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ABOUT TIME!

Jezus!
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Was about to pay up for Adobe for uni. But perhaps I shall wait a little biggrin.gif

Just scan a copy of your recognition of enorlment and then they give you a discount or free version for the life of the course.
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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..)

Gosh another thing I forgot!

My ESP guitar cost double and a half of what it normally would over in the US.
Edited by chrisguitar - 2/11/13 at 3:19am
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why not just buy online and have it shipped
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Originally Posted by Clipze View Post

why not just buy online and have it shipped

Because that doesn't justify companies price gouging?

I'm probably wrong here but the impression I get from the article is that this is basically the first step into investigating why prices are higher in Aust. across the board. I think these three were picked because of their size and how many sales they make here along with the fact that their products are mostly digital and so shouldn't be any different from American stores, especially when bought online with a digital download.
Edited by Vakten - 2/11/13 at 3:37am
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So how does the ram have anything to do with the prices of their software?

Not to say that it isn't a huge issue.
Edited by smash_mouth01 - 2/11/13 at 3:30am
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why not just buy online and have it shipped

You wanna pay for my shipping?
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why not just buy online and have it shipped

Not sure if that was aimed at me, but with the amp, if I did that I would have no warranty as I am not in the same country as I bought it in. And with something that expensive I wasn't going to risk not having a warranty. If it was used I would probably have it shipped, but I rarely buy used guitar equipment.
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So how does the ram have anything to do with the prices of their software?

Not to say that it isn't a huge issue.

From the article.
"Choice welcomed the summons and said in a statement that it had proof that Australians were paying up to 50 per cent more than US consumers for "identical music, software, games and hardware".
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Apple, Microsoft and Adobe are expensive everywhere lol not just AU.

I do know they do pay a lot more for other things in AU, like $100 ($102 USD) for a PS3 or 360 game, ~$800 ($821 USD) for a SGS3, almost $400 ($410 USD) for a 3570K, etc.
    
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Because that doesn't justify companies price gouging?

theres no such thing as "justify"..

I have to deal with random "unjustifiable" things just like you
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theres no such thing as "justify"..

I have to deal with random "unjustifiable" things just like you

I'm not sure how that makes it ok for them to do?

People have questioned them on the higher prices and the Govt. has stepped in to inquire why also. Don't see how you can expect an entire country to have to buy things online and get them shipped over.
Edited by Vakten - 2/11/13 at 3:43am
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theres no such thing as "justify"..

I have to deal with random "unjustifiable" things just like you

I don't see how you can possibly think buying online solves any issues. One of the main reasons for this was that DIGITAL software from the developers THEMSELVES was marked up more than 50% on certain products. There is no reason what-so-ever that a DIGITAL version of software should be any more or less expensive around the world. The pricing should be global and everyone should be paying the same amount + local taxes.

But what happens to us Aussies is that we are paying 50%+ more to get the exact same software, from the exact same company, from the exact same SERVERS as people in the US and EU do. Which is just plain absurd.

Not only that, but to tell people just to import is ridiculous. Because another issue to this is people who are less aware as to what prices overseas are like. They (the majority of people) walk into the retailer and buy the software/hardware without any knowledge they are paying a RIDICULOUS markup compared to other countries.

The other ridiculous thing is that the Australian dollar is buying MORE than the USD and has been pretty much for the past 2 years. The Australian consumer market has taken nowhere near as much of a hit when compared to the US retail sector, and just in general, Australia is in a far stronger economic state than the US and with the AUD buying above the USD, imports should be cheaper and should have been for the past 2 years as mentioned, therefore it makes no logical sense why we get shafted so badly for things. We can accept a small markup for physical products that need to be shipped from the US/EU/Asia etc. But not 50%+ that is just plain absurd price gouging. But for digital sales, I expect to buy things from MS/Apple/Adobe in USD, just like anyone in the US would. I expect to pay the exact SAME amount as it is a digital product, doesn't require any freight, I'm more often than not using the same servers that a buyer from the US would, and as such, no reason why I should be paying any more.

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