are going in other countries around the world. China for example has just passed a new law forbidding any internet companies from beng able to report any news other than what the government tells them to say.

            Wake up and smell the coffee. Communism hasn’t worked anywhere, the left is taking you for a ride.

          • whodafug says:

            Well that was a bit of a brain fart there. Sorry to jump on this so late, but after reading it I really couldn’t let it go. I’m not really sure RPS is the place to be brandishing your own particular brand of ideological blindness, regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, but the points you make are so deeply concerning that I just had to respond with some reality for you to chew over.

            You raise some interesting points; the bottom end of society don’t pay much tax, because the answer to stagnating wages has been to take them out of income tax all together rather than to force employers into paying higher wages so that those at the bottom ( and many, now, in the middle ) can afford to pay the tax and have an active stake in society. It’s a shrewd thing to do, as it allows people to do precisely what you just did: represent the wealthy and superwealthy as the harbingers ( and owners ) of all that is good and proper ( and I’m not talking about the “top 5%” or even the “top 1%”, but the “top 0.5%” that control around 35-40% of the nation’s wealth ). Meanwhile, the wealthiest ( and even “sort of rich” ) people in our society have got off relatively scot free when it comes to the many stealth taxes implemented by the Conservative government. Rises to VAT, Insurance Premiums, and other such “steal taxes” disproportionately impacts the bottom and middle, and relative to current wage growth that has invariably resulted in many millions finding themselves struggling to make ends meet in spite of them paying less tax. That has a knock on effect on services, as with less tax being paid in by the people using things such as public transportation, the NHS, state education, and such, the less money there is to pay for it. We can see this in the state of government spending, where huge cuts have been made to services used by the very people that now pay less tax.

            The idea that nothing is spent on “perks for the rich” is spurious at best, as we have seen – and we have evidence of – huge sums of money being given to the superwealthy ( for example, the several billions-to-trillions that has been spent on QE has mostly ended up in the reserves of top companies, top banks and private entities, with very little moving to the bottom ). Then of course you have the lowering of the top rate of tax, which only has a correlative link to increased tax income ( and a causal link can in no way be demonstrated ). It is more likely that the increased investment in pursuing tax crimes has resulted in increased tax receipts ( sort of ), and that this would have happened had the top rate stayed at 50p. Let’s not, of course, mention the “on-the-cheap” sale of state assets to foreign investors, who then walk away with billions in profits after buying undervalued services like Royal Mail.

            As for your comments on poverty, what are you talking about? Apparently wealth cannot buy out of inherent, genetic foolishness. Do you think that in the 18th and 19th century, when people were fighting for the vote, for equality, for freedom, for basic human rights, for democracy, that they should simply have accepted their lot because – you know – at least they had clothes on and had a bucket to throw their shit out of the window, unlike the barbarians across the ocean or the cavemen we descended from? Poverty has always, and will always, be relative, and what poverty is and how it is measured within a society always changes based on how far we progress. Poverty doesn’t start at the point where you have nothing. It starts at the point where you have less than the requirements of the reality you exist in. That’s why, in many countries in Europe, Internet access has recently been defined as basic human right. That’s why there are concepts such as rent poverty, defined as more than 50% of your household income going towards rental costs. That’s why there’s such a thing as energy poverty, again defined as more than 50% of your household income going towards energy costs. Your point about poverty is fatuous, and I cannot be bothered to deal with the minute details of your own personal greed and lack of empathy, which is what you’re point there actually says about you ( regardless of how much you bang on about “absolute” and “relative” poverty ).

            The Labour Party is currently organising the largest internal party election in the history of British politics. It is the largest political party in the UK, having as many members as every other political party combined. It is also the largest party in Europe. It is also one of the largest parties in the world. It’s managing to organise rallies with up to 10,000 people attending, which – by British and European standards – is a hell of a lot larger than a “village fete”. I mean, at least at the start of your post you tried desperately to hide your snearing, snarling and ideological contempt for socialism and the working classes, but I think at this point the veil has very much dropped.

            You just spend the rest of your post insulting the very notion of progress. See my point again about the weakness of your argument related to the measurement of poverty. But alas, I think I’ll leave it there. It’s clear that you’re an ideologue on the right of the argument, contemptuous of social democracy, contemptuous of the working classes, contemptuous of socialism, and thoroughly invested in your own greed and self-importance.

  7. Vacuity729 says:

    Browsing the Steam store with the Enhanced Steam plugin displays the different currencies with +/-% difference from my own, and I’ve been amazed by how much “cheaper” the games are becoming in sterling. In quite a number of cases, it’s now cheaper to buy games in sterling than US$, which is pretty amazing. And also likely untenable. If nothing happens to improve the value of the currency, I’d expect some fairly serious price hikes across any online store doing business in sterling.

    This is quite depressing as I have a chunk of savings in Britain. On the other hand, maybe it’s an ideal time to go back and take a holiday there; perhaps everything won’t appear to be quite so ridiculously overpriced as it always does.

    • mukuste says:

      I guess this is the ideal opportunity for our online shopkeepers to finally complete the equation $ = € = £.

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        phuzz says:

        It would be the ultimate irony, if leaving the EU resulted in the the pound becoming pegged to the Euro.

    • epeternally says:

      I actually just grabbed a couple games on sale from GamesPlanet which were only a good deal because of the devalued pound. It’s not a huge difference, but save a couple bucks here and there.

    • frightlever says:

      Nothing wrong with having a bit of currency diversification. The pound is currently at a thirty year low against the dollar and at a value against this Euro that it hasn’t seen for almost two years.

      To put this in context the pound today will buy $1.32. In 2008 one pound would buy $1.38. The present day pound is “worth” about 5% less than it was in the wake of the banking collapse.

      The value of Sterling against the Euro isn’t even an issue – I’m pretty sure that pendulum is going to swing WAY over in Sterling’s favour over the next decade or so, assuming the Euro lasts that long.

      Hedge funds are betting heavily against the pound in light of the Brexit vote not going according to script. They’re probably hoping for a repeat of the George Soros engineered collapse from the 80s, but our economy is in a very different state. Give it a couple of years and things will settle back down.

      Ultimately, none of this, particularly the predictable price increase of American luxury goods, not the exchange rate nor the near record value of the FTSE is going to reflect on the conditions experienced by real people and that’s really what’s going to matter for most people.

      Having control over your own currency creates something of a self-correcting mechanism, which the Greek people would have loved to have had in 2008.

      • Spuzzell says:

        I’m so relieved to hear you say that.

        A lot of the so called “experts” telling us all that losing the financial center of the world, all the fintech and service industry around it and no longer being part of the largest free trade zone in the world would have a slightly negative effect on our economy had me worried, but since you seem so sure that the country already losing 20% of its value in a month DESPITE NOTHING ACTUALLY CHANGING YET isn’t a problem, we can all sleep at night.

        • Jediben says:

          Perceived value. An apple is still an apple no matter what currency you decide to assess it by.

  8. Katar says:

    How much is the Vive selling for in the US? Obviously the price over there is minus tax, but I make £815 about $1075 in the UK at current exchange rates.

    The Vive was already ridiculously expensive but you’ve got to maintain that 100% markup don’t you.

    • GAmbrose says:

      $799 Not including shipping or taxes.

      Compare that to the UK Price of £751.

      -£151.80 (aka the 20% VAT element)

      Making the price of the hardware £607.20

      So at todays rate, £607.20 = $801

      Same price.

      • Sakkura says:

        You are calculating the VAT the wrong way around. It’s 20% of the price before tax, or 16.66…% of the price after tax. £759 is after tax, so to get the VAT you multiply by 0.1666… to get the £126.50 of VAT. The pre-VAT price is then £632.50, which translates to $835. A little above the US price, but not outrageous.

    • Sakkura says:

      It’s $800 in the US, add 20% and convert to pounds and you end up at £727. So there’s a small markup for the UK, similar to the situation when the Vive launched.

      • Katar says:

        Okay so it is not as bad as I thought. Still a nice extra bit for the UK as there always is. I guess I must have got the Vive and Rift prices confused as I thought the US was closer to $700.

        The actual markup on the Vive must be pretty insane, but it is obviously not intended to a mass market product.

        • Katar says:

          No edit button so I have to post again for an additional thought.

          When/if the pound recovers, which will probably take a long time and make this thought largely academic, how quickly compared do increasing the price do we think Valve/HTC will act and reduce the price? I’d go with when hell freezes over.

          • Sakkura says:

            I would just want to see them raise the price in dollars. :D

    • Jac says:

      Not sure what the markup is but they do need to recover their R&D costs as well whilst making enough profit to fund future R&D. They are a business you know.

      • Katar says:

        I know it’s a luxury high end item so the markup is going to insane to offset all their costs. It just annoys me a bit when they jack the price up so quickly when the reason the UK and European prices have a “little” extra on top of tax then the US is to guard against exchange rate fluctuation. Yes the Pound has had an extreme fluctuation, and the new price is once again US+VAT+Buffer again but we all know it won’t drop if the Pound recovers.

        • Jac says:

          Hah yeah, good point.

          They also likely have currency hedges in place anyway to protect against fx loss given that they sell a fair amount of non-vive stuff over here.

  9. Unclepauly says:

    The price of purity.

  10. BobbyDylan says:

    Well…. that settles that.

  11. jimmycrash says:

    This is news straight from the bowel of Lucifer himself!!

    These ignorant Brexiteers continue to refuse to acknowledge the damage they’ve done. This sort of price rise from £746.60 to £815.69 is EXACTLY the kind of thing that provides a final straw to unhinged ‘Guardian’ readers and could lead to violent outbursts of entitlement rage and maybe even ‘valve-o-phobia’… I for one will be doing my bit to make sure we never get into this kind of mess again by spending an extra 30 minutes a day looking at that photo of Boris hanging from the ‘zip-wire’ with those flags… I’m not saying it’s a magic-bullet.. but if we all do it, maybe we can avert future catastrophes and make sure we listen to real paragons of virtue like those ‘Remain’ guys.

    • zarthrag says:

      Forgive my ignorance on EU/UK politics, but my sarcasm detector doesn’t work on the other side of the pond. Did I just read some satire, or was this the equivalent of a fox-news regurgitation? lol.

      • CraftyBanana says:

        I think we can safely say jimmycrash was being sarcastic.

  12. geldonyetich says:

    The solution is to mandate everybody gets a free Vive, then convert your monetary system over to bitcoin.

    • Runty McTall says:

      Actually, when the Brexiteers said that the full £350m a week wouldn’t actuallt be going to the NHS aftera all it was because they intended to spend quite a bit of it on giving everyone a free Vive (virtual reality is more likely to deliver on the promises that they made than the actual reality).

      • Runty McTall says:

        Good job auto-correct…

      • Jac says:

        Given that we paid 2.6bn a year to the EU and 11bn ish in foreign aid (I think this is mostly mandated by eu but could be wrong), both of those combined isn’t even 350million a week and excludes any rebate we get from the EU.

        Given that the nhs budget is roughly 130bn, any arguments about the monetary cost of Europe were laughable yet the incompetence of the remain campaign didn’t even argue.

        The whole thing is just rage inducing.

        • Cederic says:

          Hmm. £2.6bn? No, over triple that. Net.

          But I don’t know anybody that voted to leave the EU just to get extra money into the NHS. All the people I know that voted to leave just want the Government to make laws that suit British people, and to be allowed to.

  13. w0bbl3r says:

    All this price and pound nonsense and absolutely nothing has changed for the UK in the EU, other than a vote that most people want to leave.
    We still have no article 50, still have no negotiations on leaving, just lots of talk and lots of companies and banks deciding they can use this crap to screw with the regular folk who don’t have much money as it is.

    I would love for us to leave the EU, as damaging as that might be. It can’t be more damaging than staying, it might just be damaging as badly but much quicker, like over weeks or months instead of years, how it has been.
    But we haven’t actually done anything yet, and with that stupid woman in charge (that no voter actually voted for as PM, let’s remember that), I don’t see us leaving the EU any time soon.

    Boris should have taken the job. At least he admits to being a clownish fool, and we could at least have some fun with him in charge.

    • Don Reba says:

      that no voter actually voted for as PM, let’s remember that

      Better remember that no one votes for PMs, period.

      • w0bbl3r says:

        Yes, we do.
        Everybody votes on the PM, not the party.
        Do you think people would have voted for the Tory party with John Major running things? Never happen. But we got him anyway and it was a disaster. But at least we got some good jokes in on spitting image.

        • Don Reba says:

          It’s not even the party, just your local constituency’s MP. An MP does not have to be associated with any party, and if the elected MPs decide to form a new party with a totally new leader after the election, they are well within their rights to do so.

        • Minglefingler says:

          Eh, John Major won a General election.

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          The Borderer says:

          Didn’t the Major years kill off Spitting Image? It was a shame, if it could have lasted another couple of years they would have had Blair as PM.

          At least we had Mark Thomas, who was was happy to have a go at Labour just as much as he did with the Tories.

    • Vandelay says:

      They haven’t done it yet because they are fucking terrified of the disaster that would likely follow. Either they accept the EU rules to be included in the single market, pissing off the majority of the out voters who just want rid of immigrants, or we leave the single market and have to scrounge together trade deals, where we will have virtually no exports to offer and other countries will be using it as the perfect opportunity to screw over the desperate Brits.

      Not even the out campaigners seem that eager to get going on article 50.

      • w0bbl3r says:

        Yeah thanks to the scaremongering, people are scared.
        Fucking media bullshit and banking greed has made people terrified.
        Or at least that’s what the media would have you believe.
        Fact is that the majority voted to leave. Not just because of immigration, but because of many other things.
        Will there be damage done if we leave? Yes.
        Is there damage being done while we stay? Yes.
        Better we leave, take the damage quicker, then recover, rather than stay and see our country continue to disintegrate.

        I have seen first-hand good and bad (mostly bad) things from immigration, but mostly I don’t mind too much. Polish people I had living next door might have been selfish and greedy, and completely racist (first word they learned and remembered, usually long before they even came to england, was nigger or nig-nog), but they worked and paid their way. Until they sent enough money back to Poland (taxed in this country then gone, over 1 billion per year, untaxed in Poland suddenly appearing, over 1 billion, is not good for either economy mind you) and then went home.
        Romanians coming here are mostly scum. No two ways about it. And there are a LOT of them.
        But hey, we have plenty of our own scum here, so why not a few hundred thousand more?

        The real problem is how much money it costs us for almost no gain in the EU.
        We can trade all over without an issue. Other countries actually ON the continent manage just fine without being member states. In fact, many of them manage better.
        Or by being part-members or whatever.

        The EU hasn’t helped us in any way. We are in a much worse state now than we were before we joined. That is without question.

        And most people voted to leave. So regardless of the scaremongering that will cause problems, we should leave.
        We won’t, but we should. Because not doing makes a mockery of living in a democracy.
        But we won’t leave. Never happen

        • Runty McTall says:

          Poe’s Law in action…

        • noodlecake says:

          We lost a lot actually. Cornwall loses out majorly from EU funding being pulled. Tons and tons of opportunities at Universities that were supported by EU funding have gone.

          I was about to apply to do an MA where I would be paid £16000 to start my own video game company and be guided through the process of developing and marketing it. The costs of the course and the £16000 stipend are now gone because they came from the EU and they are frightened of investing in a country that has pulled out.

          So intant career in video games gone. Potential new businesses in the UK no longer forming.

          This was just one small course. It’s happening all across the country. Tons of research projects and new business funding gone, and it’s not going to be replaced by the Tories. The Tories are going to take the funding that was going to the EU (a miniscule fraction of the budget) and spend it on tax cuts for multinational corporations. Well done. That’s all your fault. You and the millions of idiots across the country who voted against their own country’s economy.

          • popej says:

            He doesn’t want to hear that.

          • Themadcow says:

            EU funding is UK funding. As a net contributor it’s up to our goverment to decide what industries or regions to allocate funding to after we leave the EU.

          • noodlecake says:

            I can guarantee it won’t be anything as progressive and forward thinking as where the EU funding was going. By the sounds of what Theresa May has to say, it’s going to tax relied from multinational corporations. The ironic thing is that the EU were putting the money into growing new British business, and the Brexit campaign that was against multinational corporations and pro homegrown British business has achieved the exact opposite. Sacrificing opportunities for Britain and British people on every level out of blind jingoism and burying the economy so the tory government can sell us out to global corporations. Everybody loses.

          • Runty McTall says:

            “EU funding is UK funding.”

            This assumes that we get nothing back from the EU except our share of spending. As our current economic performance tells you, our economy is bigger for being in. We will have less money when we leave (well, now actually, uncertainty being economic poison) and the sums we paid to the EU were piddling compared to even 1% foregone growth in our economy.

            And that’s counting only money and none of the other benefits of being in the EU.

          • Jimbo says:

            I for one am completely ok with the EU not reaching into my pocket and the pocket of every other UK taxpayer in order to subsidise your non-essential MA and subsequent incredibly risky business venture.

            There is no such thing as ‘EU funding’ if your country is a net contributor. We send them the money, they skim ~40% off the top then send what’s left back to us and tell us how we have to spend it. If your example is indicative of how frivolously they’re spending our money I’m confident we can keep the full amount and spend it just as badly ourselves.

          • noodlecake says:

            @Jimbo

            Awesome! So screw Britain and British Business. Lets take your money and give it to foreign multinational corporations just like the Tories want.

          • noodlecake says:

            Also. If you’re going to claim that the miniscule amount of money that goes to the EU:

            a) has 40% skimmed off the top
            b) sees us having no other benefits (The state of the pound right now would have me beg to differ)

            I’d like to see some proof.

        • datreus says:

          Looks like w0bbl3r needs to have a chat with the Not Racist Butt link to explosm.net

        • thebigJ_A says:

          Um. You know Yrump’s only running in the US, don’t you?

          • thebigJ_A says:

            *Trump

            Why didn’t my auto-correct catch that. Ruined my funny joke-but-not-really-a-joke-because-I’m-actually-horrified-by-how-open-bigotry-has-become

          • thebigJ_A says:

            How the hell do we still not have an edit button?
            You know you can make it so people can see what you changed in an edit, if that’s the concern. (I can’t think of any possible logical reason beyond that flimsy one)

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            zapatapon says:

            You must be new here.
            There used to be an edit button, a long time ago.
            They removed it because… somehow it put too big a strain on the RPS database server? Or something.

        • Poison_Berrie says:

          You do know that those countries that aren’t in the EU but are doing well are actually buying into the single market.
          They are paying quite a bit, without actually having any say in the matter.

  14. Carlos Danger says:

    Had they voted to remain they would have needed to Vive as going outside would become way too dangerous. Guess they choose the future of reality over the future of VR.

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      Harlander says:

      Yeah, the spasm of racially-motivated violence we got made me feel a whole lot safer.

  15. Eviljimmy says:

    HTC continuously monitors and adjusts pricing to ensure we are providing our customers with the best value possible and with the recent referendum result We really feel we can use it as an excuse to squeeze another £70 out of UK buyers.

    • Runty McTall says:

      Their costs won’t be in GBP and their reporting currency isn’t either. The increase is less than 10%, below the degree of change in the exchange rate and their margins are likely slim on the first gen commercial release as it is.

      They aren’t the first electronics retailer to raise their prices (HP already did it, amongst others) and they won’t be the last. This is the reality of a heavily declining currency.

      We should all be most worried about the fact that oil (and hence everything that links or derives from it) is denominated in dollars – that’ll feed into inflation more than anything else. We all took a pay cut with Brexit – the degree just depends on how big a proportion of the things that you buy is imported.

      • Runty McTall says:

        Actually I guess it’s a shade over 10% of the price that they get (before tax and shipping).

        Think it’s still below the currency movement though.

  16. fish99 says:

    God damn it, and I’d just finished saving up the £746.60 by returning milk bottles.

  17. bedel says:

    The papers today are predicting an interest rate decrease next week, the another drop of the currency.

    Will we see the all time low?

    • Owl Mark says:

      Yes, this week pound is expected to drop even more, because of BOE Inflation Report. BOE is expected to cut interest rates and start Quantitative Easing.

  18. liquidsoap89 says:

    As a Canadian I feel I can say I know how this feels. Not with the Brexit shenanigans, but with the electronic doodads becoming more expensive. I could pretend like I understand how the economy works and it’s perfectly reasonable to expect that I should pay more for things because “the economy”, but I wont pretend to do that… It sucks…