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[3]: I hate to be european
by biffuz on Fri 27th Apr 2007 15:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I hate to be european"
biffuz
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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[4]: I hate to be european
by mat69 on Fri 27th Apr 2007 17:09 in reply to "RE[3]: I hate to be european"
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2006-03-29

In fact I can compare a single product on a single shop. I never said this example is representative - and in fact it is not - it just outlines what I experienced on many occasions.

The costs of translation are negligible in the case of the PS3 or a LCD compared to the total costs of production, R & D etc.

Additionally did the EU lowered the distribution costs a lot. So there remains marketing as main inflater. Yet I doubt they invest so much in marketing that you could legitimate a 60% higher price.

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RE[5]: I hate to be european
by biffuz on Fri 27th Apr 2007 18:10 in reply to "RE[4]: I hate to be european"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

So there remains marketing as main inflater. Yet I doubt they invest so much in marketing that you could legitimate a 60% higher price.


I mean "marketing" as "they could spend more on this product, let's take more money from them", not as "advertising" :-)

And you can't make a comparation on a single product, on a single shop, and in a precise moment, period. It's nonsense.

Edited 2007-04-27 18:14

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RE[4]: I hate to be european
by rhyder on Sat 28th Apr 2007 12:10 in reply to "RE[3]: I hate to be european"
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2005-09-28

The translation argument is a dead end, I'm afraid as we pay more in the UK too.

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