You can't just take the price of something in the US, such as the iPads US$499 cost, and then find what that equals in your currency and expect it to cost the same. Wages are different, and so are living costs to counter-balance those wages. I live in Japan, so I won't use EN as an example. However, in Australia the average wage is $30+/hour. You think that is the average hourly wage for someone in the US? Seeing these types of topics all the time makes me question the western education system of today.