How Well Do Harvey Norman’s GST-Free Game Prices Stack Up?

How Well Do Harvey Norman’s GST-Free Game Prices Stack Up?

Well, the prehistoric retail dinosaur that is Gerry Harvey has finally entered the 21st Century. And while some people will probably avoid using his new direct import service out of principle, it’s worth comparing prices to other services to see just how much money Gerry can “save” you. Let’s take a look.

As a comparison, we’re going to look at Ozgameshop and Play Asia. Because Harvey’s site is the newest, we’re going to give it the benefit of the doubt and only go off products they are advertising to see who’s got the best prices.

A couple of things to point out though – these prices don’t include delivery charges. There’s also no accounting for which region you’re buying from. While it doesn’t always matter, there are many games that are region-locked, which could cause problems when you buy online, if not for the game itself, then for the DLC.

In any case, the results are as follows:

Assassin’s Creed Revelations (360) Harvey Norman: $55 Ozgameshop: $57 Play-Asia: $50.50

Battlefield 3 (360) Harvey Norman: $59 Ozgameshop: $43 Play-Asia: $67

Modern Warfare 3 (360) Harvey Norman: $63 Ozgameshop: $54 Play-Asia: $55

Batman Arkham City (PS3) Harvey Norman: $58 Ozgameshop: $45 Play-Asia: $64

Uncharted 3 (PS3) Harvey Norman: $64 Ozgameshop: $58 Play-Asia: $64

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) Harvey Norman: $52 Ozgameshop: $51 Play-Asia: $56

As you can see, as a general rule Harvey Norman still comes in as a more expensive option in most of the games we checked. Where they didn’t the difference was so negligible that it is most likely wiped out by the shipping charge.

So in other words, it’s still always worth shopping around for the best price, which as usual probably isn’t with the old dog Gerry Harvey…

This article originally appeared in Gizmodo Australia.


  • Gerry could sell his $5 cheaper than Ozgameshop and I still wouldn’t buy them. I wonder what my price would be …. ?

        • Who cares i doubt they made their fortune from importing stuff from overseas and selling it and then when the very customers he sold to decide to do the same thing and cut him out of the process have a hissy fit

          • He’s not importing them to Australia, he has setup something overseas and basically trading online and sending them to home users and pocketing the cash.

          • I was considering buying some stuff from Harvey Normans new online game shop.

            But you’re right. That’s exactly how it is… He wont be getting my money either.

        • Ausgameshop staff are often on the Whirlpool forums answering customer questions.

          I won’t be buying anything from Harvey Norman just to save a couple of bucks. Gotta give Gerry credit, though. Hes one helluva self promoter and the trash media swallow it hook line and sinker.. Awaiting a story on Today Tonight or ACA.

    • fair enough, i dont mind the hate on harvey but i also dont appreciate the 1 month wait to get anything from ozgameshop. i will not get any new release games from them anymore as everything i have ordered has taken at least 3 weeks to arrive

    • Agreed, he can go to hell for all I care. He infuriates me and his television commercials make me literally run across the house for the remote so I can hit mute.

  • Nick, you should really provide the freight charges… not that it matters, HN is still more expensive than ozgameshop across the board except Ass Creed Rev.

    • Heh, I wouldn’t buy from EB or HN unless I had no other choice. They both try to rip you off while advertising how cheap they are.

      I miss the days of “If you find it cheaper we’ll beat it by x%”. At least there was a little encouragement to price game competitively. Oh man, I’m entering rant mode. I’m cutting it here

  • I also wonder about how long it takes for them to arrive.

    I’ve bought board games from Games Paradise in Sydney (I’m in Melbourne) and they ship the very next day, or at the latest, the day after that. Pretty good I say.

    Ozgameshop can take around two weeks, so if Harvey can get the games to you within 2 days he might have some success. I doubt it though. Check out Borders online (please don’t), anecdotally they take longer than Book Depository does.

  • Harvey’s gonna have to take down his “world best price” banner. Though I was impressed that Deus Ex is $26. If I didn’t already have a copy, I’d get on that.

    • Deus Ex has dropped dramatically in price.

      I was rather happy to pick it up for $70. A few weeks later I couldn’t find a copy for more than $50.

      • I have it on PC (snapped up the preorder before the publisher remembered to add the Aussie tax to Steam), but am pretty tempted to grab an xbox copy.

      • See that’s kind of odd. I mean at first there was some backlash because of those boss battles, but in retrospect it’s turned out to be one of the most acclaimed titles of 2011. It’d probably be GOTY in a lot if places if not for Skyrim – maybe it’s just because November/December turned 2011 from a year of the most anticipated games to the year of the disappointing secquels.

        • Yeah, I was surprised and disappointed that it didn’t sell loads more.

          It was still a hugely polished and atmospheric game, despite the boss battles.

        • I paid $30 on release from Green Man. I don’t have a clear favourite this year, but its in my top 3 with Skyrim and The Witcher 2 (Portal 2 and Uncharted 3 round out my top 5).

          • And if people were disappointed with Deus Ex’s boss battles, I’d love to know what they thought about Skyrim’s dragons. The final fight with Alduin is a huge anticlimax when you just whack him with axes for 5 seconds or less and he dies.

            Anyway, the HN prices are clearly competitive but not, you know, better than the competition. I’ll at least have to keep an eye on their prices for new releases.

  • I wonder how long the shipping takes from Harvey Norman. It usually takes me ~2-3 weeks to get a game from OzGameShop and if Harvey Norman is a week or less then it might be worth an extra $5 to get it sooner (no more though)

    • Ozgameshop seem to be taking longer lately (over three weeks for an item I am still waiting for – and to top it off got an email telling people if they hadn’t order by December 5th it won’t get here in time for Christmas – I ordered a week before that and it was sent on the 4th).

  • Be warned, Gerry wants everyone to get negative about this so then he can come out and say “Well, I tried selling online and it did not work.” I’ll still be buying my games from JB.

    • That’s because Gerry Harvey is Montgomery Burns and thinks he’s the only retailer in Australia. You know, senile.

  • Allow me to replicate Gerry Harvey’s enthusiasm for their direct import store by not using it – what kind of idiot opens a new avenue of business with a sigh and expects us to use it?

  • I have finally noticed a little place called Dungeon Crawl. They are a direct-import business who seem to have similar pricing to HN Direct Import, but the item is on the shelf right there.

  • Something worth noting is that UK region DLC is compatible with the Aus/NZ Psstore.

    So you can import from the Uk as much as you like and then buy DLC off your local store. As long as the game code is a BLES then its fine.

  • No amount of discount or speedy delivery can make me shop with this man. If I’m going to support a local store it’ll be Game or (last resort) EB. One day, this man will get the arse and HN may turn into a decent store I’d consider shopping at. Until then, not a chance. His contempt for his customers is readily apparent.

      • I dislike HN for many reasons, but his prices ARE decent.

        However, I’d much rather shop at GAME where the manager actually knows who I am and knows what I like than shop with a faceless man who thinks customers are idiots.

      • I know exactly what you mean mate! I shop at Gametraders pretty much exclusively nowadays, especially at the Blacktown store. All the workers there including the franchise owner knows me by name (hope that’s a good thing! haha) and they always give me great deals, extremely friendly and know what they’re talking about!

        We need more Gametraders store here, drive out all the EB Games stores! keep it Aussie! 😀

        • Sweet, have to check out gametraders. In coffs harbour we only have EB, So I DD.

          It should also be noted that game, was previously The games wizards, which was wholly australian owned. Whyile it is still a franchise, there will be locals behind the counter. But end of the day, more money goes OS.

  • Say you bought 4 games, as i recently did from OG, you’re looking at an extra $16 shipping if you bought from HN..on top of HN’s higher pricing..

    • Another choice reason to avoid buying from Harvey Norman. I have several friends try & convince me Amway is a excellent way to waste my money.

  • Given Ozgameshop postal cost works out at $0 at HN works out at something more than that, you’re always going to do better with Ozgameshop. If HN can ship over night for a few dollars more that might be an option.

    And calling Gerry harvey a dinosaur seems to recent for him, I’m think more ‘pre-vertebrate life barely sentient protein goo’.

  • A quick search shows that harvey norman is regularly investigated by the ACCC. Clearly a company with truth issues.

    Best to steer clear and continue as you have.

    • This doesn’t surprise me. I’ve had them flagrantly violate the law regarding refunds at the Browns Plains store when we bought a PC a few years back. The power pack actually died the same day. It was an all in one machine, took it back and asked for my cash back as I found out I could have a custom one built cheaper. I only wanted it back after it had died. They told me all sales were final, no refunds etc. I had to call the Ombudsman while IN STORE to get my refund… :\

  • All this hate for HN is strange to me, I think as gamers we should be hating on the grater evil…EB. With there outrageous in store prices and online prices, the is the company that is trying to F gamers. I hope they go broke. At least at HN you can still get good deals (ps3 $276)… Just saying

    • I agree I hate EB too but at least you don’t get the feeling their boss hates you whenever you shop there. For bricks and mortar store, it’s Game for me, then JB. Otherwise, it’s onlilne if I don’t care about the wait.

          • Um lol no it doesn’t. Where do you think Gametraders get there stock from? Overseas…… Where retailers such as EB, GAME and JB get most of their stock from local suppliers. EB/GAME/JB also employ many more Aussies than Gametraders do. So by buying from The big 3, you are supporting Australia much more than you think.

    • I don’t see them out to screw gamers. We tend to know better and go elsewhere. They basically service parents and kids – the type who don’t know that you can buy online for half the price, or that their ‘new’ games may have been played by staff and put back on the shelf.
      Check them out at Xmas, you’ll see 90% either under 13 or over 40 (and usually buying an MA game for their under 13).
      If they’re screwing anyone, it’s them and if they aren’t willing to research before buying – eh, no sympathy.

  • The man is a menace. He cracks the shits at his customers for not shopping with him, then when sales drop further, he blames us for shopping elsewhere…..yeah Gerry, it’s called ‘choice’ and smart shoppers know how to excercise it.

  • I’ll be sticking with ozgameshop even though their delivery times can be confusing.. I mean, I ordered 2 games on the same day, one was despatched a week later than the other, but they arrived at the same time???

    That said, their prices are good, delivery is free, and you get rewards points, which is a nice little bonus.

    I would be happy to pay for postage if they could guarantee quicker delivery, like within a week or something.

  • The thing I hate about Gerry is that he claims that people are getting away with not paying GST. Look at the prices in store and his new online store. There seems to be a little more than just the GST difference.

    What a moron

    • Exactly.
      He whines like a bitch about how dropping 10% gst is going to make his 100% mark ups more palatable when he’s just trying to punish consumers for looking for the best price.

      I shop where I get the best price. However with “Jerry” it’s personal. He’s an arrogant pompous arse who thinks the world owes him it’s money and I wouldn’t shop there if you paid me to.

      Also Nick, when you write the next article comparing prices try comparing all the variables.
      Cost of delivery, wait times and warranty all count toward whether you are going to buy from a retailer. Just like whether you get all the facts determines how your customers react to an article, sort of. 😉

  • Might be interesting to contrast with Harvey Norman’s local retail price for each one to show how much of a difference it actually is.

    Shipping speed will always be the same from anywhere in the UK or Ireland – it’s all Royal Mail and there isn’t a faster option short of a courier. 🙁

  • Got to remember this is the guy that wanted new labour laws so he could import cheap labour for his Horse Racing interests and not pay min wage for them……There is a reason the staff called the stores Hardly Normal….

  • Nah stuff him. I hope that they bring in GST for imported purchases, but only apply it to things bought from his store.

  • I dont know why they just don’t factor in the costs of their flat rate shipping into the cost and do “free” shipping.

    it would be more attractive from a marketing point of view.

  • As with most things I will “try” to buy locally and from a local independent store like my local Game Traders – I know the owners and they live local, send their kids to a local school and buy from the local grocery store… They maybe a little more expensive with some items others are same same… But I know the profit goes back into the local economy… not so with ED, GAME, OZGAMESTORE and certainly not with HARVEY NORMAN…
    But then again price is a factor… and with a mortgage, young family I need to make the right choice. So I don’t get a new release game straight away – I wait and get it later… no big deal really… for me that is. 🙂

  • a.) this’ll ruin it for good places like playasia, ozgames… b.) what a shameless hypocrite. c.) I ain’t surprised. d.) he still has alot of money, he doesn’t want to save our money. He just wants more for himself.

    ==end communication==

  • I am sick to death of all of you idiots whinging and whining about this subject. There is a choice in the retail market for a reason!!!! Just becasue you don’t like a particular store etc, there are obviously many other that do as they as still there.

    So stop your bloddy whinging and talk about something that is more important, as I am sick of al the SHIT put through these pages complaining about things. You all sound like a bunch of mornons.

    • HAH! This blog is filled with people who are NOT HIS TARGET AUDIENCE. Of course there would be many who despise him. Plenty of people still shop there so if you are a HN tragic by all means continue shopping there.

      This guy’s offended a LOT of people’s principle and trust me no everyone is stingy bastard who buys everything at the lowest price. I for one will not get things from HN simply because this dude’s a two faced whinging ectoplasm.

  • wtf is wrong is everyone here? IF this is a place to get cheap games that dont take 3-4 weeks delivery, then what the hell is the problem!? THis is excellent news. I dont know what this guy did wrong, and I dont give an f. I want cheap games. I mean, who is this guy, Hitler? Whats with the unusually political Vendettas?

    • The guy is a self righteous prick who has been more than happy to bleed consumers with overpriced widgets and would have continued to do so unless the internet had even the playing field.

      And faster than 3 to 4 weeks for delivery? What are you smoking? He is shipping stuff from exactly the same continent as all his online competitors, it will take just as long for packages to make their way to Australia.

  • Lol I really don’t get the hate for Gerry. So he critized the import market as it’s having a huge impact on our local retail. Big deal. He runs a business, of course he wants to continue and make money.

    I don’t care how cheap imports are, I’d rather wait for sales at retail and support my fellow Aussies. Including Gerry. Oh no.

  • No I don’t want Harvey Norman (or any other retailer) to go out of business, like some are saying. Thousands of people would be out of work. Quite horrible to say you want him to fail. I’m quite sure the people who rely on those retailers to make a living would disagree.

      • Bingo!
        It’s no longer us and them it’s just “all of us”. The world is rapidly on the way to being one big market and along the way bloated dinosaurs like JH are going to die (and good riddance).
        Good riddance to those who try to protect inflated profit margins just because we are Australians and “can afford” more of a squeezing. We deserve the prices we are prepared to fight for.

        Nationalism has no place in the new world order. Long live the revolution!

  • An absolutely pointless comparison in the absence of shipping charges, particularly given that Hardly Normal charges double the amount compared to the likes of Zavvi and TheHut, and exponentially more compared to ozgameshop and cdwow which have no delivery charges at all.

  • XFD @ you stupid fucking faggots. He’s no better or worse than any other game merchant, but you’ve all arbitrarily decided he’s the devil. If he has a good price, why not give him business over some asia based businessman of similar motives? That way more money stays in Australia.

    W/e, brahz.

  • Another thing you forgot to mention – Harvey’s website does not post to po boxes!! Ozgameshop etc will post to po box.

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