Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE[4]: Comment by wirespot
by wirespot on Sun 25th Oct 2009 17:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by wirespot"
wirespot
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Compared to Macs in the US, I gather you meant to say. Yes, and in other parts of the world, too. And not just for Macs, all kinds of IT hardware. Some reasons here:
http://www.ifoapplestore.com/stores/exchange_rates.html

In short, taxes, transportation and, last but not least, the buying power of the local currency make the difference. The US dollar has been slipping for some time now, so IT products are priced accordingly to what US citizens can afford. Any manufacturer will push the prices up as much as any given market can bear. They're in for the profit, of course. So it's not that Macs are more expensive in Europe or Japan, it's that they're cheaper in the US because that's what Americans can take.

Besides, I don't see how this argument helps. Even if Macs were more expensive in Europe that the US (compared to the locals spending power), the fact they keep buying them makes all the stronger the argument that they're quality products. You don't keep buying very expensive stuff if it's not worth it, do you?

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