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Folks, whilst this maybe upsetting news for quite a lot of people, it is requested that you please refrain from stating the following.

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I don't think its a good practice to get loyal customers, but I believe that these companies totally have the right to do this.
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It is an island, on top of that it has a very small population. There are cities in China with more people. My state has more people. However, the fact remains, Australia, IS AN ISLAND. Australia—owing to its size and isolation—is often dubbed the "island continent"
Ummmm you have the same duopoly/monopoly we have. You act as if we have a whole lot more choices between Apple and Microsoft ourselves (calm down linux kids you aren't selling anything)
ummm an island is a continent so its like island continent=island isalnd or continent continent, anyways why you defending what they do areyou an employee? the facts are plain and obvious and for there to be an inquirey something must be off.tell me why we pay more for a song on itunes when it prob comes from the same server as you get it?
also we are the largest island in the world
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Ok, so why are Aussies being charge more for tech? What's the reason behind this other than greed?
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It is an island, on top of that it has a very small population. There are cities in China with more people. My state has more people. However, the fact remains, Australia, IS AN ISLAND. Australia—owing to its size and isolation—is often dubbed the "island continent"
Ummmm you have the same duopoly/monopoly we have. You act as if we have a whole lot more choices between Apple and Microsoft ourselves (calm down linux kids you aren't selling anything)

Hate to break it to you but Australia is a continent.

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Geographically, Australia is a continent, not an island. As a landform, it could be considered an island as it is entirely surrounded by water and not joined onto any other land mass. For this reason, it is often referred to as an island continent. Australia is too big to be formally classified as an island. The world's largest island is Greenland.

Another reason why Australia is also considered a continent is because it sits on its own tectonic plate. This is different from Greenland, which uses the same land mass as North America. That is why the geological appearances are much different in Australia from anywhere else. A place like Greenland shares the same geologic attributes as North America.

Australia and Antarctica are the only two true Continental Islands. That is, they are separated from all other continents by water. All other continents are connected by a landmass to at least one other Continent. If there are any waterways, they have been artificially created.

Australia is the smallest continent and the 6th largest country, with an area of 7,686,850 sq km.
    
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oops seems i was wrong my bad
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post #47 of 82
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Ok, so why are Aussies being charge more for tech? What's the reason behind this other than greed?

For software? Greed is the only real reason
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Ok, so why are Aussies being charge more for tech? What's the reason behind this other than greed?

There is no other reason for software, electronics and other expensive items.

No reason at all why a GTX Titan costs $999 in the US but over here it costs $1300 other than greed. We do have a small population and that means we are usually very limited in choice of suppliers and because of it they know they can get away with higher prices.

I used to be a importer/distributor (of downhill mountain bikes) and I priced my products at the European and American prices and still made a 100% profit off of every item sold to my dealers. My dealers then also had the same profit margins and our prices were still thousands cheaper than the competition and our products were far better quality and exotic (which normally dictates more expensive than the competition). Our dollar was a lot weaker back then and now it's the same as the US or better depending on the day so I know it's just rubbish.

Back then when our dollar was weaker I could understand but now it's caught up the high prices have stayed the same instead of drop in relation to the increase in strength of the dollar and it's just crap.
    
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Not really true in this case.

I am a firm believer that the biggest issue in Australia is price-fixing. That is exactly what these large corporations are doing. They fix their prices, not charge what the market will bear. What they are doing is criminal and I sincerely hope this investigation leads to some federal court action against the bastards.

Plus, if we wanted to start looking at that as a reflection on prices then the guys in the US should be paying more than us. Since you have more expendable income out of your total income compared with Australia. Despite the fact that we have a higher overall nominal per capita GDP (in the top 10 on all sources).

People in the US have one of highest levels of expendable income in the world because everything there is relatively cheap (housing, power, water, fuel etc.). So in principle, the US market actually has far more capacity to bear higher prices than we do in Australia.

This is plain and simple price gouging/fixing. No matter which way you slice it. Its a disgrace and I hope the federal government finally grows some balls and takes action

still its not really convincing when we are readily and willing to pay the price premium despite everything else.

so in other words we are willing to pay almost anything to have our goods despite our whinging about the prices which gives the corporate every excuse not to back down from their prices.

i dare/challenge you to not buy anything that is pricier here then anywhere else in the world and we will see how long you last

ether way we are more then willing to grab a few titans at double the US list prices and will happily do so
Edited by akromatic - 3/22/13 at 12:38am
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When you put it that way, we could technically declare that their prices are exorbitant everywhere they sell, just some places more so than others.


Yes, you're right on track here. It's not that we aren't being screwed too. It's just that you're being screwed MORE. Everyone's getting screwed.
 
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