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Adobe Price Gouging In Australia
Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 10:44 PM on 02.15.13
->> http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/02/dont-believe-the-adobe-price-cut-hype-its.../
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:10 AM on 02.16.13
->> Yes, one of my workshop students from Australia said the same thing... Freaking $1,200 for a new DIGITAL DOWNLOAD copy of Photoshop CS6 for Australians !!! Incredible...
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Sean Burges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Canberra | ACT | Australia | Posted: 4:02 AM on 02.17.13
->> This is only the tip of the iceberg. Shortly after I moved here we hit a high of $18/kilo for bananas (governments can play all sorts of games with trade policy). We've only just seen basic things like t-shirts drop to a price point that you would recognize. It is kind of like living in Canada twenty years ago, but without the benefits of a snowy Christmas.
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Angus Mordant, Student/Intern
Sydney | NSW Australia | Australia | Posted: 7:04 AM on 02.18.13
->> Sean,
What are the benefits of a snowy Christmas?

On a more serious note everything in Australia is more expensive than in the USA. Fuel is the worst IMHO.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 3:28 PM on 02.18.13
->> Sean,
Writing your name in the snow.
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John Stoops, Photographer
Seoul | FL | South Korea | Posted: 7:39 AM on 02.19.13
->> Ridiculous!
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Michael Granse, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 9:41 PM on 02.21.13
->> Sean, if you like inexpensive shirts and snow we have plenty of both here in Illinois. :)
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Sean Burges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Canberra | ACT | Australia | Posted: 1:47 AM on 02.24.13
->> I may live in Australia, but I'm a cannuck from Ottawa... snow is easier to deal with than bushfires. Australia's one of those places with a really catastrophic sticker shock. Four years ago the Aus dollar prices made sense due to the exchange rate. Now it is just price gouging. Mind you, costs of doing business are MUCH higher than in the US or even UK. Ah well, at least it is still free to look at the kangaroos.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 11:59 PM on 02.24.13
->> One of my workshop students is a tax accountant in Australia and offered this analysis:

"Price gouging isn’t the word, its highway robbery. Not only are the prices high but the profits go offshore to international companies. These companies don’t necessarily return their profits to the USA either and through transfer pricing etc they often avoid some tax. These companies are getting realy bad names for themselves and their country of origin. The Australian government (and pricing regulator) is useless as indicated by the polls and soon to be voted out bigtime.

Nikon and Canon cameras can be 20% - 40% higher, Adobe 140%+, Epson 80%, Tommy Hilfinger, Polo, Ralph Loren, perfume and mens products, shoes (Nike, ECCO, Clarks, Sperry etc) 140%, to 200%, Apple 13% to 35%+, software 20% to Adobe 142% ($495 us to $1200 aust when 1$us =1$ Australian) and the download comes from USA. Petrol 1.45 litre.

In the shorter term these companies earn high profit on low volume often from the same offshore supplier/manufacturer, but now with the internet and overseas travel (also higher in Australia), they earn a bad customer relationship and invite others into the market, i.e. China and India who like Japan of the 60’s era is emerging from a copier/manufacturer economy to a dominant cheaper alternative eg car manufacture (Chery) and export from China.

The feeble attempts by Adobe and others to ban downloads from USA invites hackers and “work arounds”. Time for a more moral corporate governance. Profit should not be the only corporate goal, there is a citizenship issue here as well! Try adding .AU to your next price search and see for yourself!
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