Ok, so I am very happy with the iPad but now that I have signed up for an iTunes account here in the US I have had the opportunity to see the difference in prices.
No wonder Steve Jobs/Apple share price is so bloody high, we Australians are getting ripped off BIG TIME! and I mean BIG TIME!
Oh go on your exaggerating I hear you say. I mean surely they are only maybe a dollar more than we pay here, I can live with that.
I think you will be unpleasantly surprised.
Lets take a look at an example shall we. These are figures I plucked at random off the iTunes store both here and in the US.
Australian iTunes store
|Jimi HendrixValleys of Neptune||Music||$16.99|
|Pink Floyd -Dark Side of the Moon||Music||$17.99|
|3:10 to Yuma (new version)||Movie||$17.99|
|Mozart 250 (iTunes exclusive)||Music||$169.99|
|BSG The Plan||TV||$24.99|
|AC/DC Back in Black (bonus track)||Music||$16.99|
|Jet Get Born||Music||$17.99|
United States iTunes Store
|Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune||Music||$9.99|
|Pink Floyd -Dark Side of the Moon||Music||$9.99|
|3:10 to Yuma (new version)||Movie||$19.99|
|Mozart 250 (iTunes exclusive)||Music||$129.99|
|BSG The Plan||TV||$14.99|
|AC/DC Back in Black||Music||$9.99|
|Jet Get Born||Music||$9.99|
Converted Prices – 1.00 USD = 1.08548 AUD
|Item||$US Converted||$AU||% Diff|
|Jimi Hendrix Valleys of Neptune||$10.84||$16.99||+36|
|Pink Floyd -Dark Side of the Moon||$10.84||$17.99||+40|
|3:10 to Yuma (new version)||$21.70||$17.99||-21|
|Mozart 250 (iTunes exclusive)||$141.10||$169.99||+17|
|BSG The Plan||$16.27||$24.99||+35|
|AC/DC Back in Black||$10.84||$16.99||+36|
|Jet Get Born||$10.84||$17.99||+40|
No doubt the Australian government is probably getting a BIG % of this due to tax but hold on one second, remember all that hoopla years ago about a Free Trade Agreement between the US and Australia penned by Chicken Little and his Lap Dog. Glad to see that paid off for us all!
Apple can’t use the ‘well Australia is a smaller market’ argument that they use with the hardware cause this is the internet babie. Online purchases are the Global Economy on a Global scale so I see no excuse for that much of a price difference.
If Apple or Mr Rudd or anyone else would like to explain to me this blatant gouging of the Australian Public I would love to here it.