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RE: Now waiting on pricing....
By Aloonatic on 5/12/2009 5:13:04 AM , Rating: 5
There are many things that may affect the price of a product or service, but ultimately you end up paying what the market decides something is worth. When it's not produced locally you end up paying a little extra in duties and taxes, shipping etc but at the end of the day, you pay the market rate.

In the UK (not sure how it compares to Oz) it often appears that we are being ripped off but when you take into account the other factors (especially in the high-street retail space) then you realise that there isn't much difference. In fact, often the profit/margins for the producer are reduced. When you take into account the extra transportation costs (like road taxes and fuel duties), possibly (not sure, but it wouldn't surprise me) higher wages for transport workers, higher cost of commercial and retail property (through local taxes and general property costs), higher wages that are paid (through minimum wage and because of higher income taxes) and then the final probably higher sales tax (almost everywhere has higher sales taxes than the USA) then the higher price is often not some sort of evil US conspiracy where they are ripping people off royally, but it usually has more to do with domestic financial decisions.

Or maybe it is the evil plottings going on in Gate's Towers where he strokes his cat that is sitting on his lap, laughing at Australia/UK/elsewhere whilst super models frolic in piles of $100 dollar bills.

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