I try to put my feelings aside with a lot of this stuff, My personal feelings are pretty different, I'm playing devils advocate.
I don't post on an Apple forum to be a troll, I love the products, I think they are the best at what they do.
That's my personal feelings, the world doesn't always agree with me (i think they are nuts) but none the less, people are entitled to their opinions as stupid as they seem.
When i said the iPhones cost more then they 'should', its more that id like it if the prices were as close to universal as they can be (meaning aside from local taxes & currency conversion, i want it to be the same).
Also when I say that the iPhones are too expensive, it's not an issue that impacts me so much, i'll still end up getting them, but it makes it a whole lot harder to recommend them to people that might not have the cash & if they ask, 'Why get an iPhone that cost alot more than the S4?, the S4 is very popular', I might say, 'the iPhones build quality is amazing, the echo system is great, best apps available & you don't have to stress about malware & apps have quality control', for me thats a big deal, i've spoken to many people that say, 'pffffft android works fine for me, UI isn't glitchy at all & they have the same sort of apps'.
I never end call them an idiot, but people have different standards.
I doubt this world is going to have equal currency exchange rates and equal tax rates.
I just looked at Samsung's retail list price and they have the S4 for $765 in Australia and in the US, it's $699. I'm sure part of the whole thing is Samsung is moving product from Korea as that is their home base, Apple's is US, so the currency conversion sucks. Not much they can do about it, plus they both have that silly Australian tax added on top.
I think the these import taxes prevent products coming into your country which is a problem. These governments, ALL OF THEM, seem to just want to tax everyone coming and going like they are entitled to it because they can't spend the tax revenues in a fiscally responsible manner, so WE, corporations, suffer because of it.
For me, I wouldn't want to pay top dollar for a polycarb phone, that to me is a lower line product which is what Apple did. I'm sure for Polycarb, its decent, but I doubt Apple will make their top of the line products polycarb like Samsung does and they , for whatever reason, get away with it. Samsung also seems to get away with shipping 4.2.2 instead of 4.3, which is the latest OS. What's up with that? People just don't seem to care that they are buying an obsolete product the day it's announced. Go figure.