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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sales tax
by puenktchen on Tue 26th May 2009 07:17 UTC
puenktchen
Member since:
2007-07-27

you can't compare the price of a macbook in the us which doesn't include the sales tax with the price in hungary including the rather high sales tax. without it, it's 306.167 Ft. = 1533 $. still 234 $ more as in the usa, but not as as ridiculous as the article implies - about the same as in other european countries. btw, the cheapest macs in europe are sold in switzerland, as their sales tax is far lower than everywhere else.

on topic: do it. trust me. get an old one if you have to.

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RE: sales tax
by David on Tue 26th May 2009 14:38 in reply to "sales tax"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

That is a very good point. After I wrote the article I thought that I should take the VAT into consideration, but then was overcome by a combination of forgetfulness and laziness, so thanks for your input.

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