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Australian parliament questions Apple and Microsoft on pricing

11 February, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
Australian parliament questions Apple and Microsoft on pricing  - read the full textIn what seems to be a global first, the Australian Parliament has ordered Apple, Microsoft and Adobe System to appear before it and explain why their products are priced higher, despite the country's strong currency. The global companies will be appearing before the parliament in Canberra on...


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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-13 03:29 from 4$Ff - click to readMaybe they should stop doing business in Australia and other countries where they don't like answering questions

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  • 2013-02-17 20:38
  • vb$6

That is stupid. They are free to ask any price in Australia. If you do not like do not buy or if you like then immigrate to USA or at least make your own phones better than iPhones and stop whining that Americans are racist and discriminate you.

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  • 2013-02-13 03:29
  • 4$Ff

Australians are always ripped off by large corporations in the pricing of their products. Frankly Apple is starting to loose market share in Australia, and I for one will upgrade to the Z10 Blackberry. Sure it is another piece of expensive hardware, but I will buy in Indonesia not Australia and get the best all round mobile available today. Not interested in lagging and over rated droids.

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  • 2013-02-13 00:07
  • uEB@

Why can't do uk really expensive and we are the no ine paying tax than anyone else should government stop this high taxes on phone.

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  • 2013-02-12 23:42
  • nI@4

Very well done . Apple.iphone is priced so.higher in india that in the cost of a single iphone we can buy two desktop computers with core I processor

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  • 2013-02-12 17:32
  • rAhw

very good.....must be done in UAE as well

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  • 2013-02-12 16:10
  • HxdF

why they dont do the same here in Canada? prices are high as in AU

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  • 2013-02-12 15:58
  • q{cM

Maybe they should be more concerned with drug abuse in their sports

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  • 2013-02-12 15:10
  • 3AxW

they should be priced lower to account for the reduced shipping costs from China.

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  • 2013-02-12 14:16
  • miZ0

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-12 07:15 from j@}2 - click to readPrice Does matter, with Apple's aggressive pricing, its directly questioning the AUD value, specially in the international market.

Aussie is One of the few countries which has seen a rise in the currency value at a very standard pace even during the recession times and global inflations.

one may argue that there is no complusion / force to buy a gadget,but inappropriate pricing of a product questions the credibility of the economy and value of the currency unit. it has nothing to do with you being rich or poor financially.

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  • 2013-02-12 13:28
  • PTij

just stop using their products. simple.

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  • 2013-02-12 12:38
  • MVg6

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-12 06:20 from j@}2 - click to readbut the people he is mentioning may include some from other countries complaining about the price of the devices here on this forum. that is still $40 difference for something that is not a necessity. just yesterday, here in the philippines, in the public jeepney we are riding, there was a commotion. later we found out that a hobo was inside, he paid the fare, but no one wants to sit beside him, so the driver wants him out. as soon as my wife heard the reason of the commotion, she told the driver, "that's just P10 ($.25) fare, it won't make you rich". and we paid for the slot so the jeep can move on. imagine $40, that's P2000 here. and these products mentioned are sold here for $40 more. i guess that's why some people here from india and other countries have the same sentiments. even if you are from a rich country, doesn't make you rich. I have a friend whose cousins from australia come here in manila and ask me to take them to Greenhills, a known place for very cheap electronic gadgets. being frugal and fighting for the right to buy cheap ain't bad. it's for us consumers anyways.

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  • 2013-02-12 08:44
  • 9xB$

> In reply to wazzzup @ 2013-02-12 05:33 from vaPV - click to readThe problem is that in Australia:

"Apple generated $6 billion in revenue in 2011 but only paid $40 million in tax - less than one per cent of its turnover"

Basically they are ripping of the consumers and the government.

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  • 2013-02-12 08:09
  • vuIx

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-11 18:08 from sw%w - click to readare you serious? here in slovakia, right in the middle of europe, the price in euros is higher than in dollars and i mean numbers, not value, that's far worse

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  • 2013-02-12 07:53
  • 0ESq

> In reply to AJ @ 2013-02-12 06:48 from 5F{E - click to readHuh? An iPhone isn't a necessity, so the price doesn't matter. That's like saying all those people paying high prices for BMWs are sending the price up for the moderate earners. There are other options. BTW prices rise because of inflation and other economic factors, not because a company decide to charge a higher price point.

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  • 2013-02-12 07:15
  • j@}2

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-11 22:31 from Ms@% - click to readyou pathetic apple using aristos, just think about the moderate earning people who live among yourself, dont be so icratic. cos of you the prices standard for all the products starts hitting the sky. it's time to wake up and it's the OZ the first to do so...

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  • 2013-02-12 06:48
  • 5F{E

The Parliamentary inquiry mostly relates to purchases via download, where there is no physical product involved. On Adobe's US site, a full copy of Photoshop CS5 Extended costs $US699, whereas the same software costs $1519 on its Australian site.

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  • 2013-02-12 06:25
  • PMfc

Well, living all together as a nation means you are living socially and that calls for a government which serves socially by protecting its peeople. So there is nothing wrong with Aus government. In fact I think every country should control such companies.Otherwise they will drain peoples blood.

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  • 2013-02-12 06:24
  • npt7

> In reply to [deleted post]Except the subject isn't about some countries, it's about Australia. The people that can be fed for weeks for $40 aren't using Apple, Microsoft or Adobe products.

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  • 2013-02-12 06:20
  • j@}2

If the gov't imposes high taxes, there's no other recourse but to put a higher price on these consumer products

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  • 2013-02-12 05:33
  • vaPV

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