Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2014/01/01

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Subject: [Leica] Expensive software
From: hopsternew at (Geoff Hopkinson)
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 05:59:51 +1000
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Adobe certainly didn't release that ;-)
It is true that many items such as software, books, music can cost much
more here.
In the case of download deliverable products especially that is

As part of a government inquiry into this 'Australia tax' a very senior
Adobe person was made very uncomfortable when questioned (it was a minor
Youtube hit). The Creative Suite especially did cost much more here (and
other markets varied widely too).

This was actually just prior to the release of Adobe's subscription model.
In fact , taking into account the exchange rate, I now pay less than my US
friends (AUD 9.99) per month.


On 2 January 2014 03:14, Howard Ritter <hlritter at> wrote:

> Larry,
> That certainly doesn't sound like a press release from Adobe! It condemns
> the publishers rather than tariffs.
> Looks to me like it's from "Geek Trivia" on the How-To Geek website:
> ?howard
> On Jan 1, 2014, at 11:34 AM, lrzeitlin at wrote:
> > Goeff,
> > Is this really true? It's from an Adobe press release.
> > "Australians frequently complain about the price of imported software,
> and rightfully so. From operating systems to applications, the price of
> software is typically 50% or so higher than it is in the United States.
> > In fact, the price of Adobe Creative Suite (of which Photoshop is one of
> the most famous elements) is so expensive in Australia ($4,334 as of
> mid-2013), that it?s actually cheaper to book a round trip flight to the
> U.S. and purchase a copy while visiting for $2599. Based on the average
> cost of flights over the last year, you?d save around $600 pulling the
> stunt.
> > While it would be easy to blame import tariffs or other government
> intrusions for the absurdly high prices, the blame rests almost entirely on
> the software publishers. The Australian government has conducted multiple
> inquiries into why local prices are so high, going as far as summoning
> representatives from Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe to justify why they gouge
> Australian purchasers so severely."
> > Larry Z
> >
> >
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