Mac OSX 10.7 Lion - Pricing

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by halledise, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. halledise, Jul 4, 2011
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    halledise macrumors 65816

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    just wondering why when Lion is to be US$29 it translates to Aus$32 over here.

    the Aus$ has been worth quite a bit more than the greenback for some time now - yesterday was trading around $1.075

    ergo, Lion should be cheaper at around Aus$27, not dearer.

    I mean we're only talking about a couple of buck$ which is neither here nor there really, but I'm just wondering out loud - maybe it's because Lion has to travel further when being downloaded from America all the way across the Pacific to Australia that makes it more expensive :cool:
     
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  3. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

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    the $29 quoted is without sales tax. Your AU$32 will be including your local variant of VAT.
     
  4. applecheese macrumors member

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    Yep, includes GST.
     
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Then that's your difference. As above the US price does not include sales tax which varies by state and is added to the displayed purchase price.
     
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    Yeah, but for those of us in countries where the price advertised is the price you pay (like the UK say) the American pay more than the advertised price due to tax is a little confusing :eek:
     
  8. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    The price difference with Lion between USD and AUD is actually a lot less than I expected (only about $1.50 if that). There's always what I call an "Australia Tax" on Apple products. Look at FCPX's price. Stateside it's $299.99, in Australia it's $349.99. With GST of only 10%, at $1.05 exchange rate, the Aussie price should be at the most $315 incl. GST. It could be said that this huge price difference is padding for exchange rate fluctuations, but the Aussie dollar would have to drop to 78c before that price is justifiable.
     
  9. halledise thread starter macrumors 65816

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    amen.
    the yanks ;) should remember sometimes that we are an ally, after all
    - respect :apple:

    (ally = noun
    a state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose, typically by treaty)
     
  10. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    There is a free trade agreement between Australia and USA. Shouldn't that stop companies like Apple from charging an "Australia Tax"? :p
     

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