Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Mar 2006 21:32 UTC
Apple This week saw the introduction of various new Apple products. Everybody has their own opinions on these new products, and websites all over the world saw enough discussions about the integrated video card of the Mini, the 'HiFi-ness' of the iPod HiFi, and more. Another issue, however, which got considerable less attention, was that of pricing. And no, I'm not talking about expensive-or-not (God, no). I'm talking about price differences between the US and Europe. And quite frankly, it's pissing me off. Note: This is this week's Sunday Eve Column.
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Warranty
by Andre Siegel on Sun 5th Mar 2006 22:28 UTC
Andre Siegel
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2005-08-12

The European Union enforces that all consumer goods have to be sold with a 2 year warranty. This is not the case in the United states where Apple products are usually sold with a warranty of only 12 months (like the Mac Mini, for example). Same applies for DELL to name another well known computer company.

The different legal situation regarding product warranty could in many cases justify a 5 to 10% difference in price as you have to deal with a higher amount of accrued liabilities, i.e. less cash to invest freely.

No offence intended, but I was a bit disappointed by the opinions expressed in the last two Sunday Eve Columns. I am looking forward to the next one and hope I will like it better.

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