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Windows 8 price in Australia

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Ray, as ever, they will charge what the market will bear.

    Price is a marketing tool ( you know that- but some don't seem to understand it )


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    We call it the Australia Tax, which all international companies slug us for their products. It really hasn't anything to do with additional costs incurred because of location. If you think Microsoft is bad, just check out Adobe pricing. What's ironic is that when Australia exports products to the US, the US prices are often way lower than what we pay here.
    I realise that, but there are things such as taking advantage that even our government is pitifully trying to address. Many people simply buy from the US through eBay etc, or worse, pirate software. That can't be good for anyone.

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  2. #22


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    IMO, hardware prices aren't as bad as software prices.
    Something physical has to be transported and stored.

    There is no competition in software (especially operating systems).
    If you want Apple software, you have to pay Apple's prices (the same is true for MS).

    If you are building a PC, you get:
    • A couple of choices in CPUs
    • 4 or 5 choices in motherboards and RAM
    • Multiple choices in peripherals
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  3. #23


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    Considering that I paid $625 for my tablet, which came with Windows 7 Home Premium, it's sort of a farce that you have to pay $400 just for the OS, if bought separately.
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  4. #24


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Considering that I paid $625 for my tablet, which came with Windows 7 Home Premium, it's sort of a farce that you have to pay $400 just for the OS, if bought separately.
    i suppose it could be because they've given anyone who needed to upgrade the time to do so for $40. If you didn't wish to at the time you pay the penalty.
    Now if you wish to buy Windows 8 it's easier and less expensive to buy a new computer with Windows 8 on it, or build and buy the OEM version.
    I've seen laptops with Windows 8 cheaper than Windows Pro, I think this is their plan.
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  5. #25


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Considering that I paid $625 for my tablet, which came with Windows 7 Home Premium, it's sort of a farce that you have to pay $400 just for the OS, if bought separately.

    I paid around $40 US.
    A ten fold increase is too much.
    I think the previous post is right about pushing computer sales.
    They might be getting a kick-back from computer makers.
    I made a picture of money differences--
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  6. #26


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    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    I paid around $40 US.
    A ten fold increase is too much.
    I think the previous post is right about pushing computer sales.
    They might be getting a kick-back from computer makers.
    I made a picture of money differences--
    During the initial sales offer that began in Oct 2012, or whatever, the prices worldwide were exactly the same, whether it was a DVD or download, upgrade on an older or newer PC. So now that the price has increased (OK fair enough), it's about US$120 in the US, but it begs the question why it has to now be around US$420 in Australia. I can download it from the Microsoft website, but it still costs me US$420. No one is going to upgrade an older PC at that price.
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    I paid around $40 US.
    A ten fold increase is too much.
    I think the previous post is right about pushing computer sales.
    They might be getting a kick-back from computer makers.
    I made a picture of money differences--
    During the initial sales offer that began in Oct 2012, or whatever, the prices worldwide were exactly the same, whether it was a DVD or download, upgrade on an older or newer PC. So now that the price has increased (OK fair enough), it's about US$120 in the US, but it begs the question why it has to now be around US$420 in Australia. I can download it from the Microsoft website, but it still costs me US$420. No one is going to upgrade an older PC at that price.
    I think that's the idea Ray, the upgrading days are over.
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  8. #28


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Am I missing something here? I bought Windows 8 Pro OEM stand alone from PLE Computers in Perth, West Australia on a DVD disk in a packet with serial key for $149 (Aus) on October 29 2012. And it's still listed at that price off the shelf.
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  9. #29


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Am I missing something here? I bought Windows 8 Pro OEM stand alone from PLE Computers in Perth, West Australia on a DVD disk in a packet with serial key for $149 (Aus) on October 29 2012. And it's still listed at that price off the shelf.
    Must be having a hard time moving stock of Windows 8 even at a huge discount.
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  10. #30


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Must be having a hard time moving stock of Windows 8 even at a huge discount.
    Yeah, from what I've observed personally it's not exactly flying off the shelves.

    To be perfectly honest I'm not really sure myself why I bought it. I mean with SATA3 SSD HD, 12GB RAM, top end CPU & mobo, and 3 SLI linked graphic cards, Windows 7 flies. And it has no issues, and is aesthetically much nicer. On top of that I never really felt I got my money's worth out of Vista Ultimate; and paid just over $400 (Au) for Win7 Ult Retail; and likewise have only been using it a relatively short period of time.

    Add to that I have to use third party software to make W8 work the way I want it to work. And even then the onboard device that plugs into a USB header on the mobo to run BlueTooth and Ralink WiFi wireless adaptor doesn't work on W8. I've been on the verge of buying a whole new rig with mobo/CPU that I know works well with W8.

    Maybe I need my head examined?
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