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Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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RE: Price competition
by kaiwai on Sat 18th Sep 2010 02:29 UTC in reply to "Price competition"
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Here in Russia Apple products' prices are from twice as high as competitors (desktop offerings excluding iMac) and to three times as high (laptops). That is specially nice when facing the fact that client bank software and most other business software is Windows only with some (usually also overpriced) Linux options.

But how much of that is due to tariffs and other duties? I know for example that many countries there is no duty on individual components so what happen is local assemblers bring in the components, they assemble it in their own country and thus are able to undercut the cost of complete computers being imported in which are subjected to tariffs and duties. New Zealand used to do the same thing with tv sets; there were no duties on imported components, the tvs were assembled locally but due to the duties it was more expensive to buy a complete assembled tv from outside of NZ than it was to purchase an assembled one in NZ. In real terms is one cheaper than the other? its only that way because of government interference and putting up barriers to trade. I have a feeling that'll be the same situation in Russia to encourage local assembly even if it screws over the consumer in the process.

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