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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: Ridiculous prices
by kaiwai on Tue 26th May 2009 10:19 UTC in reply to "Ridiculous prices"
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The entry level MB466BZ is BRL 5.500,00. Here is BRL 2,25 = US$ 1.00, so you do the math and you got this:

US$ 2,445.00 for a Unibody MacBook, really entry level.

How insane is that? IIRC, the taxes here are up to 100% for imported computers. Note: there are no taxes for books, afaik.

I got myself one, is the best machine I ever hard, but living in Brazil is killing me through my pocket. Is really, really hard to live when you like technology, make about BRL 21.384,00 (net) a year. And I'm one of the best IT professionals around, MCSE+ level.

Technology aside, an apple (standard quality) here is about BRL 0,45 (cents). I've heard from people that travelled to the US than an apple alone could cost up to US$ 4,00!

How insane is that, too?

Such crazy times that we live on.

So hang on - where does Apple fit into the equation? your government is robbing you blind and you blame Apple for it. Maybe you should look overseas for employment if your life is being made as difficult as humanly possible.

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