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Rv5

Senior Member
Hey all, bit of market research here though Im guessing the answer is generally, yes, people prefer to buy in their own currency and may be put off otherwise.

Can I just check in on your experiences with this? Are you more likey to purchase a library available in your own currency / less likely to buy because it isn't?

Currently looking to impliment Geo location on www.waverunneraudio.com so it will give you your home currency, would people pefer this?

Best

Ross
 

Denkii

Active Member
To me personally it depends on the currency.
Your website states UK prices right? To me that's a bummer because it'll always be more in my own currency which leaves a bad taste.
When I'm buying something in CAD for example, I always feel like a champ because it sounds way less in € due to the good conversion rate.

What's most important to me though is that prices are communicated including tax, if possible. It's a super downer when you forget about it and save the money for a purchase (as we know sometimes those are huge amounts) only to then find out you forgot about 20% or so.

But referring to what currency should be used: I feel like you can win more than you'd lose if you display the correct currency for users but that's mostly because you're dealing with pounds. UK users will be used to it and everyone else will feel less intimidated because the conversion rate to GBP is pretty high for most people.
 
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chillbot

Sock Muppet
Denkii said basically what I was going to say. From the US I am MORE likely to buy samples in pounds or euros because 20€ or 20£ sounds better then $25 US (whatever it is).

Other than that I have never considered currency as a factor in making a purchase. In this day and age I assume that my credit card or paypal or the internet will deal with any conversions for me.
 

Denkii

Active Member
Denkii said basically what I was going to say. From the US I am MORE likely to buy samples in pounds or euros because 20€ or 20£ sounds better then $25 US (whatever it is).

Other than that I have never considered currency as a factor in making a purchase. In this day and age I assume that my credit card or paypal or the internet will deal with any conversions for me.
That's not what I said though. ;)

I was referring to a scenario where I'd use PayPal. When you do, you'll get the price converted and shown in your own currency. Then it would always be more in € than what was stated in £ and I personally dislike that feeling.
 
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Rv5

Senior Member
Thanks for the feeback guys. I've noticed some companies going with something like £79, €89, $99 and this makes some sense due to conversion rates and then conversion fees. When I was offering multi currencies. as a small developer. I was loosing out a lot on the exchange and then some on the conversion fee, these figures help reflect a similar conversion rate and makes things a little more sustainable. But then some companies I've seen do something like £199 .
/ €199 / $199 where obviously the dollar is the cheaper (or am I missing tax stuff). Still at the point I'm doing all this kind of thing myself sans accountant etc so all feedback real useful!
 

hawpri

Active Member
It doesn't make a difference to me but I prefer seeing the amount in USD next to the store's default currency.
 

Denkii

Active Member
Stating the same price for every currency would make me aggressive because I can mostly lose in that scenario.

Stating three versions of a price would probably also make me want to live in the US.
Edit: I just realized this doesn't make sense if I don't explain it. What I mean is: if I get shown $99 vs. 89€, more often than not it would be effectively less money in Dollars than in Euros if you look up the conversion rates. In this case, I'd prefer to pay in Dollars even though I am from Europe.

Yes, I have tried to use VPNs to foreign relays to get better prices before. :whistling:
 
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Wolfie2112

Senior Member
It's not rocket science...just quickly Google the currency conversion and....voila! The Canadian dollar is always a shocker, so I'm used to automatically knowing what most covers rates will be.
 

ka00

Senior Member
I’ve never purchased anything in my local currency (CAD) without having the price marked up considerably (either by the developer or their e-commerce vendor) as a consequence. Every single time the conversion rate they lock you into is terrible. FastSpring is pretty bad in this regard for example.

I’ve backed out of purchases when I wasn’t allowed to pay in USD from my Canadian PayPal account. Most recently with Audio-Modeling. I found a US distributor with a better price who didn't force me into paying in CAD.
 
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Wolfie2112

Senior Member
I’ve never purchased anything in my local currency (CAD) without having the price marked up considerably (either by the developer or their e-commerce vendor) as a consequence. Every single time the conversion rate they lock you into is terrible. FastSpring is pretty bad in this regard for example.

I’ve backed out of purchases when I wasn’t allowed to pay in USD from my Canadian PayPal account. Most recently with Audio-Modeling. I found a US distributor with a better price who didn't force me into paying in CAD.
I think PayPal also increases the exchange rate a bit, we Canucks get screwed regardless.
 

ka00

Senior Member
I think PayPal also increases the exchange rate a bit, we Canucks get screwed regardless.
Very true. What I do is always leave the PayPal currency as USD and then just hope my credit card’s conversion rate is better. But who knows, I never remember to compare them come statement time.

Another point I will also add is that when OT had that recent sale via Native Instruments, I saw the prices of the libraries listed in CAD it gave me sticker shock, and it burst my bubble of willful ignorance at what the actual cost of the libraries were.
 

YaniDee

Active Member
we Canucks get screwed regardless.
I've said this in another post but I'll say it again, Canada is a very large country with an abundance of natural resources, a sound financial system, and is innovative in scientific and other development..and we're (generally) nice, yet our dollar is worth squat..A recent 8Dio purchase of 18$ became 25$!
Going from Cubase 8.5 pro to 10 pro. is listed at $200 US, and becomes $300 CAD. A forum discussion about this issue is here:

https://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=284&t=147510

And then there's Native Instruments which has a similar markup, and adds tax!
One time I bought a product from a small developer (can't recall which one), and the final price was way above a "normal" conversion. I sent him an email pointing it out, and he replied that the company handling his purchases had a software glitch, thanked me for letting him know, and he then gave me a better price. That's pretty rare..
 

Desire Inspires

To the stars through desire....
Why not just use a U.S. billing address? If you are downloading the software, it should be fairly easy to do this.
 

PaulieDC

1967 Bizzarini GT 5300 Strada
Other than that I have never considered currency as a factor in making a purchase. In this day and age I assume that my credit card or paypal or the internet will deal with any conversions for me.
Well exactly. I think I'm missing the point of the thread somewhere. Berlin String is 840 Euros. That's $941 USD (today). I don't think I'm paying MORE, I'm just paying the USD representation of 840 euros. Look at the folks in Japan... Berlin Strings costs them 104,822... yen.

BTW, kudos to Spitfire, when I hunt around and covet 9/10's of their stuff, they somehow list everything in USD in my US browser... I guess they detect the location? So I'm not looking at British Pounds which would be a lower number. In fact, when they put Chamber Strings pro at half price in March and I leaped on it, it said $499, went into the cart and onto my PayPal Credit account at $499. So the real answer is, hey library companies, get web developers that can code for location!
 

Denkii

Active Member
In fact, when they put Chamber Strings pro at half price in March and I leaped on it, it said $499, went into the cart and onto my PayPal Credit account at $499. So the real answer is, hey library companies, get web developers that can code for location!
Which was listed for 500€ in Europe...that's actually around $560. Which brings me back to my original post: happy to screw back via VPN if someone tries to screw me.
To clarify: I do understand that it was still 50% off the MSRP. All I'm saying is that I don't see why Europeans should spend 10% more on a product that literally has the same distribution cost regardless of the destination.
 
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chocobitz825

Senior Member
Thnx..I'll look into that..But Paypal, etc has my address, and they can tell the country by the IP address..
I just came across this, it's more more for packages but could be an option.

https://www.shipito.com/
I’m not sure in the case of PayPal but billing addresses are used to confirm the validity of the payment method. If the zip code information doesn’t match your credit card’s registers zip it can be declined. With PayPal, in cases where the billing address is also provided by PayPal you likely have no options since I believe PayPal requires your information match your billing info as well.
 
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