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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Comment by static666
by static666 on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 12:26 UTC
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Given enough demand why would you lower prices?

Especially when it comes to 'professional' products like Adobe's. One can always blame higher support costs in overseas markets or need for localization for the price increase.

Also, higher markups = higher list prices = higher discounts and bigger kickbacks.

Kickbacks in IT are WIN in every developing economy, e.g. many parts of Europe, non-EU European states, Russia and third world.

Australian government better look into FOSS and foster adoption.

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