Originally Posted by 8800GT
And to further the argument, Australians are paid a lot more so it make sense that they should get charged higher. Think of it as a tax. I'm not defending it but seriously, when you're a student making 15$ an hour in Australia it's a lot easier to swallow a 300$ product than a student in the U.S doing the same job for 8$ an hour.
Brings me back to a point I mentioned earlier. The US has a higher EXPENDABLE income than Australian's. Disposable income is basically your net income - necessities (housing, food, water, power, petrol etc.).
Yes, I'm a student and I make $19.75 an hour working at a supermarket, in the US I would likely get a measly $8-$10(?). However I live in Australia, I pay AUSTRALIAN prices for EVERYTHING. If I was making Australian wages in the US, then yes, I would be living a much higher standard life than someone on $8-$10 an hour. However I don't. I live in a city where 1 litre of petrol (91 RON) costs $1.65. In the US for 91 RON fuel you pay almost exactly $1.00 per litre. When I'm filling up 50 litres per week, thats $32.50 price difference in fuel alone. I live in a city where the median house price is $1.65mil and a small apartment/condo has a median price of $400k. For $400k in the US I can get a pretty decent 3 bedroom house in a nice suburb. Here, I'm looking at $1m+ for a nice suburb and about $600k for a crap suburb with high crime rate etc.
Then lets add water, food, electricity on top of that.
Seriously mate, you guys in the US have it easy. Do you know how sad it is that no matter how much I love this country, I will pretty much never own a house here? I will always be paying off a mortgage or renting. The chances of me ever paying off that amount of money, incredibly unlikely.