Kogan Selling Games: Can It Beat Harvey Norman?

Kogan's brand-name importing continues to expand; the site is now selling a handful of imported console games as well. That puts Kogan in direct competition with Harvey Norman's online gaming import site. Who comes out on top?

As Luke notes over at Gizmodo, the pricing is competitive but not necessarily the absolute cheapest on the market. As soon as I read about it, my immediate question was: is it cheaper than the Direct Import site which Harvey Norman launched last December?

Here's what the two sites are charging, including postage for a single title (which is $4 at Kogan and $3.95 at Harvey Norman):

So that's a pretty clear win to Kogan. It's reasonable to point out that the Harvey Norman site offers a much wider range of games, though as the games come from Europe, delivery can be slower (the Kogan titles ship from Hong Kong). There's also a slight risk with any import title that online play might not work properly (an issue Kogan notes on its product pages).

Bottom line? If you're after these particular titles, right now Kogan is a little cheaper than Harvey Morman, but PlayAsia is cheaper again for at least some titles. The ultimate lesson? Shopping around still pays. But I don't expect we've seen the last of this particular battle.


Comments

    Would have been more relevant if the comparisons included some of the other retailers like EB and Gametraders etc. so we could see how inflated Harvey and Kogan's prices are. Personally, If I can't buy it cheap on eBay, I'll go to Steam or similar for download prices.

    Kogan vs HN.
    No Tax invoice vs Tax invoice
    ACCC protection for consumers vs No guarantees of any australian consumer protection.

    Note: Product comes with some sort of Hong Kong delivery slip only.

      Actually, both sell via offshore companies, so if one didn't have consumer protection obligations, the other wouldn't either. But actually have the same consumer protection requirements. This comment is basically pure scaremongering.

    Lets be realistic. If you're going for lowest price on a new game, the inclusion of PlayAsia and OzGameShop are a must. Keyword, 'New'. Plenty of other places to buy second hand games 6-9 months down the track.

    Even cheaper again with wowhd.com.au

      Somewhat.

      Terraria for $23.95 ?? $10 on steam.

    I would love a more detailed comparison article on all offshore game retailers! I get most of my games from ozgameshop, the only exception being an incredible price difference between them and PlayAsia. I only use ozgameshop over PlayAsia due to its user friendly site. Any others I should know about?

    eBay overseas sellers sell these games at about half the price lol

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