Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Here we go again, without understanding or pointing out the difference between pre-tax and post-tax numbers!
And the sales tax in the US would be....
Honestly why is it so difficult for people to accept that we are being overcharged in Europe - dramatically. I mean Apple should realize that when you charge such a premium for its products then at least you could do the common courtesy and NOT treat us like 2nd class citizens.
OK the Euro/$ rate works for us -big time- but even if i take the NET prices (and i do know my pre- and post-tax numbers thank you very much - I have my own company) we are 20-25% dearer my dear.
[And now an OT rant]
So how are we being shafted ?
Later availability (iPhone)
No availability (iPhone)
No availability (Video content in ITS)
Sure someone will say "not Apple's fault", "content owners..." and so on and so on.
Well maybe -just maybe- some parts of corporate management take the finger out of the proverbial and start facing reality of the 3rd millenium.
Sure you can artificially block content sales or even stop supplying iTunes (hello NBC !). Ever heard of Bittorrent ? NBC - anyone there ? I must say -I would have paid for Galactica Razor on ITS. Up to 10$ as it happens (for the extended version that is). It just wasn't there. It was there on Bittorrent though (TV version).
Lesson to be learned is (and this applies to the iPhone too) : if you try to artificially lock people out of the market there will always be ways to gain access. By artificially locking out people you annoy those who you most desperately need actually - the early adopters, those who do free marketing for you by singing the songs of praise and are your product ambassadors.MacBook 13", iBook 12", iMac 17", XSERV G5, 2G iPod, 3GiPod, 5G iPod, AppleTV (so I guess I am entitled to a bit of annoyance)