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http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle...puter+products

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It doesn’t take long for a net-savvy consumer to compare the cost of computer products here and overseas. And with a bit of research you’d quickly discover that there can be big differences in prices for the same products.

The obvious question is why? And is it fair?

Companies can set their own prices for products and services, provided they’re not involved in illegal pricing activity. However, despite international trade and e-commerce, the local price for technology products is often higher than the US. This is also true for products like cars, books and clothing.

Maybe it’s just the extra costs involved in getting products to our shores — shipping, for example — or the simple difference in exchange rates between the Aussie and US dollar, Pound and Euro. But a quick price comparison of some popular computer products would suggest there's more going on than mere currency differences and shipping costs.

We surveyed a range of computer products — software, an external hard drive, MP3 player, printer and PC game — to compare the Australian prices with US prices. On the whole, local prices were significantly higher.

An excellent read!
Edited by wolf_08 - 6/2/08 at 5:21am
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Australians get ripped off.

This isn't new though. Europeans always tend to have to pay more than those in the US. Same with most other countries.
 
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It's the same comparing UK to US prices. The numbers are the same but all they appear to do is change the $ for a £
    
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Australians get ripped off.

This isn't new though. Europeans always tend to have to pay more than those in the US. Same with most other countries.
Thanks for the acknowledgment of your bad luck .
At least i can get stuff near whole sale [through work - wholesale + Tax and delivery costs]
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Also, there are tarriffs and such. I remember Nintendo being like $100USD and $300AUD. Shoes are taxed too... price are like double of what they cost in the US.
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Nope. Their is a free trade agreement between USA and Australia since awhile ago.
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Yes, Tariffs probably account for most of the cost differences. Computer hardware isn't manufactured in the US so that agreement doesn't apply.
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Right and what about the rest of the world who experience this as the same?
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Thanks for the acknowledgment of your bad luck .
At least i can get stuff near whole sale [through work - wholesale + Tax and delivery costs]
Bad luck? I live in the US!
 
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Yes, Tariffs probably account for most of the cost differences. Computer hardware isn't manufactured in the US so that agreement doesn't apply.
Yes, but lets say you brought a game like Crysis which costs like $39.99 convert it in to AUD which is 41.80 plus a $5 shipping (thats how much it costs to ship a DVD.) 46.80 plus 10% tax which it make it $51.48cents. Mmm..and it costs 99.93 here so thats a big difference. I never heard of a $48 dollar increase with a tariffs.
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