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Microsoft reveals Windows 8 upgrade pricing for the UK

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    that's probably good news for UK upgraders - around 25 GBP.

    My usual experience in the UK when buying stuff originating from the USA (Books in particular -= especially Market (stock) trading -- nearly all these come from the USA) is that you pay in GBP what the price is in USD.

    Even allowing for shipping costs (quite cheap these days) there certainly shouldn't be a 1 USD : 1 GBP ratio these days (remembering also that BOOKS etc (and educational material which certainly can include Computer software) doesn't carry any Import or V.A.T in GB so taxes aren't an excuse either.

    Incidentally UK users - if you download purchased software say from Adobe or else where - often it comes from Republic of Ireland (Eire) where they charge you often a wallet busting 21% VAT. You CAN get this back -- it's a bit of a hassle but YOU CAN claim it back -- you don't have to be a non UK resident either. It's a bit time consuming but if you are buying something like Photoshop then the VAT refund IMO is worth it. - Claim it back as "Educational" / "Study" or "Course Material". This type of software will always be approved for this type of exemption by an individual - not say 100 licenses for an organisation - that's different. !!

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


    Hi Jimbo,


    But we pay 23% IVA here....!

    Which is reflected in Amazon prices charged which are slightly different to the ones displayed....

    Never mind - beer & wine are cheap!

    Robin
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  3. #13


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadHorseman View Post
    Hi Jimbo,


    But we pay 23% IVA here....!

    Which is reflected in Amazon prices charged which are slightly different to the ones displayed....

    Never mind - beer & wine are cheap!

    Robin
    Hi there
    that's good about beer and wine. !!

    However in the UK the software is ZERO rated (0%) if it's for educational purposes as outlined above - that's why I suggest if DOWNLOADING from say Eire they should claim the VAT charged back. Books, magazines and newspapers aren't taxed either so there should be very little difference between UK and US prices for these type of goods -- it's often HUGE without justification looking at the GBP ==> USD exchange rate for the past several months. Around 1.60 - 1.65 USD for 1 GBP.

    Not sure what the law is in Portugal over this but if there is a Tax Free "Educational" software import scheme then I should go for it.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Well I am confused...Amazon.co.uk are offering pre-order Win8 Pro Upgrade for £49.99, but PC World have a product description which says Full Edition for £49.99. Also Amazon have other listings for Win8 Pro N Upgrade but they are £189.99!!

    As a consumer I am really puzzled by all these different prices flying around.

    All I want is a DVD with a full edition that I can pop into any machine that may I build in the future...why is it so hard to find a price that is correct? Seems like all the product information is getting jumbled up somewhere ?
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  5. #15


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    looks like my first post in this thread was correct -- seems UK consumers getting ripped off again with a 1 USD : 1 GBP price ratio.

    This often seems the case I notice when I'm in the UK.

    Price if USD is 49 USD should be about 30 GBP (Max) not 49. !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Your spot on there Jimbo... that's always the case here, we don't call ourselves rip off Britain for nothing! lol
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  7. #17


    But isn't what Amazon are offering a DVD?? Which always was priced higher than a download??
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    sure makes a nice change for once not getting ripped off
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  9. #19


    That will be an affordable price for most.
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  10. #20


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    It is very confusing.

    I think this is how it goes:


    1. There is an offer if you bought a new pc with win7 on it since June this year ($14.99).

    2. There is a different offer for anyone with a qualifying version of windows - that means just about everyone - for a limited time - the download version will be $39.99, the dvd version will be $69.99

    They seem to be indicated as upgrade versions - but there appears to be some uncertainty because pre order versions of the $69.99 (uk price £49.99) on some web sites have been apparently confirmed as full retail versions.

    Who knows?
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