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 static666
by chekr on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 13:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by static666"
chekr
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2005-11-05

Given enough demand why would you lower prices?

Especially when it comes to 'professional' products like Adobe's. One can always blame higher support costs in overseas markets or need for localization for the price increase.

Also, higher markups = higher list prices = higher discounts and bigger kickbacks.

Kickbacks in IT are WIN in every developing economy, e.g. many parts of Europe, non-EU European states, Russia and third world.

Australian government better look into FOSS and foster adoption.


Assuming that you mean an above board commission payment and not a kickback ( a kickback is in common definition underhanded and unethical, almost a a bribe) - how is that a "WIN" for a developing economy?

And if you mean kickback in its true sense - it is most definitely not a win, it is a cancerous leach on that society and should be punished with extensive jail time.

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RE[2]: Comment by static666
by static666 on Sun 24th Mar 2013 11:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by static666"
static666 Member since:
2006-06-09

And if you mean kickback in its true sense - it is most definitely not a win, it is a cancerous leach on that society and should be punished with extensive jail time.

I do agree, absolutely. But unfortunately it is so prevalent in Russia, for example, that every major company doing business there (you name it) is practicing kickbacks in some way. Not much you can do when it is considered normal for any manager involved in influencing the decision making process to receive his cut off the deal.

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