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OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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RE[2]: Currency conversion
by kaiwai on Tue 26th May 2009 10:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Currency conversion"
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It's the opposite. Look how much does an Apple PC cost in Eastern Europe or South America - it's insane. You're better off importing one from the US or Western Europe. You live in some fantasy world.

I suggest you look at the ridiculous level of taxes on products imported; I'm in New Zealand and there is a gap between the US and NZ prices which can be accounted because of currency fluctuations and GST. When in Europe you have tax rates amount to extortion - 17.5% VAT, property taxes, income taxes, regulations, an incredibly niche language then all this drives up cost.

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