Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 09:56 UTC
In the News If you don't live in the US, this is a pretty common source of irritation: US companies charging crazy markups on products sold in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the rest of the world. The Australian government has had enough of this practice, and started an inquiry into the matter. Yesterday (or today? Timezones confuse me) Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe had to answer questions in a public hearing.
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over it.
by Lion on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 11:18 UTC
Lion
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The place I see this most is Steam games. One example of this that has been annoying me for the last (almost exactly) 2 years is the pricing on Need for Speed Shift 2 - it's 75% cheaper in the USA. The last time it was heavily discounted in a Steam sale, it was still more expensive than the standard American price.
http://www.steamprices.com/au/topripoffs

These days the NZ dollar is far stronger than I am used to against the American, so it's a great time to buy stuff online to avoid some of these artificial price hikes. But Amazon is getting crazy restrictive now, and I am starting to even encounter retailers that have blacklisted the addresses of freight forwarding companies.

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