What a rip-off! The Aussies really have it tough, pricing for products that are from US companies are insane. Many items that are available internationally including Lego, Microsoft Windows and Apple hardware are considerably more expensive there. The reason? Greedy companies feel that they can charge more for no reason even though the products in question are probably produced close by in China or Vietnam.
Comparing living costs between the US and Australia is even more insane. According to Numbeo, consumer prices in Sydney are 37.74% higher than New York. That’s ridiculous!
In Australia, Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 Master Collection costs AU$4,344 for a boxed copy, or AU$3,949 for a digital copy which is GST exempt. In the United States, the exact same product will cost you US$2,599, which when currency converted comes in at AU$2,513 – a difference in price of AU$1,831 over the boxed copy (AU$1,436 over digital).
A return flight to Los Angeles costs AU$1,147.58 on Virgin Australia, meaning if you chose to fly to the United States to purchase CS6 Master Collection you would save AU$228 over buying a digital copy locally, and it’s a whole AU$684 cheaper than buying a boxed copy. If you are unlucky and forced to pay import tax and duty for the product coming into Australia, the total amount (CS6 + tax/duty + flight) would be AU$4,049, which is still cheaper than buying a boxed copy locally. [neowin]
The next time you moan at exuberant prices, think of the poor Australians…
The CEO of Adobe, Shantanu Narayen was asked for an explanation on the pricing issue at a press conference in Sydney (the irony). He should definitely go into politics…