Australian Government releases its report into IT pricing

I realised the large price differences while living in Japan. But didn't realise how large those differences were, wow.


The results are in:
The inquiry compared more than 150 products and found that Australians paid up to 50 per cent more than customers in other countries.
• Specifically, Australians pay an average of 66 per cent more for Microsoft products and 42 per cent more for Adobe products.
• Australians pay 84 per cent more on games, 52 per cent more on music, 46 per cent more than the US on computer hardware and 16 per cent more on ebooks.
• Based on the evidence the committee received over the last year it concluded that in many cases the price difference for IT products cannot be explained by the cost of doing business, particularly as it relates to digital downloads.