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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jared_wilkes
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2011-04-25

So, how do Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft defend their price hikes? Finger-pointing and side-stepping, mostly. Apple, for instance, blames the content industry...

Microsoft and Adobe side-stepped the issue completely, and turned it into a bit of a marketing and PR opportunity: they both pointed towards more recent internet-based offerings such as Office 365 and Creative Cloud, stating that the Australian prices for those products are much more in line with US pricing.


I think you did a pretty good and subtle job of lumping them together. Apple actually has reasonable hardware prices and, rather than "pointing fingers", can legitimately attribute the price difference on media to another agent.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

pretty good and subtle job of lumping the rather than "pointing fingers", can legitimately attribute the price difference on media to another agent.


Yes... So they are... Pointing fingers... To another agent...

You're really stretching it to try and imagine some morsel of supposedly anti-Apple stuff, aren't you? I must say, I applaud you for this one. Well done you. This took some major effort :/.

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lustyd Member since:
2008-06-19

To be fair Apple do just add their 30% to everything in iTunes and allow the content owner to set the price so I think the point that their sidestepping is legitimate is a good one. I don't think the article lumped them together on purpose though

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Apple actually has reasonable hardware prices and, rather than "pointing fingers", can legitimately attribute the price difference on media to another agent.


I am running an Android tablet I bought from Kogan Australia. It cost me less than half the equivalent iPad would have and it comes with webm and vorbis support built in to the hardware, which Apple utterly lacks.

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lustyd Member since:
2008-06-19

Yeah I hear that Vorbis is going to really take off any time now. I think there might even be someone who's heard of it without being a nerd now...oh wait no, apparently they were thinking of a vortex it still is just hopeful geeks and everyone else uses standard formats.

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