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SO much for the "global village" — Australians are being charged up to five times more to download the same products as customers in the US.

Digital distribution, hailed as the future of software sales, is touted as being cheaper and more convenient than regular shopping as users bypass storage and shipping costs by downloading programs directly to their computer.

But the online stores of companies like Adobe and Electronic Arts are charging users different prices to download video games and graphics software depending on which country they're in.

If a user visits the Adobe website from a computer in Australia, they are charged as much as $1000 extra to download the same program as customers who log in from the US.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/st...014108,00.html

I hope people can feel our grief . Things are soo expensive here and you guys start to complain of how expensive PC games are? well what about us. We have to pay 2x as much for games then you guys.

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Similarly, gamers who visit the Steam and Electronic Arts websites are charged up to five times more to download popular titles like Medal Of Honour: Airborne — which Australians can buy and download for $99.95, while users in the US pay just $21.15 ($US19.95).


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Why?

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Yer in Aus, i had to pay $450 for a 9800GTX, $260 for a E8400 and $230 for my ram.
Pretty expensive
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Go us Aussies!!!



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Yer in Aus, i had to pay $450 for a 9800GTX, $260 for a E8400 and $230 for my ram.
Pretty expensive
The 9800GTX is under $300 on www.shopbot.com.au

We should all put in location that we live in AUS!!!!!
    
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Everything is cheap in the US
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not just software mate... hardware as well if you have been browsing newegg and the price in our local store... online shops are even worse, seeing the postage fee are around 20 bucks for a single item
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Yer in Aus, i had to pay $450 for a 9800GTX, $260 for a E8400 and $230 for my ram.
Pretty expensive
You are obviously getting ripped off mate

9800GTX are like 300.. http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/....cgi?q=9800GTX

E8400 you can pick up for 200 http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=E8400

and 230 for ram lol ?

You can pick up a pair of G.SKILL 4gig PQ kit which is dam good ram for 105 bucks from MSY like i
did..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122 (newegg link to ram )

I still agree Aus is overpriced but seriously you got majorly ripped off on all your purchases.
Edited by Benny99 - 7/1/08 at 6:13am
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yeah, and the internet is bull****. $50 a month for 15gb at 1.5mbps (bits). thats very cheap too btw...
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yeah, and the internet is bull****. $50 a month for 15gb at 1.5mbps (bits). thats very cheap too btw...
Hmm bad plain i guess lol

Im on Optus 40gig (20 on 20 offpeak)

70 bucks a month for 8 mbps
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***? why? o_O And Steam does this too!
I'm in Israel and Steam gives me the US prices, so I wonder why there's a higher price just for aussies...
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***? why? o_O And Steam does this too!
I'm in Israel and Steam gives me the US prices, so I wonder why there's a higher price just for aussies...
Main reason is Import taxes plus our population is only 21 million this is a key factor as the demand isnt High so this lifts the prices.

If you compare the US dollar to Aus its pretty much between 93-96 Cents , so you would think it would be close in price but nope . Its like between 93-96 Cents to 1 US dollar shows how weak the US dollar is atm.
Edited by Benny99 - 7/1/08 at 6:04am
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