Are we about to see a massive 20% price cut on all consoles locally?

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The Department of Trade and industry in South Africa has recently been on a fact finding mission to see if the current import tariffs on electrical goods are fair or need to be changed.

Basically the idea behind import tariffs is that they will protect our local industry and keep the money in South Africa. So instead of buying a Dell you will buy a Mecer.

But they aren’t always on the mark as adding import tariffs on a Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii doesn’t protect anyone locally and is simply lining the pockets of the government. So kudos to the government for ordering this review and the results have been pretty interesting.

Moving forward we can expect to see up to a 20% drop in general electrical appliances that have no locally developed competition along with some serious price drops in certain types of batteries and lamps… because we can never have enough lamps.

The big question is whether this will affect console sales or not and to be honest I can’t actually find that out for sure. I don’t know if we currently have import tariffs on consoles or if they would even be dropped if we do as consoles are not mentioned anywhere in the absolutely thrilling DTC document I just read.

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If anyone knows a little more about the inner sanctum of customs now would be a great time to speak up?

[Thanks to Mark for the tip]

Last Updated: August 21, 2009

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • easy

    i don’t know anything about the inner sanctum of customs & excise, but i do know that when price cuts are mentioned in terms of legislation, nothing tangible becomes of it.

    the car industry is another example of how stuff all gets done about consumers getting rear ended… so to speak

  • fred

    The old ps3 was classified as a computer (because you could load linux) and benefited from the zero rate because of that as far as I know . That might change for the new model and actually attract more import duties.

  • WitWolfyZA

    so R3800 for a console… heck its better than R5000+

  • Same

    Wow, nothing on lazygamer about the 54% failure rate of xbox 360s? Good grief lads, it’s been all the rage the last day and a half. If it was the PS3, I’m pretty sure Geoff would have spinned an anti-PS3 piece.

  • Actually if you read his articles you may find that Geoff is pretty pro-PS3..

    also (

    Please note the headline is full of sarcasm….

    But why let little things like facts stand in the way of a good xbot bias :whistle:

  • Fox1
  • Awie_is_n_Pirate

    lol “Same”, your such a PS3 loving n00b.

  • Ozzy

    yet as a high manufacturing failure rate not found in any industry, its still celebrated as a great console. wahahahahahahaha. its unbelievable. but i must admit i was one of the suckers lining m$ pockets.

  • StigSmash

    As much as this is interesting news. If you have a look at the report it was completed and signed 5 months ago (23/03/2009 according to Page 2 of the report).

  • easy

    its ‘you’re’ or to be grammatically correct ‘you are’

    for future reference, when mudslinging, its best to make sure your ‘mud projectile’ makes sense 😉 :biggrin:

  • Awie_is_n_Pirate

    Languages change with the times. Much as “You are” has been contracted to “you’re”, “you’re” will most likely become “youre” or even “ur” in our written vernacular. 😛

  • easy

    lol… point taken, but ‘your’ is not a contraction of ‘you are’.

    anyway, please lets return to flaming… its far more interesting. :sleeping:

  • Awie_is_n_Pirate

    uhm.. ok I’m not that great at flaming, but let’s see what I can do.:P

    easy you’re a rabid xbot, and my PC could own your mother.

  • ScurvyJimbeam

    I think Same is just jealous he insnt gona be in on the “get up and change game disc’s” action when FF comes out.

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