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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lustyd
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2008-06-19

Nope, that's the story title. I'm afraid we're going to have to revoke your Internet privileges until you learn what a thread is. To start you off, try clicking the show parent button on your post then on my post then on each post until you reach the comment that started this particular thread of conversation. There you'll see that we were specifically discussing Apple being different to Microsoft and Adobe because it's not their stuff that is overpriced but the media they are reselling. The price of that media is set by the media companies, and as discussed Apple stick a flat rate 30% on any price in the app store meaning that it's not them who are overcharging Australians.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

There you'll see that we were specifically discussing Apple being different to Microsoft and Adobe because it's not their stuff that is overpriced but the media they are reselling.


Whooooooossshh. The whole point of my reply has clearly gone straight over your head.

Apple's "stuff" (their own brand hardware and software) IS indeed overpriced. Especially in the Australian market, Apple gear is waaaaaay overpriced. As I said, I could buy and Adroid tablet (which suppports VP8, vorbis and webm) from Kogan Australia for about half of the equivalent iPad (except that the iPad is somewhat lacking in multimedia support).

Apple may try to pretend that they do not overprice their stuff, and that the only issue is "the media they are reselling", but my point was that this is not the case. Apple gear is overpriced. Here, look for yourself:

http://www.kogan.com/au/shop/tablets-laptops/

The price differential has nothing to do with the media Apple are reselling, Apple gear is overpriced right from the outset.

You need to realise that even a thread must be related to the main topic ... otherwise the thread is off topic. It isn't polite to try to take a thread off topic.

Edited 2013-03-26 07:04 UTC

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lustyd Member since:
2008-06-19

Except Apple stuff being overpriced in this context doesn't refer to the comparison to some crappy Android knock off wannabe. It compares it to the US dollar price which was determined to be much better than others. Yes, Apple stuff is more expensive than the competition, and no you'll probably never be able to afford it what with your employment prospects but that doesn't alter the story here.

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