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Not to mention the prices of hardware for example the GTX680 is around $500 USD but over here we are paying $700 even though our currencies are still on parity.mad.gif
Im probably one of the few that is going to buy a one or two GTX 690s when they are released but still how much are they going to charge for them $1200-$1300 come on
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where are you paying $1100 thats more than even we pay here in oz
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Originally Posted by Jinny1 View Post

We need government intervention and regulation.
We've already seen what self-regulation of private and profit orientated companies leads to mad.gifmad.gif Global Financial Crisis

Careful, an angry crowd of armchair Austrian economists might chase you down and beat you over the head with their copies of Atlas Shrugged and a graph of the Laffer curve rolleyes.gif
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ughhh..
why don't americans serously switch over to degrees Celsius instead of using that crap, confusing, complicated and arbitrary farenheit system. Thought you guys were smart tongue.gif

I love the metric system and use it all the time (American here)...I don't understand it either. 0.001 km = 1 m = 100 cm = 1000 mm is so much easier to work with applaud.gif
post #44 of 83
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Not to mention the prices of hardware for example the GTX680 is around $500 USD but over here we are paying $700 even though our currencies are still on parity.mad.gif
Im probably one of the few that is going to buy a one or two GTX 690s when they are released but still how much are they going to charge for them $1200-$1300 come on

At those prices, wouldn't it be cheaper to import it yourself? Or do they have measures in place to prevent such a thing?
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where are you paying $1100 thats more than even we pay here in oz

South Africa frown.gif
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Originally Posted by Bloodbath View Post

Not to mention the prices of hardware for example the GTX680 is around $500 USD but over here we are paying $700 even though our currencies are still on parity.mad.gif
Im probably one of the few that is going to buy a one or two GTX 690s when they are released but still how much are they going to charge for them $1200-$1300 come on

At those prices, wouldn't it be cheaper to import it yourself? Or do they have measures in place to prevent such a thing?

You could, but importing is very expensive when you add in the customs duty etc.
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post #47 of 83
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I shall show you this image from the morning herald story on this issue
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MS Office 2010 Professional......$500USD difference.......$500........what the *insert expletive*
And look at the price gouging on CD's as well, no shock there, we pay 2.5x as much for the same CD through the same DIGITAL distribution system.
Its a shame that it will take at least 2-3 years before anything will come of this. IF anything comes of it (Which I doubt)

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=375_1025&products_id=14440

Not that much, but sitll a big difference.
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And I thought Canadians had it bad with some of our stuff compared to US prices! eek.gif
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We need government intervention and regulation.
We've already seen what self-regulation of private and profit orientated companies leads to mad.gifmad.gif Global Financial Crisis

I agree. However, everyone is completely confusing "free-market" with "laissez-faire." They are not synonymous. Free market just means that everyone in the market is a price "taker" and that prices are responding to supply and demand. Once a certain entity is able to start setting prices by price fixing or playing around with supply (i.e. DeBeers) within an economy then the market is no longer "free." Government regulation can be a powerful tool to be certain a market remains as such. The problem arises when government starts picking winners and buying out corporations.

This software pricing in Australia seems pretty suspect and arbitrary. It reminds me very closely of what Apple has been doing with ebooks; something which they are now under investigation for.
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Careful, an angry crowd of armchair Austrian economists might chase you down and beat you over the head with their copies of Atlas Shrugged and a graph of the Laffer curve rolleyes.gif

Awww don't pout!
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Slightly off-topic, but how is Australia considered "Western" if Asia is considered "Eastern"? tongue.gif

It's west of the US, that's why. tongue.gif
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