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kevpoll 06-25-2012 03:56 PM

Help me with my maths (GBP)
I'm just not getting my head round this. Please can someone tell me where I'm going wrong with the two following calculations.


Method one.

Old system:

This email is to confirm that you have purchased 2000 Cryptic Points for 16.00 GBP
16 GBP / 2000 cpoints = 0.008 GBP per cpoint

New system:

2000 ZEN ?18.00 Item number: paypal2000_eu

?18.00 = ?14.99 GBP (paypal conversion)
2000 ZEN = 1600 cpoints
So, 14.99 GBP / 1600 cpoints = 0.00936875 GBP per cpoint

So I see it now costing me 0.00136875 more per cpoint.


Method two.

Old cost was simply 2000 cpoint for ?16.00 GBP.

So if I wanted to buy 2000 cpoints right now I'd need to buy 2000 and 500 ZEN and convert them.

2000 ZEN = 14.99 GBP
500 ZEN = 3.75 GBP

14.99 + 3.75 = 18.74 GBP


There has got to be a simple mistake in what I've got here and I'm sure I'm due a :redface: for it but I just can't see it. Anyone point it out for me please.

sovereignman 06-25-2012 04:28 PM

Probably getting VAT taxes on your purchases now.

kevpoll 06-25-2012 04:31 PM

VAT = 20%

16.00 plus VAT is 19.20 GBP

The maths still don't work

kevpoll 06-25-2012 04:34 PM

It works out as an increase of 17.125%

nynik 06-25-2012 04:36 PM

It might also be a case of paypal's currency conversion commission. They set it based on the currency your converting into. So 14.99 Pounds may get you 18.00 Euro with them, but if I had 18.00 Euros to convert into Pounds, they would only give me 13.92 Pounds. About 54 pence less than what my 18 Euros are actually worth. You get about 66 pence less than what your 14.99 is worth.

18.00 EUR = 14.4584 GBP & 14.99 GBP = 18.6628 EUR without commission I believe. I haven't even looked at these prices in a long time. I buy everything using dilithium/stipend ^^.

sovereignman 06-25-2012 04:36 PM

Currency exchange fluctuations?

darkjeff 06-27-2012 07:42 AM


Originally Posted by sovereignman (Post 4423691)
Currency exchange fluctuations?

It's definitely an exchange issue, and probably PayPal's fee for doing it.

The price:point ratios haven't changed for USD. I'm guessing Cryptic just absorbed the fees before?

markwilkinson86 06-27-2012 05:06 PM

Same issue
My San Paulo just cost me ?13.76. I had to buy my Zen in euros, I bought exactly the amount I would need and firstly the exchange rate was rubbish and secondly my bank hit me with two seperate charges to pay in euros! Why do I have to pay in another currency when I always paid in Pounds before?!?

sollvax 06-27-2012 05:10 PM

Don't use paypal its always been a rip off

use a credit card its cheaper

captw 06-27-2012 05:15 PM

or just use the steam wallet.

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