I got a bit pissed off this evening when looking at software prices in this country, so I decided to put together this table to see how much we were being ripped off. Code: Product Price USD Price GBP Price GBP Implied Source incl VAT ex VAT Exchange Rate Acrobat 6.0 Pro $449.00 £ 464.13 £ 395.00 £ 1.137 Adobe Website Creative Suite $1,229.00 £ 1,115.09 £ 949.00 £ 1.295 Adobe Website Photoshop CS $649.00 £ 605.13 £ 515.00 £ 1.260 Adobe Website InDesign CS $699.00 £ 715.58 £ 609.00 £ 1.148 Adobe Website Illustrator CS $499.00 £ 511.13 £ 435.00 £ 1.147 Adobe Website Keynote $99.00 £ 79.00 £ 65.18 £ 1.519 Apple Website MS Office X Pro $499.95 £ 429.00 £ 353.93 £ 1.413 Apple Website* iLife $49.00 £ 39.00 £ 32.18 £ 1.523 Apple Website Mac OSX Panther $129.00 £ 99.01 £ 81.68 £ 1.579 Apple Website FileMaker 7 Pro $299.00 £ 219.00 £ 180.68 £ 1.655 File Maker Website *(MS Website did not have suggested sterling price, USD Price $499) Historic Monthly Average Exchange Rates Pacific Exchange rate service (University of British Columbia) [url]http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/[/url] Jan-02 1.4326 Jan-03 1.6173 Jan-04 1.8237 Feb-02 1.4231 Feb-03 1.6076 Feb-04 1.8684 Mar-02 1.4231 Mar-03 1.5826 Apr-02 1.4431 Apr-03 1.5741 May-02 1.4599 May-03 1.6228 Jun-02 1.4840 Jun-03 1.6610 Jul-02 1.5564 Jul-03 1.6227 Aug-02 1.5356 Aug-03 1.5933 Sep-02 1.5565 Sep-03 1.6157 Oct-02 1.5576 Oct-03 1.6794 Nov-02 1.5705 Nov-03 1.6912 Dec-02 1.5859 Dec-03 1.7508 I'm not sure how US prices are quoted but I've been told that they are quoted excluding Sales Tax. UK prices are however quoted inclusive of VAT, so i quoted the price excluding VAT. (If the US prices include Tax, it would only make the discrepancy even greater) The implied exchange rate is the exchange rate that would equate the US and UK (excl VAT) prices. I tried as far as possible to use the manufacturers own recomended retail prices. The exchange rate Apple seems to be using seems to be the prevailing rate at the end of 2002. Ok maybe this needs updating, but its not nearly as bad as Adobe; god only knows where they're pulling those rates from. Interestingly Filmaker 7 uses the rate from about 6 months ago. This seems fair enough. OK I know there are factors that i've not taken into account, differing advertising and distribution costs, etc. but I can't imagine they'd have that big an impact. When the price difference in Adobe CS between New York and London is greater than the price of a flight between the two cities, something is wrong! So whats the point of all of this? OK I understand that companies dont want to have to change prices every day, and nor should they. But when large discrepencies creep in, and the change in the rates seems part of a long term trend (declining dollar) then maybe every once in a while prices should be updated. They should also be based somewhere near reality when the product is launched (When was CS launched?). Unless of course companies are trying to scalp the public, nah... Alternatively, quote software prices in 1 currency all around the world. (maybe the currency of your biggest market) Ahhhh I don't know I'm trying to say here, just that it needs being said.