Originally Posted by bencher
Either way Duke, this pricing is ridiculous and you can't change my mind on that.
Even if tax was 100%, this is still ridiculous.
The price is NOT ridiculous... the tax is. There's a 63% tax. Plus it looks like Brazilian retailers want a higher margin plus the cost of the logistics to Sony. The facts are the facts. I don't have to change your mind... you just have to accept reality as it is. The world is not made up of free markets.
Have you ever traveled abroad? I remember when $60 sneakers in the US costs $250 in Austalia.
Another example.... Japanese cameras are more expensive in Japan.....
This takes us to the second reason. It’s not cheaper. Seriously, not even close. Most cameras in Japan are now priced significantly higher than similar models in nearly every other market in the world. Sure, some of this has to do with currency exchange rates, but Japanese companies actually go out of their way to keep cheap cameras off the market. Sony, for example, does not release most of its lower-end and less expensive cameras into the Japanese market until months after they are made available in the U.S., and sometimes not at all. And while cameras start out full price and slowly see reductions over time, pricing in Japan is much more rigid, keeping the release price months and sometimes years after a product hits the shelves.
BTW, the cost of the 40GB PS3 in Brazil was $4100USD.
However, it looks like Sony built a plant for the later 80GB PS3 since it was only $1135USD.Edited by DuckieHo - 10/23/13 at 11:36am