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.
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.
|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).|