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[news.com.au] Aus Federal Government forces Apple, Microsoft and Adobe to testify in pricing inquiry.

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Until now the tech giants have refused to publicly front the IT pricing inquiry but today the federal government subpoenaed the companies, forcing them to explain why Australians have to pay so much more for goods than their US and UK customers.

In what's probably the first time anywhere in the world, these IT firms are now being summoned by the Australian Parliament to explain why they price their products so much higher in Australia compared to the US.

We found that with one Microsoft software development product, you could fly to Los Angeles return, to buy the software and still save thousands of dollars.

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Ha, this will be very interesting especially with Adobe and their crazyily priced products!
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Yup, the Australian price gouging doesn't make any sense, would be good if these companies were actually forced to compete properly there.
 
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ABOUT BLOODY TIME!
 
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I hope some of this can roll over to New Zealand, our prices are even more absurd most of the time. Tired of living in the land where bending over the consumer has become a tradition.
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Was about to pay up for Adobe for uni. But perhaps I shall wait a little biggrin.gif
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I'm very happy about this.
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Indeed great news Aus'ies often get well f...ed in many areas of tech so i hope this goes on in other tech related stuff too.
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Fantastic! Most of NZ Apple products come from Aussie maybe now us Apple resellers can actually break even when competing with the apple store online rolleyes.gif

Would be nice to see cheaper PC components overall too, I am certainly not complaining both on a retail or consumer level biggrin.gif
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about time! Has been far too long for this to happen. It's not just the IT market that is affected by high pricing though.. Anyone ever bought US/UK made guitar equipment? Some things are literally 4x the price (my amp is $2000 in the US, here it is $6500..)
 
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