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Games Workshop have always operated as part of the famous ‘Australia tax’ where items become strangely expensive when exported to Australia, even though there’s no import taxes for them to be subject to.
This makes items around 40% more expensive than in the UK, though the actual amount can vary from item to item. Exchange rate movements also make this more varied. Games Workshop tend to charge the price in pounds multiplied by around 2.8 to 3. So an item that would be 10 pounds will cost $30, and so on. Currently a pound is worth $1.90.
This modifier tends to be less annoying on cheaper items where the percentage doesn’t translate to a greatly increased price. But on the more expensive items it gets absurd. Such as the recently announced terrain bundle for Necromunda.
This set isn’t cheap in any currency, but the 170 pounds it would cost currently equates to $323, making this a mark up of $152.
170 multiplied by 2.8 comes to 476, in case you were wondering.
As I get towards the end of painting my collection of models, terrain building is something that is appealing as an answer to the ‘what’s next’ question. Bundles with mark ups like this just make that choice easier. Between YouTube channels showcasing scratch building projects and 3D printing being able to produce multiples of the same park for doors, window frames, or decorative and scenic items, scratchbuilding has never looked more tempting.