Microsoft Daylight Robbery

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gekko513, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. gekko513 macrumors 603

    gekko513

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    This sucks ...

    U.S
    Office for Mac Student and Teacher Edition
    After $50 mail-in rebate: $99

    Norway
    Office for Mac Student and Teacher Edition
    kr 1612.50 = $245 - 25% VAT = $196

    Even without the rebate and excluding VAT it is $47 more in Norway. We're getting totally ripped off. :mad: Good thing I'm neither a student nor do I need Office, but still.
     
  2. Omen88 macrumors regular

    Omen88

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    Dell rip off

    How about Dell daylight robbery?

    DELL
    UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1
    US: $ 486.85
    Belgium: $ 875.47
    And I've seen a thread here for about $ 380.

    Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW 24" widescreen
    US: $ 959.20
    Belgium: $ 2,044.721

    Maybe the US prices are excluding VAT, but then that still only accounts for 21%.
     
  3. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    NZ:
    Office Academic NZ$252.25 = US$173.
    Dell 2005FPW = NZ$1399 = US$960.
    Dell 2405FPW = NZ$1708.88 = US$1173.
     
  4. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

    DeSnousa

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    Welcome to the world of trade :rolleyes:

    If you wait you usually can always expect office cheaper, academic AU$299 AU$225 after cash back which is US$172.

    Dell 2405FPW AU$1620 US$1241
    Dell 2005FPW AU$1299 US$995

    Edit: Just realized the 20" ACD is cheaper that the dell 2005FPW
     
  5. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    That price was with coupons and sale deals. The normal price for that sans tax is $750 US.
     
  6. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

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    Face it everybody outside the US gets screwed for prices, its been going on for ages, dont even mention the price discrepincies between cars :mad:
     
  7. gekko513 thread starter macrumors 603

    gekko513

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    I wonder how this is possible in free markets, as the U.S and Europe are supposed to be.

    Shouldn't some European/Asian or even American corporation be able to stoop in an grab a large portion of the market share by offering much better prices in Europe, Asia and Australia and not care so much about the American market?
     
  8. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but it costs so much more to ship stuff from asia to america than it does to australia ;) . I honestly think some company's especially apple are not terribly concerned what happens outside the US, up to them to sort it out i guess, although i wont hold my breath
     
  9. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    No one in their right mind would pay $750 for it, especially knowing that, in just a week or two, the price could be nearly cut in half!
     
  10. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    The main problem is tariffs that governments place on imports.

    I know that in Australia we have a pretty bade balance of payments whereby imports exceeds exports and that our economy is thriving on this. Hence Australia's largest industry being retail. As such the government needs to off set this and allow Australian business a chance. This is one of the main reason due to the higher prices. Well Australia's anyway.
     
  11. annk Administrator

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    I agree. That´s how it is with just about everything - and it´s the reason I make my electronic purchases while in the States on vacation every other year, and the reason I hang on to my American credit card with its American billing address, though I´ve lived in Norway now for 18 years.
     
  12. ScottB macrumors regular

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    same here .. thats rip-off britain 4 ya, macs are bout £200 less in america than here, but importing it back 2 the uk just adds the money back on.
     

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