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I know I don't. Just like I don't give much credence to the governments ability to shut down the illegal drug trade entirely out of their market. rolleyes.gif

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I think it's a bit different since the companies are bound by the law whereas the drug trade clearly isn't.

Bingo. Governments are quite good at screwing with those who want to follow the rules, even those who want to bend them. Its when you willfully stomp all over the rules, where the governments really show their inability to enforce their laws.
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Oh the joys of currency conversion...
1 AUD = 1.0255 USD
oh wait...shouldn't that make things less expensive from the US in Australia? Crap...I'm going to fail my test on this stuff tomorrow. redface.gif
     
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I think it's a bit different since the companies are bound by the law whereas the drug trade clearly isn't.

Well, depending on what "thread of the day" you read, companies are always seeming to run afoul of the law in various companies, so I'm not sure how true that is all the time, but point taken.
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This isn't just physical products, this is digital download products too. Here's two screen grabs of Adobe CS6 Master Collection, first is on Adobe's Australian web store, second is on the US one. Coming from the exact same server, yet nearly double the price:

Ouch. eek.gif

Well there goes my theory!
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The price of fuel is the same everywhere (if you don't include tax), China to Australia (4600 miles), from China to the US (7000 miles). The huge price difference has nothing to do with Australia being further away (which requires more to ship to) because it isn't.

I would still think that the larger market and consumer per capita is larger in the US than in AUS. But I'm no economist! redface.gif

The fact that digital goods are also much higher is really eye opening.. Wow. eek.gif
    
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I actually don't think all things in Australia are overpriced. Apple products are usually some of the cheapest in the world.

If you want to know the real tragedy, its the price of cars in Australia. 911 in Australia costs $260k!
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Another good example is Microsoft's MSDN subscription.. It's about 13k for the US and 23k~ for the same subscription over here... It's all digital content as well so you can't blame shipping costs etc on that one.
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Another good example is Microsoft's MSDN subscription.. It's about 13k for the US and 23k~ for the same subscription over here... It's all digital content as well so you can't blame shipping costs etc on that one.

In Microsoft's defense, they have to take the additional step of reversing all the 1s and 0s of their binary code for the Southern Hemisphere. Otherwise what's seen as 10110100 in the US would be 00101101 in Australia, assuming that they use rotation around the X-axis instead of Z-axis mirror conversion over there...
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Another good example is Microsoft's MSDN subscription.. It's about 13k for the US and 23k~ for the same subscription over here... It's all digital content as well so you can't blame shipping costs etc on that one.

In Microsoft's defense, they have to take the additional step of reversing all the 1s and 0s of their binary code for the Southern Hemisphere. Otherwise what's seen as 10110100 in the US would be 00101101 in Australia, assuming that they use rotation around the X-axis instead of Z-axis mirror conversion over there...
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about time. this country and its ludicrous pricing.
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Has the Aussie gubmint provided the cost of operating imposed by gubmint info and then determined that the consumer price was outside of the normal margin? Just wondering because if a company has to spend 5-6 million to operate in a country to get 15000 unit sales that is 400-ish dollars per customer that needs to be recouped to maintain standard margin. Accounting for a normal margin is one thing but that discounts the ROI of even bothering with doing business in another country and the premium that is usually attached to make it worthwhile.

Just saying, I tried to buy some Holden parts a while back and the export duty that they wanted to charge made it cheaper to get the stuff custom made in the US. If they are penalizing export they are penalizing import too.

edit- Australia isn't a terribly business friendly place in the first place and there isn't a really huge consumer base to offset the imposed fixed costs to.
Edited by dave12 - 2/11/13 at 9:10pm
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