Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 27th Apr 2007 07:15 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems It's been 12 years since I got my first PC. Back then, it came with a 14" 800x600 CRT monitor. But times change. Now, for just $250 you can get a 22" LCD monitor with a 1680x1050 resolution! Geeks.com were very kind to send us one of their LCD monitors, the Viewsonic VX2235wm, for a review. We tested the monitor under Windows, Linux and the Mac and here is what we found.
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RE: I hate to be european
by biffuz on Fri 27th Apr 2007 10:47 UTC in reply to "I hate to be european"
biffuz
Member since:
2006-03-27

Short answer: European prices often includes taxes, US prices don't :-)

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RE[2]: I hate to be european
by mat69 on Fri 27th Apr 2007 14:18 in reply to "RE: I hate to be european"
mat69 Member since:
2006-03-29

I did a comparison myself once and that is not true.

On many occasions it would be cheaper to buy the stuff online and ship it to Europe even including tariffs, additional payments ... would still be cheaper.

Yet this still was no option for me, as it would overcomplicate warranty claims.

Imo companies know that they can exhaust us, maybe once higher prices were due to shippment costs etc., but imo now they only remain because people still buy the overprized stuff. Look at the PS3, in Europe it is stripped down, yet we still pay more.

PS3 on Amazon.de:
599 Euro
599 / 1.19 = 503.36 Euro (without VAT)
503.36 * 1.364 = 686.58 US Dollar
PS3 on Amazon.com:
599.99 US Dollar

Germans pay 14.4% more just for the sake of it.

VX2235wm on Amazon.de
483.56 Euro
483.56 / 1.19 = 406.35 Euro (without VAT)
406.35 * 1.364 = 554.27 US Dollar
VX2235wm on Amazon.com
346.29 US Dollar

60.1% more, for what?

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RE[3]: I hate to be european
by biffuz on Fri 27th Apr 2007 15:03 in reply to "RE[2]: I hate to be european"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

A difference of 10%-20% is normal, you can't do a comparison on a single product on a single shop.
Distribution costs in Europe are terrific, and the need of translation.

And don't forget marketing :-)

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RE[3]: I hate to be european
by rft183 on Fri 27th Apr 2007 15:23 in reply to "RE[2]: I hate to be european"
rft183 Member since:
2005-08-11

As for taxes not being included in the US price, most US states "require" that you pay tax on items that you've ordered online. My local sales tax is 9%, which would bring the $599 PS3 price up to $652.91.

You still pay more, I'll admit, and what's more, the taxes (on the online orders) are more of an "honor system" than anything, so I don't know anyone who pays them.

[edit] If you buy locally, you have to pay the tax.

Edited 2007-04-27 15:25

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RE[3]: I hate to be european
by aliquis on Sun 29th Apr 2007 15:46 in reply to "RE[2]: I hate to be european"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Dustin.se sold this monitor for 3000 sek for a while I think, so that's like 330 euro or so, including swedish vat (if I remember correctly), so it's not that much more expencive here, use buggy.nu, pricerunner or prisjakt.nu to find good swedish prices.

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