(This is not a thread about how Europeans get hosed about the pricedifference in general, i accept & understand that ) I am in the market for my first Mac, a mini. So out of curiosity i started comparing USA-prices with the Dutch'. Why is there a difference in percentages between products, and isn't the percentage-difference across all products the same? - I added an average salestax of 8% for the US-prices - I converted Dollars to Euro's with 1.25 dollars per euro - Dutch prices already include salestax (approx. 20%) So: (USA-price + 8%) / 1.25 = euro The only reason i could think of is that the people who would handle the products get payed differently in different countries? As for example, some products might be manufactured in Thailand, and others in Brazil? Or... some products are in different warehouses across the globe, the products being closer are cheaper than the ones the furthest away from me? Edit* It also might be possible that portable musicplayers have an additional european tax for compensating those manufacturers/artists who are affected by piracy/copying. But i am not sure of this.