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  Jaguar: Time to Stop Pussyfooting Around
Subject:   Parity Pricing anyone ?
Date:   2002-08-02 17:12:23
From:   dadegroot
Last year, I bought one of the "new" iBook's with Dual USB (and it was new, I'd ordered a Blue one, but Apple Australia offered me a white dual usb one with better specs for $700 less).
It came with OS9, and about a month or so later all new Macs came with OS X, needless to say, I was a little perturbed, but only a little.
So not long after that, I purchased the retail 10.1 package, repartitioned my hard disk and pretty much haven't used OS9 since (rarely use classic either). But 10.1 wasn't cheap. In Australia it goes for $229, still, I was happy to be supporting an wonderful OS.
Now Jaguar is coming and Apple have announced an upgrade plan for users that bought the Retail version post July 17th this year or rec'd 10.1 on a new Mac after that date. Fair enough, but where's the early adopter discount? I did the "right thing" and supported the OS as soon as I was able, and yet, I'm up for another $229 only a year after I forked out for 10.1
Mind you, I'd gladly pay $129 Australian for it. Considering the cost of living is comparatively the same between the US and Australia (yes I've been to the US and seen for myself), why isn't the cost of software ? Big Mac's cost pretty much the same here and there, why not technology ?
If Apple instituted a price parity scheme across the globe, even if they required proof of residence/citizenship, I think they'd get a hell of a lot more sales in countries outside the US.


Dave