Australian consumers pay 50% more for software than Americans

A consumer watchdog organization called Choice has declared that Australians pay 50% more for all types of IT products, including downloaded games, business and personal software, music and others.  This information was included in their report to a parliamentary inquiry into IT pricing.

One of the more startling findings was related to a Microsoft development product that cost $8500 more in Australia than in the US.  It would, in fact, be cheaper to fly to the US and buy it there.

This systematic discrimination regarding the Australian market cannot be justified in an era of high speed internet connections.  The delivery costs simply don’t add much if anything to the total price.

You can read the report at The Age.