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Microsoft, and Rip-Off-Britain

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    jh71283

    Just been looking at costs for the Microsoft Empower for ISVs.

    US: $375

    UK: £260 = $514 (plus £45.5 ($90) in tax.)

    WTF?!?!

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    Maddus Mattus

    EU import tax,.

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    Minh

    Maddus Mattus said:
    EU import tax,.
    Bill Gates: Fine me for monopolistic practices will ya? Two can play that game!

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    jh71283

    Maddus Mattus said:
    EU import tax,.
    Maybe, I'm not sure though. 27% seems pretty steep, but you may be right.

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    SaraJoRedux

    jh71283 said:
    Maddus Mattus said:
    *snip*
    Maybe, I'm not sure though. 27% seems pretty steep, but you may be right.
    or the dollar could be crap.

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    Rd_Falcon

    SaraJoRedux said:
    jh71283 said:
    *snip*
    or the dollar could be crap.
    Actually a weak dollar would make US goods less expensive for other countries to buy, while foreign goods would become more expensive to us in the US.  So going off that, it should be cheaper to buy it in the UK.

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    Maddus Mattus

    jh71283 said:
    Maddus Mattus said:
    *snip*
    Maybe, I'm not sure though. 27% seems pretty steep, but you may be right.
    It's more like 40% last time I checked.

    We fine Microsoft for providing Mediaplayer with Windows, but we have no problem putting tax on everything that comes from outside the EU,...

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    Rd_Falcon said:
    SaraJoRedux said:
    *snip*
    Actually a weak dollar would make US goods less expensive for other countries to buy, while foreign goods would become more expensive to us in the US.  So going off that, it should be cheaper to buy it in the UK.
    Last I checked, the pound was 0.50 for $1 in terms of exchange rate, but prices as a rule are closer to 1:1 or 0.75:1 across the board, especially in software and consumer electronics.  It's not just Microsoft that's ripping off Britain, it's pretty much everyone that's ripping off Britain.

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    Rd_Falcon

    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    Rd_Falcon said:
    *snip*
    Last I checked, the pound was 0.50 for $1 in terms of exchange rate, but prices as a rule are closer to 1:1 or 0.75:1 across the board, especially in software and consumer electronics.  It's not just Microsoft that's ripping off Britain, it's pretty much everyone that's ripping off Britain.
    Well in that case the only explination that I can come up with is that the companies realized people will pay those absurdly high prices for the items.  May complain about the prices, but they will still buy them regardless.

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    Ray7

    Rd_Falcon said:
    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    *snip*
    Well in that case the only explination that I can come up with is that the companies realized people will pay those absurdly high prices for the items.  May complain about the prices, but they will still buy them regardless.
    That seems to be about the size of it, according to Adobe.

    They set their prices based on customer research carried out in the region. If they believe that the customers in the UK will pay the higher price, then that's what they charge.


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    spivonious

    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    Rd_Falcon said:
    *snip*
    Last I checked, the pound was 0.50 for $1 in terms of exchange rate, but prices as a rule are closer to 1:1 or 0.75:1 across the board, especially in software and consumer electronics.  It's not just Microsoft that's ripping off Britain, it's pretty much everyone that's ripping off Britain.
    Last time I was in London, CDs cost £15, value meals at McDonalds cost £4, and the minimum wage was £7/hr.

    You can't compare prices with exchange rates; it's all relative.  See Big Mac Index.

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    GoddersUK

    spivonious said:
    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    *snip*
    Last time I was in London, CDs cost £15, value meals at McDonalds cost £4, and the minimum wage was £7/hr.

    You can't compare prices with exchange rates; it's all relative.  See Big Mac Index.
    A big mac is a luxury item, a bread and butter index would be more reliable.

    (but not infallible as it would fail to take account of other necessities such as the price of shelter)

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