Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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Currency conversion
by Baeowulf on Mon 25th May 2009 23:39 UTC
Baeowulf
Member since:
2009-05-25

It's unfair to say that a Mac is too expensive when converting to another currency. When things are priced in other countries they're generally priced comparably to local incomes and the power of the current currency. While the Mac may be 1800 dollars when converted from Hungarian currency, the average person in Hungary might get paid that much more. To them the price might be equivalent to the price here in the US. Don't scare the poor guy off from buying it just because it might seem much more expensive to you.

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RE: Currency conversion
by Bobthearch on Tue 26th May 2009 01:02 in reply to "Currency conversion"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

It's my understanding that people in Hungary earn significantly ~less~ than people in America, comparing salaries for various jobs in US dollars.

http://www.worldsalaries.org/hungary.shtml

For example, (US dollars, monthly net pay, 2005 data) a miner in Hungary earns $516 and a miner in the USA earns $2694.

So if you're suggesting that Apple charges according to what people earn, Mac computers should cost less in Hungary than in the US.

I understand perfectly well why a Mac in Hungary isn't priced less than in the USA. But charging a premium that's the equivalent of a month's salary is ridiculous.

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RE: Currency conversion
by miscz on Tue 26th May 2009 06:40 in reply to "Currency conversion"
miscz Member since:
2005-07-17

It's the opposite. Look how much does an Apple PC cost in Eastern Europe or South America - it's insane. You're better off importing one from the US or Western Europe. You live in some fantasy world.

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RE[2]: Currency conversion
by kaiwai on Tue 26th May 2009 10:11 in reply to "RE: Currency conversion"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

It's the opposite. Look how much does an Apple PC cost in Eastern Europe or South America - it's insane. You're better off importing one from the US or Western Europe. You live in some fantasy world.


I suggest you look at the ridiculous level of taxes on products imported; I'm in New Zealand and there is a gap between the US and NZ prices which can be accounted because of currency fluctuations and GST. When in Europe you have tax rates amount to extortion - 17.5% VAT, property taxes, income taxes, regulations, an incredibly niche language then all this drives up cost.

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