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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RE: Comment by docc
by lemur2 on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 05:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by docc"
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Some of the markups here in Australia are ridiculous. There are some pieces of software (I'm looking at you Adobe) where is is cheaper to fly to the US in _business class_, buy it, fly back, and pay the full import taxes/GST than it is to buy it locally.

The only reason that they charge more here is because they can and they get away with it.

They don't get away with it for me. I refuse to pay their hyper-inflated prices for software. I run kubuntu on my desktop and laptop and Android on my tablet and phone.

There is not one single app that I want for and yet I manage to completely avoid the ripoff that American brand name firms try to perpetrate here in Australia.

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