This issue has me a bit concerned so, I figured I write about it today, and you guys can let me know your thoughts on it all…. Us gamers have to stick together in times like this. Okay, so Trump is now in the process of rolling out trade tariffs. If you are unsure what that means, it’s cool. Let me explain….
A tariff is pretty much a form of taxing used to raise prices on imported goods from other countries. This has the gaming world in an uproar right now….this means games and consoles included, could eventually become much more expensive to purchase, much more costly than anything made domestically… Such as Nintendo and Nintendo Switch.
My guess is that since Trump is a great businessman, (we’ve gotta give him that much) he is looking for ways to get more money for our country and bring us out of this debt. I get it but, at the same time, I don’t think it’s fair to make us pay more for things that are already so expensive. Is this really necessary?? I’m sure there are other ways to cut corners, wouldn’t you agree??
Rumors leading up to Trump’s election suggested that he and his team were considering a 5% tariff increase or possibly even a 10% increase. Then, just this past Monday, Trump signed an executive order, withdrawing us from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Polygon has already reached out to the Entertainment Software Association, early Monday morning, following the withdrawing from Trans-Pacific, just to see how exactly this will affect the gaming industry as a whole. They also asked if the ESA is considering lobbying against the tariffs. I sure hope they do… I would hate to see prices go up so much that us hard workers, cannot afford to keep favorite past time any longer. That would be so morose! I mean we already to our best to keep up with it all and that would make it absolutely impossible for so many. Considering the three largest gaming consoles are manufactured in China.
“We are looking into the issue and can provide more information shortly.” says a spokesperson for ESA.
Now, a big concern of mine is that… this may encourage other countries to tariff products coming from here in the United States. Let’s all hope this doesn’t start some sort of trade war or something.
At this point this is all hearsay, but, Polygon is right, Trump does hold power in this situation, of course, not only is he is our president and that “trumps” anyone else’s opinion (no pun intended lol) but, he has influence over pretty much anything…and if he feels it’s what’s best, and we all know it’s not but, he will make it happen. Let’s face it… a guy like Trump isn’t worried about getting his next gaming fix.. he could care less about us and the gaming world in general. That’s not to say that he is a horrible person and/or President, just that his focus lies in different areas. Whether he a good president or not is beside the fact. Not trying to spark a debate here either friends… lol.
No one is sure exactly how far the impact with reach and, how much it will directly affect the gaming industry but, I am pretty sure it will have some sort of impact, whether it will be huge or not is yet to be seen.
Woah! Hold the presses! Literally just read that we are already having trade issues with Canada. It may not be their gaming industry suffering, mainly their lumber but, still, this does not make me feel any better. Check this out…
How do you feel about all this? Do you think it will affect our industry? Will it affect us in a good way or a bad? What are your thoughts, my friends?? Do you agree with anything he said… would we be sacrificing for the greater good? Not, sure how to feel about all this… I just know I don’t want much of anything to have an increase in prices, especially since nearly everything can be so expensive already, these days. I don’t want this to be one of those situation’s where they keep raising prices just because they see how much money it creates.
Anywho… Let me know your thoughts and comment friends. I know there are quite a few of you that surely have an opinion on this and truth be told, I am not a very political person. If you have more insight on where you think all this will go… Seriously, let me hear it!
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