Over a month ago, I blogged here and in CRN Australia about the insane price delta between the US price for Windows 7 and the Australian price for it. The initial response I got from various quarters was that nobody has really made a concern of this to Microsoft and they felt that it didn’t really affect sales. Microsoft commented that the fault was with the retailers themselves causing the high price of Windows 7. Today it was revealed however that Australia’s biggest nationwide reseller of computers, Harvey Norman has been loosing sales due to the price delta vs. online stores such as Amazon. Also in the article, Microsoft effectively ADMIT that they CHOOSE to charge Aussies more… basically because we earn more money… that to me is not only totally unfair, but so close to a rip-off I can’t see daylight.
Really, Microsoft… what will it take for you to listen to us? Should we all start buying our product from China for everything? How will that affect the local MS office in the long run?